An off-Broadway theater located in lower Manhattan, the Orpheum Theatre is one of the oldest continuously operating entertainment venues in New York City. It’s said that before the theater was even built, it was the site of a concert garden where events were held as early as the 1880s. A theater opened in 1904 as part of the “Jewish Rialto” during the heyday of the Yiddish Theater District in Manhattan. In the 1920s, the theater began showing movies, and in 1958, it was converted back to a legitimate theater, although it still continued to show movies occasionally. Today, the 299-seat Orpheum Theatre provides an intimate setting where the audience is as close to the stage as possible.
Past productions at the Orpheum Theatre include Anything Goes, The Cocktail Party, Key Exchange, Mambo Mouth and Oleanna. Today, it’s best known for being the home of STOMP, a high-energy show in which eight performers create music using only common household objects like buckets, garbage can lids and hammers. The production doesn’t have a plot, and no words are spoken. The hit show has been performing at the Orpheum since 1994.
Situated in Manhattan’s East Village, the Orpheum Theatre is accessible via New York City subway and buses. There are plenty of parking garages and lots nearby, along with metered parking spots on the street. A number of popular bars and restaurants are nearby, including Momofuku, plus a wide range of hotels and attractions.
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