The original Orpheum Theatre premiered on January 5, 1929, as a showcase for vaudeville, touring shows, and movies. Built by theater owners Harry Nace and J.E. Richards, the Orpheum was reputed to be the most luxurious movie palace west of the Mississippi. In 1998, the firm completed a 9-year, 4-phase project to implement restoration of the theatre to its original splendor, while upgrading the audience chamber and stage to meet current theatrical standards. The award winning Orpheum has been widely published.