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Orpheum Theatre - Phoenix (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: Hugh E. Gilbert
Firms: Lescher & Mahoney
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre, Palace West Theatre
Opened January 5, 1929, with a seating capacity of 1,520, the Orpheum Theatre began its life as a premier movie house and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Harry Nace. It was sold in 1949 and renamed the Paramount Theatre. In 1968, movies could no longer support the theatre and it closed with Milo O'Shea in “Ulysses” on December 5, 1967 and was sold again. Renamed the Palace West Theatre, the theatre was renovated for stage shows.
In 1977, the theatre returned to movies - showcasing Spanish language films. The city purchased the Orpheum Theatre in 1984 and in 1985 the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite its new honor, the theatre closed, seemingly forever, in 1986.
However, after 11 years of raising funds and renovating, the theatre reopened in 1997 as a performing arts and community events center for the city of Phoenix. Classic movies began to be screened from October 2020.
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