It’s Sunday, September 21 and 9:08pm 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.
DETAILS129 University Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Downtown's Arts District is home to 18 art galleries and 5 museums.
Downtown is 1.2 walkable square miles
Downtown's population has doubled in the past 10 years to 5,100 residents. It is expected to double again by 2020.
New Orleans listed as 1 of 5 safe havens to ride out the recession Christian Science Monitor
New Orleans named a 2009 American Fast City Fast Company
New Orleans named the Coolest Start-up City in America Inc. Magazine
Downtown welcomes approximately 120,000 people on a given week-day, enough to make it the fourth largest city in Louisiana
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