Orpheum Theatre

Kimberley, BC

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Orpheum Theatre 1940

The Orpheum is advertised as a tourist attraction in Kimberley, but it doesn’t appear to be showing films at present. A photo of the theater can be seen below.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 5, 2008 at 7:19 am

This building is used as some type of museum. “Housed in the Orpheum Theatre is the Sullivan Mine Interpretive Centre”. This site mentions that there was an Orpheum Theater that opened in 1940 and was demolished and replaced by a bank. Click on the photo of the Orpheum Theater for that information. This must be the second Orpheum Theater in Kimberley.

kencmcintyre on February 5, 2008 at 7:24 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 5, 2008 at 7:30 am

I found a 1950s photo of an Orpheum Theater in Kimberley. It looks alot larger with a marquee and vertical sign. Maybe the current building is a miniature version of the original Orpheum Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

This can be fixed. Remove the “Related Websites” link because the photo doesn’t show the real Orpheum Theater. Substitute the description with something like this:

The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1940. The first movie shown was “The Fighting 69th”. The theatre building was demolished and replaced by a bank.

Use this for an address:

Spokane Street
Kimberley, BC V1A, Canada

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 6, 2008 at 7:51 am

This site has two small photos of the Orpheum Theater. The first photo is from 1956. The second is a grand opening photo from 1940.

bookgirl99 on June 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

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PortElmsley on October 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

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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