When the Orpheum opened in 1913 at 326 South Main Street, the event drew such a crowd that people had to be turned away. Constructed by clothier J. Fred Wuerth, it was the first theater in town built to show movies. Earlier, one-reel films were shown in storefront nickelodeons like the Star at 118 East Washington Street (lower right). Advertised as "family entertainment," many shows included live acts.
Frame location: Northeast corner wall, just east of Main on Liberty
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Article Keywords: Businesses, Entertainment, Historic Buildings, Movie Theaters, Orpheum Theater, Recreation, Signs & Signage, Theaters
People: J. Frederick Wuerth
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