Celebrate the Orpheum's 90-year legacy with a roaring 20s party

Nov 3 2017, 11:56 pm

They called it the “roaring ’20s” for a reason you know.

It was a time when speakeasy bars were buzzing, shimmy-inspired flapper dresses were everywhere, and slicked back hair, dapper suits and hats were all the rage for men.

Now you have the opportunity to experience what it was like back in this era – for one night. On Friday, November 24 Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting a 1920s party to celebrate the 90th birthday of the stunning Orpheum.

This is your chance to get all dolled up and channel your inner Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, or Anna May Wong, as you pay tribute to when the Orpheum opened its doors in November 1927. You’ll also get the full old-school celebrity experience as you enter the party on the red carpet.

Author and former CBC radio host Bill Richardson will be hosting the evening’s stage performance with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro, Bramwell Tovey. This one-hour performance will be paying homage to what a night at the Orpheum might have looked like in 1927. So you’ll feel as though you’ve been taken on a magical journey back in time.

Of course, it wasn’t all celeb parties and glamour for the Orpheum over the years. In fact, the theatre came close to being demolished back in 1973, but Vancouverites kept it alive. When the City bought the building in 1974, a massive public “Save the Orpheum” fundraising campaign saved our glorious Granville Street landmark. And it led to the City of Vancouver, the Province as well as the Federal Government, to raise the $6.1 million needed to revive it at the time. That’s a lot of money – especially back then.

Today, the Orpheum is the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – and now, for one night only, the ultimate 1920s throwback party to celebrate its long legacy.

Tickets to the event are on sale now costing an aptly set, affordable $19.27. You can snap up yours via Vancouver Civic Theatres.

Orpheum 90th Celebration

When: Friday, November 24, 6:30 pm
Where: Orpheum –  884 Granville Street and 601 Smithe Street
Price: $19.27 – Tickets and information available on the Vancouver Civic Theatres website or by calling 604-876-3434

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