The Orpheum Theater is in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Boasting a long, rich history, it was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, built in 1918, and opened for vaudeville in 1921. The theater is an example of “vertical hall” construction, initially built to provide perfect sight lines and acoustics for vaudeville shows, which didn’t have the benefit of amplifiers or modern lighting. Also known as the RKO Orpheum, the Beaux Arts style building has been home to a movie house, the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was hired to renovate the historic facilities and incorporate extensive flexibility, including an adjustable cantilevered floor and removable seats to accommodate a range of possible configurations and uses. The spacious orchestra, loges, balcony, and gallery, combined feature upholstered seats and comfortable accommodation for 1460 guests.
New Orleans, LA
54,000 SQ FT
KI Fixed Seating, Wenger