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The Fox - Orpheum Theatre was the first Fox theater in Oakland, opening in 1923 as the Fox Oakland at 1730 Broadway. After being open 18 months, it was formally re-opened as the Orpheum in February, 1925, becoming the new Oakland base of Orpheum Theatres, replacing the earlier Orpheum Theatre which was renamed the 12th Street Theatre. 1

Maury Diggs was the architect. 5

In February, 1931, the Orpheum was threatened by a massive fire in the building next door. Much credit was given to head usher Charles Moran for preventing a major panic. When smoke began to enter the theater, a patron jumped on stage. Moran quieted him and calmly had the 500 theatergoers exit the theater. The theater suffered only minor damage because of the concrete wall between the buildings. 3

Links and References

  1. Fox Orpheum Theater page on HistoricMemphis.com
  2. Theatres of Oakland by Jack Tillmany and Jennifer Dowling, Arcadia Publishing
  3. Usher Is Hero At Orpheum Oakland Tribune February 25, 1931
  4. ohrphoto.oaktheaters.035 Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library
  5. Skyscraper Project For Broadway Oakland Enquirer May 17, 1921