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Vancouver Civic Theatres now offering self-guided tours of the historic Orpheum

June 13 2017 Instagrammers to be #blessed with photo ops inside the 90 year old building.

Interior view of the Orpheum Theatre

This summer Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is offering self-guided tours of the Orpheum, one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America.

The Orpheum, a designated National Heritage Site, was built in 1927. The theatre hosts international musicians, concerts, and unique events, and is home to the beloved Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Tours start June 13

Join one of these summer tours to learn about the Orpheum’s history and architecture, spooky stories, famous performers, and how the community once came together to “Save the Orpheum.” Tours are self-guided, with support from Vancouver Civic Theatres staff. Attendees will be given one hour to wander the lobbies, staircases, and the mezzanine floor of the auditorium.

Tours are available three times per day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays starting Tuesday, June 13. Tickets are available online at orpheumtours.com External website or in person at the Tickets Tonight booth located inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.

As the Orpheum is a working theatre, tours, availability, and content may vary.

About the Orpheum

World renowned theatre architect, Marcus Priteca designed over 220 theatres in North America and the Orpheum is considered one of his finest accomplishments. The Orpheum boasts soaring lines, gold leaf, grand staircases, and 145 original crystal chandeliers.

The Orpheum was built as a Vaudeville Theatre and Silent Movie Palace. It still houses the “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ” which is last theatre organ in Canada still in its original home. The Orpheum is a member of Vancouver Civic Theatres venue collective, which also operates the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Plaza, Vancouver Playhouse, and ANNEX.

About Vancouver Civic Theatres

This program is a part of Vancouver Civic Theatres’ mission to provide access to its spaces for the community in unconventional ways.

VCT is working on more offerings, so keep an eye out for fitness classes, art workshops, outdoor film nights, and festivals this summer. These programs are free or subsidized by VCT to ensure low barrier access to arts and culture in the city.

To keep on top of all the exciting things happening, follow Vancouver Civic Theatres on Facebook External website, Twitter External website, and Instagram External website.

For more information about this or other VCT events, contact vctinfo@vancouver.ca.

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