409 S. 16th Street,
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Previous Names: RKO Orpheum Theater
Originally opened on October 9, 1927 with 2,975 seats. The opening movie was Rod La Rocque in “The Fighting Eagle” plus 6-acts of Orpheum Circuit Vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 13 ranks organ, which is still in the building today. The Orpheum Theatre has seen the biggest names in entertainment history perform there. Last stage show was in 1961 when Jerry Lewis appeared.
It became a movie theatre in 1961 and still has fully functional 35mm reel to reel carbon arc projectors! It was closed in 1971 with Disney’s “The Barefoot Executive” starring Kurt Russell.
In 1975, the Orpheum Theatre received a two million dollar renovation which has helped insure it retains the classic look of the old Orpheum’s of the past: elegant, classy, and timeless.
Today, the Orpheum Theatre is managed by the Omaha Performing Arts Society, which also manages the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha, which opened in October of 2005.
The Orpheum Theatre is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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