Orpheum Theater in Madison Wisconsin

The Orpheum Theater in Madison is a historic treasure.  It is more than 80 years old and continues to have its original French Renaissance interior.   According to the Orpheum Theater web site, the theater once held 2,400 seats!  This makes it the largest theater in Madison.  It currently holds 1,700 seats and is still an active movie theater and restaurant.    The Orpheum had many stars appear there prior to it becoming a movie theater, restaurant and wedding venue; for example, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Sonny & Cher, and Johnny Cash all performed there.  

I am shooting a wedding there on September 18, 2010.  I came with my associate, Paul, who appears in a few of the pictures.  The following are some of the pictures I took.

Though the theater is fairly dark, with off-camera flash I am still able to get some well-lit images. 

Orpheum-Theater Window

With my 50 mm f1.4 lens I expect to get some great shots during the wedding which have a shallow depth of field.

Orpheum Seats

This is a nice picture of Paul.

Orpheum with Paul

The lobby area has been restored and looks beautiful.

Orpheum in the lobby

There are lots of very cool details along the stairway. 

Orpheum stairway

Next we walked over to the Overture Center and looked around.  We were given a quick tour by Jean, the Wedding Coordinator.  The following was taken of the Promenade Lounge.

Overture Center Promenade Lounge

Here is another view of the Overture Center Promenade Lounge.   With all the large windows and the huge skyligh,t there is plenty of natural light for the whole area. 

Overture Center Promenade Lounge

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I love photography, and I've found that Madison is a beautiful city in which to shoot. The Wisconsin Capitol, State Street, Monona Terrace, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Allen Centennial Gardens, Henry Vilas Park, and the Arboretum are just some of the many beautiful places one can go for gorgeous outdoor pictures.

I am a full-time photographer. I enjoy many kinds of photography, as you can see on this web site. In my storefront studio I offer portrait photography in a setting that allows me to control the light and backgrounds.

I work both in studio and on location to provide creative personal photography and videography for weddings, businesses, and families. James Studio offers a classic look with a creative flair!


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