Orpheum Theatre

216 State Street,
Madison, WI 53703

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ORPHEUM Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin

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Opened on March 31, 1927, the Orpheum Theatre accomplished a feat that eluded nearly every other Orpheum Theatre across the country — until 2012 it was still a glorious first run movie theatre. There is also an additional smaller theatre that was used for live concerts and art house films.

The Orpheum Theatre now hosts concerts and wedding receptions

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Scott Thom

Recent comments (view all 63 comments)

cbnight on May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

2010 interior photo
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TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Very nice photos.

rivest266 on September 5, 2010 at 12:31 am

Stage Door grand opening ad is at View link

MiltonSmith on July 13, 2011 at 3:37 am

According to what I have been reading, the Stage Door Theatre is in the process of being removed so they can restore the Orpheum stage to its full original size. This is being done to accommodate bigger shows on the stage. They will still be showing movies but the focus is being shifted to live performances and bigger shows.

RickB on October 20, 2011 at 2:15 am

Underage drinker blacks out, breaks fountain in theater: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/132088448.html

MiltonSmith on June 2, 2012 at 2:44 am

Its my understanding this theater no longer shows movies anymore, its a live concert venue and used for weddings. They removed the seats all the way to 30' from the stage.

Bordwell on June 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

A rundown on the amazing saga of the Orpheum in recent years—scams, dodges, arson, and girlfriends. http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime_and_courts/blog/theater-of-the-absurd-how-bad-deals-shenanigans-have-brought/article_cdb20940-bfcf-11e1-a60f-001a4bcf887a.html

MiltonSmith on August 25, 2012 at 2:57 am

So sad, the future of this theater is in jeopardy due to feuding business partners. It would be nice to get new owners (actually, just replace the one owner who seems to have a history of shady dealings in Madison) and get that place back in business. So much work has been done and a lot to go and its still a VERY viable entertainment destination for downtown Madison!

CSWalczak on October 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

The theater, which had been closed recently, will be reopening son under the management of Frank Productions which hopes to purchase the theater when a bankruptcy sale is held: View article

MiltonSmith on October 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

Yes, so happy to see this theatre will be re-opening! I was rather worried about its future.

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