One b/w negative of the Orpheum Theatre. Large crowds of teenagers, young adults and military personnel standing in line at theatre entrance. Location appears to be at the northeast intersection of B Street and 5th Avenue in Downtown San Diego. Sailor standing at street corner has cigarette. Lobby signage advertises the film “The Drill Instructor” starring Jack Webb and Monica Lewis. Signage also advertises the film “The Counterfeit Plan” starring Zachary Scott and Peggie Castle. Large cutout portrait of Jack Webb is displayed over lobby entrance. Lora F. Wright, in oral history interview, mentions a “Commonwealth Building” located at intersection of B Street and 5th Avenue. Wright states that the “Pantages” theatre was located in the corner of the Commonwealth Building, and that the Pantages theatre later became known as the “Orpheum”. The Buster Keaton Story, The Drill Instructor, and The Counterfeit Plan are films advertised in this photo group. Each film cites a release date of 1957.
Original Baynard index card reads “Orpheum Theather[sic] / No 2236 / 2 – 8×10 size Flashes”
City directory, year 1957, shows entry for “Orpheum Theatre Building 524 B”.
Sandborn maps, year 1955, show floorplan for “R.K.O. ORPHEUM THEATRE BLDG” with entrance at B Street and 5th Avenue.