Old Orpheum/Garrick/Madison

111 Monona Ave.     Built 1911     Demolished 1957

The Orpheum was renamed the Garrick when the new State Street Orpheum was completed in 1926.

New Orpheum

216 State St.     Built 1926     National Register     Madison Landmark     Art Deco     Rapp & Rapp

The most intact and finest remaining example of the movie palace in Madison. One of the two grand movie palaces built in downtown Madison during the heyday of motion picture entertainment. Financed in part by dentist William Beecroft, known as “Mr. Theater”.

The Orpheum Theatre originally seated 2,400 people. After renovations in the 1960s to add "The Stage Door" Theatre, only six feet of the original stage was left, and 700 seats were lost, making the capacity 1700.

The Orpheum nearly burned down on December 19, 2004. It was the third attempted arson on the building.

Along with the Capitol Theater across the street, it was the venue for big name orchestras and stage stars, in addition to first run movies. Its French Renaissance interior made it one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. The limestone exterior was built in the very fashionable Art Deco style. The towering "Orpheum" sign is a visual landmark in downtown Madison.

Landmark Nomination                         National Register of Historic Places

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