Tour The Orpheum This Summer

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The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is giving you the chance to tour The Orpheum Theatre this summer. Take a 90-minute guided walk around the “Grand Old Lady of Granville Street” and learn about all of the city and entertainment history it contains (and maybe a ghost story or two).

1946: The Orpheum on Granville. Archives# CVA 1184-2290. Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

Where The Orpheum’s Smithe Street Entrance (between Granville and Seymour)
When 11:00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays July 2 to August 31, 2013
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

Here are just a few historical tidbits about The Orpheum and you’ll definitely learn more during a tour:

  • The theatre was built for $1 million in 1927, hosting Vaudeville acts and the latest motion pictures from Hollywood.
  • “Architect B. Marcus Priteca is recognized as the most accomplished theatre designer of his era in the American Northwest and Western Canada. This is the only surviving Canadian theatre designed by Priteca.” – City of Vancouver
  • Over the years names like Garbo, Gable, Bogart, Bacall, Hepburn, Monroe, Olivier, Lancaster, Bette Davis, Jack Benny, and Alec Guinness graced the stage.

Orpheum Tours are limited to a maximum of 30 people on a first come first served basis. However you can guarantee yourself a spot by calling the reservation line: (604) 665-3470. All proceeds will go to further the work of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame which honours British Columbians who have excelled in all disciplines of entertainment.

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