Orpheum Theater

34 Lafayette Street,
Utica, NY 13502

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Architects: Fuller Claflin

Firms: J. B. McElfatrick and Sons

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Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theater on Lafayette Street was an earlier theater in Utica, New York and should not be confused with the later Orpheum Theater on South Street.

The Orpheum Theater is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition. The Orpheum Theater was a silent era theater that closed in March 1917 due to a fire. It never reopened.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Lost Memory

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2012 at 4:53 am

The Google Maps pin is a bit off. This page from the Oneida County Historical Society says that the Orpheum was at the northeast corner of Lafayette and Washington Streets. It was a second-floor house converted from an assembly room that had been part of the 1900 project which rebuilt the 1871 Utica Opera House as the Majestic Theatre.

The Orpheum, opened on January 19, 1901, was leased to the Wilmer & Vincent vaudeville circuit for most of its history, and only became a movie theater on May 1, 1915. On March 20, 1917, the building was extensively damaged by an early morning fire, and the Orpheum was never reopened as a theater.

The architect for the rebuilding of the Utica Opera House as the Majestic and Orpheum Theatres was Fuller Claflin, at that time still an associate of the firm of J. B. McElfatrick & Son.

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