The Orpheum Theatre is easily one of the most beautiful buildings in Memphis. It was originally built in the late 1800’s and was said to be a sight only Broadway theatre could rival. Hanging above the front doors, is a massive display bearing the theatre name. It scatters lights of red and yellow all across downtown. A sign of this stature is not typical of Memphis & appears to be uprooted right out of Times Square and planted firmly on South Main Street. You enter the building through oversized glass doors that reveal a scene straight out of the days of Vaudeville. Your eyes feast on opulent crystal chandeliers hanging from towering ceilings. The most intricate gold patterns and velvety red curtains adorn the walls. For a second, you forget that it’s the new millennium and you expect to see women with fringe dresses and feathers in their hair come walking down the hall.
Dozens of operas, musicals and well known performers have graced the stage of the Orpheum over the last century. Recently, The Orpheum took a lateral leap from musicals to movies. Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the summer they play old movies on a jumbo screen. The lineup includes family friendly comedies, a few tear jerkers and even a double feature of Night of the Living Dead and Zombieland. Whether you enjoy singing along to Mama Mia or getting your goblin on with Harry Potter there is literally something for everyone. I went to the double feature of Father of the Bride and Bridesmaids. My best friend got engaged a few weeks before so it was a great girl’s night out to celebrate. The owner of Maggie Louise Bridal was kind enough to sponsor the event and bring a couple of her fabulous gowns to show all the future brides. The combination of getting all dressed up and being surrounded by beautiful, fluffy white dresses just makes you feel fancy. It added a little extra to the usual “movie night.”
Though, The Orpheum oozes extravagance movie tickets are less than $10. Their snack bar is full of salty & sweet treats, plus they sell a few adult beverages for those of age. Another huge perk is the floor slants upwards away from the stage and the screen is easily 100ft tall. There is not a bad seat in the house and this is heaven to ears of anyone who has ever had to sit on their feet to see the screen. If you enjoy movies, put this on your to do list immediately.
I’ve included info for The Orpheum Theatre and Maggie Louise Bridal. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about ML so all you future brides be sure to swing by when you go dress shopping. J
203 South Main Street Memphis, TN 38103
Maggie Louise Bridal
3670 Houston Levee Road, Suite 111 Collierville, TN 38017