Welcome to the New York Theatre Organ Society
The New York Theatre Organ Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization furthering the appreciation, preservation and use of the Theatre Pipe Organs of yesteryear. NYTOS serves New York City and its five boroughs as well as Long Island and Lower NY State. NYTOS owns and maintains 4 organs in their region and maintains 3 organs such as the Brooklyn Paramount (LIU) Wurlitzer.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Open Console & Classic Movie
NYTOS Ben Hall Memorial
2/11 MIGHTY WURLITZER
9:00 until 10:45 a.m.
Dave Kopp Mini-Concert/Play-in
"The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews
--Refreshments during open console-
Sunday, May 3, 2015
MEET, GREET, PLAY and ENJOY!
THE HILSENBECK 3/11 MIGHTY WURLITZER
THE MINERVINI 3/31 DIGITAL THEATRE ORGAN
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Walter & Juanita Hilsenbeck's Home
32 New York Ave.
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Dan Minervini's home
294 Bayview Ave.
Massapequa, NY 11758
Greetings from Walter Hilsenbeck: Having been appointed Membership Chairman by the NYTOS Board several months ago, my priority bas been to encourage individual and group participation among the NYTOS membership.
We were fortunate to obtain a 3/11 Wurlitzer in the late 1960's, and it is installed in our home. It is the only theatre pipe organ home installation within the jurisdiction of the New York Chapter, and while it is not in concert-ready condition, it gives forth that Mighty Wurlitzer sound that attracts us all.
You are cordially invited to our home in Massapequa on the FIRST SUNDAY in March between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. to play, listen to and enjoy the music of our Wurlitzer, and the friendship of fellow theatre organ enthusiasts. Bring along your music for open console.
There will not be any formal type of recital.
Coffee and cake will be on hand, so we must know when and if you will be attending
In addition to visiting the Hilsenbeck's, you are also invited to visit the Minervini's.
Dan Minervini, who also lives in Massapequa, will be hosting an open house/open console at the same time, featuring his new 3/31 virtual digital theatre organ, which consists of a 3-manual Devtronix (Wurlitzer replica) console, a Uniflex relay system, and the masterworks 3/31 Wurlitzer sample set on Hauptwerk.
Dan will have directions available to Walter's house from his, and Walt will have directions to Dan's. They are only about five minutes from each other. It will be interesting to compare 1928 organ technology with that of 2015!
Click here to read about the Roosevelt High School
Theatre Organ program
at the American Theatre Organ Society website
VAN DER MOLENS DONATE WHEATON FOX TO NYTOS
for Brooklyn Loew's Kings Theatre Restoration Project
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What's a Theatre Organ?
A Theatre Pipe Organ differs from a traditional church or classical organ in that its special sound effects and orchestral voices were designed specifically to accompany silent movies of the 1920's.
During the heyday of silent movies, most theatres of any size boasted a theatre pipe organ. The pipes were located in chambers high up in the front of the theatre, usually found on either side of the stage and covered with decorative screens. An immense blower produced the massive amounts of air required to cause the many pipes to "speak," and it was this large quantity of moving air that made listening to the booming theatre pipe organ in a large cavernous theatre an experience unmatched by even the most sophisticated speaker systems of today. As movies changed to "talkies" in 1929, the organs soon became unnecessary. Many were lost to fire, flood, vandalism, and neglect. Just a very few today remain in their original homes-The Brooklyn Paramount Wurlitzer is one of those, and as such, has genuine historical significance. For the past 43 years, it has been lovingly maintained by members of the New York Theatre Organ Society.
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