One of the Orpheum Theatre's most notable attributes is its large neon sign typical of its Granville Street locale.
Part of famous south Granville Street, the Orpheum has been a symbol of the active night life that has brightened this Vancouver street for years.
Opened in 1927 as a vaudeville house, it was the largest and most luxurious theatre in the West Coast, featuring a number of acts and shows, thrilling the public until the late 1930s when it then became a movie house under the Famous Players brand. Bought by the city of Vancouver in 1974 to save it from being gutted, the Orpheum was given a much needed restoration to bring it back to its former glory and it reopened in April of 1977 as the permanent home for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
It is very hard to distinguish the Orpheum from the dozens of buildings that litter lower Granville Street because it appears unassuming during the day, but at night, the street is alive with vibrant neon signs, the Orpheum's non-withstanding.
Plush red, ivory, moss and gold decorative features, ornate furniture and an older style box office are some of the touches that continue to show the colourful past of this building. There are over two thousand, five hundred seats for patrons within the theatre as well as several balconies for music and theatre lovers alike.
As the Orpheum has been classified a National Historic Site, it will continue to be a part of the popular Granville district and a Mecca for Vancouverites seeking classical, jazz, pop and other forms of music in the metropolitan area.
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