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(The following article is by The Garden State Theatre Organ Society - www.gstos.org)

Theatre Pipe Organ, What´s that?

The Theatre Pipe Organ was developed in the early 1900's by Robert Hope-Jones to replace expensive live orchestras that accompanied silent films. Playable by only one person, it is called a "unit orchestra" because it contains many ranks of pipes that imitate a full range of orchestral instruments, as well as real percussions and sound effects.

The Loew's Jersey Wonder Morton OrganThe sound is unmatched! From the power of a symphony orchestra, to the whisper of a single flute or violin, the Theatre Pipe Organ fascinates and thrills all who hear it.

Theatre Organs can play virtually any type of music from classical, to 1930’s music, modern popular music, show tunes, movie scores and jazz.

The sound of theatre organs is shaped by the space they are in. Often they lived in spacious movie palaces, where their sound could swirl around, reverberate, and mix. Pure sonic delight! A prime example of such a movie palace in NJ is the 3100 seat Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City built in 1929.

More information about the organ is available at www.gstos.org

 

Enjoy It Now!

Videos of Ralph Ringstad playing the Bob Balfour Memorial 4/23 Robert Morton Wonder Morton Organ are available for viewing on YouTube. Click on the player below to watch and hear the re-introduction of the organ at a Garden State Theatre Organ Society event and follow the links below to view more videos.

Additional Performances:

So In Love
Jeepers Creepers
Stairway To The Stars
Medley - The Words Are In My Heart, Dancing In The Dark, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
I Only Have Eyes For You