Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street,
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Bill Coffman and Bill Field installed a mighty Wurlitzer organ in the old State Theatre in 1968. They had previously purchased the organ from the Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach in 1960 but used it at another location. Soon the former theater, built in 1921 and always listed in movie guides as an independent, became known as Old Town Music Hall presenting concerts and accompaniment to silent films.
The theater, which is open from Friday to Sunday, is also a venue for musicals from Hollywood’s golden age, screening films with such stars as Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald.
Bill Coffman, who called himself “the mayor of Richmond Street”, passed away in December of 2001 but Bill Field with the help of volunteers is carrying on the Music Hall’s tradition. Group tours and theater rentals for fund-raising events are available. The organ is now in need of restoration and the theater, incorporated as a non-profit organization, is in need of many repairs, which can’t be met solely by box office revenue. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.
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