The Museum Of Yesterday's
THEATRE PIPE ORGAN PROJECT
 
 


Follow me as I visit the famous organs of the United States and Canada.


Visit the DeMajo Organ Works shop and see our work and our recent projects


SAVE THE ORGAN
a website with information for the organ builder or organ hobbyist


See the other collections in the DeMajo Family's Museum of Yesterday


See a listing of "golden era" radio stations that used theatre organs in their programming

 

A view of the museum's combined music performance and broadcast studio in Richmond, VA.

More information, photos and specifications here

In answer to requests, here is a copy of the Artisan relay configuration file for this organ.

The theatre organ is a uniquely American invention. The instrument was developed for the purpose of accompanying silent films during the first quarter of the 20th Century. When it was rendered "obsolete" in 1929 by the event of talking pictures, many theatre organs sat abandoned in theatres, and others were removed and transplanted into the burgeoning Radio broadcasting industry. Sadly, of the more than ten thousand instruments built in the heyday of motion picture palaces, only a few hundred remain in existence, and fewer than thirty remain as unaltered installations in their original homes. In the 1950's, thanks to the introduction of High Fidelity recording, there was a rebirth of interest in the theatre organ and its unique musical style. As we mark the hundredth anniversary of the invention of this fantastic musical machine, many folks who appreciate it are departing this life. Again, as in the 1950's, there is a movement underway to introduce new generations to the wonderful sounds it can produce.

As part of our quest to preserve the industrial and technological history of America, the DeMajo Family has added an authentic Wurlitzer theatre organ to our collection of American historical artifacts. The organ has been made 100% playable and it is kept in playing condition at all times. This portion of our web site is devoted to the organ and to information about this and other theatre organs. We hope that you will enjoy the site.

To hear the museum's theatre organ, as played by our founder John DeMajo, click here.

 

 

Console on it's lift platform. Lift up-down control and stage intercom phone are at left.

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A view of the organ pipe chamber which is located on the third floor of the residence, above the music studio where the console resides.

 
The Museum Of Yesterday's in-house music library contains several thousand editions of antique and vintage sheet music, church hymnals and volumes of both classical and popular music dating from 1800 through 1970.
 


Welcome to our pipe organ restoration site.

John at the Chicago Stadium Barton console now located at the Maloof residence in Las Vegas

We hope that you enjoy the sights and sounds we have created here. The theatre organ is the most powerful and complex musical instrument ever created, and it represents one of the greatest technological achievements of early 20th Century American engineering and manufacturing.

 


From The Shop

 
Email: jdemajo at demajo.net. Be sure to replace the "at" with "@"

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