Orpheum marquee: Metal letters out; pictures, colors, motion in

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

For 38 years, from the time the Orpheum Theater reopened in 1975, theater staff posted coming attractions on the marquee out front by hand, one letter at a time, every time it needed changing — about 2,600 times.

It took two people more than an hour each time. In all kinds of weather, one of them had to perch atop scaffolding, while the other handed up the heavy metal letters.

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