Constructed in 1927, the Orpheum Theatre has been open for over 90 years and has hosted millions of people. The ornate architecture and design elements, such as large shimmering chandeliers, gold-painted decor, hand-painted ceiling murals, and velvet crushed seats, making this a special venue to see classical music, dance performances, and shows. Though the Orpheum has undergone extensive renovations over the years, the current venue has maintained key elements of its design. Grand staircases lead to a series of lobbies. Arches, varying from rounded Romanesque to pointed Gothic also represent the building's progression in time throughout the decades.
Over the years, the Orpheum Theatre has hosted everyone from visiting royalty and political leaders as well as wartime recruiters and charitable organizations. Patrons of the theatre travel to Vancouver from around the world to experience legendary performers including Fred Astaire and the Marx Brothers. Up-and-coming performers like tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson were also said to perform here. Today, The Orpheum Theatre continues this tradition, hosting a wide range of cinematic and live entertainment, classical music performances, film viewings, and live shows.
The theatre holds 2672 people, including 16 wheelchair accessible seats. There are both lower and upper balcony seats, making it possible to get a birds-eye view of any performance. Additionally, superior acoustics enhance any performance, engrossing the audience in the classical sounds of the live performances. The Orpheum Theatre is open only during box office hours. The box office opens two hours before performances for patrons to pick-up or purchase tickets to that evening's event only. The box office is operated by the ticket seller for the host event and is not open between performances.
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