Sioux City Orpheum

520 Pierce Street,
Sioux City, IA 51104

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Poster from 1930 advertising 'Weddings' at the Orpheum, Sioux City IA.

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The second Orpheum Theatre was located on Nebraska Street, built around 1919, and designed by George Rapp with 1,456 seats. The new Sioux City Orpheum Theatre was constructed in 1927 and opened on December 19, 1927 as part of the Orpheum Circuit. It was designed by architectural firm Rapp & Rapp.

This opulent vaudeville and moving picture house boasted a large 2,650-seat, three-story auditorium complete with Wurlitzer pipe organ, half circle boxes, hand carved detailing, gilded ornamentation, several crystal chandeliers, and a hand painted ceiling.

Throughout the years, the Orpheum Theatre has been used for symphony performances, ballet, special attractions, and hosted entertainers such as Fred Astaire, Tallulah Bankhead, and Katherine Hepburn.

Beginning in 1999, the Orpheum Theatre was spectacularly restored to its original appearance, reopening in fall of 2001 after having been closed for nearly a decade.

Contributed by Jeff Henjes

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2000

New Orpheum Theatre (added 2000 – Building – #00000919)
Also known as Orpheum Electric Building
520-28 Pierce St., Sioux City
Historic Significance: Person, Event
Historic Person: Sanford, Arthur
Significant Year: 1927
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Business, Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Business

PaulWolter on April 15, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Does anyone have any information on the old Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City? Apparently Rapp & Rapp designed a theatre in Sioux City around 1917.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2007 at 7:32 pm

This is a 2007 photo of the Orpheum Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1759 style 240 was installed in the Orpheum Theater on 10/19/1927.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 3, 2008 at 10:23 am

The Fall 2008 issue of Classic Trains Magazine has a neat color photo taken in May 1948 of two Sioux City Service Co. trolley cars meeting at Turner and Villa streets. One car has on its front a poster ad for the Orpheum Theatre. Movies are Frank Sinatra in “The Miracle of the Bells” plus “co-hit” “My Dog Rusty”.

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Here is a 1966 photo from Life Magazine:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Another photo of the Orpheum is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

This is another 1985 photo.

sgtbrooks on November 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

The Orpheum Theater at the corner of 6th & Pierce is actually the third theatre in Sioux City. The second building was known as The Capitol and was remodled by Rapp & Rapp after the building of the present day Orpheum. They did not design the theatre on Nebraska Street, only the theatre on Pierce. I worked at the Orheum from the early 1960’s to the 1970’s and writing a book.

dhaefstheatre on January 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

PaulWolter the first Orpheum was the Victory Theatre or originally named: Lyric Theatre.

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