Tour the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver

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The Orpheum Theatre on Granville is open for tours this month as the public is invited to explore the National Historic Site. In celebration of the Orpheum’s 85th anniversary, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame has been offering guided tours all summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

One down, three to go... Canucks Celebration! The Orpheum
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Where The Orpheum’s Smithe Street Entrance (between Granville and Seymour)
When 11:00am to 12:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until August 30, 2012
Cost Admission is a $10 donation to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

Stage left view Balcony view
Photo credit: K D Photos & K D Photos on Flickr

Over the years Garbo, Gable, Bogart, Bacall, Hepburn, Monroe, Olivier, Lancaster, Bette Davis, Jack Benny, and Alec Guinness have all graced the stage — as did my graduating class in 1998. When attending a show there’s hardly enough time to appreciate the venue as it’s not usually the main attraction. These tours seem like the perfect opportunity to pause and really look at this heritage space, hear stories, and soak up its decor and design.

The Orpheum is one of three civic theatres in the City of Vancouver. Tours are limited to a maximum of 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. They are recommended for those 12 to 80 years of age and do involve stair climbing.

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