Orpheum Theatre

404 W. Main Street,
Lexington, KY 40507

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The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1912. Originally live theatre and later motion pictures. The theatre closed around 1932 and was later demolished. This was an African American Theatre. Any further information on the Orpheum Theatre would be appreciated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Orpheum Theatre was not at 404 W. Main Street, which was the location of the Blue Grass Theatre (1907-1910) and the Gem Theatre (1910-1913.) By 1914 404 W. Main had been converted to offices.

An item in the August 29, 1919, issue of the Pars, Kentucky Bourbon News reported that a fire had broken out in the projection booth of the Orpheum Theatre, Main and Limestone Streets, in Lexington. Fire damage was confined to the booth, though the theater suffered some water damage.

For many years the Orpheum was operated by a Mr. J. H. Stamper, Jr. who, as of 1921, also operated the Strand Theatre and the Star Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

This web page from the Lexington History Museum says that the Orpheum opened in 1914 and closed in 1930, and confirms the location as the corner of Main and Limestone Streets. It was a nickelodeon seating about 400.

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