The Orpheum Theatre is located at 910 Hennepin Avenue south in Minneapolis Minnesota. The Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis was originally known as the Hennepin and opened on October 16, 1921. The Orpheum theater was designed by the Milwaukee firm of Kirchoff & Rose and cost $1 million to build. The opening act for the Hennepin was the Marx Brothers. They sold over 70,000 tickets for the opening week run.
The Orpheum Theatre then became a major outlet for such vaudeville entertainers like Jack Benny, Burns & Allen and Fanny Brice. The best seats in the house sold for $0.47 per adult ticket and children's tickets were $0.09. The Orpheum Theatre featured a playroom and day-care service for small children on the first floor. In later years as the popularity of vaudeville declined the Orpheum became one of the major cinema houses in Minneapolis. When Gone with the Wind premiered at the Orpheum in 1940 the line was out the door, down Hennepin, around the corner and onto 9th street! For three weeks the Orpheum Theatre sold out every performance!
In 1959 Ted Mann purchased the Orpheum Theatre and brought in Broadway touring productions. In the late 80's The ownership of the Orpheum changed. Until 1988 the Orpheum was owned by Bob Dylan and his brother. That year it was purchased by the Minneapolis Community Development Agency for $1.4 million. The historic Orpheum theatre began to undergo renovation and restoration in 1993. The Orpheum stage was extended to accommodate Broadway productions and the interior was restored to match the early Victorian design style. There were several unexpected architectural discoveries made during renovations such as 6 Pompeian friezes, fake windows and false walls! The Orpheum renovation cost was over $10 million! In December of 1993 a performance by Heart land marked the first Orpheum theatre concert. Miss Saigon was the first Orpheum Broadway production in January a year later.
The Orpheum Theatre has seen the origination of a number of productions such as Victor/Victoria, Beauty & the Beast and the pre-Broadway premiere of Disney's The Lion King and the national tour of Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA.
Popular productions are always being added to the Orpheum Schedule. The Orpheum is conveniently located on Hennepin Ave between 9th and 10th streets in the historic theatre district of Minneapolis. The Orpheum Theatre Seating Chart can accomodate approximately 1,500 on the main floor and 1,100 seats in the 3-level balcony. The best Orpheum Theatre seats sell out fast so buy your Orpheum tickets early and remember theatre tickets make great gifts! Click the Buy Tickets link to view the Orpheum Theatre Schedule and Buy Orpheum Theatre Tickets today!