At Main and Beale, what started as a vaudeville palace has become much more than that – a landmark performing arts campus and a promise for the next generation.
The historic Orpheum Theatre has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the theatre also hosts performances by Ballet Memphis, various concerts, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge. Since it first opened in 1928, the Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and architectural beauty. Under the leadership of the then-Memphis Development Foundation, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Register of Historic Places. With annual maintenance expenses of more than $650,000, in the last 35 years the Orpheum Theatre has undergone more than $15 million in renovation and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace.
The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education introduced a new downtown space for performances, events, education, and outreach in 2015. Totaling over 39,000 square feet, the new centre provides ample space for the Orpheum Theatre Group's own programs, which serve more than 50,000 students, teachers, and families. The intimate 361-seat theatre hosts concerts, dance, and other community events throughout the year, including the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Collage Dance Collective, Creative Works Conference, and more. The Halloran Centre also serves as a gathering and business space for other nonprofits and corporations, as well as a wedding, party, and convention venue.
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Orpheum Theatre Group directly.