YOU ASKED WE LISTENED......Of all the dozens of ideas we have received over the past several months for places to do photo walks, this is by far the most requested......so, back by popular demand.....The Orpheum Theatre. Vancouver Photowalks hosted our first photo-walk in the Orpheum way back in May of 2012 and another shortly after......your organizers agree....it's time to go back for another visit!
For over 85 years the Orpheum has been luring showgoers in—millions upon millions of them. They have walked through its richly ornamented concourse, up its sweeping carpeted staircases, past opulent wall decorations and tall columns and into the great domed auditorium where nearly 2,800 seats curve in great arcs beneath a huge and beautiful crystal chandelier. Surrounding the chandelier, a sprawling, colorful ceiling mural celebrating the musicians and other performers who have strutted their stuff on this gorgeous theatre’s stage. They don’t build them like this anymore!
All around the theatre, on every floor, are ornamental grace notes—murals, paintings and other art work, decorated wall fabrics, tiling, fancy balustrades, gilded mirrors, ironwork, ornate chandeliers, sconces, corbels, tapestries, plush carpeting, varied and exotic architectural embellishments—a never-ending feast for the eye.
And, above you and below, all the hidden mechanisms that make it work: the ropes and wires and counterweights, lighting appliances, control panels, speaker systems, rehearsal rooms, storage spaces, catwalks—and all the men and women in the building who labor, most of them unseen, to make it all happen.
Where will we meet: We will meet on Granville Street at the entrance to the Orpheum. The doors open at 1PM. The tour costs $10.00 per person, which is charged by BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and used as part of their fundraising. Please bring $10.00 cash.....exact change please. We will be taking attendance and collect the $10.00 as you enter the theatre, so please have your money ready! DON'T BE LATE! The doors to the theatre will be locked once we are in!
RSVP Protocol - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate. IF YOU ARE ON THE WAITING LIST AND YOUR PLANS CHANGE, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE LIST! WE HAVE COMMITTED THESE NUMBERS TO THE ORPHEUM...SO IF YOU SAY YOU ARE ATTENDING....BE THERE!
What will we do? This is not a structured tour. There will be volunteers on hand that will provide info on different points of interest and answer any questions you may have about the Orpheum Theatre......so basically just 2 hours to photograph this amazing venue. We will update this portion as soon as we see the final numbers. We will be meeting for a late lunch/snacks after the photo walk, this will be updated as well...
What should I bring? Your Camera, a Tripod and Various lenses, but bring your wide angle lens if you have one.
We are enthusiastic about photography and lovers of the City of Vancouver and the GVRD....however we are not qualified to answer any technical questions you may have...there may be more skilled members participating on the walk to answer your questions...look at the list of people who are attending, and if you see a designated "MENTOR" they will be happy to assist you. If not Barry J. Brady has kindly offered to answer any questions by email.
AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS! VANCOUVER PHOTO-WALKS OR IT'S ORGANIZERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU OR YOUR PROPERTY!
AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD UP TO EIGHT OF YOUR BEST IMAGES. Any more than 8 per person will be removed.
Looking forward to seeing you there!