The Orpheum Theatre - recent exterior views




The famous Orpheum roof sign. 

photo: Shawn Dudley - 2016



How do you spell "Orpheum" backward? 

photo: Shawn Dudley - 2016

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.

Thanks, Shawn!  You can see the rest of his thirteen
photo Orpheum set on the LAHTF Facebook page.




The Orpheum Theatre, one of the most
opulent
of the Los Angeles movie palaces.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

That's the United Artists/Ace Hotel
building on the right, down in the 900 block.




The marquee and vertical at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



From the top of the United Artists looking down
 in the canyon of Broadway toward the Orpheum.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - October 2012




Gazing toward the Orpheum from the north
 fire escape of the United Artists building.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - October 2012




Looking south on Broadway at the Tower,
Rialto and Orpheum theatres.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another view south on Broadway.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


The building just north of the Orpheum is the Platt Bldg.
by Walker & Eisen, architects of the United Artists building.




Up in the air looking south.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



South along Broadway at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



The roof sign gets its closeup.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012


[ click on any of these photos to enlarge ]


The roof sign at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012


The roof sign used to say "vaudeville"
below the Orpheum lettering.




The roof sign as viewed from below.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The vertical sign. The circle at
 the top used to say RKO.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012




The vertical at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



Terracotta details on the facade.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012




A ticket lobby south view.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007




The newer boxoffice on the
south end of the ticket lobby.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



Another look south from 8th &
Broadway toward the Orpheum.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012





A great view of the rear of the Orpheum
roof sign on a rainy day in April 2012. 

photo: Yasmin Elming on Photos of Los Angeles





The alley behind the Orpheum.


photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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. 
It used to be double-sided.

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.

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     Bringing Back Broadway    

 bringingbackbroadway.com on Facebook



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



  Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation  

www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official FB page



A lovely 2013 look up toward the marquee by
Jenny Goodwin on the LAHTF Facebook page.
 full size view



     LA Okay    

www.laokay.com  


A view of the Orpheum
 marquee from this site
.
 full size view



     Photos of  Los Angeles    

facebook.com/groups/24456598223486


I don't think this is directed at me: "So You Think
 You Can Dance?"  I know I can't. The shot was a
2013 post from Ken McIntyre.
full size view



     Corey Miller on Flickr    

www.flickr.com/photos/toomuchfire



A 2010 view of the Orpheum and its
famous roof sign included in Corey's
 Theatre Signs set on Flickr.
full size view




Another roof sign view, from
Corey's Movie Theatres set.
full size view




     Ian Wood on Vimeo    

vimeo.com/iwood


A look south on Broadway toward the United
Artists from Ian Wood's "Downtown Los Angeles."

 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.
larger view | the full video on Vimeo



A drone's-eye view of the Orpheum's
roof sign from "Downtown Los Angeles."

larger view | the full video on Vimeo

The footage also appears with stories posted by
 Brigham Yen and LA Observed's Kevin Roderick.





A lovely view of the theatre's marquee.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015

Keep up with Hunter's explorations:
on Facebook
| hunterkerhart.com | on Flickr




A look up at the roof sign.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015

[ click on any of these photos for a larger view ]



Things are getting brighter on Broadway.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - January 25, 2014

The day was the 6th anniversary celebration of the decade-long
Bringing Back Broadway initiative. In addition to the Orpheum,
we see the Rialto, Tower, and Globe marquees lit.


Hunter's photo above originally appeared, with another view
looking south from the Globe, on the LAHTF Facebook page.

Thanks, Hunter!



South on Broadway toward the Garland Building/
Globe Theatre, the Tower Theatre and the Orpheum.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012

The photo was taken from the 6th floor of the Bullock's Building
at 7th & Broadway. The upper floors are now parking.
That's bit of Loew's State on the right.




The Orpheum's facade.

photo: Betty Sword - 2002


Betty's photo is in the collection of the Brooklyn-based
theatre historian Cezar Del Valle. See his Theatre Talks blog.



East from Spring St.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012




From Spring St. 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




North from the Orpheum toward
the Rialto and Tower theatres.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


| November 2013 view - Hunter Kerhart |



A night view north on Broadway.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



A closeup of the marquee.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The marquee at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012

Also from Hunter:
| night marquee view - 2013 |



A neon detail.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



Another marquee closeup.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013


[ click on any of these photos to enlarge ]



The view toward the south display cases.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010



A ticket lobby south view.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The ticket lobby ceiling.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010


South toward the United Artists.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


That's the Eastern Columbia Building on the right.


Looking up at the Orpheum and
the Eastern Columbia Building.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012



The Orpheum facade at night.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012




North on Broadway.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



     Bud Care on Flickr    

www.flickr.com/photos/39527581@N07/


A lovely 2007 view of the neon under
the Orpheum's marquee by Bud.
full size view | on FB/LAtheatres

The photo above
also appears in the LAHTF photo pool
 on Flickr, where you'll find many more interesting shots
of various Los Angeles theatres.



     Los Angeles Conservancy    

laconservancy.org   on Facebook


A wonderful 2011 sign view by Stephen Russo.
full size view | on the LAC FB page



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
full size view | on the LAC FB page



A marquee and vertical shot on the LAC Facebook
page in conjunction with their 2013 showing of the
1925 silent version of "Ben-Hur" at the theatre.
The photo is by Bridget McLoughlin.
 full size view

More exterior views :
marquee - "Rear Window"- Stephen Russo - 2011   |
 |
  marquee - "Safety Last"  - Stephen Russo - 2011 |




     SoCal Historic Architecture    

facebook.com/groups/socalhistoricarchitecture


Thanks to David Israel for this terrific 2016 view
of the rear of the theatre as seen from Main St.
 full size view | on the SoCal page



     Mark Swope Photography    

www.markswopephotography.com



The rear of the Orpheum roof sign, a 2002 view that's
part of Mr. Swope's Sign Structures collection. 
full size view



An end view of the sign by Mark Swope.
full size view


more orpheum theatre pages:
main orpheum page 
lobby  |  lounges  |  auditorium  |
booth  | 
 stage  |  basement  |  lofts  |

If you're looking for pre-2000 exterior views,
 you'll find them on the main Orpheum page.