Orpheum Theatre

884 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

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Orpheum Theatre

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The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and used mainly for movies until the early 1970’s.

The city of Vancouver purchased and restored the building in 1974 rather than see it divided into smaller theaters. It reopened in 1977 as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and as the host of pop and classical concerts. Recently, the Orpheum Theatre has begun screenings of silent film classics, accompanied by the theater’s organ.

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lovitz
lovitz on April 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

The Leslie Neilsen spoof “ Wrongfully Accused ” was also filmed at the Orpheum, featuring a nice sweeping shot of the interior.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 4, 2009 at 4:06 am

Here is a nice 2009 photo.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

The grand lobby of the Vancouver ORPHEUM is featured prominently and repeatedly in ‘Caprica’ (2009), the pilot film for the forthcoming television series of the same name which is the prequel to the famed ‘Battlestar Galactica’ saga. In the ‘Caprica’ DVD’s bonus-scene link, additional production scenes at the ORPHEUM are available including a brief glimpse of the auditorium.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

2007 photo of awesome looking grand lobby
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2009 photo of lobby
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2010 photo of auditorium
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spectrum
spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Here are some more auditorium, also from Susan Griffin’s Flickr Photostream:

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…and the lobby

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spectrum
spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

…And a great panorama of the auditorium at the official website top page:

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spectrum
spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Interesting trying to find the theatre on the Google aerial photos. Their website says they’re located at the intersection of Smythe & Seymour, but the address Cinematreasures has is 884 Granville, two blocks over!

Well, the original entrance is at 884 Granville, and that takes one through a VERY long lobby, all the way to the other side of the block and over a service street, into the main building on the next block. Patrons then enter the main lobby and turn left into the auditorium. If they turn right, they go out to Smythe Street through a new entrance added onto the side of the lobby.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Downtown theatre district pictured in 1938 at bottom left of this page: Boxoffice

gill
gill on March 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

There is an excellent 1928 illustration of The Orpheum on the Historic-Memphis.com website’s Theatre page. Here’s a link to the page.

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