Technical Information

Addresses

Street Address: Orpheum Theatre 203 South Main St. Memphis, TN 38103

Stage Door: On Beale St. between Front St. and Main St.

Mailing Address: Orpheum Theatre P.O. Box 3370, Memphis, TN 38173

Contacts

President: Pat Halloran (901) 525-7800 ext 224
COO: Paulette Luker (901) 525-7800 ext 225
Building Manager: Richard Reinach (901) 525-7800 ext 232
Administration: (901) 525-7800 ext 221
Box Office: (901) 525-3000
Backstage Security: (901) 525-7800 ext 235
Technical Director: James "Revo" Reeves (901) 525-7800 ext 286
reeves@orpheum-memphis.com

Unions

Stagehands: I.A.T.S.E. Local #69 (901) 327-4994
Business Agent: Allen Byassee
President: Bobbie Edwards

Wardrobe And Hair: I.A.T.S.E. Local #825 (901) 386-3429
President: Margaret Morgan

Suppliers

Moonshine Lighting (lighting, rentals, color, lamps): (901) 323-1111
Main Stage (lighting, color, lamps, tape): (901) 274-4444
Tennessee Concert Sound (audio): (731) 772-2292
Nolans (audio, visual, lighting): (901) 527-4313
Keyboards in Black and White (backline): (901) 550-5780
ProShow Systems (audio): (901) 327-0550
Pro Audio (audio): (901) 323-1066
Profound Sound (audio): (901) 849-2983
Yarbrough Music (instruments): (901) 761-0414

Directions

Truck-Friendly Directions

From the North: Take I-55 South to I-40 East. Cross the Mississippi on the Arkansas-Tennessee Bridge. Take exit #1, the Front St. South exit, just before you get off the bridge. Turn right and follow Front St. to Beale St. Cross Beale St. The loading dock is on your left on the corner of Front St. and Beale St.

From the West: Take I-40 East. Cross the Mississippi on the Arkansas-Tennessee Bridge. Take exit #1, the Front St. South exit, just before you get off the bridge. Turn right and follow Front St. to Beale St. Cross Beale St. The loading dock is on your left on the corner of Front St. and Beale St.

From the South: Take I-55 North. Take exit 12-A, Crump St. East. Follow Crump St. East to 3rd St. Turn left. Follow 3rd St. to Linden St. Turn left. Follow Linden St. 3 stoplights to Front St. Turn Right. The loading dock is on your right on the corner of Front St. and Beale St.

From the East: Take I-40 West. Take exit 1-C, (Hwy 51 South) Danny Thomas Blvd. south. Follow Danny Thomas Blvd. south to Linden St., turn right. Follow Linden St. west to Front St., turn right. The loading dock is on your right on the corner of Front St. and Beale St.  

Car-Friendly Directions

From East Memphis: Take I-240 towards Jackson, MS. At the I-240 / I-55 connector, take I-55 towards St, Louis. I-55 North brings you to downtown Memphis. Exit I-55 at Riverside Drive, follow Riverside Drive north. Turn right at the first stoplight. This will be Beale Street. The theatre is located two blocks east on Beale at the corner of Beale and South Main.

From the West on I-55: Cross the Arkansas – Tennessee Bridge. Take the second exit after crossing the bridge. This will be the Riverside Drive exit. Travel Riverside Drive north. Turn right at the first stoplight. This will be Beale Street. The theatre is located two blocks east on Beale at the corner of Beale and South Main.

From the West on I-40: Cross the new Arkansas – Tennessee Bridge. Take the first exit. This will be the Riverside Drive exit. Follow Riverside Drive south, until you reach Beale Street. Turn left onto Beale Street. The theatre is located two blocks east on Beale at the corner of Beale and South Main.

From the Airport: Leaving the Airport, turn west onto Winchester. Follow Winchester to the I-55 interchange. Enter I-55 north. I-55 north brings you to downtown Memphis. Exit I-55 at Riverside Drive, follow Riverside Drive north. Turn right at the first stoplight. This will be Beale Street. The theatre is located two blocks east on Beale at the corner of Beale and South Main.  

Once You Have Arrived

There is no free parking. Parking is available at several public lots surrounding the theatre. Parking may be a problem. There are many facilities that utilize the public lots. We recommend that you arrive at least 30 - 45 minutes before curtain to take advantage of parking in this immediate area. 

Dimensions

Proscenium Opening  30'-0" x 54'-0"
Grid Grid Height 65'-3"
  Pipe Travel 59'-0" (House Electrics 56' - 0")
  NOTE: Grid Limit - 60 #PSF
Stage Depth (from plaster line) Stage lip: 4'-4" at center, 2'8" at SR & SL edges
  Downstage edge / orchestra pit: 14'-7"  
  Last Line set 49' - 10"  
  Upstage Columns: 50'-0"
  Back wall: 51'-4"
  NOTE: sprung floor rated to 375 #PSI, 300 #PSF
Stage Width Wall to wall: 106'-1"
  Ctr to SL wall: 55'-7"
  Ctr to SL column: 47'-11"
  Ctr to SR lock rail: 50'-6"
  Ctr to SR column: 47'-11"
Plaster Line at Center Stage to balcony rail: 65'-0"
  box booms: 60'-0"
  cove: 125'-0"
  spot booth: 120'-0"
  mix position (sound and light board): 88'-0"
  1st row of seats: 18'-0"
Curtain Line to stage lip: 7'-0"
  Downstage edge orchestra pit: 17'-3"
Loading Dock 3 Doors @ 11'-4" X 9'-4" located at rear of theatre on Front Street
Beale St. Door: 8' X 8', 1'-6" down from street to stage level
Freight Elevator Loading dock to wardrobe room-2nd floor
  door size: 7'-0"h x 8'-0"w 
  compartment size: 7'-9"w x 9'-4"d
Orchestra Pit moving section: 10'-2"d @ center x 35'-6"w
  fixed section: 11'-0"d x 32'-1"w
  organ pit: 11'-4"w x 9'-4"d
   

Dressing Rooms

Stage Level 1-star dressing room
Above Stage 2 @ 2 person (star) stations
  2 @ 8 person stations
  4 @ 17 person stations (chorus rooms)
Below Stage 3 @ 6 person stations
  1 @ Production office/Orchestra room
NOTE 12 total. All dressing rooms have restrooms with showers, make-up counters, Broadway lights, individual climate control, program and paging. Most dressing rooms have phone lines and high speed internet hook-ups available.

Rigging

90-single purchase linesets
6-hoist lines
Wells are 14' apart and split center
1 1/2" pipe: 73'-0"long
7'-0": arbors rated@1200#
Locking rail at stage level SR and +32'-0" SR
pin rails located SL and SR elev. + 32'-0"
SL-40 pins
SR-40 pins(2nd lock rail)
rope-5000' of 5/8" hemp
spot line sheaves-40

NOTE: Sheaves on line set 44 can move DS only. Sheaves on line set #53 & #54 cannot be moved. Sheaves on line set #62 can move DS only. Sheaves on line set #63 can move US only.

Soft Goods

1-valance-16"x60'-rust color
1-main curtain, 2@31' x 32' (travel or guilletine from SR) 2 people
5-sets black legs (flat) 31'-0"x16"-0"
6-black borders (flat) 8'-0"x60'-0"
2-full black out drops @-31'-0"x60'-0"
1-black sharkstooth scrim @ 31'-0"x64'-0"
1-white sharkstooth scrim @ 29'-0"x64'-0"
1-white "leno" filled scrim cyc @ 29'-0"x64'-0"
Fiber Optic Star Drop 30' X 60' (6 light emitters)

Lighting

Lighting Desk ETC obsession 1536
     -1536 channels
     -dual processors
     -3 DMX ports
     -48 submasters
     -dimmer per circuit
  ETC Element 60
     -500 Channels
     -2 DMX ports
     -60 sub masters
Dimming & Circuits  192 @ 2.4 KW ETC Sensor +
  9 @ 6 KW ETC Sensor +
  48 @ 2.4 KW ETC sensor rack (SL-SR)
  (ETC dimmers driven by DMX B)
  285 dimmers available (297 dimmers total)
Instrumentation  
Over Stage
 
6 @ ETC Source Four 50° (575-X)
  50 @ ETC Source Four 36° (575-X)
  35 @ ETC Source Four 26° (575-X)
  40 @ ETC Source Four 19° (575-X)
  9 @ ETC Source Four 10° (575-X) 
  90 @ par 64 (1KW) medium
  12 @ 8" fresnels (2KW)
  12 @ 2 cell cyc lights (1KW)
  5 @ 9' ground row strips (1KW) 3 circuits
  18 @ 6' R40 strip lights (300W) 3 circuits
Front of House (standard house hang) Cove: 24 @ 5° ETC Source Four / 24 @ 2.4 KW circuits/125' to stage
  Box Booms: 10 @ 19° ETC Source Four / 12 @ 2.4 KW circuits 60' to stage
  Balcony Rail: 30 @ 2.4 KW circuits 65' to stage
Followspots 3 @ 3KW Xenon Lycian 1293's
Road Power

Front of house patch (transfer) located DSR / 87 FOH circuits

  DSR 3 @ 400A / 120 / 208 volt 3 phase
  USR 2 @ 400A / 120 / 208 volt 3 phase
  USL 1 @ 400A / 120 / 208 volt 3 phase
  MSL 1 @ 200A 120 208 volt 3 phase isolated ground
Misc. sidearms, roto-loks, cheeseboros
  8 @ 50# boom bases, pipe: 10', 15', & 21' lengths
   
   
   
   

Sound

Sound Desk Yamaha LS9-32 digital mixing console
  Soundcraft K2 (24ch x 8grp x 2out x mono)
  Yamaha MX12 (12ch.)
Speakers Meyer Line Array system
  Center cluster:  16 @ Meyer Mina Cabinets
                           4 @ Meyer 1100 Bass Cabinets
  On Stage: Meyer Line array – 16 Mina Cab. flown each SR & SL
  In House: Stage fills - 4 @ Meyer M1D
                           Delay fills: 8 @ Meyer UP JuniorXP  Orchestra Level
                                           8 @ Meyer UP Junior XP Mezz Level
                                           2 @ Meyer UP4 XP Upper Gallery Level
  Available: 4 @ JBL G734
                   2 @ JBL G730
                   2 @ EV FM12 - 2A
                   4 @ Wharfdale EVP X15M monitor wedges
System Power crown macro-tech, self powered Meyer speakers.
  crown com-tech (70 volt)
Processing JBL,
  DBX
  Yamaha
  Klark Teknik
Microphones 8 @ Shure SM 58
  4 @ Crown PZM
  4 @ AKG 452
  3 @ Crown PCC 166
  4 @ EV RE 16-4
  4 @ Whirlwind passive DI
  2 @ EV Polar Choice Podiums
Playback CD player
  Cassette Player available
Intercom Clear-com CS 200
  14 headsets and belt packs
  3 @ biscuits with handsets
Sound Reinforcement Consists of center cluster
  stage fills
  under balcony (delayed)
Mix Position located house left of center aisle on orchestra level
  size 19'-7"x9'-0"(shared with light board)
  88'-0" from downstage center
On-Stage Monitor System None available.
Program And Page In All Support Areas.
Also available Lightspeed Delta X 12 soundsystem
  1 @ Powered speaker (contains 2 wireless mics and 1 CD player)
  1 @ Powered speaker
  2 @ Passive speakers
  4 @ Speaker stands
   

Measurements for Line Array

All measurements are from the stage floor at the plaster line.

  Orch Mezz Balc Up Balc
Height -3' 15' 24' 48'
Distance Front Flat 0' 76' 57' 94'
Distance Front W/ Angle 0' 78' 62' 105'
Distance Back 94' 94' 94' 108'
Distance Back W/Angle 94' 95' 101' 122'
Angle 0* 12* 22* 27*

Projection

Eiki LC-S6, 5.8K digital projector
Switcher rack w/DVD, VHS, and serial inputs
2 @ 35mm film projectors
Framed screen - 20' x 49'

Blue Prints

Line Set Schedule

Line Set Distance Purpose
  0'-0" Plaster
1 1'-6" Valance
2 2'-4" Main Curtain
3 2'-10"  
4 3'-4"  
5 3'-10"  
6 4'-4"  
7 4'-10"    
8 5'-4"  
9 5'-10"    
10 6'-4" #1 house electric w/ raceway
11 6'-10"  
12 7'-4"  
13 7'-10"  
14 8'-4"  
15 8'-10"  
16 9'-4"  
17 9'-10"  
18 10'-4"  
19 10'-10"  
20 11'-4"  
21 11'-10"  
22 12'-4"  
23 12'-10"  
24 13'-4"  #2 house electric w/ raceway
25 13'-10"    
26 14'-4"  
27 14'-10"   
28 15'-10"  
29 16'-4"  
30 16'-10"    
31 17'-4"   
32 17'-10"  
33 18'-4"  
34 18'-10"  
35 19'-4"  
36 19'-10"   
37 20'-4"  
38 20'-10" #3 house electric w/ raceway
39 21'-4"  
40 21'-10"    
41 22'-4"    
42 22'-10"  
43 23'-4"  
44 23'-10"  
45 24'-4"  
46 24'-10"  
47 25'-4"    
48 25'-10"  
49 26'-4"    
50 26'-10"  
51 27'-4"  
52 27'-10"    
53 28'-10"  Can Not Kick Shives
54 29'-4"  Can Not Kick Shives
55 31'-10"  
56 32'-3"  
57 32'-8"    
58 33'-1"  
59 33'-6"    
60 33'-11"  
61 34'-4"  usable but very tight
62 34'-9" pull line behind column (very tight)
63 36'-4" pull line behind column (very tight)
64 36'-10"  pull line behind column (very tight)
65 37'-4" usable but very tight
66 37'-10"  
67 38'-4"    
68 38'-10"    
69 39'-4"  
70 39'-10"  
71 40'-4"    
72 40'-10"  
73 41'-4"    
74 41'-10"  
75 42'-4"  
76 42'-10"  
77 43'-4"    
78 43'-10"  
79 44'-4"  
80 44'-10"    
81 45'-4"  
82 45'-10"  
83 46'-4"  
84 46'-10"  
85 47'-4"    
86 47'-10"  
87 48'-4"  
88 48'-10"  
89 49'-4"  
90 49'-10"  
  • 203 S. Main Street
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • (901) 525-3000
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