Orpheum Theatre

Wallinger Avenue and Spokane Street,
Kimberley, BC V1A

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Orpheum Theatre 1940

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The 300-seat Orpheum Theatre was opened in 1940 with James Cagney in “The Fighting 69th. It had closed by 1973 and has since been demolished.

The towns' current Orpheum Theatre is advertised as a tourist attraction in Kimberley, located in the parking lot of the Kimberley Underground Mining Museum. It doesn’t appear to be showing films at present. A photo of the theatre can be seen in the websites link to the right.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

The information tell us that the theater we see in the picture is a re-creation of the original Orpheum. Subsequently the status should be closed/demolished. I wouldn’t list the function as museum since the original theater was never used for that purpose. Thanks for clearing that up.

bookgirl99
bookgirl99 on June 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

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PortElmsley
PortElmsley on October 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The “current Orpheum” is nothing more than a small building hosting mining artifacts and displays in the parking lot of a narrow-gauge tourist railway. It is tiny and has windows in it and was NEVER a theatre. Somebody at one time must have figured it would be nostalgic to attach a small “Orpheum Theatre” sign on the building, for lack of a better idea.

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