Sioux City Orpheum

520 Pierce Street,
Sioux City, IA 51104

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Previously operated by: Orpheum Circuit, RKO

Architects: George W. Leslie Rapp

Firms: Rapp & Rapp

Functions: Concerts, Movies, Performing Arts

Styles: Baroque, French Renaissance

Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre

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Sioux City Orpheum

The second Orpheum Theatre was located on Nebraska Street, built around 1919, and designed by architect George Leslie Rapp with 1,456 seats. The new Sioux City Orpheum Theatre was constructed in 1927 and opened on December 19, 1927 as part of the Orpheum Circuit. It was designed by architectural firm Rapp & Rapp.

This opulent vaudeville and moving picture house boasted a large 2,650-seat, three-story auditorium complete with Wurlitzer pipe organ, half circle boxes, hand carved detailing, gilded ornamentation, several crystal chandeliers, and a hand painted ceiling.

Throughout the years, the Orpheum Theatre has been used for symphony performances, ballet, special attractions, and hosted entertainers such as Fred Astaire, Tallulah Bankhead, and Katherine Hepburn.

Beginning in 1999, the Orpheum Theatre was spectacularly restored to its original appearance, reopening in fall of 2001 after having been closed for nearly a decade.

Contributed by Jeff Henjes

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

kathy2trips on November 30, 2006 at 12:44 am

An excellent article with background information can be found on this link from Architecture Week: View link

PaulWolter on April 16, 2007 at 1:15 am

Does anyone have any information on the old Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City? Apparently Rapp & Rapp designed a theatre in Sioux City around 1917.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm

The Fall 2008 issue of Classic Trains Magazine has a neat color photo taken in May 1948 of two Sioux City Service Co. trolley cars meeting at Turner and Villa streets. One car has on its front a poster ad for the Orpheum Theatre. Movies are Frank Sinatra in “The Miracle of the Bells” plus “co-hit” “My Dog Rusty”.

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Here is a 1966 photo from Life Magazine:

sgtbrooks on November 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

The Orpheum Theater at the corner of 6th & Pierce is actually the third theatre in Sioux City. The second building was known as The Capitol and was remodled by Rapp & Rapp after the building of the present day Orpheum. They did not design the theatre on Nebraska Street, only the theatre on Pierce. I worked at the Orheum from the early 1960’s to the 1970’s and writing a book.

dhaefstheatre on January 31, 2013 at 7:45 pm

PaulWolter the first Orpheum was the Victory Theatre or originally named: Lyric Theatre.

rivest266 on October 14, 2017 at 12:24 am

2 screens opening on June 18th, 1982. Ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on December 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

Opened with on screen 1 with “Grease 2” and on screen 2 with “Bambi”.

davidcoppock on December 25, 2018 at 9:30 am

This theatre building looks like a department store or office building from the outside(besides the theatre sign)!!

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