Restored movie house, now a live theater venue
The Orpheum was in danger of being demolished in the 1970s but the theater closed on Christmas 1982 and underwent a $5 million renovation and restoration. Many systems were updated to modern standards, seating was expanded, luxury suites were added, the stage was expanded, restrooms were updated and expanded, and the stage was enlarged.
A 1928 Wurlitzer theater organ is original to the theater, one of the few organs that remains in its original installation. The instrument has been restored and, as of this writing, is being reinstalled in the theater.
There is some credible evidence that The Orpheum has several spirits residing in the theater. Most famous is Mary, a 12 year old girl who apparently was in a trolley accident on Beale Street in 1921. The legend goes that she was carried into the theater where she died, but never left. Other stories say she died in the fire that demolished the Grand Opera Theater that stood on this site. Numerous sightings have been reported, and that she can sometimes be seen in her favorite seat in the mezanine, C-5. Mary seems to be a friendly and playful spirit, she reportedly sometimes plays the organ.
There are reportedly at least five more spirits who reside in the theater.
As Robert Ripley said, "Believe it or not."