The Orpheum Theatre
The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Kansas built by theatre mogul Carl Hobitzelle, opened on September 4, 1922, and was the first atmospheric theatre in the United States. We feature the best in world-class entertainment and also serve as a community asset and resource by featuring local music, dance and other entertainment, church performances, lectures, weddings, and much more. We truly are the center for the performing arts in Wichita. Come see why, after 90 years, our magic is still going strong!
The Orpheum Theatre complex consists of the beautifully restored historic theater, a versatile second stage and reception venue, expanded public space and amenities, each providing superior artist and patron services. Our dynamic programming appeals to a diverse audience base. Our friends and corporate partners underwrite our operations. The Orpheum is indispensable to our community!
To serve our community by providing performing arts and educational opportunities in a nationally recognized historic venue.
Very nice old theatre slowly being refurbished as the budget allows. Local performaners and traveling shows both use this facility. Bathrooms upstairs are stunning and modern. Dressing rooms downstairs are spacious and well lit, be aware of very steep stairs to stage area though (watch your step). Seats downstairs recline slightly and have leg room. Seats upstairs are very tight knee to back and again stairs are steep getting to you seat. If you a bigger person you may want to avoid the balcony seating for comfort reasons. Street parking available with meters, a small lot is behind the theater but it fills fast.
I love the Orpheum. BUT... I will never, EVER sit in the balcony again. EVER. I am not tall (5'4") but my legs were so crammed into the seat back in front of me that I still had pressure marks in my shins when I got home. Sitting in the main seating area is fine, the balcony... NEVER!
I love the charm of this old school theater, we went to see Halestorm perform live there, the show was great, although the steep stadium seats were very tight and not too friendly to people not so stable on their feet. And near the back of the venue where we were sat, it was stifling hot, like the AC wasn't working up there. If you do go to a show, I recommend getting seats on the lower level if at all possible.
What a great work of architecture! Beauty and workmanship isn't done like this anymore. A great Dennis DeYoung concert!
Been here a few times for concerts and always had a blast!!! The seats are angled so you can see the stage. The balcony is a bit high up though. It’s definitely an older building but it has heart and I respect that.