Orpheum Theatre

651 Queen Street E.,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

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Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario opened on April 1, 1912 with movies & vaudeville. It was closed in September 1932. It was remodeled in in December 1939, reopening on December 25, 1939 with Edward G. Robinson in “Blackmail” & Jackie Cooper in “What a Life”. It was operated by Famous Players and was closed on July 27, 1979 with John Voight in “The Champ”.

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dpellarin on August 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

They used to show a lot of “B” movies and double bills. Probably the least attended movie theater in the city. My parents were there the night the ceiling started caving in. The theater was demolished shortly thereafter.

TivFan on December 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

The Orpheum Theatre was located on Queen Street. Anybody know the address? On the Sault St. Marie page on Facebook, it states that the Orpheum is “right next door” to the Biltmore, existing now as the Lock City Grand Theatre. The Biltmore opened in 1950 (658 seats), became the Odeon in 1965 and closed in 1989. It was a bingo hall, then it was restored in 2007 as the Lock City Grand.

TivFan on December 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

Using the Google street view, the Orpheum was probably to the right of the Biltmore/Grand, and demolished. There is a newer building in the view, with an alleyway to the right of this. In the archive photo of the Orpheum, there is an alleyway to the right of the building. The same? Maybe.

Stephen McPhail
Stephen McPhail on January 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm

there’s a good article you guys should check out, called “Old Sault Cinemas Gone, etc.”, that’s online at: http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=75941.

the article doesn’t actually give the address for the Orpheum Cinema; but, it was 651 Queen St. E., the current location of a lounge, called “Loplops”.

the Biltmore, a few doors west, was 641 Queen St. E. and across the street on the north side, the Algoma Theatre was 654 Queen St. E.

rivest266 on December 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Opened on April 1st, 1912 and closed in September 1932 and reopened on December 25th, 1939.

Orpheum theatre historyOrpheum theatre history 23 Dec 1939, Sat The Sault Star (Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada) Newspapers.com

50sSNIPES on June 23, 2023 at 8:02 pm

Closed on July 27, 1979 with “The Champ”.

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