ORPHEUM Theatre; Seattle, Washington.
A FINAL CURTAIN CALL: Seattle Repertory Theatre actress Pauline Flanagan recalled treasured memories of a passing era in show business as she bade a fond farewell to Seattle’s 40-year old Orpheum Theatre, already fast crumbling to the wrecker’s ball. As often happened in theatre end-of-life stories, the demolition of the Orpheum, originally scheduled to take only a few days, lengthened into weeks. Some of the stage’s greatest luminaries had trod the Orpheum boards, among them, Charles Laughton who made one of his last public appearances here before his death. Soon the curtain would rise on a new scene.
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