Orpheum Theater (St. Louis)

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American Theater
Roberts Orpheum Theater - 2012.JPG
Orpheum Theater (St. Louis) is located in Missouri
Orpheum Theater (St. Louis)
Location 416 N. 9th St., St. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates 38°37′48″N 90°11′34″W / 38.63000°N 90.19278°W / 38.63000; -90.19278Coordinates: 38°37′48″N 90°11′34″W / 38.63000°N 90.19278°W / 38.63000; -90.19278
Built 1917
Architect Lansburgh,G. Albert
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85000617[1]
Added to NRHP March 18, 1985
The Orpheum Theater in 1917

The Orpheum Theater in St. Louis, Missouri is a Beaux-Arts style theater, built in 1917. It was constructed by local self-made millionaire Louis A. Cella and designed by architect Albert Lansburgh.[2] The $500,000 theater opened on Labor Day, 1917, as a vaudeville house.[2] As vaudeville declined, it was sold to Warner Brothers in 1930, and served as a movie theater until it closed in the 1960s.[2]

It was restored as the American Theater in the 1980s[2] and was listed under that name on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1] It was later sold to local businessmen Michael and Steve Roberts, who renamed it the Roberts Orpheum Theater. The Roberts brothers sold the theater in 2012, and it closed.[3] The Chicago developer, UrbanStreet Group, plans to restore the theater.[4]

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