The Orpheum Story

The Orpheum is a nearly century-old Beaux Arts theater in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Built in 1918, the iconic space—which is one of the few remaining vertical hall designs in the US—has hosted vaudeville acts, films and countless performances by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. But its halls have sat dormant since 2005,when failed levees ushered Hurricane Katrina flood waters throughout the building’s lower reaches.

With a full renovation and passionate preservation completed, this classic space has opened to the music-loving public as a fully restored, incomparably luxurious entertainment space.

More than a stunning historical structure, this reimagined space brings an entirely new tier of entertainment venue to New Orleans. The Orpheum’s impeccable acoustics once again delights concert goers. The Orpheum experience is pure entertainment—even before the curtain goes up.

A Theater Revival

Notes from Our Renovation and Restoration
  • The paint color scheme is now precisely as it was in 1921. The terra cotta ceiling in the lobby as well as the ornate plasterwork throughout the space were all restored by hand.
  • An adjustable orchestra floor was added, which includes removable seating that allows for shifting floor plans, seated dinners and more.
  • State-of-the-art audio and lighting systems have been installed throughout to complement the Orpheum’s original acoustic layout.
  • The Orpheum was one of the first theaters in the American south to have an elevator, which has now been fully restored.
  • Our dressing rooms and green rooms are now immaculately appointed and include full bathrooms, and a full kitchen has been added in the basement level.
  • Two VIP areas on the Gallery Level were added for an even more luxurious seating option.
  • Six permanent bars have been built throughout the space, ensuring ideal crowd flow.
  • Additional restrooms were added to the first floor.
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