Opened circa 1917, this downtown hot spot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only playhouse in ... More
Roberts Orpheum Theater (The)
Opened circa 1917, this downtown hot spot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only playhouse in the downtown area. Having been remodeled twice since its opening more than 80 years ago, the Roberts Orpheum Theater (formerly known as American Theater) now has a seating capacity of about 1,850 people. The French Renaissance decor supplies an elegant ambiance, and two full-service bars are open during events. The theater has featured top talent such as the Dave Matthews Band, Deftones and Creed.
We are fans of the Trailer Park Boys, the hilarious comedy group and TV show out of Canada, but were very disappointed by the Roberts Orpheum Theater's presentation of their live show last evening. We were astonished and appalled by the manner in which seating late arrivals were handled by the theater, resulting in our missing the first 30 minutes of the performance. The theater ushers continued to seat late arrivals in front of us for the first half of the performance, with people standing for prolonged periods, loudly arguing with the ushers over who had the correct ticket for the particular seats. This was compounded by moving at least half of the seated guests out of their seats in the several rows in front of us, some seats more than once, over the course of the first half of the show. In addition, the sound system at the theater was at such a low level that the crowd on several occasions shouted down the performers chanting "we can't hear you!". The guests next to us left in disgust 30 minutes into the performance. We finally gave up and left at intermission, as we could not tolerate the constant re-seating of guests in the rows in front us and could not hear most of the dialogue of the performers.
We are fans of the Trailer Park Boys, but The Roberts Orpheum Theater will not be on our list of theater venues we attend in the future. The Trailer Park Boys would have been far better served at another theater venue for their visit to St. Louis.