San Bernardino California Theatre

posted by imkealy on September 6, 2006 at 4:27 am

SAN BERNARDINO, CA — This historic San Bernardino theater that hosted the final performance of Will Rodgers before his untimely death is experiencing a new life in a multi-million dollar restoration for performances and conferences with compliant seismic retrofits and expanded catering potential, expanded grid and building rennovation.

The theatre, one of the original Fox chain, now owned by the city of San Bernardino, is host to touring Broadway companies (Mama Mia, Miss Saigon, etc) and the local symphony orchestra under the baton of Carlo Ponti.

An exciting new restoration group is being formed to restore the last remaining Wurlitzer 216 installed in its original location.

Referred to as “the hot rod of theatre pipe organs,” this historic Wurlitzer 216 is also being replicated in a touring console powered by the Miditzer computerized software to bring awareness of this identifiable theater sound … once so prevalent to yesterday’s society … to today’s generation in concerts at schools, civic groups, garden weddings, shopping malls, skating rinks, and wherever lounge lizards congregate.

Photo essay updates of the touring Wurli project posted at:

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