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Orpheum Files Permit for Performing Arts Center

The Daily News
VOL. 129 | NO. 29 | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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The Orpheum Theatre Memphis has filed a $10.2 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its Centre for Performing Arts.

The $14.5 million, two-story facility, which will offer advanced performing arts education programs, will rise at 225 S. Main St., adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre Downtown.

Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as general contractor. The Crump Firm is architect for the project, whose original plans called for a three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility to help alleviate The Orpheum’s overcrowding while also offering a variety of programs.

The Orpheum’s campus expansion was “re-energized” early last year due to an unanticipated lack of donor dollars.

The Memphis Development Foundation, the organization that operates The Orpheum, in May 2012 closed on its $1.2 million purchase of the 0.87-acre parking lot immediately to the south of the 85-year-old theater at 203 S. Main St. from Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.