Check out the “at a glance” schedules below for an overview of what’s happening at the Orpheum Theater Center, or click on the links to the left to find selected Events information in greater detail. Want to rent a room or tour the facility? Grab a snack and a great cup of coffee? You can do it all at the Orpheum Theater Center … the epitome of community!
Live After 5
- June 8 – NEW Movie Club featuring Grease (the singalong version). We’ll begin at 6:30 with 30 minutes of trivia, then the interactive movie. “I got chills, they’re multiplyin’ …” (Tickets $10, open to the public)
- June 9 – The Stebens Children’s Theater presents The Andrews Sisters: A Loving Tribute! at 7 pm (Tickets are $12.50; Event details)
- June 14 – Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander shares “Discussions, Readings & Maybe a Banjo” at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. (Event details)
- June 16 – Movie Director Joseph Kosinski talks with Iowa filmmakers from 5-6 pm (sponsored by Liz Gilman, leader of Produce Iowa). At 7 pm Joe will introduce a showing of his movie Only the Brave. Stay for a public Q&A after the movie! (movie tickets are $10; Event details)
- June 22 & 23 – Black Panther movie showing at 4 pm and 7 pm each day. Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and younger and seniors.
- Aug. 24 – Friday Wine Club with appetizers at 7:30 pm right after Live After 5, featuring newer wines of quality – think Albariño (Spain’s quintessential white wine!) (tickets are $20, limit 56 people; no tickets sold after Aug. 20)
- Sept. 17 – La Patronal Peruvian folk music. Rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas populares’ (town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America) La Patronal honors these gatherings, which celebrate tradition through fireworks, dancing, and religious images. La Patronal members are direct descendants of rural musicians from Peru, and use this knowledge of folk culture in combination with their formal music studies to preserve their heritage while also bringing it to the present. Their lively performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. Tickets are $12.50.
- Oct. 13 – Blues & BBQ featuring The Blue Dog, The Limestoners (featuring Bob Dorr), and a final short set with both bands! Event is from 6 to 9:30 pm; tickets are $30, which includes the meal.
- Nov. 3 – Crystal City performs from 7 to 9 pm. Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, the group’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to one another, and celebrating life. Tickets are $12.50.
- Nov. 29 – Irish Christmas in America (see Irish Christmas in America, starting at 3:30 to find both music and dance). This multi-talented group includes amazing instrumentalists, great vocals, and compelling traditional Irish dance. A great way to start the Christmas season! Tickets are $25.
- Nov. 30 – Friday Wine Club (tickets are $20, limit 56 people; no tickets sold after Nov. 26)
- Dec. 8 – The Starch Duo at 7 pm
|Bring your own folding chair/lawn chair! Live After 5 is a free outdoor summer concert series held on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the lot on the east side of the Orpheum. From 5:30-6, we have a happy hour; get your place and get food/drinks. Starting this year, bands will perform from 6-7:30 pm, to maximize shade and extend this great time!
|Orpheum Black Box events are most often music, and generally on Saturdays from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $12.50 unless otherwise indicated.
A NOTE FROM THE ORPHEUM DIRECTOR – While movies and music are the core of our programming at the Orpheum, we also want to do what I call “Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom.” Right now, the Orpheum is offering (free of charge) participation in a monthly Poetry group which meets the fourth Thursday of each month, and an Anime group which meets twice a month. The Wine & Beer tasting groups are similar efforts to this, as is the Seberg Festival. If you have a cultural interest which the Orpheum could host, feel free to come talk with us. The only thing which is certain is that it’ll take 3-5 volunteers (which you have to provide) before we’d partner with you … but if you want to start a line dancing group, or do Bonsai, or have a strong interest in graffiti art – or any other cultural thing – send me an email, and we’ll set up a time to talk!
The Orpheum Theater Center is located at 220 E. Main Street in Marshalltown, Iowa. The Orpheum is owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District. For upcoming movies, call the Movie Line at 641-844-5907.