A Grand Venue
The Orpheum Theatre — recognized internationally as a premier showcase for the arts and entertainment — offers rich ambiance and a historic décor that is unique to Arizona as well as the entire Southwest.
The lobby features Spanish Baroque Revival décor that mirrors a medieval nobleman’s art gallery, while the mezzanine level draws inspiration from the Italian Davanzati Palace. Within the theatre, you’ll find the 1,364-seat Lewis Auditorium accented with dramatic columns dressed in gold leaf. An upward gaze provides amazement and beauty as the hand-painted ceiling depicts a bright sunset turning into a starry, night sky.
Production companies delight in the full-range sound, dramatic lighting and state-of- the-art audio visual technology making the Orpheum a highly sought after venue for performances and events. The Orpheum is home to the Theatre League’s, Broadway Series and many national tours and concerts. It is also preferred by local and regional professional production companies as well as jazz concerts and one-person performer comedy shows.
The Orpheum has hosted great acts such as Chris Botti, Bryan Adams, Lewis Black, Feist, Regina Spector, Morrissey, Jerry Riopelle, Alvin Ailey and Momix.
Overview of Theatre and Special Features
- Location: 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85003 Downtown Phoenix
- Seating capacity: 1,364 total (1,036 main floor, 302 balcony, 26 orchestra pit)
- ADA accessible: American Disabilities Act
- Home of the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ
- Modernized ground lobby and fully restored elliptical staircases and banisters
- Three additional lobbies restored to their ornate, original states – perfect for prefunction events
A Rich History Followed by an Amazing Restoration
The Orpheum Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has made more than its fair share of history with the many diverse performances it has placed in the spotlight.
Vaudeville – Built in 1929 as premier vaudeville house, the Orpheum was the last major construction project in Phoenix before the onset of the Great Depression.
Motion pictures - When moving pictures began to dominate the performing arts, the Orpheum earned the nickname, “The Grand Dame of Movies.”
Broadway Performances - During a 1960s resurgence, Broadway stars and shows of the highest caliber graced its stage.
Restoration – In 1997, following a 12-year, $14 million restoration project the Orpheum secured its place as the quintessential Phoenix entertainment venue.
Explore a detailed historical account of the Orpheum’s storied past.