Saturday, March 25, 2017

Architectural Magic!

Love the old architecture... I'm always in admiration of the quality and creativity from the past.

This is the front view of the Orpheum TheatreLa Salle Francs Tireurs

The Orpheum Theater is an old theatre and movie house located in Massachusetts.

Originally named the Majestic Opera House. The building opened on April 15, 1912 (the same day the Titanic sank). Under the ownership of The French Sharpshooter’s Club of New Bedford, the building had been open for nearly fifty years and it contained an armored shooting range and ballroom. and it had helped train troops for World War I and World War II. The club leased the theatre to the Orpheum Circuit of Boston. It not only had vaudeville shows, but once that was in decline, the Orpheums switched to movies. This Orpheum theatre is believed to be the second oldest (it was built a year after the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles). When the theatre opened it seated 1,500 people. The theatre closed in 1958-59, and was only opened for special events. The sharpshooters club sold it in 1962, and it was used as storage by a tobacco company. The back of the theatre currently houses a supermarket, but the rest of the space is still empty. The building is currently privately owned.

There has been talk of reopening this building. I would love to view the inside of this piece of history.