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White Dove Gift to Archives

Thanks to a thoughtful gift from the Hospice of the Valley White Dove Thrift Shoppe in Mesa, AZ, our archives have new memorabilia from its Palace West days!

From left: Laura Stenzel (FOTOT), Melody Mountain (White Dove General Manager), and Sue Livengood (White Dove Volunteer).

Earlier this year, Sue Livengood contacted the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre to let us know the thrift shop received a donation which included several posters for the Palace West Theatre. Sue said the colorful graphics on the posters immediately caught her eye and while she recognized the address of the theatre, the name of the theatre was unfamiliar.

Thinking the posters might have historic value, Sue took to the internet in hopes of finding a rightful home for the well kept items. Thankfully, the search led her to the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre. After exchanging several emails, we are happy to report the Palace West posters are finally back at the theatre.

Sue said the volunteers at the White Dove Thrift Shoppe go above and beyond to make certain donations are treated with care, dignity, and respect as they are often made by family members of former patients. We are thankful to Sue, White Dove General Manager Melody Mountain, and all the other White Dove volunteers for making certain these historic treasures were well cared for before being returned to the Orpheum Theatre.

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The Orpheum Theatre was known as Palace West from 1968 to 1985. The Orpheum name was restored when the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Place in late 1985.

FOTOT Gives Special Thanks - to the Orpheum's technical staff, Todd Rambo and Dylan Dube, and to our wonderful volunteer ushers for their tireless support. We could not do it without you!

Support the Friends, Become a “Star” – here is a unique way to support FOTOT. For $100 you can purchase a brick which will be placed in the “Avenue of the 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 ( Attention Fry’s Shoppers – you can 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.

  1. Go to

  2. Register your Fry’s VIP card

  3. 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. AmazonSmile - You shop, AmazonSmile donates. Shop at to support a charity at no extra cost.

  1. Visit

  2. Sign in with the same account you use for

  3. Select your charity

  4. Start shopping!

Remember to checkout at to generate donations for your chosen charity. Did You Know – that the light rail has two stops that are less than a 10 minute walk from the Orpheum. Whether you’re coming from the East Valley or from Northwest Phoenix, taking the train allows you to avoid traffic as well as the cost of parking your car. Board of Directors David Stevenson, Luis Ruiz, Linda Hamm, Laura Stenzel, Anne-Marie Sittenfeld, Patty Dunlap, Alison Sipes, Nader Abushab, Raymond Combe


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