Orpheum Theatre (San Francisco)

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Orpheum Theatre
Pantages Theatre
New Orpheum Theatre
2017 Orpheum Theatre closeup.jpg
(2017)
Orpheum Theatre is located in San Francisco County
Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre
Address1192 Market
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°46′45″N 122°24′53″W / 37.779081°N 122.414708°W / 37.779081; -122.414708Coordinates: 37°46′45″N 122°24′53″W / 37.779081°N 122.414708°W / 37.779081; -122.414708
Public transitBay Area Rapid Transit BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Civic Center/UN Plaza
OwnerSHN
OperatorSHN
DesignationSan Francisco Landmark
Capacity2,203
ProductionAladdin the Musical
Construction
Opened1926
ArchitectB. Marcus Priteca
Website
www.shnsf.com/
Designated1977[1]
Reference no.94

The SHN Orpheum Theatre, originally the Pantages Theatre, is located at 1192 Market at Hyde, Grove and 8th Streets in the Civic Center district of San Francisco, California. The theatre first opened in 1926 as one of the many designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca for theater-circuit owner Alexander Pantages. The interior features a vaulted ceiling, while the facade was patterned after a 12th-century French cathedral. The Orpheum seats 2,203 patrons.[2] In 1998, after a previous renovation in the 1970s, a $20 million renovation was completed to make the Orpheum more suitable for Broadway shows. The theatre is a locally designated San Francisco landmark as determined by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.[3]

The Orpheum, as well as the Golden Gate Theatre and Curran Theatre in San Francisco, are owned by SHN, a theatrical producing company owned by Carole Shorenstein Hays and partner Robert Nederlander.

Detail of the building's facade

History[edit]

In April 1998 the Kern/Hammerstein musical "Show Boat" was the first production staged in the reconstructed and expanded theater.

The theater has hosted numerous Broadway shows, including a two-year sit-down production of the musical Wicked from January 27, 2009 through September 2010.[4] The Grateful Dead gave six performances here on July 12-18, 1976. From April 30 to May 4, 2007 the theatre hosted Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[5]

Productions that were staged at the Orpheum prior to opening on Broadway have included Bring It On: The Musical (2011-2012)[1], Evita (1979)[2], Mama Mia! (2000-2001), and The Act (1977)[3].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ Chandler, Dan (2009). "Orpheum Theater San Francisco". BubbasGotTickets. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ Hendley, Alvis (2010). "San Francisco Landmark 94: Orpheum Theater". Noehill. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  4. ^ BWW News Desk (January 27, 2009). "Wicks and Kassebaum Head Wicked SF Return, Opens at Orpheum 1/27". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  5. ^ Evangelista, Benny (April 25, 2007). "Conan O'Brien's road trip to San Francisco". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 August 2010.

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