The Orpheum Theater is a live performance and musical theater on State Street, one block from the State Capitol building.
Built in 1926 by Rapp and Rapp, the Limestone, Art Deco exterior and French Renaissance interior made the building a Madison icon, with the Orpheum sign towering over State Street. Partially financed by dentist William Beecroft, also known as “Mr. Theater,” The Orpheum cost $750,000 to build and originally featured vaudeville shows and a movie theater. The Orpheum Theater was the first building in Wisconsin to have air conditioning.