The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre, a beautifully restored heritage building from 1927 is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Orpheum Theatre Stage
Orpheum Theatre Stage cc licensed photo by Michael Thoeny

Located at 761 Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver, the Orpheum Theatre has a rich history going back to 1927 when it first opened as a vaudeville theatre. When vaudeville died out in the early 1930s it became a movie house under Famous Players. In 1973 Famous Players was planning on completely gutting the inside and converting it to a multiplex cinema. You can easily see from the pictures why this plan was strongly opposed. After a public protest and fundraiser the plans where cancelled.

Vancouver City bought the Orpheum in 1974 and closed it until 1977 for renovation and restoration. The Orpheum underwent extensive renovations again in 2009 and today it is arguably one of the most beautiful concert venues on the continent. It has also been officially designated as a National Historic Site.

The theatre provides seating for an audience of up to 2765 people. It is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Bach Choir. It also hosts many other live musical programs and shows.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 601 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4, Canada

Phone: (604) 665-3035

Official Website: The Orpheum Vancouver

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating We went to see Handel's Messiah Amazing concert. The Orpheum is a beautiful concert hall with gorgeous decoration and lighting. Incredible to think of all the legendary musicians and singers who have played here through the years. Fantastic location in the heart of Vancouver, on Granville Street, The Orpheum is a gem. We sat in the Lower Balcony at the side and still had a great view of everything. The staff were attentive and helpful and there were plenty of them to ask questions and get directions. Definitely go to The Orpheum if you get a chance.
Chris Barton - 2 months ago

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3 Star Rating December 9, 2023: An Iranian pop star Shahram Shabpareh had his final concert “Farewell to the King” hosted in the Orpheum. The concert was pretty good. But you should try to improve the sound of the theatre. I know this theatre is nearly 100 years old, but you should hire some audio technicians to fix the sound system of the theatre! It can sometimes be deafening!
A. F. - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We went here tonight for Tom oddel's concert. Outside the Orpheum, there was a long line to enter, which of course moved quickly, and we waited for maybe 5 minutes to enter the main hall. After entering, we checked our tickets and entered. It had many toilets and was clean. There were stalls for buying food and drinks and alcoholic drinks, but since we had just eaten, we only bought a vodka and water. The main space where the concert was held was classy and very beautiful. The lighting and the sound of the music were also very good. This was the first time I went to a concert in Kanadel and I can't compare how it was compared to other places, but the main atmosphere of the concert reminded me of European architecture. Before the start of the concert, there was a warm-up for about two hours, and several singers, including Isabel LaRosa, performed, which was very good. Even though the main stage of the concert was very simple, but the smoke that they spread and the combination with the lighting created a very beautiful scene that I will post one of the videos of the concert here. I just think that the presence of a big monitor there was lacking, because we were on the upper floors and we had bought tickets late, we were very far from the singer and I would have preferred to be able to see the stage more clearly.
Arash Khalaj - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating VSO playing live to the 2016 James Bond movie Casino Royal. An absolute masterpiece. So much fun, such an amazing orchestra. A thrilling evening.
Paul Roberts - 4 weeks ago

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Directions

SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineGranville Station6 Minutes
Canada LineVancouver City Center Station3 Minutes

How to get to The Orpheum Vancouver by SkyTrain

No Buses Needed. Exit either station onto Granville Street. The Orpheum is just one block south on Granville street from Granville Station or ½ block south from Vancouver City Center Station

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