Orpheum Theater

15 Aspen Avenue,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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Orpheum Theater

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The Orpheum’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.

Contributed by John Davis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on July 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

A 1973 view of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm

This is another photo of the Orpheum.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 19, 2008 at 12:23 am

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
kencmcintyre on February 9, 2009 at 2:16 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

The seat count of 300 given above seems to be on the low side. The 1955 Film Daily gives the seating as 600 and the Orpheum website gives the current seating as 700. I would go with the 700 number.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Chuck….Speaking of snow, the history page on this theaters website claims that the Majestic Opera House was originally located here. The roof and most of the walls of the building collapsed under 61 inches of snow. That is a lot of snow.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 3:48 am

This is a nice photo of the Orpheum.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

From 2006 a photo of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

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