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bobbyallen commented about Oriental Theatre on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

The Oriental Theater was truly a one of a kind. If there are any folk’s that grew up in the Portland area Who remember going to the Oriental for that Saturday afternoon Movie or the concert’s that were given in the mid to later 1960’s On the theater’s might Wurlitzer pipe organ that later was installed In the portland organ grinder pizza parlor from aug 1973 threw Feb 1996. Please share with us, its very important to keep the memories a live Of a very special magical time of a by gone golden era of the movie palaces Of the past………………

bobbyallen commented about Oriental Theatre on Jan 1, 2014 at 3:29 am

Well 87 years ago tonight Dec 31 1927 the glorious Oriental Theatre opened. It was a cold rainy windy night. With over 2,000 people in line to get a first look inside this masterpiece one of a kind theatre. With house Organist Glenn Shelley filling the night air with the sweat sounds of the Oriental’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ this truly proved to be a night that would be remembered for a very long time. I would also like to point out to folks that the Oriental Theatre’s Wurlitzer Pipe Organ was the very same Theatre Organ that was installed in the Organ Grinder Pizza Parlor that was open from 1973 threw 1996. The Wurlitzer was taken out of the Oriental before the theatre was torn down in early 1970.

bobbyallen commented about Oriental Theatre on Aug 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

There was a film made it 1970 titled Before The Dark. It is all about the Portland Oriental Theatre. A copy of the film was posted on youtube in early July of this year. This film is very rare!! I have been looking for this film for over 5 years and now here it is online!! Be sure to check it out!!

bobbyallen commented about Oriental Theatre on Aug 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

Dennis Hedberg spent many yrs taking care of the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ in the Oriental. Mr. Hedberg removed the Organ before the Oriental was razed in early 1970. You can find much more info on the Portland Organ Grinder web site were the Organ was installed from 1973 threw 1996. The Oriental Organ was enlarged from it’s original 13pipe ranks to 48 by the time the 1980’s came around. What a masterpiece this Wurlitzer was both serving the Oriental Theatre with it’s 13ranks to it’s time at the Portland Pizza Parlor entertaining folk’s nightly with it’s unmatched magical sound!!

bobbyallen commented about Fox Theatre on Mar 30, 2010 at 1:24 am

The sound of the detroit fox wurlitzer is truly one of a kind!! Mr. John lauter are there
Any plans in the near future of a recording being made on this mighty wurlitzer?
As far as I know there are only 3 albums made on this wurlitzer & both are no
Longer for sale. I fill that only 3 albums being made over the past 80yrs on this outstanding
Installation is a real shame.

Best regards, rob allen