Orpheum Theater

842 South Broadway

The Orpheum is one of more than a dozen movie houses on or near Broadway that are listed on the National Historic Register. The photos confirm that the scene above street level is much the same today as it was 50 years ago. The theatre, which opened in 1926, was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh. It hosted various performers, the likes of Eddie Cantor, the Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Sophie Tucker, Will Rogers, Sally Rand, Lena Horne, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. The last of the great theatre organs on Broadway was installed at the Orpheum in 1928.

PHOTO: G. DeVerteuil