Highlighting Phoenix Culture
Founded in 1947, The Phoenix Symphony proudly serves the citizens of Phoenix and the surrounding metropolitan area, Arizona, and the southwestern United States. What began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year (in a city of fewer than 100,000 people) today serves more than 265,000 people annually, with 275 concerts and presentations throughout the greater Phoenix area and beyond. The 75-member Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, in Scottsdale, in Prescott, and throughout central Arizona.
The Phoenix Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenix's metamorphosis from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis. Now in its seventh decade, the museum continues to receive recognition and appreciation for its contribution to the cultural life of Phoenix. Come discover how time and place have influenced modern Phoenix, and the stories of the city's exciting and colorful past.
The completely different Dodge Theatre promises to change the way you think about live entertainment. It's as large as you need but as intimate as you want. The Dodge Theatre is a state of the art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing, and convention meetings. Our seating can vary from 1,900 to 5,000 for concerts, 5,500 for sporting or corporate events, and with innovative moving sidewalls, provides an intimate setting for proscenium events.
The Orpheum Theater, a local landmark in historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, was built by John Weatherford, who owned of the Weatherford Hotel just up the street in the early 1900s.
Actually the theater was rebuilt. Weatherford showed Flagstaff's first movies in his Majestic Opera House, which opened in 1911. All was well at the Majestic until just hours after revelers celebrating the New Year of 1915 had gone home, when the roof and most of the walls of building collapsed under 61 inches of snow. Weatherford pulled his projector out of the ruins of the Majestic and the movies moved temporarily onto east Aspen Street in a building that was once a Babbitt garage.
Weatherford began to rebuild his theater and renamed it the Orpheum. The bigger and better theater opened its doors in August 1917 and delighted audiences for decades. It closed in the late 1990s when the company that owned it left Flagstaff.
After a three year hiatus, the Orpheum was revived. Following months of extensive renovations, the theater reopened in late 2002 poised to entertain a new generation of Flagstaff residents and visitors.