Orpheum Theater

126 W. Market Street,
Orwigsburg, PA 17961

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Tinseltoes on August 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

Here’s a photo taken in 1908: Boxoffice

survivor2 on December 3, 2006 at 11:13 pm

Just remember that not only myself, but 6 other people in that building have been displaced, and another deceased because of that wonderful building you'se talk about. I’m sure the memories are wonderful for that place to some. At 4:30 that morning to the 8 of us inside, it was hell. Those are the lasting images of that building we will have instilled in out brains forever.

orpheumtheatre on November 19, 2006 at 7:15 pm

Yes, I am currenty putting a web page together about the Orpheum Theatre dedicated to the Adams twins. I spent basically spent my childhood days in that theatre. I use to help my dad paint the floors, the exterior entrance, and the lobby. I have many good memories in that theatre. I remember my dad hanging the movie posters in the outside frames for the following weeks movie, and also going around town hanging up flyers of the up coming movies. The popcorn machine was a popcorn warmer, we use to get it by the bags and load it inot the top of the machine and the light would warm it. And yes for a dime you would get a bag full. I can still hear the sound of it. But please if you have history on this theatre visit www.orpheum-theatre.net and email me. Any pics of the theatre in its hay days would be appreciated.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2006 at 12:12 pm

The REPUBLICAN & Herald 11/12/2006 BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK

Orpheum recalled as ‘great little theater’:

“Built in the late 19th century, the Orpheum Theatre building was located right in the heart of Market Square, a historic district filled with vintage Victorian-style homes.

A brief history of the theater is contained in “Southern Schuylkill County” by Jennifer L. Bowen. Part of the “Images of America” series, it was released by Arcadia Publishing in 1998.

“Around 1900, Charles Greenawalt and William Freed started showing motion pictures at this location. In 1912, Arlington Edwards opened his Orpheum Theatre showing ‘A Fool There Was,’ starring Theda Bara. The theater remained a popular entertainment spot for many decades,” Bowen wrote.

“Many times I went there. It was a great little theatre,” said J. Stuart Richards, 57, of 113 W. Market St.. “I used to take my daughter to a lot of kids shows, The Three Stooges and things like that. That was in the 1970s.”

“I remember when it cost a quarter to get in,” said Bonnie L. Miller, 53, of 122 W. Market St.

Antique movie flyers from the old theater recently sold on Ebay, including one promoting the 1941 Republic Pictures release “Red River Valley” starring Roy Rogers and George “Gabby” Hayes.

The movie house went out of business at the end of the 1970s. In the 1980s, it became home to Valenti’s Italian Restaurant, which moved to 218 W. Market two years ago.

Mark R. Ferrar and Cathy D. Thygesen, Deer Lake, purchased the old theater, along with 201 E. Market St., home of Crystal’s School of Dance, for a total of $290,000.

The former Orpheum is located across the street from The Inn at Orwigsburg, 200 W. Market St., and Friendship Hose Co. No. 1, which is on the corner of North Liberty and West Cherry streets.

Thygesen said they were planning to open a bed and breakfast at the former Orpheum in January. The couple had fire insurance".

milners32 on November 18, 2006 at 8:06 pm

I would just like to add a few extra lines…The total number of seats was 383,I counted them as a child because my father(Barry) was the bouncer there from 1966-1981 along with his twin brother Garry who was the projectionist from around the early part of 1966-1983 when the theatre closed..It was a real shame to see the theatre burn down,but my brother is currently working on putting a web site together in dedication to the Orpheum & also in memory to the Adams twins whose hearts were very much dedicated to the theatre..Check out [url=http://www.orpheum-theatre.net]

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2006 at 7:45 pm

This is an article about the fire that damaged the Orpheum Theater.