Orpheum Theatre

118 N. Howard Street,
Spokane, WA 99201

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Previously operated by: Evergreen State Amusement Corp., Orpheum Circuit, Pantages

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Previous Names: Pantages Theatre

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Orpheum Theater

The Pantages Theatre originally opened pre-1909. It was re-modeled by noted architect B. Marcus Priteca and re-opened on June 30, 1918 with 1,300 seats. In 1930 it was renamed Orpheum Theatre and was operating as a movie theatre from 1932. In 1950, the seating capacity had been slightly reduced to 1,253.

The Orpheum Theatre was demolished in 1958.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm

A photograph and some organ details here:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

Various performers were appearing at the Pantages in Spokane as early as October, 1907, as listed in the 1907-08 edition of Henry’s Official Western Theatrical Guide.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

A splendid night shot of the Pantages Theatre illustrates this article about vaudeville in Spokane, published by the Spokesman-Review in 2005.

eriksmith on September 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

A matter of family lore: In the 20s, when the Pantages was a vaudeville house, my grandfather, amateur boxing champ of Spokane, was drafted to fill in as sparring partner for Jack Dempsey. Boxed a round with the world heavyweight champion every night he was onstage that week. My grandfather minded his manners — he didn’t want to get the fellow angry.

karynnilson on January 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

My Mom grew up in Spokane and used to go to this theater when she was a kid. Before it was demolished she was able to get one of the art deco chandeliers. We are trying to put a value on it and I am unable to find one posted anywhere. I don’t have a picture of it as it is still packed from their recent move. If anyone can guide me as to where to find information on it I would appreciate it. or Thank you

markess48 on February 3, 2018 at 4:28 pm

My mom took me to this theater a couple times before it was demolished.It became my favorite theater in Spokane. It was beautiful inside and looked similar to the State and Fox Theaters, but wasn’t crowded inside as those two were. Was a sad day when the Orpheum was torn down.

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