Newsletter – Summer

Getting Ready for the New Season


Summer is usually a quiet time at the Orpheum, and this summer is no exception. This is usually a time for the City to make repairs and/or upgrades inside and outside the building – two years ago it was the roof, and last year it was the installation of new carpeting. During the summer, the City will install new ballet flooring on the stage. Like a number of items in the Theatre, it was purchased by the Friends.  

FOTOT is looking forward to a new season of events in the Theatre. We hope to have a third season of musical performances (now called “Downstairs @ the “O””), and we are looking to bring back one of our most popular presentations, Ghost Tours, in October.

– Ray Combe, President 
  Friends of the Orpheum Theatre

Board of Directors

Donna Reiner, Linda Hamm, Richard Sourbrine, Raymond Combe, Samantha Jackson, Woojin Lee, Anne-Marie Sittenfeld, David Stevenson, Laura Stenzel

What’s Coming Up at the Orpheum

July 20  Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
August  9  War on the Catwalk 8:00
August  11 Arif Lohar 7:30
August 22  Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
August 29  Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
September 12  Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
September 17  Josh Garrels  8:00
September  26  Free Public Tours Noon 1:00
September  28  Together Live  6:30
September 29  Phoenix Amplified Jazz Festival  7:30
September 30  Phoenix Amplified Jazz Festival  7:30

Attention Fry’s Shoppers

You can donate to the Friends every time you shop at Fry’s, and it’s free. Fry’s is donating $2 million a year ($500,000/quarter) to Arizona non-profits. To participate, go to and register your Fry’s VIP card, and select Friends of the Orpheum Theatre as your non-profit of choice. Remember: your donation is free, and this program is separate from the gas program. Last year, the Friends received nearly $700 from Fry’s. 

Attention Amazon Shoppers

Now you can donate to the Friends when you order from Amazon! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Click , sign in, and shop!  It’s that easy! 

Support the Friends, Become a “Star”

Here is a unique way to support FOTOT. For $100 you can purchase a brick which will be placed in the “Avenue of the Stars”, located just east of the Theatre in the City Hall Plaza. You can purchase a brick to honor your family, a friend, someone you admire, or to celebrate an event (graduation, birthday, etc.). For more information, visit our website.

Did You Know …

The light rail has two stops that are less than a 10 minute walk from the Orpheum. Whether you’re coming from the East Valley or from Northwest Phoenix, taking the train allows you to avoid traffic as well as the cost of parking your car.

Become a Member of the Friends

Join us as we preserve and illuminate the heritage of the glorious Orpheum Theatre. Visit our website to learn more.

Friends of the Orpheum Theatre

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose Mission is:
To support the art, culture, and history of the Orpheum Theatre
through outreach, education, and volunteerism.