Wurlitzer Style H enlarged to 12 Ranks
with 3-manual French Console
Owned by NYTOS
South Street, Middletown, New York
The Middletown Paramount is a 1931 small town movie house that is now operating as a city-owned performing arts center. Although the original 3/12 Wurlitzer was removed in the late 1950's, the New York Theatre Organ Society has installed a nearly identical instrument that is played at many of the theatre's shows. For information on current features and schedules call 845-346-4195.
The Original Organ: The original Wurlitzer at the Paramount was a late model 3/11 (Balaban 1A). One of two identical instruments (the other was in the Paramount in Peekskill, New York), this instrument was removed in the late 1950''s by Leroy Lewis. The console eventually found its way to the west coast on John Ledwon's home organ, and was subsequently sold to the Valley of the Sun chapter of ATOS for use on their 3/31 instrument in the Phoenix Orpheum theatre.
The Present Organ: The Clairidge Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, was built in 1922 and a 2/10 Style H Wurlitzer was installed. In the early 1980's, the owners decided to donate the instrument to the New York Theatre Organ Society. NYTOS restored it and installed it in the recently renovated Middletown Paramount, adding a Wurlitzer salicional and Wurlitzer-copy English post horn rank. They also replaced the badly damaged original 2-manual console with the 3-manual Wurlitzer French console from the Shea's Bailey theatre in Buffalo, New York. This console was previously installed in the Oak Park Roller Rink in Chicago. A new solid state relay was installed as well.