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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Movies Return to Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre...
The Tivoli Theatre Foundation has announced The Bobby Stone Film Series at the Tivoli which runs through February 3. Named in honor of Chattanooga native and Foundation Director Emeritus Bobby Stone, the unique series brings film back to the Tivoli with the spirit of Bobby's expert eye and passion for film, featuring both first run and classic titles.
The film series launch follows the successful installation of a new state-of-the-art digital sound and projection system which includes 4k projection, surround sound, and a 50-foot drop down screen - the largest of its kind in North America. The installation was made possible by a major gift from Stone's family and friends.
Prior to each showing, the Tivoli's Mighty Wurlitzer will be featured as pre-show entertainment, played by Ron Carter, Larry Davis, Buddy Shirk, and Grant Wolf. Tickets are on sale now - $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors. For more information, click 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!