Orpheum Theatre

884 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Functions: Movies (Silent), Symphony

Styles: Spanish Baroque

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 604.665.3050
Manager: 604.665.3050

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Orpheum Theatre exterior

The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and opened November 7, 1927. It was used mainly for movies until the early-1970’s.

The city of Vancouver purchased and restored the building in 1974 rather than see it divided into smaller theatres. It reopened in 1977 as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and as the host of pop and classical concerts. Recently, the Orpheum Theatre has begun screenings of silent film classics, accompanied by the theater’s organ.

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spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

Here are some more auditorium, also from Susan Griffin’s Flickr Photostream:

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…and the lobby

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spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

…And a great panorama of the auditorium at the official website top page:

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spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

Interesting trying to find the theatre on the Google aerial photos. Their website says they’re located at the intersection of Smythe & Seymour, but the address Cinematreasures has is 884 Granville, two blocks over!

Well, the original entrance is at 884 Granville, and that takes one through a VERY long lobby, all the way to the other side of the block and over a service street, into the main building on the next block. Patrons then enter the main lobby and turn left into the auditorium. If they turn right, they go out to Smythe Street through a new entrance added onto the side of the lobby.

gill on March 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

There is an excellent 1928 illustration of The Orpheum on the Historic-Memphis.com website’s Theatre page. Here’s a link to the page.

DavidZornig on May 1, 2018 at 12:46 am

Link with a high resolution version of the April 1975 photo of the Orpheum & Vogue.


DavidZornig on May 1, 2018 at 1:06 am

October 15, 1973 photo added credit Vancouver Archives CVA 800-0438.

rivest266 on November 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Opened on November 7th, 1927 and stopped showing movies in 1975. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on July 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm

High resolution of a corner of the Orpheum marquee. gif below that highlighting signs.



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