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MOVIE THEATRES installed these organs as an alternative or augmentation to the expensive orchestras which had provided solo music as well as accompaniment to silent films.
PIPER WURLITZER was assembled from several vintage theatre pipe organs across
the country. The basic mechanical parts (including the
windchests, regulators and tremulants/vibratos) were all built by the Wurlitzer
THE PIPEWORK which is the “heart or sound” of an organ, and what actually creates the sounds that you hear, was built by the Wurlitzer firm, and also the Kimball Co. of Chicago. Organ Piper Pizza was fortunate in obtaining the nucleus of the famed Kimball Hall recital organ pipework. Kimball was especially known for the quality string and reed pipes that they built, and when our organists perform music in the classical vein, the basic ensemble heard is that of the Kimball Hall organ. The THEATRE ORGAN sound is comprised from the Wurlitzer pipework, and this builder was unsurpassed in the sobbing Tibias and Vox Humanas they voiced, as well as the reeds that were built and voiced with great precision and quality.
CONSOLE was built by the Wurlitzer firm for the Seneca Theatre in
ORGAN PIPER ORGAN has 30 ranks or sets of pipes displayed behind the glass
windows. Percussion instruments and traps are mounted
throughout the dining room. Wind is generated by a 10
horsepower turbine blower, and then is distributed through out large bellows
(regulators), which may be seen at the bottom of the windows.
An analysis of the pipe chambers and the instruments around the dining room is shown below.