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About Us

Over 100 Years of Memories Made

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Built in 1914, The Orpheum Theater was originally home to live vaudeville performances and "moving picture shows", or as they are now abbreviatesd to -  movies. 

A part of the Orpheum Circuit the theater hosted many famous acts such as the comedy stylings of the Marx Brothers in 1919 and world renowned escape artist Harry Houdini in 1923. 


Over its long history many now-classic films were shown at the Orpheum. Movie fans got to watch Gone with the Wind in 1940, and the classic Beatle’s film A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. 


With the final film shown in 1986, the Orpheum was up for demolition until in 1991 it was saved by a children’s science museum. The museum was a beloved field trip for many local children until 2021 when it was converted to the amazing event venue it is today. 


The Orpheum Champaign is the perfect place to be surrounded by over a century of history and joy for your special day.    

Vintage photo of The Orpheum balconies.


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The Orpheum Champaign has great relationships with many vendors, but you are able to bring in your own properly licensed vendors as well.


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The maximum capacity for our space is 250 people, standing, but you may find you guests are more comfortable with 150-200 invitees.


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With our excellent location downtown Champaign there are several nearby hotels for your guests, with the closest being The Hyatt Place. 


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You are welcome to take engagement/bridal photos in the opulence of the Orpheum before your event date. Please note this on your contact form.

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