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Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1916 after a construction cost of $135,000. Originally built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns, Harry Houdini, Al Jolson, Edgar Bergen, Fanny Brice and Blackstone the Magician.

Today the Orpheum Theatre features top touring, theatrical, musical and comedic talent from around the country and local performing arts groups including the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony. The facade is French Second Empire style and the interior features classic Corinthian columns. An Italian Renaissance plaster frieze graces the mezzanine hall and French baroque medallions ring the main hall. The architecture is exceptional and the theatre is available for tours to view the beautiful edifice.  To book an event, buy tickets or arrange for a tour call the box office at 309-342-2299.


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