Orpheum Theatre

581 Summit Avenue,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Opened in 1910, the Orpheum Theatre was located in the Five Corners section of Jersey City, and was fairly close to the "big three" theaters. It was quite large and ornate by any standard.

The Orpheum was closed and demolished around 1960.

Contributed by Gabe Della Fave

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Dotida on March 30, 2004 at 11:16 pm

I remember seeing Sammy Davis, Jr. and his father and uncle on stage at the Orpheum. I also remember the Bowery Boys (The Dead End Kids). I bet I saw many who later became big stars. If anyone else remembers any, please let me know.
Dorothy Ann Stengle

teecee on March 11, 2005 at 7:08 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY at 581 Summit Avenue with 1400 seats.

WilliamBradley on May 25, 2005 at 12:03 pm

My cousin Caire was attending the matinee at this theatre on December 7, 1941 when the manager went on stage to announce that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor and all Claire remember’s is everyone running out of the theatre and screaming. Claire would like to remember the name of the movie that was playing. If anyone remembers or can point me in a direction to find out, I would be most appreciative. Best Regard’s, Bill Bradley

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 2, 2007 at 8:21 am

Film trade directories give an address of 581 Summit Avenue, not 501 as reported in the introduction…A 1936 newspaper ad shows the Orpheum as a theatre “Where Talking Pictures Seem Natural.” Programs of late-run double features changed every other day.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 2, 2007 at 8:29 am

The architect of the Orpheum was William H. McElfatrick, according to the theatre’s clippings file in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, NYC.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

An announcement that construction contracts had been let for a 1,400-seat theater at Five Corners, Jersey City, designed by William McElfatrick, appeared in the January 15, 1910, issue of Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide. The project was probably the Orpheum, and was probably completed well before the end of 1910.

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