.With the support of more than 600 volunteers, the Orpheum and Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts & Education affect the lives of almost 300,000 Mid-South patrons each year through the Broadway series and a diverse array of concerts, comedians, and other events. In addition, our community and education programs help 70,000 students, teachers, and families in the tri-state area connect with theatre and the arts.
The Orpheum Theatre, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) performing arts center, is supported by the Memphis Development Foundation. As such, the theatre relies on philanthropic support in order to sustain its education programs, diverse programming, community vitality, and preservation.
The Orpheum, consisting of the Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, seeks to provide quality, diverse entertainment and education programming to the Memphis region while preserving and improving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Orpheum’s role in downtown Memphis development.
Broadway Series & Concerts
The Orpheum has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the theatre also hosts performances by Ballet Memphis, various concerts, urban theatre, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge. These performances bring hundreds of thousands of patrons downtown each year and are an integral component of the continued revitalization of downtown Memphis.
Since it first opened in 1928, the Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and architectural beauty. Under the leadership of the Memphis Development Foundation, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Historic Register. With annual maintenance expenses of over $650,000, in the last 35 years the Orpheum has undergone more than $15 million in renovation and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace. Recent improvements include reordering the first several rows of the orchestra section to allow for additional legroom and re-cushioning and reupholstering all orchestra level seats. Several large-scale projects are also planned for 2016.
Community & Education Programs
The Orpheum and Halloran Centre rely on partnerships with corporations and individuals in the community to make the theatre more accessible to Mid-Southerners, including populations with low to moderate incomes. These arts and core curriculum-based programs make high-quality arts programming available to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay. Designed to be representative of our community’s demographics and develop future audiences, these programs use theatre and literary arts to develop basic learning skills, discipline, self-esteem, and to cultivate the whole person by developing intuition, reasoning and imagination. Programs include Broadway Workshops, Family Series, Field Trips, the High School Musical Theatre Awards and many more.
The new state-of-the-art Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education has introduced a new downtown space for performances, events, education, and outreach. Totaling over 39,000 square feet, the new centre provides ample space for the Orpheum's own community programs as well as additional opportunites to interact with more Mid-Southerners. With a reception hall, lounge, classroom, and dance studio, plus first-class catering facilities and audio/video support, the Halloran Centre also provides a unique downtown location for parties, weddings, and community-led programs.