Orpheum Theatre

720 Wabash Avenue,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Converted from the former Lyric Theatre in around 1911, the Orpheum Theatre presented movies. It was equipped with a Kimball pipe organ. In 1914, the owner of the Orpheum Theatre, Elroy B. Smith, was murdered in the theatre by an estranged lover.

By 1941, the Orpheum Theatre had been taken over by Alliance Theater Corp. who were still operating it in 1950.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

A history of Indiana published in 1922 contains a brief biography of Terre Haute architect M. H. Johnson, Jr., and the Orpheum Theatre is included in a list of buildings designed by him and his firm, Johnson, Miller & Miller.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

DavidAE’s links to photos of the Orpheum:

Roof

1914

1927

1935

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

David: Cinema Treasures supports Markdown, a simplified substitute for HTML code. If you want to use inline links all you need are square brackets and parentheses. It is described in the LINKS section of this page.

DavidAE
DavidAE on December 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Joe Vogel, Thank You, I cleaned things up. There were almost 3000 photos from Martin Photography pre 1950. The Indiana Historical has many more, but there is a 50 year delay of publication attached to the photos.

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