Why we LOVE the theatre pipe organ...
"Mighty Mo" at Atlanta's Fox Theatre
The one-man band. A thrilling sound that sends chills down your spine. Mighty theatre organs are some of the most versatile musical instruments. Designed to accompany the silent films of the 1920s, they can effectively play a myriad of music styles. From Gershwin to Sousa and Stravinsky to the Beatles, there's almost nothing they can't tackle. And nothing is better for accompanying Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, or the other greats of silent cinema!
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All the bells and whistles...
These instruments were only made, with few exceptions, in the 1920s. Since that time, enthusiasts have flatly refused to let the theatre organ leave the limelight. George Wright sold millions of "HiFi" records in the 1950s that ignited a new generation of theatre organ fans, and the American Theatre Organ Society has nourished a continued commitment towards presenting great organists on great organs, hosting educational camps and programs, and offering a unique network of individuals passionate about the many aspects of the theatre organ: musical, technical, and more!
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Live From the Plaza Theatre...
Pop a bag of popcorn and enjoy the Plaza Theatre from the comfort of your own home as we partner to present Silent Screen Saturdays - a series of silent comedies each Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. - all streamed on the web and featuring live organ accompaniment by Ken Double.
This Saturday's feature is the 1920 Buster Keaton classic One Week.
Plaza Theatre owner Chris Escobar has been experimenting with several ideas to keep the iconic theatre’s name top-of-mind while the doors are officially closed at this time, including this unique approach to presenting film. “In our partnership with ATOS Atlanta, we have this great theatre organ,” said Escobar, “and when Ken suggested this, we thought it was a great idea. We most certainly need all the laughs we can get.”
You can watch the stream live, or catch the recorded archive after the event, by clicking here.
Time to Renew Your Membership...
It's that time of the year again - time to renew your ATOS Atlanta membership and help us to continue to preserve and promote the theatre organ. This year it's easier than ever! Simply head over to the membership page and renew online via PayPal or credit card. Of course, you can always renew in person at one of our monthly meetings or via postal mail with a check.
Not currently a member? Come out to one of our programs and experience the magic of the mighty theatre organ and consider joining our efforts!