Orpheum Community Hub

The Orpheum serves as our new Albuquerque Homeownership Center and Community Hub. Completely renovated, it includes a large classroom/performance space, community meeting space, gallery space, affordable residential apartments, and our Homewise offices.

Why we chose the Orpheum

In 2012, Homewise expanded to Albuquerque (prior to that, we only had an office in Santa Fe). When we were deciding where to establish our Albuquerque Homeownership Center, we knew that we wanted to be located in a neighborhood where we could put down roots and build strong community ties. Around this time the Orpheum Theater came up for sale and we decided that rehabilitating this one-time landmark would allow us to restore its former vibrancy as a cultural and economic hub of the area. By making both a physical and financial commitment to Barelas and the greater downtown, we are able to model the kind of ownership and financial stability that we help our clients achieve.

The Albuquerque Homeownership Center and Community Hub features a large classroom equipped to hold our Financial Fitness for Life and Homebuyer Education Workshops. This space is open to the community for gallery shows, performances, workshops, and other community events. It will also include Homewise offices to enable us to support our mission of creating successful homeowners.

History

The Orpheum was built in 1898 and has served as one of New Mexico’s first movie theaters, the Denver Hotel, the Viaduct Garage (an auto repair shop), and more recently, as a performance and studio space with affordable housing catering to the area’s thriving arts community.

The building’s namesake, Orpheus, was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. It is said that his talent was so transformative that his “music and singing could charm the birds, fish and wild beasts, and even coax the trees and rocks into dance.” We see the potential of the Orpheum Community Hub to embody that same kind of transformative power to create new economic opportunity in the heart of Albuquerque.

Venue Reservation

Online application: https://www.orpheumcommunityhub.org/theater-rental
Please contact Monica Bencomo for inquiries at 505.795.0545 or mbencomo@homewise.org.
Address: 500 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102