Orpheum Theatre

884 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

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DavidZornig on July 6, 2020 at 7:47 pm

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



rivest266 on November 18, 2018 at 6:35 pm

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

DavidZornig on May 1, 2018 at 6:06 am

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

DavidZornig on May 1, 2018 at 5:46 am

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


gill on March 2, 2013 at 7:27 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.

spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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.

spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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

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spectrum on October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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

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…and the lobby

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HowardBHaas on July 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

2007 photo of awesome looking grand lobby
2009 photo of lobby
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2010 photo of auditorium
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LouisRugani on June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

The grand lobby of the Vancouver ORPHEUM is featured prominently and repeatedly in ‘Caprica’ (2009), the pilot film for the forthcoming television series of the same name which is the prequel to the famed ‘Battlestar Galactica’ saga. In the ‘Caprica’ DVD’s bonus-scene link, additional production scenes at the ORPHEUM are available including a brief glimpse of the auditorium.

lovitz on April 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

The Leslie Neilsen spoof “ Wrongfully Accused ” was also filmed at the Orpheum, featuring a nice sweeping shot of the interior.

lovitz on April 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

Terry Gilliams currently unreleased film Dr. Parnassus was also filmed at the Orpheum, they were there for a couple of days.

Westcoast Hall was a hotel that was on the corner ( The name escapes me ) which was bought out when the Orpheum was purchased by the city.

WayneGray on April 14, 2009 at 5:20 am

one of the chandeliers from the Capitol Theatre in Prince Rupert was bought by the Orpheum Theatre when they renovated in the 1970s.

drb on March 5, 2009 at 5:49 am

I think the Vancouver Orpheum’s interior is the “Opera House” that keeps appearing in dream sequences in recent episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

seanjung on September 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

The movie “Elegy” starring Ben Kingsley was indeed filmed in Vancouver and the Orpheum Theater was used in filming.

Also to clarify a few things, the main address is 884 Granville St.
Previously, prior to major renovations being done (addition of the Westcoast Hall as a secondary entrance), there was another entrance on Seymour Street. The old Capitol Theatre and its replacement, the now demolished Capitol Six also had a second entrance on Seymour Street.

PGlenat on September 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm

884 Granville St would seem to be correct since the Vogue theatre (seen near the Orpheum in the above photo and still open) has an address of 918 Granville.

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Mike (saps) on August 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

There was an Orpheum theater in the new movie “Elegy” which was set in New York but I believe filmed in Vancouver. Is it this one?

seanjung on August 6, 2008 at 10:07 pm

This is the 3rd Theater to grace the name Orpheum. The first was the old Alhambra on Pender and Howe. The second was the old Vancouver Opera House on Granville. At one time, it was also known as RKO Orpheum. The 3rd, which is currently the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was first known as the New Orpheum Theater until the original neon signage was replaced sans the word “New”.

duddleydoright on October 11, 2005 at 3:50 am

In its vaudeville life the Orpheum saw such greats as the Jack Benny, bob Hope and Jimmy Durante grace its stage. In recent years they’ve had the occasional showing of silent pictures, like Phantom of the Opera, with original music played on a big old organ. Kind of cool. Well maintained and worth checking out.