Vancouver Civic Theatres Offers Free Guided Summer Tours of the Historic Orpheum Theatre


This summer, Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is offering free 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. Each year the theatre hosts international musicians, popular concerts and unique events; it is also home to the beloved Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


These informative and entertaining tours take place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. beginning Tuesday, July 12 until Saturday, September 10th. The 90-minute walking tours are hosted by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and reveal some secrets of the theatre’s history. One story includes Frank Sinatra almost being kicked out of the theatre for breaking dressing room lights while he practiced his golf swing!


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 over 140 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 VCT venue collective also including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Plaza, Vancouver Playhouse and ANNEX.

The tour includes stair climbing and may be challenging for those with mobility issues; it is not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Registered participants should arrive at the Orpheum’s Granville Street entrance at least 10 minutes prior to the 11:00 a.m. start time. Orpheum Tours are limited to a maximum of 30 people on a first come, first served basis. For reservations, call 604.665.3193 or email

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

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