Orpheum Theater Tours
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Built for the vaudeville circuit in 1926, the Orpheum Theatre underwent a major renovation in the early 1990s and is now the best-preserved palace-style theater in LA. With a Beaux Arts exterior and a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ below its curtained stage, this is a living remnant of the city’s magnificent Broadway Theater District.
Visiting the historic Orpheum Theatre puts you in illustrious company; the likes of the Marx Brothers, Lena Horne, Will Rogers, and Aretha Franklin have stood onstage over the years. Most recently, the venue hosted auditions for American Idol. The best way to experience the Orpheum in its full glory is to attend a performance. The events calendar is packed with everything from ballet and classical music to plays and stand-up comedy.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Orpheum is a must-see for history buffs and music lovers.
- The camera-use policy varies from event to event, so check before arriving.
- The main floor and balcony are both wheelchair accessible.
- It’s wise to buy tickets ahead of time—shows can sell out.
How to Get There
The Orpheum sits rather conveniently between Santa Monica 10, Harbor/Pasadena 110, and Hollywood 101 Freeways in Downtown L.A. You’ll find ample public parking in the vicinity.
When to Get There
The best time to visit The Orpheum is during a performance, which allows you to experience the hall as it was designed to be experienced. Performers typically offer multiple showings, both in the late afternoon and evening.
The Los Angeles Broadway District
With a dozen movie houses (all built between 1910 and 1931) in a few-block radius, the Broadway District was once the entertainment epicenter of LA. Today it’s a National Historic District, replete with office buildings and department stores that have been repurposed into restaurants, shops, and bars. Many of the classic Greek, Italian Renaissance, and Roman-style façades remain.
Address: 842 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Admission: Varies by event
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Orpheum Theater
Get a comprehensive overview of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas on this 2-day private tour. Each day is split up into 5-hour walking tours that cover a range of landmarks including City Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more. Discover some of L.A.’s hidden gems and learn about the history of the city from your guide.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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