Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Definition of Orpheum ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Definition of Orpheum
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: crivitz-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 01 Apr 2005 15:50 PST
Expires: 01 May 2005 16:50 PDT
Question ID: 503836
What does the word Orpheum mean?  It is the name of a vast number of
theatres around the US and the world and I was wondering what the word
means.  I have tried about every source on the web and I cannot find
the answer.  Can you help me?
Subject: Re: Definition of Orpheum
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Apr 2005 16:18 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The name "Orpheum" for an entertainment hall comes from the Greek myth
of Orpheus, whose music and poetry were so compelling that even the
Gods were mesmerized. The word "Orpheum" means "house of Orpheus" or
"place of Orpheus."

"Many of the Orpheum Theatres were originally associated with the
Keith Albee Orpheum vaudeville circuit, or, later, the Radio Keith
Orpheum (also known as RKO, creators of King Kong and other classic
films) company. The name seems to have been the most popular during
the vaudeville era, although the name first appeared in the 1870s.

The theatre group was named after Orpheus who was the son of one of
the Muses and a Thracian prince... He was an irresistible musician and

Scripophily: Orpheum Theatres 1924

"Built by the Orpheum vaudeville chain (later to become 'RKO') to
compete with the Shuberts and others, the Palace was also called the
'Orpheum.' That name is derived from the mythical Greek musician
Orpheus who was said to have so mastered the lyre that he could charm
all gods, humans, animals and even rocks!"

Cinema Treasures: Palace/Orpheum/Hippodrome

"Legend has it that the music of Orpheus could move mountains and
still running streams. Son of the gods Apollo and Calliope, Orpheus
enchanted the gods with his poetry and song. A magic lyre, a gift from
his father, became more than an instrument and symbol."

The Orpheum Theatre History

Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: orpheum theater OR theatre orpheus

I hope this is helpful. If anything is unclear or incomplete, or if a
link doesn't work for you, please request clarification; I'll gladly
offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best regards,
crivitz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Above adn beyond my expectations, thanks.

Subject: Re: Definition of Orpheum
From: imperator-ga on 01 Apr 2005 20:45 PST
There's a Brazilian movie called "Orfeu". Might worth it.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy