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

The Orpheum Vancouver Hours:
Opening 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

The Orpheum Vancouver Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Orpheum in Vancouver is an absolute must-visit! This historic venue is breathtakingly beautiful, with its opulent decor and stunning architectural details that transport you to another era. The acoustics are phenomenal, making every performance—from symphonies to rock concerts—an unforgettable experience. The seating is comfortable, ensuring an enjoyable evening no matter where you're seated. Staff are courteous and efficient, contributing to a smooth and pleasant visit. Every event here feels special, thanks to the majestic surroundings and the top-notch quality of the performances. Highly recommend the Orpheum for a truly remarkable night out in Vancouver!
Anthony Vargas - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Awesome, old but glorious arts venue. Sound—at least for an orchestra—is superb. I grabbed a late seat near the upper balcony at the back and could hear every detail of a spectacular performance of Britten’s violin concerto before a packed—and rapt—audience.
David Harris - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Stunning architecture and a great location. Good seating as well. Most places are accessible. Elevator is available for upper floors. Clean restrooms. Surrounded by many restaurants within walking distance. But parking is not available. Recommend public transportation.
Ganesh Kumar - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating The Orpheum Tour is a must-do for any Vancouverite wanting to discover some of our City's majestic history. This 90-minute behind-the-scenes exploration of the Orpheum, the Grand Old Lady of Granville Street—a storied concert hall that has managed to survive the vagaries of Vancouver's fickle nightlife, is genuinely fascinating. Our guide, Rob Haynes, gave an entertaining and often impassioned peek into the history of the building and its place not just in the local entertainment scene but in the grand old days of vaudeville. You'll explore areas few have trod and discover things about Vancouver's heritage that we overlook at our peril.
Mark Attisha - a month ago

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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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