[Source: Brenda Eden] — “I’ve always wanted to take a tour of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix and recently I finally did… The day I went for the tour, they were having a huge open house tour. There were tour guides all over the place telling about the history of the theatre, but you could come and go and explore the whole place on your own, you didn’t have to stay with the group.
It’s so pretty on the inside. Honestly, it made me feel like I was stepping into some magnificent Disneyland ride! It first opened in 1929 before the Great Depression. It was one of the few places that had air conditioning in the Phoenix area, so you can imagine it was pretty exciting to go there in the summer!” [Note: View more of Brenda’s photos and commentary at Local photographer finally tours downtown Phoenix historic landmark]