Since it first opened in 1928, The Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, and architectural beauty.
The Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Register of Historic Places. With annual maintenance expenses of over $650,000, The Orpheum has undergone $15 million in renovation and improvements over the last 35 years that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while maintaining the historical and architectural integrity of the original vaudeville palace.
In partnership with world-renowned sound engineering company Meyer Sound, the Orpheum recently upgraded its sound system for the first time since its 1997 renovation. The installation of this powerful system along with the addition of a new Orpheum camera system concludes Phase I of many anticipated upgrades that will be launched in stages from now through 2020.
Planned projects include seat renovations, painting and restoration of the auditorium’s gold and silver leaf, and refurbished and enlarging restroom facilities. Set to begin in August of 2015, seat renovations will be the next order of business for the Orpheum Theatre. Improvements are expected to include reordering the first several rows of the orchestra section to allow for additional legroom. All orchestra seats will be re-cushioned and reupholstered.