The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.
The Orpheum has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the theatre also hosts performances by Ballet Memphis, various concerts, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge.
The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education introduced a new downtown space for performances, events, education, and outreach in 2015. Totaling over 39,000 square feet, the new centre provides ample space for the Orpheum Theatre Group's own programs, which serve more than 50,000 students, teachers, and families. The new centre also allows us to present more concerts, family programs, and multicultural events in a modern theatre with a state-of-the-art sound system. With a reception hall, lounge, classroom, and dance studio, plus first-class catering facilities and audio/video support, the Halloran Centre also provides a unique downtown location for parties, weddings, and community-led programs.
The Orpheum Theatre and Halloran Centre rely on partnerships with corporations and individuals to make the theatre more accessible to our entire community, especially populations with low to moderate incomes. These arts and core curriculum-based programs make high-quality arts programming available to all members of the community.
Since it first opened in 1928, the Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and architectural beauty. Under the leadership of the then-Memphis Development Foundation, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Register of Historic Places. With annual maintenance expenses of more than $650,000, in the last 35 years the Orpheum Theatre has undergone more than $15 million in renovation and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace.