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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The passing of Joe Patten, "Phantom of the Fox"...
The biggest fan of the Atlanta Fox Theatre and its legendary "Mighty Mo" passed away April 7 at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, after being recently hospitalized following a stroke. Joe had just celebrated his 89th birthday and hosted the Atlanta Chapter's February program at his exclusive apartment in the Fox. He began his association with the Theatre in 1962, ultimately becoming the Technical Director for some 30 years. Joe was also a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter, a recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, and a recipient of the Pioneer Award from the American Theatre Organ Society. A public memorial service is in the works, and we'll provide additional details as they become available.
Hills Takes Atlanta by Storm...
It began with a surprise performance on the legendary "Mighty Mo" at the Atlanta Fox and concluded with one very special evening on the 4/22 Grande Page at Stephenson High School. The one and only Richard Hills delighted Atlanta-area audiences with his British wit and incomparable artistry. Read John McCall's column on the magical evening in the latest newsletter. Paul Milliken of WAGA-TV caught up with Richard during his visit at the console of "Mighty Mo". You can view his feature story on Fox 5 Atlanta here.