The Magnificent Orpheum Theatre - $ 10.00 (Cash)

  • August 23, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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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!






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  • Kelly

    beautiful architecture.

    August 30, 2014

  • Tonia

    Magical...what an opportunity!

    2 · August 25, 2014

  • Natasha

    Thanks to Kelly and Jan for organizing another great photo walk!

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • kelly

    Thanks everyone for all the kind words.....and WOW, there are some fabulous photos!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Jeanette

    So many fantastic photos!! Kelly can we go again ??

    August 24, 2014

  • Alexander

    Thank you Kelly for organizing this photoshop meetup.Very nice place to visit. A piece of Vancouver heritage, with an interesting history.

    August 24, 2014

  • Shawn K.

    Wow! What a fun time! Thanks to Kelly and Jan for the organization, the Orpehuem for the access, Stella for the cuteness, Illeana for the conversation and my Dunn's companions for making it a wonderful meal!

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Stella

      Yes, it was a wonderful experience, thanks Kelly for organizing it!!

      August 24, 2014

    • Stella

      Thanks Jan...:)

      August 24, 2014

  • Liz H.

    Fantabulous! Thanks to all organizers

    August 24, 2014

  • Liz H.

    Fantabulous! Thanks to all organizers

    August 24, 2014

  • Chris*

    Great to see the Orpheum from a different perspective...and, extremely empty! =)

    August 23, 2014

  • Heather

    It was a lovely day. Thanks so much for organizing it Kelly and Jan. Very well thought out! I learned that in order to get a good and interesting shot, I may have to lie on my back! I'll wear washable clothing for these outings!

    August 23, 2014

  • Peter

    Thanks Kelly, fun fun fun :-)

    August 23, 2014

  • Mohammad Z.

    Doors are locked on 884 Granville, where is the entrance?

    August 23, 2014

    • kelly

      So sorry you missed it Mohammad....start time was 1PM sharp......by the time we took attendance, group photo, introductions etc. it was 1:20...that's when the doors were locked.

      August 23, 2014

    • Mohammad Z.

      No worries, decided to drive from Surrey and that was a mistake, traffic was awful and I was not expecting heavy construction in downtown. Oh well, next time :)

      August 23, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Thank you for organizing this Kelly and Jan. I took many pictures and by the end was "orpheumed-out". Looking forward to doing some HDR with my photos.

    August 23, 2014

  • Jeanette

    What a fantastic day. Thank you for all your hard work organizing this. It was a real treat!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Gerald

    just awesome

    August 23, 2014

  • Laurence

    Never been in the Orpheum theater before. Beautiful building. Thanks Kelly & al.

    August 23, 2014

  • kelly

    Hello everyone....a thoroughly dazzling day.....what a treat to have free reign in the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre!.....I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and got some wonderful photos....please feel free to share as many as 8 of them on the site with the rest of the group......just by coincidence, the following was in my in-box when I got home...a little bit of history about the theatre.......

    http://evelazarus.com/the-orpheum-theatre-and-a-conversation-with-paul-merrick

    August 23, 2014

    • kelly

      and how cool was that organ...seeing that on the stage when we walked in made my day....

      August 23, 2014

  • Elena J.

    Lots of fun! Enjoyed every minute of it.

    August 23, 2014

  • Gordon S.

    Lots of fun today and great site. Thank you very much for organizing our time at the Orpheum Theatre today.

    August 23, 2014

  • Toni B.

    The Orpheum is an amazing building. The architecture is stunning. Thank you, Kelly for organizing a photowalk in such an incredible setting.

    August 23, 2014

  • Shelley

    I've never been to the orpheum..it's wonderful.

    August 23, 2014

  • Ursula

    A real treat. Thanks, everyone

    August 23, 2014

  • Jeanette

    I'll coming!! Traffic is awful

    August 23, 2014

  • Kathy P.

    Hi everyone, sorry but something has come up and I am unable to attend today's events, my apologies. - Kathy

    August 23, 2014

  • Gordon S.

    I'll be there. :) See you at 1:00.

    August 23, 2014

  • kelly

    Its 9:00 AM.....I have just downloaded this page for attendance proposes.....If you change your RSVP now, you will be marked as a NO SHOW....

    August 23, 2014

  • Alistair

    This looks fantastic but I unexpectedly have family coming in this weekend and so won't be able to make it. Next time!

    August 22, 2014

  • Grant

    Good news for the wait list. I could only get a mover for Saturday afternoon, so I cannot go to this meetup. Sad for me, but glad for whomever can now attend. Y'all enjoy yourselves!

    August 19, 2014

    • Rob

      Say it isn't so!

      August 20, 2014

    • Grant

      You'll have to put up with me for at least another month, this is just clearing stuff out so painting and new floors can happen.

      1 · August 20, 2014

  • Ronald L.

    Looking forward to this photowalk!

    1 · August 19, 2014

    • kelly

      It is an awesome experience....everyone'­s still coming.... right? If not don't forget to update your RSVP.....

      August 19, 2014

  • Lorah

    I missed to rvsp. Can I still come?

    August 18, 2014

    • kelly

      Hi Norah, that's too bad...this meet-up is full and closed......there are still 4 folks on the wait list that are hoping for a cancellation. Another meet-up group is hosting the same walk on August 30...maybe they have a spot. We have started discussion for a date in early 2015....keep a watch out for it.

      August 18, 2014

  • kelly

    Hi All....a little less than a week until the Orpheum Photowalk....just a gentle reminder...if your plans have changed or even if there is a remote chance yo can't make it, please be fair and change your RSVP as soon as you can.....this goes for anyone on the wait list as well....

    August 17, 2014

  • Shelley

    Since I actually RSVP'd yes but something went wrong..is it possible to arrive and if there are any no shows..step in? or join a waitlist?

    August 7, 2014

    • kelly

      Hi Shelley....this is such a popular event.. There will be very few, if any cancellations...I just couldn't see the point of having 10+ folks on a wait list.....I would be happy to add your name if you like, but can't promise anything.

      August 8, 2014

    • kelly

      Shelley....you are now on the wait list....

      August 8, 2014

  • Chris*

    Hello! Will there still be an opportunity to join the waitlist just in case there are openings?

    August 6, 2014

    • Chris*

      That would be appreciated!!...I know it may be a long shot, but doesn't hurt. Thank you!! =)

      August 6, 2014

    • Chris*

      Thank you!!!!

      August 6, 2014

  • kelly

    Hello everyone......I have made arrangements for a late lunch after the photo walk at Dunn's.....if you want to join us, please sign up....it is a separate meet-up on the home page. Please also note that the meet-up location for the photo walk has changed...we are getting the royal treatment and coming in from Granville Street! The doors will open at 1PM and will close and be locked once we are in....so please DON'T BE LATE!

    August 6, 2014

  • kelly

    Thank-you Michelle for updating your RSVP status.... and just a little reminder to everyone, if your plans change and you can't attend PLEASE change your RSVP. as soon as possible....THIS APPLIES TO EVERYONE ON THE WAIT LIST AS WELL....

    August 6, 2014

  • Toni B.

    Thank you to whomever dropped out of this photowalk & freed a spot. I am looking forward to this event.

    August 3, 2014

  • kelly

    It appears that our friend at Van City Free Capture are hosting this same event on Saturday August 30....they still have a few spaces left....
    http://www.meetup.com/Van-City-Free-Capture-Photography........I know from past experience that there are very few cancellations for this photo walk so if you are far down the wait list and August 30 works for you I suggest you try to get in with them....and if you do, please remove your name from the list here...

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • JoAnne

      Thanks, Kelly.

      1 · August 2, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Thanks Kelly. Yes, there are very few cancellations. We're opening the rsvps to those who haven't attended before and I'll put up a similar comment on ours as well.

      1 · August 2, 2014

  • JoAnne

    Please note, the Vancouver Free Capture event at the Orpheum is only for people who haven't gone on their group's 2 previous outings to the Orpheum.

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Azim

    Everyone should go on this tour. It is amazing!

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Toni B.

    This theatre looks to be one of those places that shouldn't be missed in Vancouver. Because it looks like Alex and I will be here until mid September, we'd love to attend this photo opportunity.

    August 1, 2014

    • kelly

      Toni, you will in all likelihood get to attend this photo walk, but if you (or anyone else) is interested in a full guided tour, they take place every Saturday in August at 11:00 AM...same price - $10.00 donation.

      August 1, 2014

    • kelly

      ....and please make sure Alex gets himself on the wait list.....

      2 · August 1, 2014

  • Patricia J.

    This looks great but I have another commitment that day. I'll watch for it to come around again and I look forward to seeing the photos :-)

    August 1, 2014

  • Maggie C.

    EXCITING!!

    August 1, 2014

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