After 12 years, $14 million and an incredible amount of perseverance, the historic Orpheum Theatre has been renovated for "adaptive reuse," restoring as much of its visible splendor as possible, while retrofitting it as a modern theatre capable of handling anything Broadway sends its way. And its marquee at Second Avenue and Adams Street again announces the names of first class productions, drawing thousands of people to a vibrant downtown venue.
The Orpheum is operated by the City of Phoenix Stages Division, which also runs Symphony Hall and the Symphony Hall Terrace. Friends of the Orpheum provide educational and restoration support through volunteer and fundraising programs.
The 1,364-seat Orpheum audience chamber--now known as the Lewis Auditorium, dedicated to Jewell and Delbert Lewis and family--has 1,062 seats on orchestra level, 302 in the balcony. The auditorium complements the larger nearby America West Arena, Dodge Theatre and Symphony Hall, as well as the smaller stages of the Herberger Theater Center.