Orpheum Rising Project Helpers

O.R.P.H., Inc. is a non-profit group dedicated to re-vitalizing the Orpheum Theater Building in New Bedford, MA USA

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League of Historic Theaters has welcomed our membership and are continually responsive to our inquiries. That conversion of historic theaters is a widely successful eventuality, numerous models present.

City of New Bedford in City Council made a "Resolution honoring the Orpheum Rising Project Helpers for initiative in restoring the historic and beautiful Orpheum Theatre"December 20, 2007.

ORPH is represented by Partridge, Snow & Hahn LLP of New Bedford and Providence, Attorney Lawrence D. Hunt, pro bono.

ORPHaccountants are JED COHEN & COMPANY, P.C. of New Bedford.

Massachusetts Historic Commission has concurred that the building is eligible for the National Register.

Owner of Theatre is apparently willing to sell his property to our organization. In November 2008 ORPH commissioned an appraisal. Realworth Appraising & Consulting provided a 46-page Summary Appraisal Report with an Estimate of Value of the entire property at $750,000.

We have benefited from numerous conversations with Waterfront Historic Area League, New Bedford Office of Economic Development, and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

As a result of numerous fundraising events, and as a recipient to United Way of Greater New Bedford mini-grants, we have an increasing account balance.

In the Rope Light Tour of the 1912 theater, and in "PHANTOMS of The ORPHEUM" we hosted over four hundred visitors.

ORPH Inc. maintains General Liability insurance through Paul & Dixon Insurance Agency, LLP of New Bedford.

The project to acquire and adapt enjoys nearly unanimous support from interested persons and relevant institutions.

The organization known as Orpheum Rising Project Helpers has recieved non-profit status and is a 501(3)c.


Thoughts-on-the-Zeiterion/Orpheum Theatres -Mayor Lang
An Orphinc sponsored rope light tour in October of 2007 offered the public the first exposure to the Orpheum in decades.



ORPH Inc. Annual Meeting of the membership was Thursday, February 25th at 6 PM in the Ashley Room, City Hall, 1st floor.