Orpheum Theater

15 Aspen Avenue,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ

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The College Theater was renamed Orpheum Theater around 1933. The Orpheum Theater’s interior is decorated with velvet tapestries and Victorian ornamentation.

The theater is located next to the turn-of-the-century Weatherford Hotel, in downtown Flagstaff.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 13, 2004 at 11:53 am

A personal recollection: on the way back to Rhode Island after a cross-country drive in 1973, I spent the night in Flagstaff. The Clint Eastwood movie “High Plains Drifter” was playing at the Orpheum on July 5th and I went to see it in this very nice little theatre, not far from my motel.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 16, 2006 at 10:51 am

My photograph of the ORPHEUM View link

Patsy on January 8, 2007 at 5:30 pm

After comparing a b/w vintage photo under Related Websites and then viewing a current photo it doesn’t even look like the same theatre.

Patsy on January 9, 2007 at 5:27 am

I have visited AZ in past years…Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson, Grand Canyon, but would entertain the thought of returning again in the near future to visit your “busy little town” of Flagstaff and this time to check out the many theatres especially the Orpheum in Phoenix as it is atmospheric.

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Here is another photo of the Orpheum:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 21, 2008 at 4:36 am

A 1973 view of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

DavidZornig on November 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Neat looking building. We can assume the original Orpheum name built into the brickwork is safely behind that newer facade.

The Orpheum’s website history though, doesn’t say when the newer facade was installed. Obviously before the 1973 photo. Maybe late 50's early60’s given the style?

Looks like their band schedule is a little thin as of now. I thought maybe The Misfits was a screening of the 1960 Gable/Monroe film, set in a Western town. The skull logo though solved that.
Not far off though, as The Misfits was easily one of the most depressing films I’d ever seen.

kencmcintyre on February 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, November 1947:

FLAGSTAFF-Northern Arizona Theaters has closed the Orpheum here until about the first of the year to permit extensive remodeling. Clarence Shartzer, manager, said the work would cost about $100,000.

An addition which would increase the capacity to more than 1,000 persons was largely built before the Orpheum closed. Further improvements will include a new floor, new stage, pushback seats, new projection and sound equipment, an enlarged foyer and a new front.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

From 2006 a photo of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Prior to 1933 this house was called the College Theatre. The name change was noted in the “Theater Changes” column of the January 31 issue of The Film Daily that year.

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