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Ive just uploaded a photo ,which im told is the organ at the Regent.
Ive put out feelers in the cinema organ world to see if anyone knows what became of it.
Ive just uploaded a photo of the console of the 3-19 Wurlitzer which was opened by REX O Grady not Reg.
The organ was removed around 1968 and its next home is the Thursford collection in Norfolk where it has been used on almost a daily basis since.Its a shame this beautiful theatre was let go.Only two of Paramounts theatres survive.Plaza Piccadilly Circus was also stripped internally.The Paramount Birmingham is still open,but has been drastically altered by Odeon over the years.
The organ went from Abbeyroad to a house in St Austell,Cornwall where it was installed and playing.The owner also had the largest Christie theatre organ from the Regal Marble Arch.This was never reassebled and was poorly stored.He also had a Wurlitzer.That didnt even make it off the truck it was collected in.The Compton was removed and reinstalled in a residence in Norfolk.
ozbeach, Contrary to what is said here about the organ going to Australia ,The Theatre organ societys page states the Console and five ranks of pipes came from the Astoria Old Kent Road,London.The site you mention does say the Relays and some pipes came from Sparkbrook,ultimately the relays weren`t used.
A coomon theme amongst a lot of Glasgow cinemas destroyed by fire
destroyed by fire
i performed with my band at the Carleton club in the early nineties.I was told there was a leslie speaker on the old stage.
they showed me up there,and there was the leslie with a pyramid of pidgeon crap on top of it.Then i noticed the bricked up proscenium and a ladder leading up to a small hole in the brickwork.I climbed up and looked through,and there was the remains of the Alhambra complete with the balcony.Stretching into the distance was the false ceiling of the carleton club.Its closed now ,but i guess much the same.
on the old stage
The Wurlitzer organ was actually removed from Scarborough in 2008.It just escaped being broken up for parts.It was removed and stored in St Leonards near Hastings pending installation in a school in Robertsbridge just outside Hastings.Unfortunately a change in management cancelled the plans and it has stayed in store ever since.January 2019 sees it all removed up north with the major windchests just taken to Cornwall to be restored.After 80 years it needs a MAJOR restoration.In fact its borderline only good for parts.
The Plaza Hollywood is very interested in the Crosby installation.
I live down the road from this former cinema.Ive just taken my car there for mot and there is nothing at all left there to identify it with its former use.All the ceiling has been removed as plaster was falling on cars in the garage.All the walls are just bare brick now.It has a new roof but a huge mobile mast is at one end.Unfortunately this mast doesnt benefit me as i still have poor mobile signal.
Ive just seen a programme with Michael Portillo about the Odeon.Apart from the Ballroom,the auditorium looks as if theres nothing left to conserve.
Yes that video of Gerald Shaw was uploaded by me.We are going to St Leonards in January to get it out of long term storage (ten years)The console and surround will be restored first externally so it can sit in front of the stage and garner interest(and money).The chambers have been cleared of defunct equipment and now need to be plastered ready for the organ.
The ABC Ipswich Wurlitzer organ will be restored and installed in the Plaza Waterloo(Crosby) cinema in Liverpool in 2019.
Early 2019 will see the start of the installation of a WurliTzer theatre organ installed back in the Plaza.The organ has previously been in the Ritz/ABC Ipswich and the Hollywood Plaza Scarborough.
Odeonesque, as Ken rightly says ,this was not the venue used for Brief Encounter.It was the Metropole Victoria but the two Wurlitzer organ consoles were very similar.Other consoles similar were at Granada Edmonton,Troxy Stepney and of course the Tower,Opera House and Empress ballroom in Blackpool.
As of June 2018,the local council who apparently own the building still (and leased to Northern Morris) are considering redeveloping the immediate area-including the cinema,saying its in poor condition externally.A poor show from the council,the building blends well with the others from the front .No doubt if it were a privately owned building they would have insisted in it being preserved!
Obviously the Compton doesnt fit in with IMC`s business plan!Shame on them.
Its Wurlitzer organ was removed in the 1930`s and reinstalled in the Metropole cinema in central London.In the sixties it was removed,provided with a new console(from the Troxy Stepney)and installed in Buckingham Town Hall.In the seventies that building became unsafe and the organ was removed to Worthing assembly hall and enlarged from ten to 23 ranks.It is still there now.
Wurlitzer organ was a three manual six rank instrument.Removed to a residence in Capel st Mary near Ipswich with an odd arrangement of the console in the house and the pipework in a building at the end of the garden.The organ was mic`d up and the sound fed through leslie speakers in the house.The owner then emigrated to South Africa but only took part of the organ with him.
The organ is no longer there.
The Granada ends are now on the Christie organ at Castle Hill Church Ipswich and some of the pipework is there too.
Actually the Wurlitzer had a rare Tibia Plena as well as a Tibia Clausa.Apparently the whole organ survived the bombing and was stored at the Odeon Shepherds Bush.But obviously by the late 1950`s they no longer wanted the bother of reinstalling the organ when the auditorium was rebuilt.The organ was then dispersed with some parts used on the Tower Blackpool Wurlitzer and the fire there.
Scaffolding was put up to commence demolition but as of January 2017 all the scaffolding has been removed.So looks like its reverted to its status as Liverpools most derelict cinema.
In fact the Astoria had a unique 2 manual 4 rank INGRAM organ and has recently been destroyed in an arson attack
I was working at the Apollo installing and updating the plasma a few years ago.Those to the windows and above the staircase are extremely difficult to get at because of the glass staircase and it doesnt surprise me that they are no longer working.The company i was working at no longer work for Vue.Vue are cheapskates and penny pinching and try to do things for themselves and balls it up in the process.At least Apollo under Paul Gregg and later his missus Anita tried to keep things working.
Apparently the Regal Christie organ was not destroyed in the fire (which was as a result of a direct hit on the stage end by a bomb).But the percussion thumpof the bomb caused everything in the pipe chambers to lift up several inches and down again and everything fell about and was considered a write off.BUT the Standaart cinema organ from the Metropole in central London(which was bigger than the Regals organ) was being stored on the stage and as this was completely destroyed as it was behind the fire curtain.So this is the one that Kenneth was probably thinking about.
The compton organ shown here is the Regal Bexleyheath shown in the pit on its lift.
The Camden organ wasnt on a lift,didnt have a lit up surround and had four keyboards not three….
Apparently the old Osborne cinema on Oldham road and Birt street was also ThunderDome so did they move from the Osborne in 2010 when it was demolished?