842 S. Broadway,
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The Orpheum Theatre was opened February 15, 1926 as a vaudeville theatre. Actress Ruth Chatterton topped the bill appearing in a stage presentation of “The Conflict”. Also on the bill were British comics Nervo & Knox and the latest Pathe News was shown on screen. It was the last movie palace still showing film in downtown Los Angeles when it finally closed in late-2000. Before closing, this palatial structure showed films in English and in Spanish with subtitles.
The theatre’s auditorium, lobby and foyers are matched by its expansive balcony. Stunning at every turn, its downstairs wood paneled foyer recalls a more elegant time when going to a movie theater meant going out on the town.
After a $4 million restoration in 2003, the Orpheum Theatre has reopened as a venue for concerts and legitimate theater and for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s “Last Remaining Seats” classic film series.
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