Orpheum Theatre

1192 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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stevenj on January 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

An exterior facelift appears to be in progress. Photo added.

spectrum on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

The San Francisco Orpheum that Gill refers to in the March 2 email, is the earlier Orheum (built 1887, 2,200 seats) which was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It is picture number 30 in that big set – left hand size at the bottom.

terrywade on August 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm

This was the San Francisco home for CINERAMA in the 50’s and 60’s. What a nice huge curved screen that came out off the stage.

gill on March 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

A 1928 photo of a very different San Francisco Orpheum Theatre appears on the historic-memphis.com website. Here’s a link to the page.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

iatse311 on December 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

http://www.psilo.com/dead/showshow.php?band=1&date=1976-7-18 http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-18.sbd.bertha.14838.sbeok.shnf

09825mac on February 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

Hello, I saw a posting from FBZ about some small pocket mirrors with vaudeville performer Charmion pictured on them. I collect items with her picture and would be willing to purchase if the owner was interested. Is there any way you or I could contact the owner? Thanks! Jim 973-864-6048

dctrig on October 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

Sometime in the ‘90s I saw Mandy Patinkin perform at the Orpheum. As luck would have it a local radio station was giving away free tickets and I snared a fabulous seat.

William on July 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

Charmion was her stage name, her real name was Laverie Vallee (1875-1949). her art was Vaudeville trapeze artist and strongwoman. She died in Santa Ana, Ca in 1949.

Farmboyzim on July 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

I have quite a few small pocket mirrors from way back in the 20’s or 30’s, that have someone by the name of “Charmion” pictured on the back in various poses. She looked to be a body builder, very muscley. My wife thought it may have been a man. Anyone have info on this act or person? It states “Star of Vaudeville at Orphium”.
Anyone have any clues as to who this may have been and what type of act it was?

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Simon Overton on September 9, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Lost Memory… Your 1966 picture of the Orpheum brought back my City visits from 18 months at Oakland Army Base. Memories when I saw “Dr. Zchivago” in this glorious auditorium. Upon departing, patrons were handed postage-paid postcards to mail to friends, encouraging them to see the picture.

Another(live) show later was Eartha Kitt who sang her favorites and popped a few humorous jokes in between. The audience was generous in so much as to laughter, applause but most of all, they listened to her most politely.
I also obtained her autograph. Oh, what a talented and sexy lady!

iatse311 on May 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Took 3 pics from the stage last weekend…unfortunately it was dark because the “house” wasnt open yet…one decent pic of the auditorium ceiling, the architectural features on sides seem less ornate than in the old pics i’ve seen above…maybe because of all the theatrical lighting ..also threw in some pics of civic center statues with “wicked” in the background

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SteveNY on April 2, 2009 at 9:02 am

As a child I saw two Cinerama films at the Orpheum. I agree with “edison school jack” above that nothing comes close today. Most people have no idea what Cinerama was.

Ian on March 18, 2007 at 9:46 am

A few more pictures of the Orpheum here:–

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jaxsterman on October 13, 2006 at 8:13 pm

As a young boy we(my Grandmother, my cousin and me) went to see the first Cinerama movie there. Then the second Cinerama film. The experience was just awesome. The theater itself was unreal. Huge, overwhelming, a spectacular sight that had to be experienced in order to appreciate the value of the architecture itself. The old three screen (three projector) effect could not be duplicated with the later trials of cinerama. The realism was gone. I think at the time there were only 3 theaters able to show cinerama. One in Seattle Wash, the other in Los Angeles Ca. On the west coast that is.

We also later saw mad mad…… world. It didn’t seem to have the same effect. Later I watched How the west was won. The old Cinerama experience seemed to have disappeared, and was replaced with a single projector which made it nothing more than “over sized” cinemascope with stereo sound.

About the only thing close to Cinerama might be IMax.

The great movie days are gone.

William on September 5, 2006 at 6:51 am

ken mc the undated photos you posted on Dec. 22, 2005 are from the Pantages Theatre that opened on Dec. 30, 1911. That theatre was located at 937 Market Street. It closed Feb. of 1926 when the new theatre opened.

kencmcintyre on December 22, 2005 at 2:51 pm

Sorry about the duplication.

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2005 at 3:06 pm

Here is another photo of the Crystal Palace in 1929. Perhaps this was a market all along.

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kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 4:59 pm

Here is a photo of the Orpheum from 1948:

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kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 4:04 pm

Take a look at these two photos. The Crystal Palace Market across the street from the Orpheum appears to be an old theater. The question is, which one?

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kencmcintyre on December 10, 2005 at 12:11 pm

Here are some additional photos of the Pantages/Orpheum, from the SF Public Library:

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