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Phoenix’s Orpheum Theatre Makes Architectural Digest List of Most Beautiful TheatersPhoenix’s Orpheum Theatre Makes Architectural Digest List of Most Beautiful Theaters<div class="ExternalClassBD0B433AEB344FAEB32B53303FECDDB9"><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="SFrances_180326_3483_B.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/News/AllItems/SFrances_180326_3483_B.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:391px;" /></p><p>PHOENIX (Nov 2, 2018) — <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautifully-design-theater-each-state"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Architectural Digest</span></a> (AD) recognized Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre on its 2018 list of most beautifully-designed theaters in each state.  AD researched America's fascination with performing arts venues from coast to coast and surveyed theaters that became landmarks to create this year's list.  The historic Orpheum Theatre, designed by architects Lescher & Mahoney, opened as a vaudeville house in 1929.  It was the last major construction project in Phoenix before the Great Depression.</p><p>The theater's ornate design and Spanish-baroque architectural features were ahead of its time.  Throughout the years, the Orpheum provided entertainment to various audiences in different capacities including serving as a Spanish language movie theater. Shortly after the city of Phoenix purchased the property in the 1980s, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent a 12-year, $14 million restoration project.  Today the venue is downtown Phoenix's oldest operating theater and continues to provide enjoyment for theater goers with numerous touring shows, concerts and events hosted each year.  </p><p>Have you visited Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre? In addition to concerts and events, the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre offer FREE public tours twice a month. Visit <a href="http://www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/events"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/events</span></a> for a list of upcoming activities and events.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p><strong><em>About the Phoenix Convention Center & Venues:</em></strong></p><p><em>The award-winning Phoenix Convention Center is located on the METRO Light Rail line, just a short ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.</em><em>  </em><em>A focal point in the heart of downtown Phoenix, our venues are within walking distance of more than 3,500 hotel rooms, entertainment venues, world-class shopping and restaurants.</em><em>  </em><em>Established in 1969 as a department of the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a critical economic enterprise for the state and local economy.</em><em>  </em><em>The Phoenix Convention Center & Venues include the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre and five parking garages</em>. </p></div>11/2/2018 7:00:00 AMCynthia Weaver602-534-7633