Orpheum Theatre

118 N. Howard Street,
Spokane, WA 99201

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Orpheum Theater

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The Pantages Theatre originally opened pre-1909. It was re-modeled by noted architect B. Marcus Priteca and re-opened on June 30, 1918 with 1,300 seats. In 1930 it was renamed Orpheum Theatre and was operating as a movie theatre from 1932. In 1950, the seating capacity had been slightly reduced to 1,253.

The Orpheum Theatre was demolished in 1958.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

A photograph and some organ details here:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

Various performers were appearing at the Pantages in Spokane as early as October, 1907, as listed in the 1907-08 edition of Henry’s Official Western Theatrical Guide.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

A splendid night shot of the Pantages Theatre illustrates this article about vaudeville in Spokane, published by the Spokesman-Review in 2005.

eriksmith on September 6, 2015 at 7:16 am

A matter of family lore: In the 20s, when the Pantages was a vaudeville house, my grandfather, amateur boxing champ of Spokane, was drafted to fill in as sparring partner for Jack Dempsey. Boxed a round with the world heavyweight champion every night he was onstage that week. My grandfather minded his manners — he didn’t want to get the fellow angry.

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