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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McCall Plays the Plaza...For the Very First Time...
He had the honor of playing the final ATOS Atlanta program on the instrument in its previous home, and now he has the honor of playing the debut program in its brand new home! John McCall premieres the Mighty Allen LL-324Q-SP theatre organ at the historic Plaza Theatre in Atlanta on Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m. - note the special date and time.
The organ was recently relocated from the Marietta Performing Arts Center to the Downtown Atlanta theatre, and has already been featured during select pre-shows at the Plaza. McCall's program will put the organ front and center, showcasing its fantastic sounds and versatility, with a little southern charm. We've been told the organ sounds even better at the Plaza than it did at MPAC!
Thanks to Chris Escobar, Owner of the Plaza Theatre, and Richard Martin, Manager, for their partnership, cooperation, and warm welcome.
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!