OPENING OF THE NEW ORPHEUM
Tuesday evening, September first, the doors of the New Orpheum Theatre on Washington square will be thrown open to the public and the season of 1908-1909 will have been started.
Since the close of the theatre early in the summer . . . much work has been done . . . of which the city as well as Manager [Louis B.] Mayer may justly feel proud.
In this section of the country there are many theatres which provide entertainment for the public but it can be truthfully stated that none can surpass, while few will compare with the New Orpheum as it stands today. . . .
From the front the first thing that attracts the eye is the scroll work which is of the Gothic style of architecture. This harmonizes with the workmanship which shows strongly on the sides where the announcement boards have been built. In the center there is a large alcove in which place is located the box office, which is of new design in this section of New England. . . . The side balcony has been done away with and in its place retiring rooms have been added with all the latest and best comforts found in any of the large metropolitan theatres. The walls have been adorned with new tapestry while the ceiling has been tinted in beautiful colors to harmonize with the general pleasing effect. The new seats are of the latest make and are a decided improvement over the older ones. . . . The picture machines have been installed in an out of the way place, where they are boxed in and are up to the required details as presented by the state police. All in all everything is brand new, clean, cosy, up-to-date and homelike and nothing but words of praise can be heard from those who have already taken a peek at "the Little Theatre Round the Corner."
The [Haverhill] Sunday Record, August 30, 1908.