Orpheum

129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 Map · Phone number
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About Orpheum

Overview

The Orpheum Theater is a historic performing arts venue in the heart of New Orleans’s Central Business District. Built in 1918, this iconic space combines a 100-year legacy, fully renovated facility, and state-of-the art enhancements to support a variety of weddings, events, and world-class concerts by leading performing artists. Its versatility as a venue provides couples a unique backdrop and story for their special day, allowing them to share a stage that has played host to performances by the Beatles, Deftones, and other famous artists, and was featured in the 2018 Oscar-winning film for Best Picture, “The Green Book.”

Facilities and Capacity

The venue offers a customizable floor plan that accommodates a variety of seating arrangements—including reception, seated dinners, and theater seating. With more than 3,300 square feet of reception space, the Orpheum can host up to 700 people for standing receptions, or 350 people for seated dinners.

Additionally, the theater offers state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems used for world-class performances. These systems can be tailored to the needs of any event.

The venue also includes the following notable notable features:

  • Six permanent bars located throughout the venue to optimize crowd flow
  • Two VIP areas on the Gallery Level of the theater, outfitted with comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations
  • Full kitchen to fully accommodate a variety of culinary needs
  • Multiple fully appointed Green Rooms and Dressing Rooms, including full bathrooms and accommodations
  • Vertical hall design (one of the last remaining in the United States) that enhances the visual and acoustical integrity of the venue
  • Preservation of the historic, ornate features of the theater, including plasterwork, terra cotta ceilings, and precise color scheme used in 1921

Services Offered

The Orpheum's wedding package is designed to create a one-of-a-kind experience for couples on their special day. The package includes the following services:

  • Pre-event coordination with couples or wedding planners to assist with creating a customizable floor plan, developing event timeline, and receiving the list of vendors
  • Event coordination starting three hours before the event start time and including the directing staff, managing floor plan, managing vendor set-up and deliveries, and supervising 1-hour post-event load out
  • Hosting a private tasting on the Orpheum stage through Bella Luna Catering that can accommodate parties up to six
  • Scheduled access to the theater for photography needs
  • Access for couples and guests to use Orpheum Dressing and Green Rooms to change, relax, store belongings, and enjoy refreshments

Cuisine

With a full kitchen onsite, the Orpheum also offers in-house catering from Bella Luna Catering, which provides authentic Louisiana cuisine, customizable catering packages, and excellent service. The Orpheum also welcomes outside catering for a fee.

History

The Orpheum Theater remains one of the most historically significant landmarks in New Orleans, a city whose past and present visibly coexist, and whose traditions and ancestry continue to influence the commentary and activity of daily life. Designed by architect Gustave Albert Lansburgh for the Orpheum Theater and Realty Company, construction on the Orpheum Theater commenced in 1918. By 1921, the theater opened as a destination for vaudeville before eventually hosting silent movies, “talkies,” live music, and other shows. In 1982, the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1991, it became the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), which chose the theater for the acoustical purity of the theater’s vertical hall design. The vertical hall was built to enhance the visual and auditory integrity of vaudeville shows, which lacked contemporary innovations such as amplifiers and lighting.

After Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failure, the lower reaches of the Orpheum Theater became flooded and its roof damaged. The LPO no longer played at the property, which suffered significant damage and fell into a state of disrepair. That changed in February 2014 when Dr. Eric George acquired it and completed a $13 million renovation. Among many enhancements, the upgrade encompassed the construction of an adjustable orchestra floor, expanded marble lobby, enlarged seating, additional bathrooms, multiple bars, and enhanced acoustics.

On August 27, 2015, on the ten-year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, the theater once again reopened to host a reception celebrating the historic event. Among those in attendance were the Governor of Louisiana, Mayor of New Orleans, business leaders, executive and athletes of the New Orleans’ Saints, celebrities, performers, and other important stakeholders of the community. Shortly after, the LPO returned to play its first concert at the Orpheum in more than a decade, and on a night that marked its 25th anniversary season.

Location

The Orpheum Theater is located at 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Located in the Central Business District and one block removed from the Canal Place—the main thoroughfare of the city—the Orpheum Theater is a less than 15 miles from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), and is conveniently located near many of the city’s most popular hotels—with more than 40 located in the CBD. Across the street from the Roosevelt Hotel, the Orpheum is located blocks from hotel chains such as JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Regency, and ACE Hotel, as well standalone properties such as the Windsor Court.

The Orpheum is also close to many popular attractions. Nearby destinations include:

  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Smoothie King Center
  • Sazerac House
  • Convention Center
  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum
  • Lafayette Square
  • Spanish Plaza, Piazza d’ Italia
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • Patrick’s Church

In a city where food captures the heart and preoccupies the mind, the Orpheum is also near many award-winning restaurants, including:

  • Luke
  • Restaurant August
  • Borgne
  • Johnny Sanchez
  • Josephine Estelle
  • Palace Café
  • Mother’s Restaurant

Contact the Orpheum Theater today and make your wedding one of a kind!

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Orpheum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 12500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 12500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 12500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 12500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Clean Up
    Lighting/Sound
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 32
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer?
    Cake
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Dance Floor
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August

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  • 129 Roosevelt Way New Orleans, LA, 70112 See on map
    (504) 934-3338 (Phone number)
    (504) 274-4871 (Other Phone Number)
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