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.
Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday, Oct 25 - 7:00 pm
Ben Model accompanies the Harold Lloyd silent comedy
Chaminade High School
340 Jackson Avenue
Mineola, N.Y. 11501
Admission: $12 / NYTOS members and seniors $10
students $5 / Chaminade students FREE
Sunday, October 5
Organist Bernie Anderson, Jr. will be at the 4/23 Wonder Morton at Loew's Jersey in Jersey City accompanying the 1925 World War I classic silent film, The Big Parade".
Showtime is at 3:00 p.m. Presented by the Garden State Theatre Organ Society.
See www.gstos.org for details.
Sunday, September 21
Organist Dan Minervini will be at our Ben Hall Memorial 2/11 Mighty Wurlitzer at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, NY, to play the house in for the third and final 90th Anniversary Lafayette Theatre Celebration show.
The featured movie "E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial" begins at 2:00 p.m. - organ plays at 1:30. Doors open at 1:15. As in 1924, admission is just .25 cents, and as with the last two anniversary shows, there will be special surprises on stage before the movie.
The Lafayette Theatre, named by USA Today as one of the ten top places in the U. S. to enjoy a movie, is located at 97 Lafayette Ave. in Suffern, NY.
See www.lafayettetheatersuffern.com or call 845-547-2121 or 547-2120.
Saturday, September 20
Open console and demo concert at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House theatre in Poughkeepsie. The Bardavon and NYTOS will welcome members of the Central Hudson Valley AGO chapter to visit and enjoy our NYTOS 2/10 Mighty Wurlitzer; and, of course, NYTOS members are welcome to attend.
The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until about 11:30. Bardavon House Organist, Juan Cardona, Jr. will play a demo mini-concert, following introductory remarks by Bardavon organ curator, John Vanderlee, regarding the history of this original Bardavon organ, that was removed from the theatre, and years later was found, restored, and returned to its original home by NYTOS.
Open console will follow as time permits. Coffee and... will be provided.
The Bardavon is located at 35 Market St. in Poughkeepsie, NY. Please enter through the Cannon Street stage door on the side of the stage house near the rear of the theatre. Park in the municipal parking lot behind the theatre (not in the Bardavon staff parking lot). Admission is free.
Following their visit to the Bardavon, the AGO group will continue the day with an organ crawl through several churches in the Poughkeepsie area.
You can find directions to the Bardavon at: www.bardavon.org.
Click here to read about the Roosevelt High School
Theatre Organ program
at the American Theatre Organ Society website
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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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