From the early days of Vaudeville, to ornate movie palace, to its current role as the city’s premier performing arts centre, The Orpheum Theatre has been providing the Mid-South with the best available entertainment since its grand opening in November of 1928.
“The Orpheum has been at the heart of the Mid-South community for generations,” said Pat Halloran, Orpheum President &
The Orpheum staff has already collected several rare items, including a program from the Theatre’s grand opening. Now, event organizers are on the lookout for items such as letters, photographs, films, artifacts, and objects that may have been sold at various times during the Orpheum’s history.
“We hope everyone will look through their attics, dust off those old photo albums, and help us fill a few gaps in our exhibition. We have some wonderful materials already, but we want the entire community to participate in the celebration, especially those who frequented the theatre during its early days,” says Halloran.
In addition to the exhibit, The Orpheum is planning a wide range of events to celebrate the past 85 years, kicking off with the Orpheum’s 35th Annual Auction on Saturday, November 16. Proceeds from special anniversary events will be used to maintain the historic theatre and fund the Orpheum’s new Centre for Performing Arts.
“We plan to begin construction on the new Centre as early as December. As we prepare to enrich the lives of our future generations, it’s only fitting that we celebrate the important role The Orpheum has played in our community’s past,” said Halloran.
Those wishing to share their stories with The Orpheum team or who would like to donate pictures, programs, posters, invitations, or other artifacts to the exhibition can do so by contacting Christina Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Orpheum Theatre
The Orpheum Theatre is operated by the Memphis Development Foundation, a non-profit organization which depends on the financial support of the community to carry out its mission to foster the enjoyment and understanding of the arts in
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