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John Grant
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 - posted September 25, 2003 11:37 AM      Profile for John Grant   Author's Homepage   Email John Grant         Edit/Delete Post 
Are there any members at this site with a particular interest in theatre pipe organs? Let's exchange info.

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Adam Martin
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 - posted September 25, 2003 12:55 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
One of these days, I'll get around to adding theatre organ information to the database.

*sigh* One of these days ...

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Ken Roe
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 - posted September 25, 2003 01:20 PM      Profile for Ken Roe   Author's Homepage   Email Ken Roe         Edit/Delete Post 
I will endeavour to post up information on current UK organ installations, many of which are original to when the theatres first opened. I also have information on organs in theatres in LA, NYC and here in Europe in Amsterdam and Berlin.

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Paul P. Meyers
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 - posted September 26, 2003 12:22 PM      Profile for Paul P. Meyers   Email Paul P. Meyers         Edit/Delete Post 
I am too busy listening to my AMC movietunes cd's but here are a couple of Michigan Theatre Organ links
Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor
Redford Theatre
There is currently a debate on what one local group is to do with an organ in the Senate Theatre in Detroit. The few people who go to hear the concerts are dropping off and the ghetto location of the theatre scares away the others. But where to move a Theatre Organ?

[ September 29, 2003, 02:21 PM: Message edited by: Paul P. Meyers ]

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Adam Martin
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They should pick up the Senate and move it up Michigan Avenue to Dearborn. Hell, they moved the Gem Theatre! [Big Grin]

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Jim Spohn
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 - posted September 30, 2003 12:32 PM      Profile for Jim Spohn   Email Jim Spohn         Edit/Delete Post 
The Granada Theatre in Bakersfield, CA is hosting a screening of a couple of silent movies for the American Theatre Organ Society. I will be playing the four manual pipe organ for the movies. The Granada has hosted some private screenings, but this will be the first real show the theatre has done in 30 years. One more theatre evades the wrecking-ball!! ....Jim

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Mark Lensenmayer
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 - posted September 30, 2003 04:53 PM      Profile for Mark Lensenmayer   Email Mark Lensenmayer         Edit/Delete Post 
I'm a big fan of the theatre organ. We have a rather nice one here in Columbus at the Ohio Theatre. I believe it is a 28-rank Robert Morton. I've heard Gaylord Carter, George Wright, John Muri, Dennis James, Hector Olivera and many, many more. Virgil Fox brought in his giant electronic instrument, but he played a few things on the house instrument.

Each summer, they try to program at least 1 silent film, usually accompanied by Clark Wilson. They've shown THIEF OF BAGDHAD, BEN HUR and some rare Buster Keaton things. Clark does an excellent job of accompanying films. He does travel, so you might be able to see him in your area.

It's not a theatre organ exactly, but I bought my father a recording of the Atlantic City Convention Hall organ, one HUGE instrument. It has a 7-manual keyboard, and is in the Guinness book as the largest pipe organ and the loudest.

Information on this beast can be found at this web site:

Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society

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Ron Keillor
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 - posted October 02, 2003 01:03 AM      Profile for Ron Keillor   Email Ron Keillor         Edit/Delete Post 
There are other sites that can be looked at:
http://theatreorgans.com/ seems to be the biggest,
Http://www.pstos.org/ Puget Sound Theater Organ Society
for some West Coast organs. These are mainly from performer/builders viewpoints.

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Jim Rankin
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 - posted October 09, 2003 03:01 PM      Profile for Jim Rankin   Email Jim Rankin         Edit/Delete Post 
Though its short notice, I couldn't let this notice pass concerning what many believe to be the finest Kimball theatre pipe organ installation in the nation:

The PHANTOM comes to the Oriental!

This coming Saturday, the 11th, will find the classic 1925 silent
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Channey ("The Man of a Thousand
Faces") coming to the BIG screen of the Oriental Theatre at 1PM.
If you have never seen this definitive version of the oft-told story,
you must not miss this event, for this is perhaps the only time
that you will see the newly remade 1998 master version with the
original color sequences restored to this otherwise black and white
film. This is one of the rare opportunities to see the original
2-strip Technicolor process which debuted in 1922, but which did
not offer the blue color of the famous 3-strip Technicolor process
which did not debut in a feature film until "Becky Sharp" ten years
later. Lon Chaney deformed his features to portray the hideously
deformed outcast, the mask for which became a logo for the 1980s
Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. Mr. Chaney, however, obtained the desired
frightful appearance without the gruesome flow of blood so co
mmon to horror films of today. Indeed, to call it a horror film
is to really do it an injustice, since this genre today is sullied
by cheapie effects of gore without any class in the casting or writing,
some things in which this 'silent' excels. And it is not so silent.
The Oriental's 40+-rank (voice) Kimball theatre pipe organ lends a richness
of sound that one must hear to believe. The score for this presentation
will even include short operatic excerpts to accompany the singers
on the screen! It promises to be a special event, and quite a contrast
the 1940s remake as well as the book of 1911 by Gaston Leroux. And
the sets do take you to a virtual remake of the giant and grandiose
Paris Opera of 1875 which is almost 17 stories tall from 5th sub-basement
to the trio of statues on the top of the stagehouse which are duplicated
above the proscenium of our 1895 Pabst Theater. I watch the film just to see the theatre!

As most of you know, the Oriental is at the corner of Farwell and
North Avenues on the Northeast side of Milwaukee only about 6 blocks
from the lakefront. It is easy to get to, but be prepared to hunt
for parking in one of the neighborhood's three lots, within a short
walking distance. The weather forecast is for a cloudy but temperate
day, and if you are not familiar with Milw., simply go to: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&addtohistory=&address=2230+n+farwell+ave&city=milwaukee&state=wi&zipcode=&homesubmit=Get+Map

to find the best way to get there.

General admission is $8 at the door and $5.50 for children 12 and
under. Group rate for ten or more tickets is $6.50 each; such tickets
must be ordered in advance through the Kimball Theatre Organ Society
at: KTOS@execpc.com or via their "Silents Please!" phone line at: 1-262-634-8394.

Remember that you are not only supporting the Kimball Theatre Organ
Soc. in its efforts to present such classic silent films, but you
are also supporting one of the last (and best) genuine movie palaces
in the nation! And you will love the wide selection of munchies
at their elephant snack bar, dubbed 'Tuscannini' (will Arturo Toscanini
'turn over in his grave'??!!) Color postcards of the auditorium
by the inimitable Larry Widen (author of "Milwaukee Movie Palaces")
are available at the box office. And take the young ones to see
an eye-popping vision that they will never forget! (but probably
too intense for those under 6).

I hope to see you there!

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Adam Martin
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quote:
One of these days, I'll get around to adding theatre organ information to the database.

*sigh* One of these days ...

Today is the day. The database now displays the "current main" organ operating at a theater. If the theater has two instruments (one in the auditorium and one in the lobby) the auditorium instrument is the one listed.

I added the information from the list on the ATOS website, which has not been updated since March 2002, so let me know if there are any corrections.

If I ever get the new Tour Guide script finished, you'll be able to pull up a list of theaters with organs.

*sigh* One of these days ...

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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quote:
If the theater has two instruments (one in the auditorium and one in the lobby) the auditorium instrument is the one listed.
Gee, kinda limited, don't you think, eh? [Razz]

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Adam Martin
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I only remember two theaters with multiple instruments and both had info about the second instrument on the tour page. [Razz] Eventually the database will be expanded to include more historical organ info.

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Tom DeLay
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 - posted November 21, 2003 10:51 PM      Profile for Tom DeLay   Email Tom DeLay         Edit/Delete Post 
>>>I only remember two theaters with multiple instruments and both had info about the second instrument on the tour page.<<<

Actually there are three operating today:

Fox Theatre Detroit 3/12 Moller original organ
Fox Theatre St. Louis 2/11 Wurlitzer--transplant Original organ
was a 3/12 Moller
Galaxy Cinemas Guttenberg, NJ 2/6 Moller

Long-gone lobby organs:

Fox Theatre San Francisco 3/12 Moller
Roxy Theatre NYC, NY 3/11 Kimball "Soloist"
Fox Wilshire LA, CA 2/3 Estey "Minuette" portable organ. This organ was probably in this theatre for just a short time. However, photos do show the organ in the lobby to the left of the
lobby stairs.

Tom DeLay

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William Hooper
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Wow, what kind of bait did you use to attract Tom DeLay? You could sell it to folks & tell them to sprinkle it liberally in their pipe chambers.

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Tom DeLay
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Sprinkle liberally? No way.

How's that Robert Morton down in Mobile?

tld

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