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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Atlanta Plays Host to Summer Youth Adventure...
Ten years ago, the American Theatre Organ Society launched what was called The Summer Youth Adventure (SYA). This much-talked about experiment began with a dozen or so young people attending a week-long event in the Chicago area. Instructors Jonas Nordwall, Donna Parker, and Jelani Eddington headed the teaching staff, and the experiment was a spectacular success.
Now in Year 11, Atlanta played host to the SYA. Those three instructors were joined by Martin Ellis and Christian Elliott as a five-person core teaching group, assisted locally by Ken Double. The 4/22 Grande Page organ was the primary teaching instrument, with trips to the Fox Theatre, the Alabama Theatre, and stops at the Burud and Dove residences provided the young artists opportunities to play all kinds of organs.
Harold Lloyd's "Girl Shy" Coming to the Strand...
On Sunday, September 30 at 3 pm, travel back in time to 1924 in this romantic comedy featuring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston. "Girl Shy" was Lloyd's first independent film after his split from Hal Roach. Ron Carter will accompany the classic on the Strand's Mighty Allen GW-IV theatre organ as part of their 2018 Silent Film Series. For tickets or information on other upcoming events, be sure to visit our events page.