The Decaying New Bedford’s Orpheum
Entering New Bedford’s imposing Orpheum is like taking a step back in time. This stylish theatre and movie house was opened in 1912 — on the same April day that Titanic sank, en route to the United States — but having closed its doors to customers in the 1950s, it has long been abandoned and decaying.
Located on Water Street in the small Massachusetts city, it is a significant local landmark. Yet few here get the chance to take a look behind the scenes.
Stepping inside is a haunting experience, the theatre seats empty, but much remaining from the building’s glorious hey-day. The paint is peeling and the plasterwork crumbling, yet the era’s fading grandeur still endures. The Orpheum also houses a gymnasium, shooting range and beautiful ballroom, and with much here still intact, goosebumps are guaranteed for those fortunate enough to catch a glimpse.
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