After 20 years in Ybor City, Tampa's iconic venue The Orpheum is moving out

It's unclear where Orpheum is headed.

click to enlarge The Killers play Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on Nov. 21, 2019. - ROB LOUD
Rob Loud
The Killers play Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on Nov. 21, 2019.
After two decades in Ybor City, iconic Tampa venue The Orpheum announced today that it is closing its doors later this year. The owners said that they are looking to move into a new space in the spring, but said that The Orpheum will no longer be a part of Ybor City.

"After 20 years and thousands of shows,The Orpheum will be bidding you all a fond farewell," the owners wrote in a Facebook post announcing the closure.

The post did not provide any details on the new venue's location opening date. There was also no closing date for Orpheum's Ybor location at 1915 E 7th Ave.

According to Orpheum's website, shows are booked until May, then there's a three-month break before the venue hosts U.K. post-punk goth-rock band The Mission, The Chameleons and Theatre of Hate in September.

Orpheum owners have not responded to calls and texts from Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. This post will be updated when a response comes in. The only interesting city document attached to the property is a summertime inquiry from a rep from Trulieve who wanted to know if a dispensary would be appropriate in the location Orpheum currently occupies.

The 700-plus capacity venue's spot has been on Seventh Avenue since 2011 after it moved from its original location at the corner of 8th St. and Avenida Republica de Cuba.

Over the course of 20 years, Orpheum has hosted thousands of bands in both its venues, including The Killers who played a last-minute set there in November 2019. When it moves out of the district, Ybor will be without a venue to accommodate shows too big for Crowbar (under 400 capacity) and too small for The Ritz (1,100 plus).
In the post about the move, the owners expressed gratitude to the people who helped get the Orpheum to the place it is today.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity I was given when I bought the business that I had worked at for years," Jerry Dufrain, co-owner of Orpheum wrote. "I'm grateful for my partner Dave, who has allowed me to build The Orpheum into what it is. I'm grateful for all the things that I've experienced and learned here."
Location Details

Orpheum

1915 E 7th Ave., Tampa Tampa

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Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia previously wrote for the USA Today Network, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Scalawag Magazine, and various other news outlets. When he's not writing, Justin likes to make music, read, play basketball and spend time with loved ones. 


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