Orpheum Theater

1513 Welton Street,
Denver, CO 80202

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RKO Orpheum Theater

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Originally built in 1903 as a vaudeville theatre. It was taken over by RKO and modernised several times. In 1955 after a modernisation by architect John J. McNamara, the seating capacity was for 2,600.

Remodeled again in around 1964, the seating capacity was reduced to 1,200 when it reopened as the RKO International 70. It was closed in 1976, and subsequently was demolished.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 34 style “J” was installed in the Orpheum Theater on 3/14/1914. That organ was repossessed. Another Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1764 style “B” was installed in the Orpheum Theater on 10/22/1927.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 2, 2008 at 11:03 am

Some Mighty WurliTzer Theater Pipe Organs must have been “Born under a wondering star”! As best as can be figured out from incomplete 94 year old records, Opus 34 first went out as Opus 16 to an unknown place in Cincinnati, Ohio, was reposessed and then went to this theater. It became Opus 34 and was a 2 Manual/7 Rank and it somehow became Opus 57. At least that’s as best as I can figure it out! At any rate it is not known what happened to the organ.
Opus 1764 was also a 2/7 and it is not known what happened to it either.
If you know anything about what happened to either organ, please email us!

“Gee Dad, they were both WurliTzers!”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Here are two 1964 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

Coate
Coate on July 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

While known as the International 70, this theater showed (single-strip) CINERAMA during 1965-66.

Denver’s complete CINERAMA exhibition history has been included in the “Remembering Cinerama” series and is posted here.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 6:52 am

Here is a Boxoffice magazine spread on the theatre, with eight photos, from the issue of February 4, 1956:
View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

1964 photos show what the real theatre business was all about.sadly.that is gone today.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

Featured on the cover of The Modern Theatre section in January, 1956: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

New link for the 1956 trade article cited above by G.A. DeLuca: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

Launching of the RKO International 70 concept described here. Article also mentions other RKO theatres elsewhere that will be renovated: Boxoffice

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