By. Chris Stritzel
It is not everyday that an abandoned building (or theater in their case) is purchased in a Downtown region. Today, the historic Orpheum theater at the corner of 9th and St. Charles Streets was purchased with many preservationists calling it a huge win for Downtown. The theater, which was built in the late 1910's and opened in 1920 has became a symbol for some since it is the only remaining Downtown Movie Palace from the early 1900's (Peabody doesn't count).
While no plan has been related yet for the building, my guess is that the building itself will stay a theater but be restored to its original grandeur and reopen sometime late next year. I also think that Jubilee INC will be bringing some Broadway performances back to Downtown. The 1500 Seat theater has sat abandoned for many years since the Roberts Brothers went bankrupt and sold the property to Urban Street Group (Who owns the Tower at OPOP and The Lofts at OPOP). Urban Street Group sat on the Historic Building since 2013 with plans to reopen it but their plans fell through.
More details will surely come in the future on this theater and hopefully we can see some rehab work going on in the coming months.
Under Ownership by the Roberts Brothers, the Theater was remodeled and reopened to the Public back in 2005/2006. It lasted for 1 year with hit shows until its popularity began to go downhill really quickly until it shuttered its doors in 2010 when the Roberts Brothers were running out of money and then they were eventually sold to Urban Street Group.