Orpheum Theatre

19-21 Seventh Street West,
St. Paul, MN 55102

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DanaQualley
DanaQualley on April 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The theater in this picture is of the previous Orphuem. They tore this theater down a longtime ago.

mfrestedt
mfrestedt on October 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This place is being revived as music venue: http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/10/st-paul-plans-to-renovate-and-reopen-historic-palace-theater/

mnghost
mnghost on April 18, 2012 at 3:34 am

does anyone know who is the current owners of the palace and how to get a hold of them?

spectrum
spectrum on April 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm

The photos referenced in TC’s 2005 link above appear to have been done right after the 1940s renovation. They are all dated 1943, and everything looks all freshened up. The good news is the original decor is almost completely intact – just a few minor art deco touches here and there (movie poster cases in the lobby, etc.)

The auditorium photo is intriguing – it looks like there are about 1,800 seats there (the description says 1,400 after the renovation). I can’t figure how the auditorium could have originally held 3,000 – unless there was a 2nd balcony that was completely removed during the renovation.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Cool pictures, not many downtown theatres left anywhere.

markp
markp on March 25, 2008 at 2:58 am

Bringing ANY theatre left in a downtown area would bring life back to these ares.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on January 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Whilst it would great to see the house fully restored to its 1916 glory, I expect that due to the cost it will (if ever) be re-done back to the 1940s style. Nevertheless, bringing it back to life will be great for downtown St. Paul.

LuisV
LuisV on January 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm

The intro says that this theater was remodeled in the 1940’s (auditorium and lobby) but there is no mention of the style or quality of the work. Would a renovation take the theater back to the way it was on opening day or from the 1940’s? I would assume it would be cheaper to get it back to the condition at it’s “modernization”.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm

It seems the mayor is behind a move to convert this house into a rock venue along the lines of First Ave in Minneapolis.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on June 29, 2007 at 10:08 pm

I toured the Palace-Orpheum about a year ago. There is some talk in St. Paul of bringing it back to life. In the early 2000s, the new owners fixed up the lobby, where a play was present “Finan’s Wake” I believe. The auditorium remains locked up. But the new owner has put up and lit a flag with the name “Palace” bringing the house back to it’s beginings in 1916.
As always it’s a question of money. It’ll cost a few million just to bring it up to usable state. A full restoration would be a mim of $10 million I would think. The big question can St. Paul support another large theatre?

teecee
teecee on March 10, 2005 at 8:26 pm

Numerous old photos at this link:
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josem
josem on October 5, 2004 at 4:24 am

One of the greatest cinema experiences of my life ocurred here. During the early 1980’s this wonderful theater would show double features of classic films. I saw “Rebecca” and “Noth by Northwest ” there. What an amazing afternoon!!! I also saw a “Goldfinger”–“Thunderball” double feature at the Orpheum and a memorable “Vixen” “Supervixen” and “Beyond the Vally of the Ultravixens” triple feature!!!

RobertR
RobertR on March 9, 2004 at 2:41 pm

The marquee shown here is just like the one RKO had on The Palace on Broadway when they ran movies there.