Castro Theatre’s endangered “Mighty Wurlitzer”

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 3, 2013 at 10:59 am


SAN FRANCISCO, CA —Please visit, the website of our newly formed 510©(3) organization dedicated to saving the Castro Wurlitzer.

Links on the site point to two recent news articles (one in the San Francisco Chronicle), as well as additional information about the project vision, created by the board of the Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA). Visitors to the site can make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our e-mail newsletter.


Bill Coale, Secretary Castro Organ Devotees Association (CODA)

(Thanks to Tinseltoes.

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Comments (5)

ajtarantex on April 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

what a great idea but it sounds like a scam to me whom ever owns the organ,should be donating it to the Castro, they will have no use for it any where else!

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on April 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

@ajtarantex: absolutely untrue! The organ’s owner installed it thirty plus years ago and has faithfully maintained it during that entire time. He has been nothing but gracious and generous, allowing the iconic Wurlitzer to be heard and enjoyed by Castro Theatre audiences for decades. If you were moving out of town, would you donate your house to the city, in that you wouldn’t have use for it in your new locale? The fact of the matter is that the organ’s owner is relocating and WILL be installing a Wurlitzer, and will be using some of the Castro’s original pipework (but swapping in replacement ranks). So…no scam! :–)

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on April 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Sorry, but what happens if they do not raise the necessary first step funds in time? Do I get my donation back?

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on April 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

We’re very confident that we’ll be able to generate enough funding to purchase and rebuild the Wurlitzer (Phase 1). The instrument is near and dear to many San Franciscans! Thanks for your interest!

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on April 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

That’s great that you’re very confident, but your response doesn’t answer my questions.

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