Orpheum Theatre (1st)
409 South 16th Street,
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In 1895, John A. McShane assembled a stock company to build the massive Creighton Theatre, named for local philanthropist John A. Creighton. According to local historians, the architects were Fisher & Lawrie, Rocheford & Gould were the general contractors and Paxton and Vierling installed an 11-ton curtain, and a massive portrait of Creighton decorated the proscenium.
The Orpheum Circuit took over operations of the Creighton Theatre as part of its general expansion program, and soon afterwards the theatre was renamed the Orpheum Theatre. By the mid-1920’s, the site was deemed valuable for a new theatre, also named the Orpheum Theatre, and the Creighton/Orpheum Theatre was demolished.
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