Memphis Orpheum Theatre

... the 1928 Opening Souvenir Program


In 1923, a fire broke out during a vaudeville show and the old Orpheum Theater burned to the ground.  Five years later, on the foundation of the old theater, a new Orpheum Theater was built at a then-staggering cost of $1.5 million. It was twice as large as the old theater, and much more ornate and luxurious, decorated in the style of Francois I.  Opening on November 19, 1928, the Memphis Orpheum was beyond anything the builders of the old opera house could have ever dreamed.   The auditorium, which seated 2500, was decorated in shades of gold, red and cream, and included a huge stage, orchestra pit, balcony and domed ceiling.  The grand lobby had twin staircases, enormous crystal chandeliers and gilded plasterwork.   It was, and is, a masterpiece.

This very rare 1928 Opening Night Souvenir Program is posted below in its entirety.  >


From the Collection of Dave French ... Click on small photos below to see a large photo...




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9 1/8" x 12 1/8" Title Page Joseph P. Kennedy Marcus Heiman Keith-Albee-Orpheum Frederick Donaghey


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Frederick Donaghey The Program The New Orpheum Orpheum-Memphis Palace - Chicago State Lake-Chicago

Note to Cinema Historians:  We also have high resolution scans of all the excellent Keith-Albee-Orpheum Circuit Theatre photos from this program.  Please contact us if you have the need for any of them.



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Palace-NYC Hypodrome-NYC Memorial-Boston Albee-Brooklyn Riverside-Milwaukee St.Louis-St. Louis


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Palace-Cleveland Orpheum - LA Hillstreet-LA Orpheum-Vancouver



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Fordham - NYC

Keith-Portland Mainstreet-Kan City Orpheum-Omaha National-Louisville

Orpheum-New Orleans



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Orpheum-San Fran Golden Gate - San Fran Keith's Wash DC Palace-South Bend Orpehum-Oakland In Appreciation


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In Appreciation In Appreciation In Appreciation In Appreciation In Appreciation  


The Keith-Albee-Orpheum Circuit ...




Vaudeville Performers appearing at the New Orpheum's Inaugural Performance


Edna Miller

Homer B. Mason

Rae Samuels

Jay Velie

Corinne Griffith


The Gayle Sisters

Marguerite Keeler

Elsa Newell

Bill Newell

 "The Devil's Circus"



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