Orpheum Theatre (Malta)

Valletta, Malta

Orpheum Theatre (Malta)

The Orpheum Theatre is a building situated in Gżira, Malta. It was designed in 1932 by the Maltese architect Harold J. Borg (1908-1981), then still in his early twenties, to the design of Art Nouveau with Spanish features.

The theatre was commissioned by Felix Gerada, a developer who lived between Malta and Detroit (hence the initials FG on the façade) on land he purchased from the Marquis Desain and was built to serve as a movie theatre. The carved relief is said to be the work of sculptor Alfredo Azzopardi, who had already worked on the Balluta buildings as well as on the Msida Parish church. The Orpheum is a Grade 1 scheduled building since 2001 thanks to the presence of a painting of Orpheus on the ceiling, by Raphael Bonnici Calì (1907-2002).

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