Entertainment And Occasions

Billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country when opened, it became a major outlet for such entertainers as Jack Benny, George Burns and Fanny Brice. The Orpheum featured a playroom and day care off the mezzanine lobby and backstage had eight floors of dressing rooms. As vaudeville declined within the Nineteen Thirties-’40s, the Orpheum became one of Minneapolis’s major cinema houses, with Gone with the Wind in 1940 promoting out every present for 3 weeks. It also hosted huge bands including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie.

Theater