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New Orpheum Owners Talk About Plans

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By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) An historic Twin Falls landmark is seeing a new life in the form of its original glory.

The Orpheum Theater first opened for business back in 1921.

In that time, the theater has seen life as a live playhouse and movie theater, most recently as a movie theater for Interstate Amusement.

But now, as Interstate Amusement has sold off their Twin Falls properties, two locals, Larry and Stephanie Johnson, saw the opportunity to own a piece of history and jumped on it.

"Surreal... surreal... it's an awesome responsibility. The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing. And you feel a real sense of... man, we better do this right, a lot of people are counting on us to do this right," they said.

The Johnsons are hoping to have all of the major renovations done by Halloween of this year.

The new theater will play host to an array of activities.

From the original vision of a playhouse, the Orpheum will also continue to show movies.

The upstairs apartments will also be converted into classrooms for many performance arts activities.


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