Classic Silent Films At The Orpheum Theatre

Travel back in time with your family and experience movie going as it was in the golden age of silent movies in Phoenix's only remaining movie palace, the beautiful Orpheum Theatre. Each Silent Sundays program features a family enjoyable silent film classic with live accompaniment provided by world famous organist, Ron Rhode on the Orpheum's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Ticket Information

Over 1000 General Admission Seats Available

  • Adults - $20.00
  • Student ID - $15.00
  • Group Sales of 10 or more - $15.00
  • VOTS Members - $15.00
  • Children Under 12 - FREE!

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*A facility fee of $2.00 per ticket is not included in the prices above

 

Orpheum Theatre

OrpheumTheaterThe Phoenix Orpheum Theatre is the last remaining movie palace in Phoenix. It opened in 1929 as venue for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit. Its beautiful Spanish Revival style architecture and its atmospheric ceiling, complete with sunrises, sunsets, stars and moving clouds give patrons the impression that they are enjoying the show al fresco. The theatre was purchased by the City of Phoenix in 1984 and restored to its original elegance over a period of twelve years.

The theatre is the only theatre designated historic in the valley, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

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203 W. Adams
Phoenix, AZ  85003

 

Orpheum Wurlitzer Pipe Organ

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Like most theatres of the day, the Orpheum originally had a pipe organ to provide the musical accompaniment to silent films but it had been removed and no funds had been allocated for a replacement as part of the theatre restoration.


The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the American Theatre Organ society raised the funds necessary to purchase and install the pipe organ now in the theatre. The organ has over 2000 pipes as well as various percussion instruments and sound effects. It has an appraised value of over $250,000. The Valley of the Sun Chapter owns and maintains the organ at its expense and makes it available to interested parties under an agreement with the City of Phoenix. Receipts from Silent Sundays are used in large part for the continued maintenance of this historical musical resource.

 

Ron Rhode - Organist

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A world renown theatre organist for over forty-two years, Ron has played virtually every major theatre organ in the world over his career. A native of Illinois, he began his musical career on the piano, quickly advancing to classical organ, and holding his first job as theatre organist in 1968 playing for skaters at a roller rink. His theatre organ recordings have received “Top Rating 10/10” from CD Review Magazine and he holds the honor of being named Theatre Organist of the Year in 1989 by the American Theatre Organ Society. A long-time valley resident and teacher, Ron has been the featured organist for Silent Sundays since its inception in 1999.

Don Hall - Master of Ceremonies

DonHallCircleDonald Hall is Humanities Faculty at Gateway Community College. In addition to teaching, Don is actively engaged in the arts community and has developed innovative ways of exposing students to a variety of community based educational experiences where they have opportunities to appreciate art, music, dance, theatre and film.

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