REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT
BACKSTAGE, STORIES, EVENTS AND HISTORY AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER

409 S. 16th Street
Wednesday, October 16th
11:00am – 12:00 - Tour 
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
Cost: $15

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Please reserve your spot no later than October 9.


The Orpheum opened in 1927. It was home to vaudeville performers during the early days. It became a movie theater in the 1960s. Jerry Lewis was the last known live performer in 1961, before the Orpheum transitioned into a movie house.

For the rest of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, it served as a movie theater. The building fell into disrepair during that time. It closed in 1971. In 1973, The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben bought the building and put in $2 million to renovate it. The Knights offered it to the city on the condition that the theater be used for plays, musicals, etc. The Orpheum reopened in 1975. 

Today, the Orpheum is professionally managed by Omaha Performing Arts. The Orpheum underwent a major $10 million renovation in 2002 and the ornate splendor of this magnificent theater was enhanced to better serve patrons and artists. Recent renovations have restored its ornate splendor - and enhanced acoustics and views.

Our Tour Guide will be Jeff Brown, the Assistant Production Manager for the Orpheum Theater. Jeff is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Al Brown, who managed the Orpheum from 1974 to 1996. Jeff grew up backstage at the Orpheum, and continues to assume responsibility and care of the Orpheum today.

PARKING:

First arrivals can park in two rows in the loading dock. Please pull all the way up so that others can park behind you.  Additional parking is on the street and the lot on the S/E corner, which is a paid lot. At that time of day, there is usually a lot of street parking.

Enter at the stage door on 15th and Harney.

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