Working with a structure that always has had "the bones of a beauty," planners and restorers have returned the classic downtown Orpheum Theatre to its status as an elegant, gracious showplace.

Built in 1929 at a cost of $750,000 in the Spanish Baroque Revival style so popular at that time, it was considered the most luxurious playhouse west of the Mississippi. The 68-year-old Orpheum, at the corner of Second Avenue and Adams Street, wears its $14 million restoration construction facelift well.

It has become a popular site for convention and civic functions, along with national touring productions, local and regional professional performances, and nonprofit performing arts productions.

The 1,400-seat theater is a fitting complement to other arts venues in the Valley, joining Symphony Hall and the Herberger Theater to create a downtown theater district. Free tours are scheduled weekly, and may be arranged by request.