UK Theatre organ Installations

Initially based on information extracted from "Theatre Organ World" published in 1946
By Jack Courtnay

This page gives links to Cinema Treasures where information on the instruments original location can be found. No guarantee on the accuracy of the information provided.


Various other links are provided for those wanting to track a particular instrument.


Note:- The information on this page is a collation from many sources, the reliability of the information is only as reliable as the sources, where possible cross check validation has been used.
This page will be updated on a regular basis giving latest status of the instruments and as much history as can be found (work in progress)
(bracketed) different information from another source

Additional information can be found at The Cinema Organ Society or The Theatre Organ Club

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ManufacturerVenueLocationManualsRanksOpened by
Abbott & SmithFuturist Theatre Scarborough3-
BarbieriRegal Cinema Leamington Spa36Frederick Jukes This was the only British cinema installation of this Italian made instrument.
Blackett & HowdenPlaza Cinema Newcastle upon Tyne2-Herby Laws 18 Stops. Straight organ
Cavaille-ColAlbert Hall Sheffield5-
More information
ChristieRegal CinemaMarble Arch415Sydney Torch
ChristieMarble Arch PavilionMarble Arch310
ChristieElephant & Castle TheatreLondon311Alex Taylor
the first illuminated console to be built by Christie
ChristieKensington KinemaKensington3-
ChristieShaftesbury PavilionShaftesbury Av.2-
Installed 1930 replaced the original straight organ. Removed to Plaza Chorely
ChristieRegal CinemaNorwood3-
ChristieRegal CinemaMarble Arch436Quentin Maclean
Said to be the largest in Europe
ChristieQueens Hall CinemaCricklewood28Leslie James
ChristieMayfair CinemaUpper Tooting310Herbert Maxwell
In the book as 2 manual.
ChristieLido CinemaIslington2-Steff Langston
ChristieLido CinemaGolders Green28Frank Tapp
ChristieElite Picture PlayhouseWimbledon37Steff Langston
ChristieGlobe CinemaOld Kent Road27Steff LangstonAround 1932 enlarged from a 2- 6
ChristieEmpire TheatreEdmonton2-Don Baker
1933-4 replaced with a 3-10 Wurlitzer
ChristieRialto CinemaEnfield27Francis Soames
Upgraded to a 3-9 in 1935
ChristieOlympia TheatreShoreditch2- No other reference to an organ at this location can be found
ChristieEmpire KinemaWillesdon27
ChristieMajestic CinemaReigate37Reginald New
ChristieKinemaWest Ham2-
ChristieKinemaEast Ham25
ChristiePicture HouseBalham26Derek Ronald
ChristiePavillion CinemaPoplar26
ChristiePalladium CinemaMile End Road26
ChristieQueens TheatreForest Gate2-
Theatre destroyed by enemy action April 1941, organ saved and installed in the Regal, Halifax,
ChristieGranada TheatreWalthamstow312
two 3 Manual consoles, one in the orchestra pit and another on the stage level. Opened by ‘Mr. & Miss Smith’, aka organists Charles Willis and Josie Bradley.
ChristieSheen KinemaEast Sheen3-Also identified as a 2-8 Christie
ChristieIdeal CinemaLambeth2-Destroyed by enemy action
ChristieGarons CinemaSouthend-on-Sea2-Nelson Elms
Installed 1927, replacing a Estey organ. It was the first theatre organ installed in Essex
ChristieRivoli CinemaSouthend-on-Sea2-
ChristieGranada TheatreDover37 The organ was removed in 1960
ChristieCorona CinemaLeigh-on-Sea2-
ChristieCapitol CinemaTonbridge25Harold Howell
ChristieRegent CinemaChatham2- When the Regent was first built, attempts were made to install an organ pit. These failed because the pit kept flooding so possible this instrument was never installed
ChristieRegal CinemaEastleigh2-George TootellJunior model. 2 manual organ with 63 stop keys and 500 pipes ranging from 3 inches to 10 feet in length
Replaced in 1936 with a 3 manual Christie
ChristieRegent CinemaPortsmouth28Ernest Hall
ChristieElectric TheatreBournemouth29 Replaced a Hill, Norman & Beard
ChristieRegent CinemaPoole2-Jack TaylorMore information
ChristieNew Palace CinemaBristol3-St. Frances' Church, Ashton
ChristiePalladium CinemaPaignton27Melbourne Holman
ChristieWordsley ManorStourbridge2-
ChristiePlaza CinemaRugby38Opened by Reginald Foort and Frank Newman
ChristieCentral TheatreKidderminster310T. Guy Hindell
ChristieWylde Green PavilionBirmingham29Frank Matthew
ChristieStirchley PavilionBirmingham2-
ChristieMajestic CinemaCradley Heath310William SykesAlso identified as a 3 manual. More information
ChristieVictoria CinemaCambridge38Frank Matthews1956: organ is removed
ChristieTowerHull2-No mention of an organ on any site More information
ChristieRegent Picture TheatreHull2-
ChristieCapitol CinemaDidsbury410Edward O'Henry
ChristieBroadway TheatreEccles3-
ChristieCarlton CinemaLiverpool3-Organ removed by 1960 More information
ChristieTheatre RoyalPreston26
ChristieCounty PlayhouseWigan2-H. Ward
ChristiePalace TheatreLancaster2-
ChristiePalladium Super CinemaBlackpool27George Tootell Organ removed in the early-1950’s
ChristieRivoliSt. Helens27
ChristieLonsdale CinemaCarlisle210Harold Meredith
ChristieCastle Super CinemaMerthyr Tydfil310Organ removed in 1954. Picutres
ChristiePlaza CinemaSwansea310Tom Jenkins
ChristieEmpire CinemaNeath26
ChristieTivoliPartick2-
ChristiePavilion CinemaHoddesdon36Jack Courtnay
ChristieRegalEdmonton415Sydney Torch
ChristieNew CinemaDurham2-
ChristieAdelphi TheatreSlough38Bruce WendellRebuilt by Compton
ChristieWinter Gdns TheatreLlandudno38Harold Ramsay
Christie Waverley Picture HouseGlasgow2-The organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieRosevale CinemaGlasgow2-The organ was removed in 1937
ChristieLa Scala CinemaGlasgow28Edward O'HenryThe first cinema in Scotland to install a Christie organ
ChristieB.B. CineramaGlasgow28More information
ChristieRegent CinemaPerth2-
ChristieOdeon CinemaSale--
ChristieSavoyBurnt Oak27Previously installed in the Rosevale Cinema, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
ChristieLido CinemaBolton39Reginald Liversidge
ChristieCarlton CinemaSalford3-
ChristieCentury CinemaClacton37Frank Matthew
ChristieGranada CinemaMaidstone38Alex Taylor Organ had a French style console
The organ was removed and shipped to Australia and installed at the Kelvin Grove High School, Brisbane.
ChristieCourt CinemaBerkhamstead2-illuminated console. The organ was removed to S & K’s new Embassy Cinema, Waltham Cross in 1937.
ChristieRegent CinemaHorley36illuminated console. The organ was removed from the building in 1973 and sold to a private owner.
ChristieRegal CinemaHalifax--From Queens
ChristiePlaza CinemaChorely38Reginald LiversidgeThe organ had originally been a 2 Manual/4 Ranks (enlarged in 1930 to 2 Manual/6 Ranks) instrument installed in 1928, in the Pavilion Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London.
ChristieForumLeeds--From Tunbridge Wells Capitol
ChristieRitzLincoln--Destroyed by fire. Replaced by a Compton
Christie Embassy Cinema Waltham Cross -From Embassy Berkhamstead
Christie Waverley Picture House Shawlands Cross2 -organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieElite Picture PalaceWimbledon37Steff Langston 1925 Replaced a Reeves
ClavorchesterAbbeydale Picture HouseSheffield2- Built by Brindley and Foster
ClavorchesterRoxy CinemaSwinton219Frank Ratcliffe console made of Honduras mahogany
ClavorchesterThe Victory PalaceSheffield1-J.Percy Hall
ComptonSavoy CinemaActon26
ComptonSavoy CinemaPortsmouth36Reginald Porter-Brown illuminated console on a lift. The organ was sold to be installed in a church in nearby Southsea
ComptonOdeonLeicester Square517James Bell Illuminated console on a lift, Melotone, and a Grand Piano
ComptonAstoria TheatreBrixton312George Pattman The organ had two consoles, one in the orchestra pit and the other for use on the stage. Arthur Esgate purchased the organ and moved it to his home in Wahroonga Australia. In 1973 the organ was bought by the Grand United Lodge of Freemasons for installation in its Dallas Brooks Hall, East Melbourne. UPDATE (2016) The Dallas Brooks Hall has been demolished. The Theatre Organ Society of Australia (Vic. Divn.) is said to have acquired the organ console and some pipe ranks.
ComptonGaumont PalaceCamden Town410Terance Casey Melotone
ComptonAstoria TheatreCharing Cross Road38G.T. Pattman Divided
ComptonTatlerCharing Cross Road28More information
ComptonGaumont PalaceChelsea313illuminated console
ComptonMajestic TheatreClapham36Leslie James Replaced a smaller organ by 1930.
ComptonPavilion Picture PalaceClapham Junction28Destroyed by enemy action 17th August 1944
ComptonGlobe CinemaClapham Junction25
ComptonRitz CinemaCleethorpes36Robinson Cleaver
ComptonRialto TheatreLondon2Florence de Jong Theatrone. Came from Ritz, Sheerness
ComptonForum TheatreEaling39
ComptonLidoEaling25
ComptonGrand KinemaEdgware Road314Divided
ComptonRegent CinemaBurnt Oak25
ComptonRitz CinemaEdgware Road36
ComptonGaumont TheatreFinchley39Frederic BaycoMelotone. The organ was removed in 1967 and installed in the Plough Inn, Great Munden. Plough now demolished, organ possibly in store
ComptonOrpheum TheatreFinchley Road28Lewis Gerrard
ComptonAstoria TheatreFinsbury Park313G.T. Pattman Melotone, Amplification. Twin console.
ComptonNew Victoria TheatreVictoria London315Reginald Foort
ComptonCapitol CinemaForest Hill28Edgar PetoOrgan removed in the late-1950’s
ComptonForum TheatreFulham Road38Organ removed during the 1960’s
ComptonEmpress Electric Theatre Hackney25Replaced a ‘straight’ organ, not known if this was a new installation or the original Chapel organ
ComptonGaumont PalaceHammersmith415organ console removed in the 1990’s but has now been re-instated
ComptonRegal CinemaHammersmith25Gilbert Handley Melotone. Previously been installed in the Granada Theatre, Hove
ComptonRegal CinemaHarrogate36Wilfred Southworth
ComptonOdeon TheatreHaverstock Hill36Henry WingfieldMelotone & solo cello. Illuminated console.
ComptonCapitol CinemaHaymarket39 Initially equipped with a Norman & Beard 4 Manual 34 stops organ which was opened by George Pattman, but this was replaced in 1930 with a Compton
ComptonAmbassador CinemaHendon38
ComptonCarlton CinemaIslington36Phil French
ComptonRitz CinemaKeighley35
ComptonForum TheatreKentish Town36
ComptonGaumont PalaceLewisham312Frederic Bayco
ComptonTown HallLewisham314
ComptonSavoy CinemaLeyton310Edgar PetoEdgar replaced by Reginald Halcrow. ‘Kinestra’ organ console. 1971 organ was removed from the building and the console was installed in the Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire
ComptonRialto CinemaLeytonstone38Originally 2 manual rebuilt in 1931 to a 3 Manual 8 Ranks instrument. The organ was removed in 1973 and moved to St. Mary’s Church, Hornchurch, Essex.
ComptonRitz CinemaLincoln38 1942 3 Manual 8 Rank organ was installed, which was originally installed in the Cameo Cinema, Charing Cross Road, London.
ComptonCoronation CinemaManor Park38Divided, Replaced a small straight organ
ComptonRoyalty CinemaNorth Kensington25
ComptonOdeon TheatreNorthfields36Bertram OrsmanKnown as the 'Avenue Wonder Organ’. Organ removed in 1972
ComptonAstoria TheatreOld Kent Road312‘Roberto’two consoles.
ComptonRegal Super CinemaOld Kent Road36Charles Smart Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ was removed in 1965, and later in 1969 it was installed in the Memorial Hall, Windsor
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatrePeckham310Arthur Raymond
ComptonPalace CinemaPutney25George F. Somes
ComptonRegal CinemaPutney36Charles Smart
ComptonPolytechnic TheatreRegent Street26Chamber at rear of stage. Believed organ still playable
ComptonPalladium CinemaShepherds Bush25
ComptonPavilion CinemaShepherds Bush417Opened by by G.T. Pattman and Quentin Maclean . 1923 added another 2 Ranks of pipes
ComptonSavoy CinemaStoke Newington35 Melotone. Transferred from the Astoria Cinema, Cliftonville, Kent
ComptonAstoria TheatreStreatham312Al Bollington
ComptonGaumont PalaceStreatham310
ComptonDominion TheatreTottenham Ct Rd312
ComptonParamount TheatreTottenham Ct Rd412Reginald FoortMelotone
ComptonCarlton CinemaUpton Park281935 moved the organ to the centre of the orchestra pit and placed it on a lift
ComptonNew VictoriaVictoria, London315Specification
ComptonRegal CinemaWalham Green36Melotone
ComptonSavoy CinemaWandsworth36
ComptonPalace TheatreWandsworth25Ernest Smith
ComptonTown Hall KinemaWimbledon313Opened by Henry Coleman and Phillip Dore
ComptonCapitol CinemaWinchmore Hill28Edgar PetoMay 1958 the organ was removed and was broken up for spares
ComptonGaumont PalaceWood Green312Frederic BaycoIn 1966 the organ was removed to Twickenham College of Technology and in 1980 it was installed in the Thorngate Hall, Gosport, Cheshire
ComptonEmpire TheatreAldershot26Percy FryerThe organ was removed in the early-1960’s
ComptonRegal Super CinemaAltrincham310(11?)Joseph Seal illuminated console
ComptonEmpireAshton-under-Lyne36
ComptonMajesticAshton-under-Lyne36Con Docherty
ComptonGaiety TheatreBarrow-in-Furness28Harold Howell Melotone (Kinestra)
ComptonRitz CinemaBarrow-in-Furness36Alex Taylor illuminated console & lift
ComptonRialto CinemaBebington25 Albert E. Askewilluminated console
ComptonRegal CinemaBexleyheath38H. Robinson Cleaver 1943 Organ damaged by enemy action. 1948 console removed
ComptonPlaza TheatreBirkenhead312
ComptonApollo Picture PlayhouseBirmingham26Geoffrey KingIn 1958 the organ was removed to a private residence
ComptonEdgbaston Cinema Birmingham28Roy PageThe Compton organ was damaged during a bombing raid and removed from the cinema in 1941
ComptonApollo TheatreArdwick--Sydney Gustard 1962. The cinema opened with a Compton Theatrone Organ played by Reginald New, this was replaced with the pipe organ in 1938
ComptonRex CinemaAberdare2- Compton Theatrone Organ
ComptonParamount TheatreBirmingham410Al Bollington More information
ComptonForum CinemaBirmingham28The organ was removed in 1955
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreBirmingham39(10?)Leslie James
ComptonPiccadilly CinemaBirmingham310Harold Stringer1961. The Compton organ was removed and shipped to Australia to be installed in Melbourne in the suburban Malvern Town Hall,
ComptonPrincess CinemaSmethwick25Wilfred SouthworthThe organ was transferred to the Empire Theatre.
ComptonRegal CinemaHandsworth312 (9?)Herbert A. Dawson
ComptonRialto CinemaHall Green25Frederick Warrender
Foley Bates
ComptonRink CinemaSmethwick38 (9?)Leslie James
ComptonWindsor TheatreSmethwick38Reginald Maynardorgan was removed from the building and installed in Oxley Parish Church, Wolverhampton
ComptonRialto Super CinemaBlackburn38(7)Harold Tetherington. Lift. Organ removed to become spare parts
ComptonAstoria CinemaBoscombe2(3)5V. Johnson Lewis
ComptonPavilionBournemouth422Divided. Arguably the most difficult theatre organ to play in the UK. More information
ComptonPavilionBournemouth36Reginald Porter-Brown
ComptonRitz CinemaBradford36Joseph Seal
ComptonAstoria TheatreBrighton38Guy Hindell illuminated console. 1958 organ removed
ComptonSavoy CinemaBrighton312Quentin Maclean 1958 organ removed. More information
ComptonGaumontBromley410Terance CaseyMelotone, organ lift
ComptonColiseumBurslem26
ComptonArt Picture HouseBury25
ComptonRegalCambridge26
ComptonRendezvousCambridge25
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreChadwell Heath38Terrance Dene illuminated fan attachment which opened up at the back like a spread of peacock feathers.
ComptonPalace CinemaChatham2(3)6(7)Terence Casey
ComptonGaumont PalaceCheltenham2(3)6(8)More information
ComptonGaumont PalaceChester38Leslie James
ComptonRegal CinemaChesterfield37
ComptonEmpire TheatreCoventry39(11)Alex Taylor Illuminated console. Replaced a Standaart organ that was destroyed by fire
ComptonDavis TheatreCroydon419(22)Alex Ferguson
Alex Taylor
Reputed to be the largest Compton organ ever built. More information
ComptonMajestic TheatreDarlington2(3)6(8)Frank Matthews 1968 organ sold and removed from the building. More information
ComptonState CinemaDartford36Percy Milton September 1968, there was serious flooding, which damaged the organ. It was later repaired (apart from the console) and was sold to Gunton Hall Country Club in Suffolk in 1979.
The organ was then said to have been sold to Dingles Fairground Museum, no mention on their web site.
More information
ComptonState CinemaGrays36Melotone. Rainbow illuminated surround. Organ destroyed by vandals. More information
ComptonGaumont PalaceDerby310Con Docherty
ComptonRegal CinemaDerby36Wilfred Southworth
ComptonPlayhouse TheatreDewsbury28
ComptonRegal Super Cinema Dewsbury--
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreDoncaster310illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonNew Regal CinemaDouglas36George TootellMelotone,
ComptonPicture HouseDouglas38W. Winder KillipIlluminated console on a lift. Replaced a Jardine organ
ComptonLuxor CinemaEastbourne36John HowlettIlluminated console. Movie Palaces video
ComptonSavoy CinemaExeter36Melotone
ComptonAstoria CinemaFolkstone36Leslie HolmanThe organ was removed and transported to Holland
ComptonPlayhouse CinemaFolkstone25J.I. Taylor Cinema and organ demolished in May 1963
ComptonRitz CinemaSheerness2Florence de YongTheatrone, In 1942 the organ was moved to the Rialto Theatre, London
ComptonRegal CinemaGateshead26The organ was removed some time after closure as a cinema
ComptonMajestic CinemaGravesend38(7)Reginald New illuminated console and grand piano
ComptonRegal CinemaGrimsby36Wilfred Southworth Illuminated console
ComptonRegal CinemaYarmouth25
ComptonQueens Hall CinemaGrimsby25Reginald Dixon illuminated console
ComptonKingsway Super CinemaHadleigh38Melotone. Currently installed at The Red Brick Barn:- More information
ComptonMajestic TheatreHigh Wycombe25organ was transferred to Quarrendon County Secondary School in Aylesbury
ComptonRitz CinemaHorsham24Melotone
ComptonAmbassador CinemaHounslow38Edgar PetoMelotone, illuminated console. Re-furbished in 1977. Now been fully restored and installed in the foyer of the 6-screen Movieland, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
ComptonAstoria CinemaHull38James Swift Illuminated console. Believed to have been moved to York Museum
ComptonSuper CinemaIlford38
ComptonRegal CinemaIlford36Wilson Oliphant
ComptonPlaza CinemaIver28
ComptonForumSt. Helier, Jersey38 Edward O'HenrySolo Cello unit and an illuminated console
ComptonOdeon TheatreKingston26(7)illuminated console on a lift. Organ was removed and installed in Malvern
ComptonSavoy CinemaLeicester36Wilfred Southworth Illuminated console & Melotone
ComptonRegent TheatreLeamington26(5)John E. Francis illuminated console
ComptonRitz CinemaLeeds310Lewis Gerard Illuminated surround on a lift
ComptonScala TheatreLeeds26Organ removed in 1954
ComptonSavoy CinemaLincoln26Wilfred SouthworthMelotone. The organ was sold and removed from the building in 1965, and was later installed in a private cinema in Newark, Nottinghamshire
ComptonCurzonLiverpool36Lewis OddyMelotone
ComptonForumLiverpool312Reginald Foort lift.
ComptonParamountLiverpool412Rex 0'Grady
ComptonPlazaLiverpool35George DawsonMelotone & illuminated console
ComptonAlma TheatreLuton36Herbert A. Dowsonphantom piano, illuminated surround, lift. Started as a 2 manual, coupler manual added in 1934
ComptonRitz CinemaMaidstone36Two consoles
ComptonTheatre RoyalManchester310No record of an organ at the venue. More information
ComptonDreamland CinemaMargate416Lewis Gerard Partly straight. Illuminated console, grand piano.
ComptonElite CinemaMiddlesbrough26
ComptonGaumontMiddlesbrough2(3)6(8)Leslie James
ComptonMajesticMitcham2(3)6Illuminated console on a lift
ComptonMorden CinemaMorden38Henry WingfieldLift. first Compton organ to be fitted with an illuminated console
ComptonSavoy CinemaNorthampton38Wilfred SouthworthMelotone. Illuminated surround. Transferred from the Princess Cinema, Dagenham. More. The organ was removed in 1960. +More
ComptonExchange CinemaNorthampton333Concert organ. Installed 1920, replacing a previous organ that had replaced a Schultz organ. Itself replaced by a Wurlitzer organ
ComptonHaymarket Picture HouseNorwich36(7)Leslie James
ComptonElite Picture TheatreNottingham26Cyril BirminghamInstalled 1929 replacing a Willis-Lewis organ which had 78 stops
ComptonRitz CinemaOxford36Alex Taylor Melotone. 1963 The organ was removed and sold back to the John Compton company for spares.
ComptonRitz CinemaPenzance24Harold Ramsay Melotone, illuminated console located on a lift
ComptonGaumont Palace Plymouth38 More information
ComptonAmbassadorCosham38Thomas GroschMelotone
ComptonRitz CinemaPotters Bar26Lift. 1967 cinema demolished the organ was rescued prior to demolition
ComptonAstoria CinemaPurley2(3)5Robin Richmond1974 the organ was removed and installed in a Civic Hall in Ballerup, Scotland, then moved to the City School, Sheffield, now part of Penistone Cinema Organ Trust.
ComptonGranville TheatreRamsgate20Melotone organ
ComptonPavilion CinemaReading26Norman TilleyLift
ComptonRichmondRichmond28
ComptonMajesticRochester312J.W. Hartland illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed in 1961, and sold to a church in Orpington
ComptonHavana CinemaRomford38Melotone
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaRomford26
ComptonRitz CinemaScunthorpe36Alex Taylor The organ was removed in 1972 for preservation at another location
ComptonCapitol CinemaSt. Albans26
ComptonRegal Super TheatreSt. Leonards26Gerald Shaw
ComptonPlaza CinemaSevenoaks25illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonAdelphi TheatreSlough38Melotone, illumunated console. Rebuilt Christie
ComptonPalace CinemaSouthall26Henry Wingfield
ComptonForum CinemaSouthampton312(10)One of the first instruments with the Melotone unit
ComptonPlaza CinemaSouthampton38Leslie James illuminated console
ComptonGuildhallSouthampton432Melotone. Two consoles
ComptonAstoria CinemaSouthend on Sea410Melotone, illuminated console
ComptonPalladiumSouthport310
ComptonRegal CinemaSouth Shields261962 The organ was sold to a Mr. A. Manning who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire
ComptonMajesticStaines25
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaStockport310(11)Cyril Chadwick illuminated surround
ComptonRegalStockton-on-Tees36
ComptonCentral CinemaStourbridge310John HowlettThe organ was removed in 1958
ComptonRegal TheatreSunderland310(9)J. Arnold Eagle Art Deco style console on a lift
ComptonPlaza CinemaSutton310Leo WebberIlluminated console
ComptonCounty Picture House Sutton314Was the first cinema to have a Compton ‘Kinestra’ theatre organ installed installed on 7th November 1921.
ComptonRegent TheatreSwindon26J.I. Taylor &
W. Raymond
ComptonRegal CinemaTorquay312
ComptonRitz CinemaTunbridge Wells2(3)6Alex Taylor Illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed c. 1970
ComptonRitz CinemaSouthgate310Alex Taylor
ComptonLuxor Picture TheatreTwickenham28John Armitage
ComptonCapitol CinemaUpminster25
ComptonRegal CinemaUxbridge25(6)
ComptonGrandWarrington--
ComptonOdeonWatford2(3)8Vincent CollierRecorded as a Wurlitzer, no record of Wurlitzer at this location found. The console was destroyed in a small fire in 1956. It was not replaced and the remains of the instrument were removed in 1959 and reused in a church
ComptonOdeonWealdstone2(3)5Henry Wingfield Illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonLyric CinemaWellingborough25Neville Turnerilluminated console on a lift, Melotone
ComptonCapitol CinemaWembley26W.J. Hemsley Illuminated console was on a lift
ComptonMajestic TheatreWembley38Kinestra
ComptonTower CinemaWest Bromwich312(10)Leslie TaffMelotone, illuminated console on a lift. The Compton organ was last played on 14th November 1965, when organists Leslie Taff, Mel Edwards & Trevor Bolshaw closed the instrument. It was removed from the building and was installed in Marston Green Hospital. More Information
ComptonOdeon TheatreWeston-super-Mare36Alfred RichardsSolo Cello, illuminated console. More information
ComptonCourt CinemaWigan27Lift. 1962, the Compton organ was removed to St Edmunds Church, Manchester
ComptonOdeonWinchester38Geoffrey Keith installed 8th January 1934. Illuminated console
ComptonPlayhouseWindsor25Edward O'Henry Illuminated console
ComptonGaumontWolverhampton37Frederic Bayco Lift
ComptonCivic HallWolverhampton440Melotone
ComptonGaumontWorcester38(10)Illuminated console
ComptonOdeonWorthing36Henry WinfieldIlluminated console on a lift
ComptonPlaza CinemaWorthing38(10)Tommy Dando <
ComptonRitz CinemaWoking36Harold Ramsay Other organists include Harold Coombs and Arthur Lord
ComptonRegal CinemaYork36Wilfred Southworth illuminated console on a lift
ComptonRialto CinemaYork35Hal Sherwin
ComptonEmpire Palace TheatreCardiff310Frederic Bayco
ComptonAstoriaAberdeen38Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ glided on from the left side of the stage
ComptonCapitol CinemaAberdeen38Edward O'Henry Lift More information
ComptonRegentEdinburgh26
ComptonParamount TheatreGlasgow410Lift
ComptonRegal CinemaGlasgow312
ComptonRegalPaisley26Gerald Shaw Doris Bamford was the resident organist who also played on opening night
ComptonSavoy CinemaCork312Frederick Bridgman organ was removed and is now installed at The University of Limerick, Ireland. More
ComptonSavoy CinemaDublin314
ComptonTheatre RoyalDublin416Alban ChambersMelotone
ComptonSavoy CinemaLimerick36
ComptonTonic CinemaBangor38Melotone
ComptonRitz CinemaBelfast410Melotone
ComptonPrincess CinemaDagenham36Melotone. Transferred to Savoy, Nothampton
ComptonEmpire TheatreBirmingham25George HuntOriginally installed in the Princess Cinema, Smethwick. The organ was removed and installed in Holly Lodge Grammer School
ComptonThorngate HallGosport313John Mann Ex Gaumont Palace Wood Green
ComptonAstoria CinemaCliftonville35Reginald HaywardRemoved to the Savoy Cinema in Stoke Newington
ComptonMemorial HallWindsor311Ex Regal, Old Kent Road
ComptonCameo CinemaCharing Cross28March 1928 organ was installed. Moved to The Ritz Lincoln in 1942
ComptonGranada TheatreHove25James Swift illuminated ‘cascade' console. Transferred to Regal Hammersmith
ComptonAstoria CinemaAshford20 Edgar PetoTheatrone
ComptonPicture HouseDouglas37W. Winder KillipIlluminated console on a lift
ComptonGaumont cinemaNorwich--
ComptonRegal CinemaWalton-on-Thames38Melotone & iluminated console on a lift
ComptonRitz CinemaWarrington36Alex TaylorMelotone & iluminated console on a lift
ConacherPlaza CinemaCoventry48Reginald Dixon Grand piano. 1960 The organ was removed to be used as spares for church organs.
ConacherRitzSouthend-on-Sea412Quentin Maclean Grand piano. The organ was removed in 1946 and installed in the Odeon Blackpool,
ConacherRegal Cinema Hull422illuminated console. Designed by Reginald Foort.
ConacherRegal CinemaSouthampton412Reginald Foort Organ removed 1962
ConacherRegal CinemaRotherham38Thomas Dando
ConacherLounge CinemaLeeds--
ConacherRegal CinemaMargate412Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. Destroyed by enemy action in 1941
ConacherCity CinemaPeterborough4-30 stops. opened by Cooper Francis and G. Rhodes. a German incendiary bomb destroyed the organ.
ConacherRitz CinemaNottingham422Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1964 and split up.
ConacherOdeon TheatreBlackpool412Al Bollington Transferred from Ritz, Southend.
ConacherRegal TheatreWimbledon420Reginald FoortAlso designed by Reginald Foort. The organ was broken up for scrap and removed from the building in 1958
ConacherForum CinemaCoventry38Reginald FoortGrand piano. Designed by Reginald Foort. The Conacher organ was sold to Northampton Grammar School
ConacherCentral CinemaHarrogate3-
EsteyGaronsSouthend-on-Sea-- Played by local sisters Ena, Celesta and Florence Baga. In 1927 this organ was removed to St. Luke’s Church, Southend
EsteyPrincess TheatreBloomington--
Fitton & HayleyGreengates CinemaBradford2-The organ was removed from the building for spares, and the console was burnt by contractors
Fitton & HayleyCinema PalaceGoole217
Fitton & HayleyPavilion CinemaHeckmondwike--
Fitton & HayleyCarltonHull--Organ removed to the Cecil Theatre where it was destroyed by enemy action
Fitton & HayleyCentralHull--
Fitton & HayleyDorchester CinemaHull39
Fitton & HayleyLanghamHull213Stanley Johnson
Fitton & HayleyPlayhouseHull--
Fitton & HayleyWest ParkHull--
Fitton & HayleyNew IlkleyHull--
Fitton & HayleyLyricLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseMorley--
Fitton & HayleyCapitol TheatreScarborough2-J.W. Ainsworth27 Stops.
Fitton & HayleyColiseum CinemaWhitby25
Fitton & HayleyEmpireWhitby25John Dalton
Fitton & HayleyTowerYork2-the organ was enlarged to a 4-Manual Binns, Fitton & Haley organ, with additions from the Regent Cinema, Hull, Christie 2 Manual, 5 Rank organ which had opened in 1928. The organ was removed and broken up for spares in 1956.
Fitton & HayleyArcadiaColwyn Bay--
HammondRitzGrays2-Florence De JongLaFleur organ
HammondGlenroyal CinemaBriggate2-removed to a Working Mens Club nearby when the cinema closed
HammondEssoldoCippenham2-Stanley MillerLaFleur organ
HammondCrescent CinemaLeatherhead2-Don ComptonLaFleur organ. Illuminated console
HammondRegal CinemaWembley--touring Hammond organ used
Hill, Norman & Beard ElectricBournemouth-11 stops. Replaced by a Christie
Hilsdon & CoNew Palace Picture HouseEdinburgh28now part of a of a 4/45 Hilsdon in the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Center in Todholes, Greenlaw
Hilsdon & CoPlayhouseEdinburgh323It was enlarged in 1971, again in 1973, and again in 1980/81, and ended up with 35 ranks of pipes and 7 ranks of tuned percussions controlled by 186 stop tabs.
Hilsdon & CoPicture HousePaisley--
Hilsdon & CoColiseumGlasgow--
Hilsdon & CoRegalGreenock--
Hilsdon & CoPlayhouse TheatreEdinburgh--
Gray & DavidsPrince of WalesHarrow Road, London--Straight organ
JardineOdeon TheatreChesterfield323It was on this instrument that Reginald Dixon had his first organ instructions
JardinePicture HouseDouglas2-Quentin Maclean16 stop ‘straight’ concert organ, 1933 replaced with a Compton
JardinePalace CinemaAccrington2-George TootellStraight organ with 22 stops. The organ was removed in 1934 and installed in a church in Burnley.
JardineWaterlooBlackpool--
JardineKingsway Super CinemaManchester--re-built by the Compton Organ Co. in 1937
JardineTivoli TheatreStrand, London--C. 1928 replaced with a WurliTzer.
JardineCounty CinemaLancaster2-The orchestral organ was installed in 1927
JardineAmbassador Super CinemaManchester3-‘Rex Gloria’ More Info.
JardinePavilion CinemaWigan--The Jardin organ was removed from the building sometime during the 1930’s.
JardineGlobe CinemaActon, London2-Quentin Maclean 26 stops
JardineStoll TheatreKingsway, London--Jack Courtnay A Jardine tubular pneumatic orchestral organ was installed in 1927. In 1930 Jardine installed a larger theatre organ
JardineBruce Grove CinemaTottenham Ldn--
JardineStandard CinemaCoventry25
JardinePicture HouseAyr310the first cinema organ to be made by this manufacturer
JardineColiseumGlasgow--No other record of an organ being installed More information
JardineRegal CinemaGreenock--
JardineRegalKirkaldy--A. Hamilton Wilding Grand Orchestral Organ. The organ was removed and sold to a church C. 1937.
JonesRialtoEnfield--Replaced by a Christie
JonesPavillionMarble Arch---Replaced by a Christie
Marshall & Sykes Cecil TheatreHull215Vivian Newall
MustelDancehouse TheatreManchester--
MustelPicture HouseStafford--C.W. Perkins
MustelPeckham Picture Playhouse London--
Nicholson & LordGrange CinemaKilburn338 stops. replaced 1927 with a Wurlitzer
ReevesElite Picture PalaceWimbledon3 1925 Replaced by a 3/7 Christie
Robert Hope-JonesGaiety Cinematograph TheatreLondon2-Reginald New Straight organ.
Rutt & CoPalace CinemaSlough2-G.T. Pattman Straight organ Installed 1929. Broken up for parts, used to restore the St. Albans instrument
Rutt & CoRegal CinemaHighams Park36Now at St. Albans Organ Theatre
Rutt & CoSuper Cinema Oxford26Stanley Hemery Installed in a private residence Information
Standaart Commodore CinemaHammersmith 310Harry Davidson
Standaart Metropole KinemaVictoria --Replaced by a Wurlitzer in 1935
StandaartEmpire TheatreCoventry24Percy Milton Cinema destroyed by fire. re-opened 1933
Vincent Majestic CinemaLeeds3- 33 stops. straight organ
Vincent Queen’s HallNewcastle upon Tyne329 straight organ. In 1957 the organ was sold and removed from the cinema
Vincent King's TheatreSunderland326David Clegg straight organ. 1928 organ rebuilt by William Sewell to become a 3 Manual 29 Ranks. destroyed by German bombs on 16th May 1943
Vowels Palladium CinemaPontypridd--Installed in 1916. 20 stops, enlarged to 25 in 1928. Straight organ. Bristol Company
WillisAlexandra Palace TheatreLondon5- 101 stops, eight thousand pipes,powered by 2 steam engine. More
Willis-LewisElite Picture TheatreNottingham-- Replaced by a Compton in 1929
WurlitzerPicture HouseWalsall26Jack CourtnayFirst Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More information
WurlitzerPalace TheatreTottenham26Jack Courtnay Second Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More Information
WurlitzerNew GalleryStrand, London28 Jack Courtnay Third Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian
WurlitzerPicture HouseGlasgow28
WurlitzerExchange CinemaNorthampton28 transferred From Picture House, Leicester. Replaced a Compton concert organ
WurlitzerPlaza TheatrePiccadilly, London315Upright piano. Organ was removed 1967
WurlitzerRink CinemaFinsbury Park28Dismantled - damaged by enemy action
WurlitzerHavelock Picture HouseSunderland28Frank Matthew
WurlitzerWest End CinemaBirmingham28Charles WillisIn later years Reginald Dixon was resident here. 1965 the organ was removed
WurlitzerPalladium Picture PlayhouseBrixton25(4)Melbourne Holman Model B
WurlitzerClassic CinemaBelfast28Leslie Simpson
WurlitzerLozells Picture TheatreBirmingham26Ernest NewmanStyle B. Destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerPicture HouseMaida Vale26Reginald Foortstyle D. Theatre taken over by the food ministry
WurlitzerGaumontDingle26William Whittle Transferred from Trocadero, Liverpool. Now owned by The  Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust More information
WurlitzerGrangeKilburn28Florence De JongModel F. Replaced a Nicholson & Lord straight organ
WurlitzerRoyal HippodromeNottingham28Leslie James organ unused after CinemaScope was installed mid-1950’s,
WurlitzerBroadway Super CinemaStratford28
WurlitzerRegent TheatreSheffield28
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHull26J.T. McDougall 8th May 1941 destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerMadame TussaudsMarylebone Road28 Theatre destroyed by enemy action, organ stored
WurlitzerPalladium London28Reginald Foort
WurlitzerRegent CinemaBristol28Frank Matthews Totally destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerPlaza Cinema AllertonLiverpool28Reginald Foort
WurlitzerTrocadero Super CinemaLiverpool26transferred to the Gaumont, Dingle
WurlitzerPlaza CinemaMaidenhead25Phillip Dore
WurlitzerNew Victoria TheatrePreston29Leslie J. Rogers
WurlitzerRegent CinemaDudley26John HowlettMarch 1981 installed and played at Peterborough Technical College More information
WurlitzerKings TheatreDundee26Lift
WurlitzerLido CinemaHove26Reginald FoortModel 165. Transferred from Union Theatre, Munchen Gladbach
WurlitzerDominion CinemaHounslow26Previously installed in the Alhambra Cinema, Berlin, Germany
WurlitzerRink CinemaSydenham26Damaged by enemy action and stored
WurlitzerEmpire TheatreLondon421
Wurlitzer PalladiumLondon28Reginald Foorttransferred to Plaza Cinema, Allerton
WurlitzerTivoliStrand, London29Replaced a Jardine
WurlitzerRegent TheatreHanley29E. Felton Rapley The organ was removed in 1972
WurlitzerDance HallGrantham25Transferred from Decca Studios
WurlitzerRivoli CinemaSouthend on Sea310Rebuilt with additional ranks
WurlitzerGranadaBedford2(3)8Harold Betts
WurlitzerMetropole KinemaVictoria310(11) Replacing a Standaart. Ex Fulton Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio
WurlitzerSavoy CinemaEnfield27Reginald New In 1966 the organ was removed to the West Hallam Social Club in Derbyshire.
WurlitzerGaumontManchester414Stanley Tudor Grand piano. Moved to the Granada Studios, now at Folly Farm
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHuddersfield28Harold Ramsay Grand piano. Illuminated console & illuminated seat
WurlitzerEmbassy CinemaMaldon26Illuminated console
WurlitzerGranada TheatreMansfield38Harold Ramsay Grand piano. 1973 Organ sold and removed by John Madin of Chesterfield
WurlitzerGranada TheatreWandsworth38Harry FarmerDestroyed by enemy action, organ stored
WurlitzerGranadaEast Ham38Grand piano
WurlitzerRitz CinemaIpswich38Harold Ramsay Grand piano & illuminated console. 1973 organ was removed for spare parts
WurlitzerRex CinemaCoventry2(3)5(6)Arthur Aikman Piano. Totally destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerRitz CinemaChatham38Harold RamsayGrand piano. Organ removed in 1972, installed in the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury
WurlitzerRitz CinemaBarnsley37H. Robinson Cleaver Lift, illuminated console & Grand piano. Organ removed in 1969 & sold to a private buyer
WurlitzerGranadaWoolwich38Reginald Dixon Grand piano
WurlitzerGaumont CinemaWatford38Vincent Collier Console destroyed by fire in 1956. It was not replaced and the remains of the instrument were removed in 1959 and reused in a church.
WurlitzerRitz CinemaAldershot37Harold Ramsay Illuminated console & Grand piano.
WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenwich38Donald ThorneGrand piano
WurlitzerGranada TheatreNorth Cheam38Lloyd ThomasGrand piano
WurlitzerRitz CinemaLuton38H. Robinson Cleaver Pillar & vase illuminated surround.
WurlitzerGranada TheatreHarrow38Harry FarmerGrand piano
WurlitzerGranada TheatreClapham Junction38Donald ThorneGrand piano
WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenford38 Dudley BeavenGrand piano
WurlitzerState TheatreKilburn416Sydney TorchGrand piano
WurlitzerRitz CinemaStockport38Wilfred Southworth
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHastings38Wilfred Southworth
WurlitzerGranada Theatre Welling38H. Robinson Cleaver Grand piano. 1983 The organ removed and installed in the Woking Leisure Centre.
WurlitzerGranada TheatreSlough38Dudley BeavenGrand piano
WurlitzerStanford HallLoughboro25(Player Attachment ?). originally been installed in the Madeleine Theatre, Paris in 1926
WurlitzerRitz CinemaRichmond38Wilfred Southworth Grand piano
WurlitzerRegentStotford310Removed from La Scala, Glasgow (rebuilt)
WurlitzerSavoy CinemaRadford26(5)Eric Lord
WurlitzerGaumont TheatreHolloway312
WurlitzerRitz CinemaWorkington25Harry Croft Illuminated console, lift. Originally installed in the Niles Theatre, New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
The organ was removed, has been restored and is in private hands
WurlitzerImperial CinemaCanning Town25Max Bruce Transferred from Tolmer Sq. Cinema
WurlitzerRegent TheatreStamford Hill29
WurlitzerRegent TheatreBournemouth29Reginald Foort
WurlitzerTroc-etteLondon28Arthur Jenkins
WurlitzerTower BallroomBlackpool313Grand piano. Replaced a smaller Wurlitzer in 1934
WurlitzerEmpress BallroomBlackpool313Tower Ballroom enlarged and G.P transferred to Empress
WurlitzerRegent CinemaBrighton29Quentin Maclean
WurlitzerNew CrossLondon29
WurlitzerRegent TheatreIpswich26
WurlitzerCity CinemaLeicester29Leslie James Originally intended for the Marlborough Theatre, Holloway, London.
The organ was removed in 1957, and after a number of years in private hands was installed Summerland Entertainment Complex in Douglas, Isle of Man. It is now installed at Villa Marina Arcade
WurlitzerNew WestgateNewcastle26Transfered from Castle Hill Theatre, Bronx, New York, USA.
WurlitzerNew VictoriaEdinburgh310Leslie James Originally installed in the Embassy Theatre, Baltimore, USA
WurlitzerNew VictoriaBradford310Leslie James
WurlitzerOdeonManchester421 Upright piano. Master Xylophone
WurlitzerLeicester Sq. TheatreLondon310
WurlitzerTrocaderoElephant & Castle421Quentin Maclean The organ was removed and installed in the Edric Hall of Southbank University. In 2011 it was moved to the Troxy More information
WurlitzerDominion CinemaWalthamstow310Rex O'Grady
WurlitzerRegal CinemaColchester25
WurlitzerParamountNewcastle319Edward O'Henry Console embossed
WurlitzerGranada TheatreTooting414Alex Taylor Originally a 4 Manual 12 Ranks instrument. Originally installed in 1926 in the Majestic Theatre, Sacramento, California, USA as a 3 Manual 10 Rank. In 1932-33, it was enlarged to be a 4 Manual 14 Ranks specification. More information
WurlitzerRegal CinemaBeckenham28Reginald FoortModel F. Rebuilt to a 3 Manual 8 Rank unit with grand piano attachment and an illuminated ‘Rainbow’ console. Opened by Harold Ramsay on 25th January 1937
WurlitzerRegal CinemaKingston upon Thames312Reginald Foort Grand piano
WurlitzerOdeon CinemaLeeds319Reg O'Grady. Console embossed
WurlitzerGaumontExeter2(3)6(9)Frederic Bayco Cinema partly destroyed by enemy action, The Wurlitzer organ was badly damaged and never replaced
WurlitzerRegal CinemaHampstead26Reginald FoortTransferred to Goblin (restored) ?
WurlitzerEmpire TheatreEdmonton310 Don Baker Grand piano. Replaced a Christie The cinema was demolished. The organ is now at the St Albans Organ Theatre, St Albans, Hertfordshire
WurlitzerTroxyStepney310Bobby Pagan 2010 work to replace the organ with the former Trocadero started cumulating in aNight of a Thousand Pipes
WurlitzerTheatre De LuxeGloucester38Wyndham Lewis A small organ was replaced by a Wurlitzer (F Type) originally installed in the Union Square Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio. This instrument was later repossessed by the Wurlitzer company. 1934, a Wurltzer 3 Manual console was installed. Destroyed by fire
WurlitzerForum CinemaNorthenden38Kevin BuckleyOriginally installed in the Cameo Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
WurlitzerRex CinemaStratford27Sandy Macpherson Transfered from Almira Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
WurlitzerOpera HouseBlackpool314 Reginald Dixon Horace FinchGrand piano. The last Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK More information
WurlitzerGranada TheatreKingston upon Thames310Reginald DixonGrand piano. Originally installed at Picture House, Edinburgh as a 2/8 ?
WurlitzerPicture HouseEdinburgh 28Reginald Foort
WurlitzerTolmer CinemaTolmer Square25Arthur Jenkins Style 150-Special. Transfered to the Imperial Canning Town
UnknownPalace TheatreLong Eaton--In 1922 a Grand Orchestral Pipe Organ was installed
UnknownCentral Picture Playhouse Maidstone3-Church type pipe Organ was installed