Orpheum Theater

15 Aspen Avenue,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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DonLewis on January 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

From 2006 a photo of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

This is a nice photo of the Orpheum.

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Lost Memory on February 9, 2009 at 12:32 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.

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Lost Memory on February 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

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.

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.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

This is another photo of the Orpheum.

DonLewis on July 21, 2008 at 4:36 am

A 1973 view of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff.

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Lost Memory on March 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on August 7, 2007 at 6:35 pm

This is a vintage photo of the Orpheum Theater.

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Here is another photo of the Orpheum:

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Lost Memory on February 13, 2007 at 1:01 pm

From the Orpheum Theater website:

The theater capacity is:
Entire theater: 700 seats.
Seated: 600 seats
Lounge:100 seats.
Balcony/Movie: 240 seats.

DonLewis on January 10, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Also if you go back, Jerome Arizona is not to be missed. See the LIBERTY THEATER posting in C/T.

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.

DonLewis on January 9, 2007 at 5:04 am

I agree Patsy and if you ever get the chance to Flagstaff you will find it is a very interesting and busy little town.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2006 at 3:20 am

This is another photo of the Orpheum Theater

DonLewis on July 16, 2006 at 10:51 am

My photograph of the ORPHEUM View link

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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.

ganymead on April 7, 2004 at 8:47 am

Was this theatre a part of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit?

LauraMike on January 29, 2003 at 9:03 pm

The Orpheum Theater is alive and well as Northern Arizona’s premier music and community events venue. Their website is www.orpheumpresents.com

JoshCairns on May 7, 2001 at 6:32 pm

The Orpheum is currently for sale and has been on the market for over a year. It has been a working movie theater, owned by the Wehrenburg Theater Co. of St. Louis, up until the mid to late Nineties. It is in fair condition but the projectors have been removed. It’s future as a movie palace is in question. The city does consider it a historical building and would never allow it to be destroyed however.