Q&A with Lance Gunberg, President of O.R.P.H, Inc

First floor of the Orpheum Theatre
View of the stage from the main floor of the Orpheum Theatre

I recently spoke with Lance Gunberg, a graphic designer and filmmaker who is also the president of Orpheum Rising Project Helpers or O.R.P.H, Inc., which is a non-profit organization dedicated to reviving the theater.

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Orpheum Theatre

Want to see the Orpheum for yourself? I’m hosting a photography workshop at the theater this fall. 

View of the Orpheum Theatre auditorium from the balcony.

View of the Orpheum Theatre auditorium from the balcony.

The Orpheum Theatre opened on April 15, 1912  —  the same day the Titanic sank. Located on Water Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts, it was part of a Beaux-Arts building that was built in 1910 by a French-Canadian group known as Le Club des Francs-Tireurs (The French Sharpshooters Club).  The building’s official name is La Salle Francs Tireurs, or French Sharpshooters Hall.

Local architect Louis Destremps —  known for his work on the Notre Dame De Lourdes church in Fall River, Massachusetts — designed the building, which included the theater, a ballroom, a shooting range, a gymnasium, retail space and various office and meeting spaces. The Ballroom and Theater served as revenue for the club.

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