Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

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Building History

The Orpheum Theatre became the first exhibitor of motion pictures in Los Angeles, CA, on 07/06/1896. (See Glenna Dunning, "Vitascope Is Coming to Town!" Los Angeles City Historical Society Newsletter, 08/2005, pp. 9-10.)

Building Notes

Charles Schimpf managed the Orpheum Theatre #1 in 1897, a venue that seated 1,500. According to Julius Cahn's Theatrical Guide 1897, the proscenium here was 31 feet high and 31 feet wide. The distance between side walls was 70 feet; distance between fly girders 45 feet; stage to rigging loft 65 feet; depth under stage 10 feet; the stage had three traps. Seven musicians could play in the orchestra pit.

PCAD id: 16231