Orpheum Theatre

151 S. Main Street,
Pocatello, ID 83204

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The Orpheum Theatre opened on April 2, 1908 at Center and Main. It actually occupied the eastern 2/3 of the building, with an address of 250 W. Center Street. On Oct 15, 1908 a fire closed the facility for 13 days. The Crown Theatre opened at 151 S. Main Street on April 14, 1916 and the Orpheum moved to this location about a year later. This address is also shown as 147 S. Main Street in later city directories. The last city directory entry for the Orpheum is 1969.

In 1973 the building burned, taking the front part of the adjoining Capitol Theatre with it. The original West Center Street building still stands as the Paris Women’s Store. The south wall of the South Main Street building remains, while the rest of the location is now a parking lot. During the 50’s and 60’s this was a second run theatre, and the next to the nicest theater in town, surpassed only by the Chief.

Contributed by ray carter

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teecee
teecee on February 17, 2005 at 9:32 am

Old postcard at this link:
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pokyhistoryguy
pokyhistoryguy on September 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

It was at 151 S Main (also shown in some directories at 147 S Main) … but it was NOT next to the Chief. The Chief was on N Main. The parking lot shown in the photo above is where the Orpheum was. The building to the left (south) was a theater too. It was, for many years during the 1970’s and 80’s, Steven’s Stationers where I worked while going to college. I believe it was the Capitol Theater.

op712
op712 on December 25, 2011 at 12:36 am

Capitol was on the corner on the same block as the Chief. The Orpheum was down the next block. I was a projectionist at the Chief during the late 70’s with Mann Theatres..

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