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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Donnie Rankin in Concert...
An incredible afternoon is on the books for Sunday, September 10 when we join with the Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society in presenting the 2023 ATOS Organist of the Year - Donnie Rankin!
Although it's been several years since his last appearance, Donnie is no stranger to ATOS Atlanta. However, this will mark his first appearance on "Big Bertha" - the Alabama Theatre's magnificent 4/32 Mighty Wurlitzer. We're thrilled to bring Donnie "back down south" and hope you make plans to hear his amazing artistry on one of the finest theatre organs around!
Visit the events page for additional information on this very special afternoon and all of our upcoming programs.
Mayor Proclaims "Ron Carter Day"...
A fixture at the Strand Theatre in Marietta and a longtime member of the Atlanta Chapter, Ron Carter is a sought-after theatre organ concert artist and silent film accompanist who performs across the southeast.
In recognition of his tireless devotion to the community, his music, and love of the theatre organ, the City of Marietta's Mayor Steve Tumlin proclaimed February 12 as Ron Carter Day. As a part of the recognition, members of ATOS Atlanta presented Ron with a self portrait portraying him seated at the Strand's Mighty Allen theatre organ commissioned by our own John McCall.
View the full article from the Marietta Daily Journal here, and congratulations, Ron!