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Orpheum Theater fire.

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Record 374/2197
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Collection McCord
Date of photo 1940 ca.
Description Orpheum Theater fire. Although it's not obvious at first glance, the workmen, the ladder, and water flowing out of the theater across the sidewalk into the street are signs of the fire that had just happened.

Notice the stone fountain in front of the theater. There were several of these fountains on Main Street and at the depot until about the 1960's.

Chet Smith describes the theater this way: "The Orpheum theatre, faced main street, about 50 feet wide the front was recessed, and under the opening, in the center, where the ticket seller worked, and on both sides of ticket cage that opened up into a small lobby, full width of the theatre, and on north and south sides were aisles, which led you to the seating area center had most seats, and each side had more seats, and all were accressible from the two isles the screen was in front of the center aisle. You left the theatre, via the two aisles, both terminating in the lobby from the lobby, you exited to the outside from either front door, and you were under the markee at the ticket booth. Also in the photo are a grocery store and Robb's Ladies Shop in the White House building."
Object ID 1981.1.129
Place Main, 1817-21
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