Pat Halloran, former Orpheum CEO, dies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pat Halloran, who led efforts to restore the Orpheum Theatre and eventually became its president and CEO, reportedly died Thursday.

Halloran was president of the Orpheum Theatre Group for 35 years before leaving the position in 2015.

In 1980, Halloran led fundraising efforts to help the Orpheum Theatre Group, then known as the Memphis Development Foundation, restore and reopen the theater.

Halloran was elected to the Memphis City Council in 1974 and served for four years. He ran for mayor in 1979.

In 2015, the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education was opened on South Main Street. The center was the largest capital project in Orpheum Theatre Group’s history at the time.

“We have waited four long years for this day,” Halloran said at the time. “Everyone involved in this project has worked very hard to make the new center a reality.”

In 2022, Halloran created Positively Memphis, an organization focused on addressing child hunger in the city.

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Current Orpheum President and CEO Brett Batterson released a statement Thursday evening.

The Orpheum Theatre Group joins our Mid-South community and the global Broadway industry in mourning the loss of former Orpheum President Pat Halloran. His dedication to the arts and his heart for the City of Memphis were unparalleled.

His legacy is profound. The decades of Broadway tours he brought to Memphis have shaped the memories of hundreds of thousands of theatergoers. By building the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, now a haven for transformational arts education, he continues to shape future generations of empathic, thoughtful community members. Through his passion and steadfast preservation of the historic 95-year-old theatre, Downtown Memphis and live performances continue to thrive.

Words can never express the impact Pat had on the Orpheum Theatre. There would be no Orpheum without Pat Halloran.

Our hearts go out to his wife Anne, his children, grandchildren, to Memphis, and all that knew and loved him. We grieve with you.

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