AKA: Orpheum Theater, Market Street, San Francisco, CA; New Orpheum Theatre, Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Priteca, B. Marcus, Architect (firm); Barnet Marcus Priteca (architect)

Dates: constructed 1926

1192 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4928

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This theatre stood near the San Francisco Civic Center;

Alexander Pantages opened the fourth Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco in 02/20/1926 on Market Street; it operated in its earliest years as a vaudeville house, seating 2,446 on three levels; after its sale to the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (later RKO) circuit in 1929, Priteca's theatre reopened as the New Orpheum, now strictly a first-run movie house; it remained open as a movie theatre until the 1970s; in 1953, Cinerama sub-leased the New Orpheum from Metropolitan Theatres and operated it as a wide-screen theatre until 1968; new owners purchased it from Metropolitan in 1977 and remodeled the building as a venue for live theatre; this lasted until 1981, when it closed again; the Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Organization purchased the Orpheum in 1981, and has succeeded in hosting travelling troupes of major Broadway plays to the present;

The theatre underwent extensive alterations in the early 1990s to accommodate the play, Miss Saigon; these alterations included expanding the stage into the front row seats, erecting a new marquee, and enlarging the rear of the stage;

PCAD id: 1555