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I don’t think just showing ‘open’ theaters is a good idea. New folks just going to CT will see that, not know that they can navigate to the closed or demolished sites, think that’s not very interesting and leave the site and you lost them for good. Better to put it back like it was, so they have the FUN of seeing all the theaters in their town and you have them HOOKED. Have those other options for those of us who want to use them.
V.R.Chief Bob Jensen
That’s strange, I read it without any problem!
PLEASE CHANGE THE ADDRESS TO:
Just Milwaukee Avenue is about 2 miles too far South on the map.
It will still not map exactly correct, you will not see the building. You need to change the address to 586 to see the theater building?
That study is full of beans! I sit in the spot that gives me the best view of the screen!
PREVIOUS NAMES: SHAW THEATRE
PREVIOUS NAMES, TRINZ ELECTRIC THEARE, STAR THEATRE
ARCHITECT, NICHOLAS DORNBACH
A Kimball Theater Pipe Organ Opus KPO 6944, 6945, 6946, 3/28, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes was installed in the Warner in 1931. It had thousands of pipes in three chambers, two on the left side and one on the right. The console was on the left in the orchestra pit and was on a worm screw lift that could rise to stage level by a push button. In 1973 when the theatre was twined the organ was to be removed. Paul Wesley gave one last concert. A LP recording was made “Midnight At The Center”. The organ was donated to the Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School for installation in the school’s auditorium, but it was decided that it would be impossible to fit such a large instrument into the available space. The Kimball Theatre Organ Society (KTOS) was formed in 1979 for the purpose of saving the organ from eventual sale. After many years of rebuilding and restoration and greatly enlarged, the Kimball again started playing again at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee in 1991.
W.W. KIMBALL COMPANY, THE WORLD’S LARGEST PIANO AND ORGAN MANUFACTURER AT CERTAIN TIMES IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES.
(1828-1904), Maine, William Wallace Kimball born.
1857, Chicago, W.W. Kimball Company was founded. Offices were at 239-253 Wabash Avenue Southwest corner of Jackson Boulevard, Chicago. The factory was at South Rockwell Street and 26th Street, Chicago.
1877, they began assembling Kimball Reed Organs.
1882, they were producing 15,000 organs a year, the world’s largest organ maker!
1900, had 1,500 employees.
1910’s, made 13,000 pianos a year.
1922, stopped making reed organs, they had produced 403,390 reed organs!
Late 1800’s to 1930’s, world’s largest piano manufacturer.
1942, pipe organ division closed down 7,326 pipe organs had been built, they had also made portable pipe organs.
World War II, William Wallace Kimball Jr. was in charge. They manufactured needed war items for Boeing Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft and Lockheed Aircraft.
1961, they started making the first electronic or rather electric organs.
1960’s & 1970’s, they made 100,000 pianos and organs annually.
1983, stopped making organs.
February 1996, the last Kimball grand piano was signed by every worker and company executive, and remains on display at Kimball’s showroom in Jasper, Indiana.
Now Kimball International and Kimball Electronics. Makes furniture and electronics gizmos.
A Hinners Pipe Organ, ?/5, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes was shipped 243 miles Northeast from Pekin, Illinois in 1909. This was a tracker organ which means that when the organist pressed the keys or pedals they were mechanically connected to the valves that allowed air to enter the organ pipes. Most organs have this done by electric action and electric valves so this is all connected by very fine electric wires .
Hinner’s Organ Company/Hinner’s & Albertsen Organ Company/Hinners & Fink Company/Perfection Organ Works, was at 125-131 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois, 41 miles West of Bloomington, Illinois. Hinners was founded in 1885 by John L. Hinners and Ubbo Albertson, later John’s son Arthur W. Hinners was the president. They built pianos, about 3,000 pipe organs, small parlor reed organs, huge church and at least 49 theatre pipe organs. Most production ceased in the late 1920’s. The last 10 years or so were spent just repairing instruments and replacing parts. The company stayed in business until about 1940.
Some records seem to show that a Barton Theater Pipe Organ might have been installed in the Princess?
Any info, comments or corrections on either ORGAN are always welcome!
ONE OF THE VERY FEW THEATER PIPE ORGANS STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL THEATER LOCATION!
A Mighty WuliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1865, 3/13, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, was shipped from WurliTizer in North Tonawanda, New York, to the Riverside on March 24, 1928. 2 more ranks have been added which would now make it a 3/15. It has a curved console, over 1000 pipes, 49 note marimba, 25 note cathedral chime, 37 note xylophone, 37 note glockenspiel, 25 note sleigh bells, 49 note chrysoglott, bass drum, kettle drum, crash cymbal, cymbal, harp, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, Chinese block, tom tom, sand block, triangle, surf, auto horn, and door bell.
This Mighty WurliTizer was first played when the Riverside opened by “Winkel” the Whiteman, and was regularly used into the 1950’s. The theatre donated the organ to the Dairyland Theatre Organ Society and they began a restoration of the organ in 1980, repairing much water damage from a leaky roof, and ordinary wear and tear. Much to everyones chagrin the organ is rarely played!
More info, comments, corrections, and photos of the ORGAN are always welcome!
A Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ 2/, manual/, keyboards/, was shipped by the Barton Organ Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. How many /ranks, /sets of pipes, what year was it shipped to the Climax, and what happened to the organ?
A Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/5, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes. was shipped from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the Liberty. What happened to the organ?
What happened to the Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/3, manual/rank, keyboards/set of pipes, shipped from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the Mirth in 1922?
Anyone know what happened to that Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/7, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, that was shipped from the Barton factory, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to the Regent in 1922?
A Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/5, manual/ranks, keyboards/sets of pipes, that cost $10,000, was shipped from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1924, and replaced a player piano. Years later its space was used for air conditioner ducts, what happened to the organ?
A Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 3/10, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, was shipped from the Barton organ factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1924. In the 1950’s the organ was removed and the pipe organ chambers were used to install the air conditioning units. Know what happened to the organ?
A Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 3/17, manual/ranks, keyboards/set of pipes, it had TWO CONSOLES, was shipped from the Barton organ factory in 1924. It seems the organ was removed around 1963? What happened to the organ?
A Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/, manual/, keyboards/, was shipped from the Barton organ factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the Murray Theatre in 1925. anyone know how many /ranks, /sets of pipes it had or what happened to the organ?
A Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/4, manual/rank, keyboards/set of pipes, was shipped to the Studio/Ogden Theatre from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1925. Know what happened to the organ?
A Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1639, a 2/4, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, was shipped from the WurliTizer factory in North Tonawanda, New York on May 5, 1927. It had a curved console, 292 pipes, an 18 note cathedral chime, 30 note xylophone, 30 note glockenspiel, bass drum, kettle drum, cymbal, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, Chinese block, horse hoofs, surf, bird, train, auto horn, fire gong, steamboat whistle, siren, tom tom, and door bell.
In 1970 the WurliTizer was sold to a private owner in Burlington, Wisconsin and that same year it was installed in a church in Burlington and was made playable. Anyone know what church, is it still in the church, or what has happened to the organ in the last 43 years?
“The selection of a WuliTizer Organ by the owners of the overwhelming number of the leading exhibitors from coast to coast is conclusive evidence of WurliTizer supremacy in the art of organ building.”
Tinseltoes, that would be off topic, but since you ask, but when you ask a sailor, it could end up a long sea story!
Navy folks have always know what those initials meant and all others as my mother used to say to me “that’s to make little boys ask questions”. I joined the United States Navy in 1962 and retired in 2002. I miss it, but I can’t say my wife does. I was always involved in aviation. You know the Navy has airplanes?
Watch for the capital letters.
Aviation storeKeeper Chief (Naval Air crewmaN) Command Career Counselor
The counselor part was to try and help sailors get promoted so they would stay in the Navy, easy to say, hard to do. For the aircrew, I was loadmaster and had way over 1000 hours flying in the C9B Skytrain II, the Navy version of Douglas/McDonnell Douglas DC9-33RC. Later MD-80, MD-90, Boeing 717. It had a big cargo door so it could be loaded with 7 Air Force pallets of cargo or it could carry 110 passengers. Chiefs are the highest enlisted rate in the Navy. “The Chiefs run the Navy!” Who would know more about the Navy, an officer just out of college or an old salty Chief who has been around forever? I would have been called Chief Jensen or more often just Chief, or if they were talking about me, The Chief.
I flew as far to the West as Okinawa and as far to the East as Spain and all over in between. Getting back to Cinema Treasures, I regret I didn’t pay more attention to the cinemas in my world travels. For example, when will I ever get a chance to again check out the movie theater at the now closed U.S. Naval Air Facility Midway Island out in the middle of Pacific Ocean and it would be nice to see those Gooney Birds again!
Old sailors never die, they just get a little dingy!
The original Wangerin Pipe Organ in the Strand was made by the Wangerin Organ Company, 112-124 South Burrell Street, Milwaukee, just a bit over 5 miles South from the theatre. They had another factory Southeast around the corner .2 miles at 117-121 South Austin Street and by World War II had a factory less than 2 miles North at 2330 South Burrell Street. Founded in 1895, they made over 1,000 mostly church organs. During the theater organ boom in the 1920’s the Barton Organ Company of Oshkosh Wisconsin could not keep up with production demand. Wangerin stepped in to assist Barton and provided space as a second manufacturing facility during those years. They made wood parts for aeroplanes during World War I and in World War II made things that had been made of metal so metal could be used for defense.
A Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/6, manual/rank, keyboard/set of pipes, was shipped from the Barton Organ Company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin or perhaps the Wangerin Organ Company in Milwaukee to the Strand, in 1926.
Anyone know what happened to either the Wangerin or Barton organs?
Anyone know what happened to that Golden Toned Barton Theater Pipe Organ?
“Electric” was used to distinguish a movie theatre from a playhouse or vaudeville theatre in the early 1900s.
On opening night, May 1, 1926, Bernard Cowham played “LET’S GET ACQUAINTED” at the Console of the Golden Voiced Barton Theater Pipe Organ. It was a $50,000, 3/10, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, shipped from the Barton factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1926. Where is the organ now?
A Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1638, a 2/4, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, was shipped from the WurliTizer factory in North Tonawanda, New York on May 19, 1927. It had a curved console, 292 pipes, an 18 note cathedral chime, 30 note xylophone, 30 note glockenspiel, bass drum, kettle drum, cymbal, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, Chinese block, horse hoofs, surf, bird, train, auto horn, fire gong, steamboat whistle, siren, tom tom and door bell.
Anyone know what happened to this fine instrument?
“No other make of theater organ has a finer tone, a greater volume or a wider variety of effects than the Mighty WurliTizer.”