Orpheum Theatre (San Francisco)

The Orpheum Theatre, originally the Pantages Theatre, is located at 1192 Market Street at Hyde, Grove and 8th Streets in the Civic Center district of San Francisco, California. The theatre first opened in 1926 as one of the many designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca for theater-circuit owner Alexander Pantages. The interior features a vaulted ceiling, while the facade is a Plateresque (Late Spanish Gothic) Revival. The Orpheum seats 2,197 patrons.[2] In 1998, after a previous renovation in the 1970s, a $20 million renovation was completed to make the Orpheum more suitable for Broadway shows. The theatre is a locally designated San Francisco landmark as determined by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.[3]

Orpheum Theatre
Pantages Theatre
New Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre is located in San Francisco County
Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre
Location within San Francisco County
Address1192 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°46′45″N 122°24′53″W / 37.779081°N 122.414708°W / 37.779081; -122.414708
Public transitBay Area Rapid Transit Civic Center/UN Plaza
DesignationSan Francisco Landmark
ArchitectB. Marcus Priteca
Reference no.94

The Orpheum, as well as the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, are owned by BroadwaySF,[4] a theatrical producing company owned by Robert Nederlander.

History edit

In April 1998 the Kern/Hammerstein musical "Show Boat" was the first production staged in the reconstructed and expanded theater.

The theater has hosted numerous Broadway shows, including a two-year sit-down production of the musical Wicked from January 27, 2009, through September 2010.[5] The Grateful Dead gave six performances here on July 12–18, 1976. From April 30 to May 4, 2007, the theatre hosted Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[6]

Productions that were staged at the Orpheum prior to opening on Broadway have included Bring It On: The Musical (2011-2012)[1], Evita (1979)[2], Mamma Mia! (2000-2001), and The Act (1977)[3].

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References edit

  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ Chandler, Dan (2009). "Orpheum Theater San Francisco". BubbasGotTickets. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ Hendley, Alvis (2010). "San Francisco Landmark 94: Orpheum Theater". Noehill. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  4. ^ Janiak, Lily (October 1, 2019). "SHN changes name to BroadwaySF, representing severed ties with Carole Shorenstein Hays". Datebook. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  5. ^ BWW News Desk (January 27, 2009). "Wicks and Kassebaum Head Wicked SF Return, Opens at Orpheum 1/27". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ Evangelista, Benny (April 25, 2007). "Conan O'Brien's road trip to San Francisco". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 August 2010.

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