Home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheum Theatre is a large theatre and live music venue located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
The Orpheum Theatre
A classic part of Vancouver’s music and theatre scene, the Orpheum Theatre opened its doors in 1927. Except for a few necessary renovations and technological upgrades, the theatre has been preserved for the most part with its original antique decor.
The Orpheum is a part of the Vancouver Civic Theatres group of live performance venues. Other theatres in this group include the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse. They are all owned and managed by the City of Vancouver.
About the Theatre
When the theatre first opened in 1927 it operated as a vaudeville house. It was later transformed into a movie theatre, and then to its current status as a theatre and live music venue.
From the outside the building looks quite nondescript. However, once inside visitors are greeted with wide, sweeping staircases and ornate decorations. The main auditorium even has a chandelier and a ceiling mural!
The seating in the auditorium is split into two levels. The orchestra level is the lower level of seats that is closer to the stage. Seating at the balcony level is above the orchestra level.
Where is the Orpheum?
The Orpheum Theatre is located at 601 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver. There are two audience entrances: one is found at 601 Smithe Street and the other is around the corner at 884 Granville Street.
The Orpheum is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and so usually hosts most of their performances. The venue also features performances from some of the city’s local music groups, such as the Vancouver Bach Choir, as well as artists from all over the world.
Due to COVID-19, in-person performances from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and other groups have been cancelled (as of the spring of 2020). However, some performances are still taking place, albeit online. For example, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ran their VSO@Home Digital Performances for the summer 2020 season. Check the VSO website for more details on upcoming shows.
For more details about this theatre visit the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.
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