Orpheum Theater

1513 Welton Street,
Denver, CO 80202

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 21, 2012 at 7:12 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:52 am

Here is a Boxoffice magazine spread on the theatre, with eight photos, from the issue of February 4, 1956:
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Coate
Coate on July 30, 2009 at 8:22 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.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 2, 2008 at 9:03 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!”

Ziggy
Ziggy on May 7, 2007 at 10:14 am

The fourth photo that ken posted on March 5, 2006, shows the original marquee just before opening day. It also shows someone being hung if effigy! Any ideas on who it might be? “Old Man Depression” maybe? Guesses anyone?

William
William on March 11, 2007 at 12:12 pm

The RKO Orpheum Theatre went through a remodel in 1955, the architect was John J. McNamara. The seating capacity was still 2600 seats till it was remodeled for the International 70.

William
William on March 9, 2007 at 6:08 am

After the remodeling into the RKO International 70 Theatre the seating capacity was reduced to 1200 people. The theatre closed 09/10/1967.

William
William on March 8, 2007 at 9:50 am

Yes, I believe so about the remodel and renaming. During the mid 40’s the RKO Orpheum Theatre seated 2600 people.

Ron3853
Ron3853 on February 15, 2007 at 10:50 am

Wasn’t the Orpheum renamed the RKO International 70 around 1964? Or was that another theater in Denver?

Patsy
Patsy on November 1, 2006 at 4:52 pm

ken mc: Thanks for all of the great b/w photos, but especially of the photo showing the interior as so many times photos are shown of the exterior, only.

paulomalley
paulomalley on November 1, 2005 at 9:05 am

The Orpheum Theater (1513 Welton Street) opened on October 5, 1903 as Denver’s premier vaudeville house. It was remodeled several times and became a movie house in the 1920, and part of the RKO chain about 1930. There are a number of good photos of the Orpheum available in the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Libray. They can be accessed online through the DPL’s website. There was an earlier Orpheum Theater (1746 Curtis Street) in Denver in the 1890s, but it there was no connection with the Orpheum theaters run by Martin Beck. Prior to the opening of the Orpheum Theater on Welton Street, Orpheum vaudeville was presented at the Empire Theater at 1717 Curtis Street in 1902.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on September 24, 2005 at 8:15 am

I have a photo of the RKO Orpheum showing 1955’s “Its Always Fair Weather”. It looks like it was a large theatre along with the Paramount and the Denver. It also has a nice marquee. brucec

atmos
atmos on February 10, 2005 at 9:01 pm

According to the website,www.coloradohistory.org,the theatre was built in 1930 and demolished in 1967.There is also an exterior photo,unless it is another Orpheum theatre.