Mighty Wurlitzer is star of Paramount’s Silent Movie Mondays
SEATTLE, WA — Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount Theatre feature the city’s last vintage theater organ.
An octogenarian is still going strong at the Paramount Theatre, the last of Seattle’s 1920s theater organs still fulfilling its original purpose. The Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, built in 1927 and bought by the theater for $46,500, can be heard Mondays this month as part of Silent Movie Mondays, played in accompaniment to classic 1920s silent films.
“It’s really unique — it’s the only one left in the city of Seattle in its original home,” said Tom Blackwell, outgoing president of the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society. “At one time there were 45 theaters within the Seattle city limits that had pipe organs in them. These were considered standard equipment for theaters that had silent films in the 1920s.
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(Thanks to A Boy and his Bike for providing the photo.)