203 West Adams Street,
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Built in 1929 with a seating capacity of 1,520, the Orpheum Theatre began its life as a premier movie house and was sold in 1949 and renamed the Paramount. In 1968, movies could no longer support the theater and it was sold again. Renamed the Palace West, the theater was renovated for stage shows.
In 1977, the theater returned to movies – showcasing spanish language films. The city purchased the Orpheum Theatre in 1984 and in 1985 the theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite its new honor, the theater closed, seemingly forever, in 1986.
However, after 11 years of raising funds and renovating, the theater reopened in 1997 as a performing arts and community events center for the city of Phoenix.
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