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Orpheum Theatre: recent exterior views

842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014 | map |

The Orpheum Theatre pages:  history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | lofts |  


A busy time during the January 2018 "Night on Broadway" event. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo. Visit his Historic Theatre Photography site for tech data and hundreds of terrific photos of the theatres he's explored. And don't miss his page on the Orpheum.



This version of the marquee has been on the building since the mid-30s. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his 2012 photo. Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



A signage detail. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A lovely view of the neon under the Orpheum's marquee. Thanks to Bud Care for the 2007 photo on Flickr.



The vertical at night. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



That circle at the top used to say "RKO." Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A 2012 marquee view. Photo: Bill Counter



A closer look at the marquee. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015



A look upward. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



A detail of that distinctive Orpheum script. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013
 


The famous roof sign. Thanks to Shawn Dudley for the 2016 photo. You can see the rest of his thirteen photo Orpheum set on the LAHTF Facebook page

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings. www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official FB page



A drone's eye view of the sign from Ian Wood's "Downtown Los Angeles" on Vimeo. He spent several months in 2014 shooting downtown theatres and other historic buildings from a drone that resembled "a mutant chicken." It's four minutes and forty five seconds of wonder that's not to be missed.



A view upward. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015



The roof sign gets its closeup at dusk. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



The sign at night. It used to say "vaudeville" below the Orpheum lettering. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



A stunning 2015 view of the edge of the Orpheum's roof sign from JimmyLBC on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page.



The rear of the sign, a 2002 view that's part of the Sign Structures collection from Mark Swope Photography.



An end view by Mark Swope. It's in his Sign Structures collection. Thanks, Mark!



The roof sign from street level. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



Terracotta details on the facade. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


The ticket lobby:


 A look in from the street. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The view toward the south display cases. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010


 
Looking north. The structure on the right, now a boxoffice, used to be operated as a snackbar accessible from the street. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



Another look at the former snackbar. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The ticket lobby ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010


Looking south on Broadway:


A drone's eye view south on toward the United Artists from Ian Wood's 5 minute 2015 epic "Downtown Los Angeles" on Vimeo.



Up in the air looking south. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012 



The view at night. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012 



The building just north of the Orpheum is the 1927 vintage Platt Music Co. Building by Walker & Eisen, architects of the United Artists building. And, in yellow, Two Boots Pizza, a fine spot.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A line around the block for the L.A. Conservancy's December 2012 screening of "A Christmas Story." The Conservancy's Facebook album about the event includes this photo by Larry Underhill.



A view from the 6th floor of the Bullock's Building at 7th & Broadway. The upper floors are now parking. That's a bit of Loew's State on the right. Farther down are the Garland Building/Globe Theatre, the Tower Theatre and the Orpheum. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



South from 8th St. At this point the Rialto still had down-market retail in the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



South toward the United Artists. That's the Eastern Columbia Building on the right. It's a design of Claud Beelman that opened in September 1930. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A different angle on the Orpheum and Eastern Columbia. The building in the upper right is the 1929 expansion to the Hamburger Department Store / May Co. building. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



A look down toward the United Artists. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007


 Looking north on Broadway:


A January 25, 2014 photo. It was the "Day on Broadway," the celebration of the 6th anniversary of the decade-long Bringing Back Broadway initiative. It was perhaps the first time in years the Rialto, Tower, and Globe marquees had all been lit. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - LAHTF Facebook page.



Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for this terrific 2014 photo with a view all the way down to the Palace. 



A night view north in 2013. Photo: Hunter Kerhart



A 2012 night view. Photo: Hunter Kerhart



North from the Orpheum toward the Rialto and Tower theatres. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A great shot from the top of the United Artists looking down in the canyon of Broadway toward the Orpheum. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



Gazing toward the Orpheum from the north fire escape of the United Artists building. The UA building was under renovation at the time and hadn't yet morphed into the Ace Hotel. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



A 2007 look north. The building this side of the Orpheum is the 9th & Broadway Building, a design of Claud Beelman that opened in 1929. Photo: Bill Counter


The Orpheum from Hill Street:


The view looking east. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A Hill St. vista at night. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012 



Another view from the west. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



The Orpheum and the Eastern Columbia Building. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



Thanks to Stephen Russo for this fine 2011 view from a building on Hill St. It originally appeared on the L.A. Conservancy Facebook page.



A 2010 look over toward the theatre included in Corey Miller's Theatre Signs set on Flickr. 


Around the back: 


How do you spell "Orpheum" backward? At one time you didn't need to read it backward -- it was a double faced sign with one on this side directed to travelers arriving by train. Photo: Shawn Dudley -  LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



A great rainy day view of the rear of the Orpheum roof sign.  Photo: Yasmin Elming - Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page - 2012



Thanks to David Israel for this terrific 2016 photo of the rear of the theatre and adjoining buildings as seen from Main St. It was a post on the SoCal Historic Architecture Facebook page.



A closer view from Spring St. The green fire stairs at left are for some of the dressing rooms and the house left organ chamber access. Note the roof sign at the Broadway edge of the building. The stagehouse, with more dressing rooms -- and 7 floors of what are now loft apartments above, is the rust colored structure at the far left of the image. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007


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