Orpheum Theatre

416 N. 9th Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Orpheum Circuit

Architects: G. Albert Lansburgh

Styles: French Renaissance

Previous Names: American Theater, Loew's Orpheum Theatre, Roberts Orpheum Theatre

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The Orpheum Theatre first opened on September 3, 1917. In the Film Daily Yearbook editions 1941-1943, the 2,000-seat theater was listed as (Closed). On January 28, 1943 it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. and renamed Loew’s Orpheum Theatre.

Contributed by Paul Salley, Ellen Knittel

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

TLSLOEWS on August 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

Nice looking theatre.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This photograph of the Orpheum Theatre was taken by George Mann in 1927.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on June 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

When will the theater re-open or is the Hotel still trying to expand and demolish the auditorium and build two ballrooms while retaining the front of the Orpheum? Hope there is some good news about it being readied for a grand re-opening. Too bad the last owners tiered the main floor – hope that was not concrete and can be removed and seats put back in.

spectrum on May 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Their website is gone – looks like they may have closed. The link at teecee’s 2005 post above has changed – the photos are now at: http://www.builtstlouis.net/opos/americantheater.html

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on May 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

The Roberts brothers who owned not only the theater but hotels, television stations, and other holdings, have had financial difficulties and have sold the theater as well as other holdings to another developer who is evaluating the next step for the theater.

JAlex on May 26, 2015 at 7:29 am

A few months ago I was walking by the theatre and noted one of the exit doors on St. Charles was open. Of course I looked in and saw the house lights on so I entered. I found the stage and the orchestra section being used for storage for the adjacent high-rise apartment which the Roberts brothers began and never completed before their financial troubles began.

Since the Roberts brothers no longer own the theatre, the old-Mayfair Hotel and the high-rise it would be appropriate to remove their name and catalogue the theatre as the ORPHEUM.

rivest266 on February 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

January 28th, 1943 grand opening ad as a Loew’s theatre in photo section

JAlex on September 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Labor Day in 1917 was September 3rd.

JAlex on February 10, 2018 at 10:30 am

The time-frames when the Orpheum exhibited films:

December 1926 to April 1928 (with Orpheum circuit vaudeville) September 1934 to July 1936 (Warner Bros. management) July 1936 to February 1938 (Fanchon & Marco management) January 1943 to May 1960 (Loew’s management)

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