Orpheum Theater

416 N. Ninth Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Orpheum Theater

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The Orpheum Theater first opened on Labor Day 1917. In the Film Daily Yearbook editions 1941-1943, the 2,000-seat theater was listed as (Closed).

Contributed by Paul Salley, Ellen Knittel

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DavidZornig on November 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Wow, the theatre looks great. Appears they must have done a chemical cleaning of the exterior brickwork during their renovation. The new signage looks sleek too. Updated but not overbearing. Went back to the original name. Nice job!

JAlex on February 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

The re-do of the carriage entrance is currently on-hold for the arrival of terra cotta from Italy.

JAlex on January 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

The re-do of the porte cochere on the St. Charles side of the theatre was completed last December.

Lak on March 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Any current photos of the resotred carriage entrance?

TLSLOEWS on August 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Nice looking theatre.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

This photograph of the Orpheum Theatre was taken by George Mann in 1927.

KCB3Player on June 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

When will the theater re-open or is the Hotel still trying to expand and demolish the auditorium and build two ballrooms while retaining the front of the Orpheum? Hope there is some good news about it being readied for a grand re-opening. Too bad the last owners tiered the main floor – hope that was not concrete and can be removed and seats put back in.

spectrum on May 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Their website is gone – looks like they may have closed. The link at teecee’s 2005 post above has changed – the photos are now at: http://www.builtstlouis.net/opos/americantheater.html

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on May 25, 2015 at 4:15 pm

The Roberts brothers who owned not only the theater but hotels, television stations, and other holdings, have had financial difficulties and have sold the theater as well as other holdings to another developer who is evaluating the next step for the theater.

JAlex on May 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

A few months ago I was walking by the theatre and noted one of the exit doors on St. Charles was open. Of course I looked in and saw the house lights on so I entered. I found the stage and the orchestra section being used for storage for the adjacent high-rise apartment which the Roberts brothers began and never completed before their financial troubles began.

Since the Roberts brothers no longer own the theatre, the old-Mayfair Hotel and the high-rise it would be appropriate to remove their name and catalogue the theatre as the ORPHEUM.

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