Creighton Orpheum Theater

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Creighton Orpheum Theater
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The former steel-letter marquee at Omaha's Orpheum Theater was replaced by a digital marquee in 2013
Creighton Orpheum Theater is located in Nebraska
Creighton Orpheum Theater
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°15′22.74″N 95°56′10.3″W / 41.2563167°N 95.936194°W / 41.2563167; -95.936194Coordinates: 41°15′22.74″N 95°56′10.3″W / 41.2563167°N 95.936194°W / 41.2563167; -95.936194
Built 1895 1927 Current Orpheum Theater
Architect Holabird & Roche; Lawrie,Harry
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
MPS Opera House Buildings in Nebraska 1867-1917 MPS (AD)
NRHP Reference #

73001061

[1]
Added to NRHP March 26, 1973

The Orpheum Theater is located at 409 South 16th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Orpheum hosts programs best served by a more theatrical setting, including the Broadway Across America-Omaha series and Opera Omaha's Orpheum Theater, the theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

The current site of the Omaha Orpheum Theater was previously home to the Creighton Theater.[2] John A. McShane organized a stock company to build the original theater in 1895.[2] The architects for the original theater were Fisher & Lawrie and the general contractors were Rocheford & Gould.[2] Paxton and Vierling installed the iron curtain that weighed 11 tons.[2] The theater was named after John A. Creighton, a local philanthropist, and a large portrait of Count Creighton decorated the proscenium arch.[2] The Creighton Theater was eventually added to the Orpheum Circuit, which by 1900 had expanded to nine western cities: Omaha, Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.[2] The reference to Creighton was eventually dropped from the theater's name.

Orpheum Entrance with Skylink above

By 1926 a new, larger theater was in the works.[2] The current 2,600-seat proscenium theater was built in 1927 on the same site as the original Creighton Theater,[2] but with its entrance situated on 16th Street.

When vaudeville acts were no longer in fashion, a screen was added and the theater operated as a downtown movie theater from the 1940s through 1975, when it received a $2 million renovation and became a performing arts venue once again.[3]

In 2002, the The Orpheum underwent a $10 million renovation, making it a state of the art theater capable of accommodating today's larger and more complicated scenery and sets.[4]

The Orpheum Theater Skylink was added in 2004 for increased convenience and accessibility to the Orpheum. The 200-foot-long elevated, enclosed and climate-controlled walkway connects the OPPD parking garage to the Orpheum Theater.

In October 2013, the steel-letter marquee that was installed with the 1975 renovation was replaced with a digital electronic display board.[5] The signage upgrades also included the installation of LED posters in the theater's lobby.[5]

The Orpheum Theater continues to be one of Omaha's most popular performing arts venues.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Orpheum Theater". The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper (Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA). March 28, 1974. 
  3. ^ "Orpheum Theater". CinemaTreasures.org. Retrieved Sept 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Omaha's Orpheum Theater". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Fischbach, Bob (October 10, 2013). "Orpheum Theater Marquee: Metal letters out; pictures, colors, motion in". The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA. 

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