It’s Friday, August 1 and 11:30pm in Downtown New Orleans.
Also known as RKO Orpheum, it was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh,1 built in 1918, and opened for vaudeville in 1921. The Beaux Arts style building has 1800 seats. Soon after opening it became a movie house. In 1979, the Orpheum was scheduled for demolition but was rescued and underwent a $3 million renovation. It reopened in 1989 as home to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, whose musicians prize the auditorium for its acoustical purity. The theater is an example of “vertical hall” construction, initially built to provide perfect sight lines and acoustics for vaudeville shows which didn’t have the benefit of amplifiers or modern lighting. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The theater was placed on the Louisiana Landmarks Society's list of New Orleans' most endangered sites in 2009.
The Orpheum Theatre was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina floodwaters and sold to a Dallas businessman who plans to restore it.
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New Orleans, LA 70112
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Downtown is home to several public parks, include Lafayette Square, Mississippi River Heritage Park and Duncan Plaza