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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Our July Program - Jam Session and BBQ...
Summertime seems like the perfect excuse for a BBQ dinner with all of the fixings…and a “Jam Session” with our magnificent Grande Page organ at Stephenson High School. Giving a nod to the “warehouse days” of yesteryear, several Chapter favorites will take to the bench of the 4/22 Page theatre pipe organ for an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and food! The program will feature the artistry of Ken Double, John McCall, and more – including the long-awaited reunion of Jay Mitchell and the Grande Page. Lee Lanier has once again agreed to provide the mouth-watering pulled pork and sides that were a big hit for our post-Convention BBQ in 2013. And the fun doesn’t stop there – when the food runs out and the organ descends back into the pit, we have been invited to join Ted Barnett and the famous Walker RTO-335 organ for Part II of the Jam Session. Check out our events page for more details.
Silent Comedy Shorts Return to the Strand...
The beautiful Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Downtown Marietta once again hosts an afternoon of Silent Comedy Shorts on Sunday, July 30th at 3 p.m. The Mighty Allen GW-IV takes center stage as organists Ron Carter, Larry Davis, Ken Double, Misha Stefanuk, and Phillip Allen accompany short comedies of the silent film era. Come out early for a sing-along and organ preshow.