Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles)
The Orpheum Theatre on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles opened on February 15, 1926, as the fourth and final Los Angeles venue for the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. After a $3 million renovation, started in 1989, it is the most restored of the historical movie palaces in the city.
The Orpheum Theatre marquee
|Address||842 S. Broadway|
Los Angeles, California
|Owner||Anjac Fashion Buildings|
|Current use||concerts, movie premiers, location shoots|
|Opened||February 15, 1926|
|Architect||G. Albert Lansburgh|
Robert Brown Young
The Orpheum has a Beaux Arts facade designed by movie theater architect G. Albert Lansburgh and has a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, installed in 1928, that is one of three pipe organs remaining in Southern California venues.
The Orpheum theatres are named for the Greek mythological figure, Orpheus.
Soon after it was opened, it was a popular venue for burlesque queen Sally Rand, the Marx Brothers, Will Rogers, Judy Garland (singing with her family as Frances "Baby" Gumm) and comedian Jack Benny, as well as jazz greats Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Vaudeville acts were still playing the Orpheum as late as 1950.
In the 1960s, the theater held rock 'n' roll concerts featuring Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and Little Stevie Wonder. The restored Orpheum Theatre is now a venue for live concerts, movie premieres, and location shoots. The love metal band HIM played there for their live CD/DVD album Digital Versatile Doom. The 2010 Streamy Awards were live broadcast from the theater.
Broadcasts of American Idol and America's Got Talent, the Season 5 finale of The Apprentice, the seventh- and eighth-season finales of RuPaul's Drag Race, and filming of The Last Action Hero and Transformers were hosted here. The Orpheum also appeared as the first venue for the Chipmunks' world tour in the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.
The Orpheum appears in the 2007 film In Search of a Midnight Kiss, and in Hop, David Hasselhoff hosted a talent show contest there. The building's facade appears in Avril Lavigne's music video for "I'm With You". Guns N' Roses filmed part of the "November Rain" music video at the Orpheum in 1992.
Taylor Swift filmed her music video for "Mean" at the Orpheum in 2011.
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