The Orpheum was closed for the summer (reopening on September 1) while the City undertook capital improvements. This summer the City installed new carpeting throughout the Theatre. The new carpeting mainly uses the existing pattern, but with subtle color changes that add brightness to the main floor. A different pattern is used in the Lower Lobby and there is new furniture (paid for by the Friends) in the Green Room.
For the upcoming season, FOTOT looks to continue with its goal to bring new events (and new audiences) to the Orpheum.
Books & Authors - Thanks to the City, Downtown Phoenix Inc., and Changing Hands Books, Books & Authors will return. On September 17 Gloria Steinem will appear at the Orpheum to discuss her book, “A Life on the Road".
Orpheum Ghost Tours - Ghost Tours will re-appear at the Orpheum for three evenings in October (22, 23, and 30). We expect to have five tours per night; each hour-long tour will visit parts of the Theatre where “unexplained phenomena” have occurred in the past. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit phoenix.ticketforce.com.
Silents for Students - We will again be cooperating with Act One, and the Organ Society, by bringing students into the Orpheum in October to experience a silent movie accompanied by the mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
Downstairs @ the Orpheum - Downstairs @ the Orpheum will also be back. These musical performances, which take place in the “Intimate Lobby Lounge”, may feature jazz, blues, classical, perhaps even flamenco.
What's Coming Up at the Orpheum
September 7 - ASU Origins Project: Great Debate: Sex, Gender, Reproductive Rights 7:00
September 8 - Los Secretos de Santa Maria 7:30
September 9 - Los Secretos de Santa Maria 7:30
September 10 - Los Secretos de Santa Maria 2:00 7:30
September 11 - Los Secretos de Santa Maria 4:00
September 13 - Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
September 15 - Kraftwerk 3-D Concert 8:30
September 17 - Books & Authors: Gloria Steinem “A Life on the Road” 7:00
September 27 - Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
October 1 - Benise: Spanish Nights
October 5 - City and Color Concert 8:00
October 11 - Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
October 14 - Sigur Ros 8:30
October 22 - Ghost Tours 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00
October 23 - Silent Sunday: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” 2:30
October 23 - Ghost Tours 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00
October 25 - Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
October 30 - Ghost Tours 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00
Support the Friends
Attention Fry’s Shoppers – Donate to the Friends every time you shop at Fry’s, and it’s free. Fry’s is donating $2 million a year ($500,000/quarter) to Arizona non-profits. To participate, go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com and register your Fry’s VIP card, and select Friends of the Orpheum Theatre as your non-profit of choice. Remember: your donation is free, and this program is separate from the gas program. Last year, the Friends received nearly $700 from Fry’s. Also: if you are already a member of the Program you have to re-register in August. Just go to the e-mail location shown above and follow the directions to re-enroll.
Give Kids a Boost – It’s often difficult for young children to see what’s happening on stage because they are “vertically challenged.” Now you can help the Friends solve this problem by purchasing a booster seat. The purchase price is $25, and each seat purchased will be labelled with the name of the purchaser. Visit our website, www.friendsoftheorpheumtheatre.org for more information.
Support the Friends, Become a “Star” – A unique way to support FOTOT. For $100 you can purchase a brick which will be placed in the “Avenue of Stars” located just east of the Theatre in the City Hall Plaza. You can purchase a brick to honor your family, a friend, someone you admire, or to celebrate an event (graduation, birthday, etc.). For more information, visit our website.
Become a Member of the Friends – Join us as we preserve and illuminate the heritage of the glorious Orpheum Theatre. Visit our website to learn more.
Friends of the Orpheum Theatre
A 501c3 nonprofit whose Mission is:
To support the art, culture, and history of the Orpheum Theatre through outreach, education, and volunteerism.