UK Theatre organ Installations

Initially based on information extracted from "Theatre Organ World" published in 1946
By Jack Courtnay
The Compton section has further been checked against 'A Chronology Of Compton Organs' by Ivor Buckingham.

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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[information] in square brackets extract from "John Compton, Organ Manufacturer" by Tony Moss
{information} in curly brackets extract the "Compton List" by Ivor Buckingham
BuilderVenueTownMnsRnkOpened
Abbott & SmithFuturist Theatre Scarborough3-The cinema opened in June 1921 but the organ, costing £5000, was not scheduled to be installed until August of that year.
AeolianNew Palladium Cinema Southport--pipes exposed and on view each side of the 37 feet wide proscenium. The organ was destroyed in a fire on 26th March 1929

The Scotsman
27 March 1929
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AeolianPicturedrome Stoke-on-Trent2-
AeolianKeswick Theater Glenside2-Replaced by a Moller Theatre Organ, originally installed in the Sedgwick Theatre in Philadelphia
ApolloCity Cinema Leicester29Probably a reed organ. Replaced by a Wurlitzer
The National Pipe Organ Register
BarbieriRegal Cinema Leamington Spa36
Frederick Jukes Frederick Jukes
This was the only British cinema installation of this Italian made instrument.

Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser
Saturday 12 March 1932
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Blackett & HowdenPlaza Cinema Newcastle upon Tyne218
Herby Laws Herby Laws
Straight organ
Blackett & HowdenShipcote Hall Gateshead222
Brindley & FosterHeeley Electric PalaceSheffield--J.T. DanielsStraight organ. The organ pit was prone to flooding so the organ was surrounded by a water tight tank when lowered. The organ was removed in 1946 and installed in Hillsborough Congregational Church

Article on theft
Sheffield Daily Telegraph
24 February 1923
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Cavaille-ColAlbert Hall Sheffield5-Original console was behind the screen and the organ was manually blown by a team of men. An electric blower replaced the men and the console was moved during improvements in 1927. Destroyed by fire 14th July 1937
ChristiePicture HouseBalham26
Derek RonaldDerek Ronald organist
Derek Ronald
ChristieCourt CinemaBerkhamstead36illuminated console. The console was removed to S & K’s new Embassy Cinema, Waltham Cross in 1937.
In & Around Berkhamsted
Short History
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Compton Lodge Studios

ChristieRitz CinemaBirkenhead28
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Replaced a bomb damaged Compton

Liverpool Evening Express
Wednesday 14 August 1940
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ChristieWylde Green PavilionBirmingham2(3c)9
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
ChristieStirchley PavilionBirmingham2(3c)9
ChristiePalladium Super CinemaBlackpool27
George TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
Divided. Organ removed in the early-1950’s
ChristieLido CinemaBolton39
Reginald LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
ChristieElectric TheatreBournemouth29 Divided, Radiotone. Replaced a Hill, Norman & Beard
ChristieEmbassy CinemaBraintree3c6Thomas Grosch
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

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ChristieNew Palace CinemaBristol312St. Frances' Church, Ashton
ChristieSavoyBurnt Oak27Previously installed in the Rosevale Cinema, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieVictoria CinemaCambridge37(8)
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
1956: organ is removed
ChristieLonsdale CinemaCarlisle29
Harold MeredithHarold Meredith organist
Harold Meredith
Harold Meredith played for one week. He was followed by
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
in November 1931 who stayed for three and a half years.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

ChristieRegent CinemaChatham28 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
ChristiePlaza CinemaChorely38
Reginald LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
The 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.
ChristieCentury CinemaClacton37
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
Illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
ChristieGrand Theatre Colchester--
ChristieMajestic CinemaCradley Heath310
William SykesWilliam Sykes organist
William Sykes
7th Oct 1889 - 1975
Also identified as a 3 manual.
ChristieQueens Hall CinemaCricklewood28
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James

The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieCapitol CinemaDidsbury410
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
The original organ at this site was destroyed along with the rest of the cinema 11 months after opening. Details relate to the replacement.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios


Western Morning News
Tuesday 09 January 1934
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£85,000 Cinema Destroyed
BUILT less than twelve months ago at a cost of £85.000, the Capitol Cinema, Didsbury. Manchester, was destroyed by fire yesterday. In less than an hour after the afternoon performance the auditorium was ablaze from end to end, and the arrival of the Manchester fire Brigade coincided with the collapse of part of the roof. Miles of hose were quickly run out and motor pumps were brought into use but the brigade were hampered by an insufficient flow of water and the flames continued almost unchecked, bringing down the remainder of the roof. For some time the brigade succeeded in keeping the flames from the end of the building, containing the dressing rooms and offices, but eventually this part also became involved, and variety artistes who had been appearing at cinema and had hurried to the scene in the hope of saving their property found it impossible to get anywhere near the dressing rooms.
The fire is said to have started on the stage, the flames had obviously involved most of the stage drapery and the scenery before the outbreak was discovered. The manager, Mr. C. Chariton, who detected smoke while having tea in the cafe at the other end of the building, was one of the first to give the alarm. Two page boys, Eric Lee and William Fowler, were passing the stage about 5:30 when they saw smoke coming through the drop curtains on the stage and going behind the stage they found all the scenery ablaze. "I ran down the room under the stage," Fowler Said, "and told the doorman Mr. Milligan, who was having his tea. came and let down the safety curtain, but the flames were shooting all-round the front of the stage, and a big plaster decoration fell from the roof to the organ which burst into flames". The organ, which cost £5000, was completely burned out, together with the elaborate lift used for raising the orchestra to the stage

Sheffield Independent
Tuesday 26 April 1932
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The Era - Wednesday 09 August 1933 ONE of the chief attractions for patrons of the Capitol when It was first opened on May 21, flfll, was the fine Three-Manual Christie Organ. The selection of a much larger "Christie of for the new Capitol is a great tribute to the organ builders, Messrs. Wm. Hill and Son and Norman and Beard, Limited.
The new organ, a four manual, has coupled to it a full-size RÖnisch grand pianoforte.
The Capitol is one of the very few theatres in the country to possess an organ of this size. Two specially constructed chambers, one on each aide of the proscenium accommodate the pipework and percussions, etc., whilst the blowing plant and action occupy two chambers beneath the stage.
The massive console, placed on an electric lift in the centre of the orchestra pit, is designed on the most modern lines and decorated in gold bronze lacquer. A unique feature of the console is a system of stop keys which control the whole of the lighting.
It can be truly said that this is the first organ in the world fitted with complete theatre-lighting controls. By this means the organist is able to introduce a suitable colour interpretation to the music he is playing and change the whole colour scheme to synchronise with the varying moods of the music.
The organ is provided with an innumerable variety of tone colours, and can faithfully produce the effect of a symphony orchestra, a modern dance band, or the majestic peal of a cathedral organ at the will of the organist.
Among the tonal and non-tonal Percussion instruments included in the organ are glockenspiel, xylophone, chrysologot, carillon, sleigh bells, chimes, side and bass drums, tom-tom, triangle, cymbals, Chinese gong, wood block, tambourine, castanet, etc., etc. These are housed in the organ chambers, but The Rhonishe grand pianoforte, which is playable front the organ Console and as a separate instrument, is placed on the stage.
An idea of the magnitude of the organ may be gathered from the following details.
The console is provided with some two hundred stop keys and other controls.
Contact between the console and the organ is established electrically by approximately 150 miles of electric wires.
In addition to the numerous percussion instruments and effects, there are well over 1,000 metal and wood pipes ranging from 8-inch to 16 ft. in length.
The organ weighs, roughly, seven tons, and the console one ton. Twelve different species of Empire timbers are used in the construction, Wind is supplied by a "Duplex" electric blowing plant at the rate of 850 cubic feet at fourteen inch pressure per minute,
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The Era
Wednesday 09 August 1933
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ChristieGranada TheatreDover37 Chrysoglott on the 3rd manual. The organ was removed in 1960
The National Pipe Organ Register
Picture of the cinema days before opening
Dover Express
Friday 10 January 1930
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Stories and pictures of the theatre
ChristieRegal CinemaDurham27
Herbert MaxwellHerbert Maxwell
1972 organ purchased by Harworth organ enthusiasts and installed in Bircotes Social Welfare Hall
Web Site
COS listing

Stories and pictures of the theatre

Photo Gallery The Harworth Community Hall 
The National Pipe Organ Register

Lincolnshire Echo
Friday 09 November 1934
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Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail
Friday 09 November 1934
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ChristiePalladium CinemaDurham1-
The National Pipe Organ Register
Photographs of dilapidated cinema
ChristieNew CinemaDurham2-
ChristieKinemaEast Ham25
ChristieGranada TheatreEast Ham3-
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieSheen KinemaEast Sheen28
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieRegal CinemaEastleigh27
George TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
Junior model. 2 manual organ with 63 keys and 500 pipes ranging from 3 inches to 10 feet in length
Rebuilt in 1936 to a 3c/9 Christie
ChristieBroadway TheatreEccles37
ChristieRegal CinemaEdmonton4(14)15
Sydney TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990
Rebuilt by Wurlitzer in 1947
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Vic Hammett
Medley #One
Vic Hammett
Medley #Two
Vic Hammett
If You Don't Love Me
Happy Feet
Paul Kirner at Paul Kirner's Music Palace
Sidney Torch
Bugle Call Rag
Sidney Torch
Twelfth Street Rag
Sidney Torch
Film Hits Of The Moment
Sidney Torch
Orient Express
Sidney Torch
Blame It On Two Brown Eyes
Sidney Torch
WAH HOO!
Sidney Torch
Love In Bloom
ChristieEmpire TheatreEdmonton2-
Bruce 'Wendell' James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
organ moved to Adelphi Cinema, Slough. 1933-4 replaced with a 3-10 Wurlitzer
COS listing
OrganFax Page
Web Site

Stories and pictures of the theatre
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieRialto CinemaEnfield27
Francis SoamesFrancis Soames
Upgraded to a 3-9 in 1935
ChristieQueens TheatreForest Gate27Theatre destroyed by enemy action April 1941, organ saved and installed in the Regal, Halifax.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Christie Waverley Picture HouseGlasgow27The organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieRosevale CinemaGlasgow27The organ was removed in 1937 to the Savoy, Burnt Oak
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieNew SavoyGlasgow27
ChristieLa Scala CinemaGlasgow28
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
The first cinema in Scotland to install a Christie organ. The organ was used to replace a bomb damaged Compton at The Ritz, Birkenhead
ChristieB.B. CineramaGlasgow28
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ChristieLido CinemaGolders Green28Frank Tapp
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

ChristieRegal CinemaHalifax3c7From Queens
ChristiePavilion CinemaHoddesdon36
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?

Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

ChristieRegent CinemaHorley3c6Illuminated console. The organ was removed from the building in 1973 and sold to a private owner.
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Compton Lodge Studios

ChristieTowerHull25
Hull Daily Mail
08 June 1928
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ChristieRegent Picture TheatreHull25
ChristieLido CinemaIslington26
Steff-LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
ChristieKensington KinemaKensington332Straight organ
ChristieCentral TheatreKidderminster310
T. Guy HindellT Guy Hindell organist
T. Guy Hindell
1907 - 1st Jul 1939
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieIdeal CinemaLambeth26Destroyed by enemy action
ChristiePalace TheatreLancaster2-
ChristieForumLeeds25From Tunbridge Wells Capitol
ChristieCorona CinemaLeigh-on-Sea26
ChristieRitzLincoln--Destroyed by fire. Replaced by a Compton
ChristieCarlton CinemaLiverpool3-Organ removed by 1960
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieAstra CinemaLlandudno,38 Cinema closed in October 1986 and in 1988 the organ was removed into storage. Unfortunately whilst in storage the instrument was destroyed.
The National Pipe Organ Register
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Compton Lodge Studios


The Stage
15 June 1967
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ChristieWinter Gdns TheatreLlandudno38
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
ChristieElephant & Castle TheatreLondon311
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
The first illuminated console to be built by Christie

The Stage
27 January 1955
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ChristieGranada CinemaMaidstone38
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Grand piano. Organ had a French style console
The organ was removed and shipped to Australia and installed at the Kelvin Grove High School, Brisbane.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristiePavilionMarble Arch310Replaced a Jones organ
ChristieRegal CinemaMarble Arch430
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Piano & Carillon Said to be the largest in Europe
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Sidney Torch
Dance Of The Blue Marionettes
Mantovani & Sidney Torch
Londonderry Air
Sidney Torch
Hot Dog
Sidney Torch
A Very Merry Christmas
Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
Howard Jacobs & Sidney Torch
Sidney Torch
Dance Of The Blue Marionettes
Quentin Maclean
Ride of the Valkyries
Quentin Maclean
Widors Toccata
Reginald Foort
Choo Choo
Reginald Foort
Memories Of You
ChristieCastle Super CinemaMerthyr Tydfil310Organ removed in 1954. Picutres
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ChristiePalladium CinemaMile End Road26
ChristieEmpire CinemaNeath26
ChristieGlobe CinemaOld Kent Road26(7)
W. Steff-LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
Around 1932 enlarged from a 2/6 to a 2/7
ChristieCommodore CinemaOrpington3c5Mobile console

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ChristiePalladium CinemaPaignton27
Melbourne HolmanMelbourne Holman

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Compton Lodge Studios

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ChristieTivoliPartick27
ChristieRegent CinemaPerth2-
ChristieRegent CinemaPoole3c9
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor

Web Site
COS listing
Stories and pictures of the theatre
ChristiePavillion CinemaPoplar26
ChristieRegent CinemaPortsmouth28
Ernest HallErnest Hall
THE NEW ORGAN AT THE REGENT.
The new Christie organ recently opened at the Regent Theatre, London Road, Portsmouth, is entirely British throughout, the work of Messrs. William Hill and Son and Norman and Beard. Ltd. the oldest firm of organ builders in this country, the latest development in kinima organ construction, it combines the musical features at me finest cathedral pine organ with the manifold voices of the symphony orchestra. There are 1800 contacts (all of sterling silver), and approximately 3,000 pipes, ranging from 1/2 in. to 16 feet in length. The vox humana produces remarkable simulation of the human vocal chords. As far as ingenuity may contrive this great British organ actually sings. A full range of the percussion and screen effects necessary in adequate film accompaniment is provided.

Portsmouth Evening News
Thursday 28 February 1929
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ChristieTheatre RoyalPreston26Frederick Schofield
ChristieMajestic CinemaReigate37
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958

Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristiePlaza CinemaRugby38
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980

Frank NewmanFrank Newman organist
Frank Newman

Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Frank Newman
'Hungary' (Moszkowski)
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristiePyramidSale3c7
Reginald LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
Two Consoles
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

The National Pipe Organ Register

NEW CINEMA ORGAN
A NEW cinema organ. played by a new organist, will be heard by North Regional listeners for the first time on 18 September.
The organ is that of the Pyramid Cinema, at Sale. Manchester. The organist is Reginald Liversidge a Yorkshireman from Huddersfield.
Sheffield Independent - Thursday 06 September 1934
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ChristieCarlton CinemaSalford39

Manchester Evening News
Friday 15 December 1939
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ChristieShaftesbury PavilionShaftesbury Av.27
Installed 1930 replaced the original straight organ. Removed to Plaza Chorely
Christie Waverley Picture House Shawlands Cross2 -organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieOlympia TheatreShoreditch28

Stories and pictures of the theatre
ChristieAdelphi TheatreSlough26
Bruce 'Wendell' James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
<Rebuilt by Compton
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieGarons CinemaSouthend-on-Sea27
Nelson ElmsNelson Elms organist
Nelson Elms
9th Nov 1905 - ?

Installed 1927, replacing a Estey organ. It was the first theatre organ installed in Essex. Transferred to St. Stephens Church
ChristieRivoli CinemaSouthend-on-Sea28Installed in 1928 replacing a straight (church) organ. In 1936 rebuilt as a Wurlitzer. 1957 reported as no longer playable
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Report on fire at the cinema
ChristieRivoliSt. Helens27
The National Pipe Organ Register
ChristieWordsley ManorStourbridge2-
ChristiePlaza CinemaSwansea310
Tom JenkinsTom Jenkins
ChristieCapitol CinemaTonbridge25
Harold HowellHarold Howell organist
Harold Howell
Removed to the Forum, Leeds
OPENING OF THE CAPITOL.

By a wonderful reconstruction the cinema at the old Public Hail, Tonbridge, which was destroyed by a disastrous fire on Boxing Night. 1920, has been reopened and re-named The Capitol . For about 16 months after the fire the building remained derelict, but the work of re-building was taken in hand in May last year under a local syndicate with Mr. Ernest Anderson at the head.
The result is one of the most pleasing, elegant and attractive super-cinemas in the South of England. The decoration has been carried out with great taste and the hall is lighted with immense 400 candle power lamps. A handsome stage, with a screen remarkable for its clearness, has been erected. Above the proscenium opening is the lighting of a cloud picture obtained from hidden coloured lamps. The furnishing of the auditorium is at blue velour with gold and silver satin applique. An electric fan, capable of displacing 216 cubic feet of air per minute has been installed, pumping a fresh supply of air through the building every five minutes. A blue Saxony Wilton carpet covers the ground floor, and a cork carpet is laid on the balcony floor.
A Christie Unit organ has been built, which it is claimed, is the only one in the county of Kent. It represents the latest development in cinema organ construction, and combines the musical features of the fittest cathedral pipe organ with the manifold voices of the symphony orchestra. The wide range of percussion and screen effects includes bird, boat and train whistles also horn, sleigh bells, telephone bell, fire bell siren, castanets, triangle, tambourine, etc. Fifty miles of electric wire were used in its construction, and over 500 pipes ranging from three inches to 16ft in length. Ten different species of timber were used in the building, and the special electro-pneumatic action is instantaneous.
Over 500 invitations were issued to the official opening on Saturday afternoon. It was a gathering fully representative of the various Interests of the town.
Between the exhibition of the picture and the organ recital by Mr. Harrold W. Howell tea was served by the Carlton Cafe.
In the evening the public were allowed to inspect the cinema, and Mr. Howell played selections on the organ.

Extract:- Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser
Friday 19 October 1928
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ChristieMayfair CinemaUpper Tooting39 (10)
Herbert MaxwellHerbert Maxwell
Christie Embassy CinemaWaltham Cross3c7From Embassy Berkhamstead
ChristieGranada TheatreWalthamstow312
Charles WillisCharles Willis organist
Charles Willis

Josie BradleyJosephine Bradley organist
Josephine Bradley
24th Mar 1893 – 16th Feb 1985

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.
The National Pipe Organ Register

Stories and pictures of the theatre
Harold Ramsay
Can't We Talk It Over
Now That You've Gone
ChristieKinemaWest Ham27Rebuilt to a 3/9 in 1935
The National Pipe Organ Register

Stories and pictures of the theatre
ChristieRegal CinemaWest Norwood39
ChristieCounty PlayhouseWigan28
H. WardH. Ward
Report on fire at the cinema
ChristieEmpire KinemaWillesden27
ChristieElite Picture PalaceWimbledon37
W. Steff-LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
1925 Replaced a Reeves
Charles D. Smart
Leonora
Evensong
un-named organist
ClavorchesterPicture HouseSheffield2-
Arthur MealeArthur Meale organist
Arthur Meale
Dec 1880 - 9th Dec 1932
Built by Brindley and Foster


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ClavorchesterPicture HouseSwinton219
Frank RatcliffeFrank Ratcliffe
The only Clavorchester fitted with stop tabs in a horseshoe pattern. The console was made of Honduras mahogany. This was the first cinema organ played by
Reginald Porter-BrownReginald Porter-Brown organist
Reginald Porter-Brown
13th Feb 1910 - 8th Dec 1982


Opened as The Picture House
Sheffield Independent
16 July 1929
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ClavorchesterThe Victory PalaceSheffield1-
J.Percy HallJ.Percy Hall
ClavorchesterThe Chantrey Picture HouseSheffield1-
Frank RatcliffeFrank Ratcliffe
Organ removed in 1946 and installed in Holmesfield Parish Church
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ComptonEMI studiosAbbey Road 3-Ex Beaufort Cinema, Birmingham
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #Seven
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #nine
Oscar Grasso With
H. Robinson Cleaver
Shadow Serenade
ComptonAstoriaAberdeen38
Harold TitheringtonHarold Titherington organist
Harold Titherington
Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ came on from the left side of the stage.

ABERDEEN'S NEW SUPER-CINEMA
The Astoria, Aberdeen's latest super-cinema, was opened on Saturday afternoon. The actual opening ceremony was novel one. It was performed by Mr Robert Gibb, Cattofield Terrace. Gibb is seventy-two years of age, and has all along shown the liveliest interest in the new cinema. He was present when the first sod was cut, and had visited the building every day since, including Sundays, to watch its construction.
Shortly before 1.30 Mr Gibb drove to the Astoria, where was met by Mr Bert Darley, managing director of the cinema. Mr Gribb then walked up the steps and. opened the doors.
First of Kind in Scotland.
The proceedings inside opened with recital on the illuminated Compton organ, the first of its kind in Scotland. A murmur of appreciation round the vast building when the organ, tastefully illuminated, appeared slowly from the side of the stage by means of a railway designed by Mr Darley. Mr Harold Titherington, the organist, played a selection of classical and Scottish pieces. The organ is a beautiful instrument. It has splendid tone, and the changing colours, controlled by the organist, made an exquisite picture. Titherington, who took full advantage of tone and effects, revealed himself as a musician of great talent.
Long before the hour of opening queues began to form, and by 1.30 hundreds persons were waiting gain admittance.
At the formal opening ceremony, A. B. Robertson, chairman of the Astoria, was accompanied by Councillor T. Mitchell, tor, Mr Darley, and Gibb. All-Aberdeen Cinema. Mr Robertson, in declaring the cinema open, said that they had approached one their younger architects,' Mr T. Scott Sutherland, and their instructions to him were that the cinema was not to be all-British but all-Aberdeen. (Applause.) The fact that only twenty-one weeks had elapsed since the laying of the first of the foundations justified their confidence the workmanship of the local tradesmen. He thanked Mr Sutherlnd, his able lieutenant, Mr Piddell, and all the contractors in showing such enthusiasm in getting the building ready in time. He also paid a tribute to their managing director, Mr Darley. Councillor Mitchell, in presenting a walking stick, bearing a suitable inscription, to Mr Gibb, said he had acted as a sort inspector works in disguise. He hoped that the walking stick would help him getting Clifton Road from the Astoria for many a night the future. A slide of the King was then thrown on the screen, and while the audience stood the organist played the National Anthem. A lengthy film programme, including comedies, news and interest reels, and travel talk, was enjoyed. The main film, "I Give Love,'' tells of the sacrifices of the mother of a young artist to enable her son to make good. The leading roles in a powerful emotional drama are played by Paul Lukas and Wynne Gibson. Favourable comment was made the faultless R.C.A. sound equipment.

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ComptonCapitol CinemaAberdeen38
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
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Western Daily Press
Wednesday 04 January 1939
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ComptonSavoy CinemaActon26
ComptonEmpire TheatreAldershot26
Percy FryerPercy Fryer
The organ was removed in the early-1960’s
ComptonRegal Super CinemaAltrincham310(11)
Joseph SealJoseph Seal organist
Joseph Seal
illuminated console
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ComptonApollo TheatreArdwick--
The Apollo Cine Theatre was opened by Margaret Lockwood on 28th August 1938.
The resident organist was Mr Reginald New.
Extract Artifact
ComptonEmpireAshton-under-Lyne3c6Illuminated console
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ComptonMajesticAshton-under-Lyne3c6
Con DochertyCon Docherty organist
Con Docherty
Came from Rialto, Liverpool
ComptonTonic CinemaBangor38Melotone
Tonic Cinema Facebook Page
Tonic Cinema Web site
Tonic Cinema Wikipedia page
ComptonGaiety TheatreBarrow-in-Furness28
Harold HowellHarold Howell organist
Harold Howell
Melotone (Kinestra)
ComptonRitz CinemaBarrow-in-Furness36
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Melotone, [Rainbow style illuminated console] & lift
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonWindsor TheatreBearwood38
Reginald MaynardReginald Maynard
The organ was removed from the building and installed in Oxley Parish Church, Wolverhampton
ComptonRialto CinemaBebington25
Albert E. AskewAlbert E. Askew
{'Baby' 2 manual console} & illuminated console.
COS listing
OrganFax Page
Web Site
ComptonRitz CinemaBelfast410
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Melotone
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COS listing

Northern Whig
03 November 1936
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The organ is housed in two chambers below the stage. It is a remarkable instrument, and reference to its capabilities have already been made in these columns. It has cost many thousands of pounds, and is of design similar to that of the great new B.B.C. organ in St. George's Hall. There are nearly one thousand pipes, graduating in size from little pipes like straws to great ones 16ft. in length and 2ft. in diameter. One of the most important components of the organ is the ":electrone": or ":pipeless organ.": which is described as a revolutionary advance in organ construction. It produces sounds of great beauty, and reproduces famous peals of bells with astonishing faithfulness. The organ is a British product.
THE COMPTON ORGAN
The proprietors of the Ritz have made ample provision for the musical side of their entertainments by the Installation of a Compton theatre organ, which embodies the famous Compton electrone, giving a wide range of new and startling tonal effects. By means of this instrument the carillons at Bruges and Malines, and the bells of Westminster, can be reproduced with remarkable fidelity. Apart from this, the organ has all the majesty of a cathedral organ and all the verve and rhythm of a modern dance band. The Compton Organ Company have built many other notable instruments, notable among them being those at St. George's Hall, London, for the B.B.C.; the Tonic Cinema, Bangor, Co. Down; Theatre Royal, Dublin; the Savoy Theatres at Dublin, Cork, and Limerick. They also designed and constructed the organs at Mullingar Cathedral and at St. Marys, Dundalk,

Belfast News-Letter
Monday 09 November 1936
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ComptonRegal CinemaBexleyheath38
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
1943 Organ damaged by enemy action. 1948 console removed
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H. Robinson Cleaver
Knave Of Diamonds
H. Robinson Cleaver
The Whistler And His Dog
H. Robinson Cleaver
Medley (Part One)
H. Robinson Cleaver
Medley (Part Two)
H. Robinson Cleaver
Frasquita Serenade
ComptonPlaza TheatreBirkenhead312
ComptonRitz CinemaBirkenhead411
Rowland TimsRowland Tims
1887 - 1956

Harold Hunt was keeping the audience entertained as there was an air-raid outside when a German bomb which came through the roof, exploding just in front of the circle. It killed 10 and there were over 100 casualties.
The Compton was severely damaged and after the war replaced with a Christie salvaged from the La Scala Cinema, Glasgow
ComptonApollo Picture PlayhouseBirmingham26
Geoffrey KingGeoffrey King
<In 1958 the organ was removed to a private residence
ComptonEdgbaston Cinema Birmingham28
Roy PageRoy Page
The Compton organ was damaged during a bombing raid and removed from the cinema in 1941

Birmingham Mail
Tuesday 07 March 1939
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ComptonParamount TheatreBirmingham410
Al BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington

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Web Site
ComptonForum CinemaBirmingham28 The organ was removed in 1955
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ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreBirmingham39(10?)
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[French style console]
ComptonPiccadilly CinemaBirmingham310Harold Stringer1961. The Compton organ was removed and shipped to Australia to be installed in Melbourne in the suburban Malvern Town Hall,
ComptonBeaufort CinemaBirmingham28
J.I. TaylorJ.I. Taylor
1937 the organ was removed and installed at the EMI recording studios at Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London
ComptonRialto Super CinemaBlackburn38(7)
Harold TitheringtonHarold Titherington organist
Harold Titherington
Lift. Organ removed to become spare parts
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ComptonOdeonBolton38
Harry CroftHarry Croft organist
Harry Croft
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ComptonAstoria CinemaBoscombe2(3)5
V. Johnson LewisV. Johnson Lewis organist
V. Johnson Lewis
ComptonPavilionBournemouth422Divided. Arguably the most difficult theatre organ to play in the UK.
More information
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ComptonWestover Super CinemaBournemouth36
Reginald Porter-BrownReginald Porter-Brown organist
Reginald Porter-Brown
13th Feb 1910 - 8th Dec 1982
ComptonRitz CinemaBradford36
Joseph SealJoseph Seal organist
Joseph Seal
Illuminated Surround. Organ destroyed by flood in 1946.
More information

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Bradford Timeline

ComptonAstoria TheatreBrighton38
T. Guy HindellT Guy Hindell organist
T. Guy Hindell
1907 - 1st Jul 1939
Illuminated console. 1958 organ removed
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BRIGHTON'S LATEST CINEMA
Mr. Grossmith made a delightful speech. He described the Astoria truly beautiful theatre, and complimented Councillor Lyons on opening it with that British film masterpiece-"The Private Life Henry VIII."
In declaring the theatre open Sir Cooper Rawson emphasized the fact that it was built of British materials British-and largely local labour. The speechmaking over, the programme was proceeded with, and it was thoroughly enjoyed the whole house.
The Orchestra played with spirit, the organ selections rendered by Mr. Guy Hindell drew forth enthusiastic applause, and the Walt Disney "Symphony Colour" entitled "Santa's Workshop" was delightful to watch. Every youngster in Brighton should see it.
The Astoria opens daily from 1.30.

Mid Sussex Times
26 December 1933
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ComptonRegal CinemaBridlington36
ComptonSavoy CinemaBrighton--
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
More information
{Illuminated surround} Organ removed in 1958
ComptonSavoy CinemaBrighton312
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
1958 organ removed.
More information
ComptonDomeBrighton440
ComptonAstoria TheatreBrixton312
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[Cascade style console], Piano. 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.
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ComptonGaumontBromley410
Terence CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
Melotone, organ lift

The Stage
16 March 1961
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ComptonRegent CinemaEdgware2(3c)5

Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 18 November 1932
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ComptonColiseumBurslem26
ComptonArt Picture HouseBury25
ComptonRegal CinemaByker36
J. Arnold Eagle. J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle
11th May 1909 - 1977
{Final sunburst illuminated surround}
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ComptonRegalCambridge26
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ComptonRex CinemaCambridge--
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ComptonGaumont PalaceCamden Town4c10
Terence CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
Melotone
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ComptonRegalCanterbury39
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Grand piano, illuminated surround;
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonEmpire Palace TheatreCardiff310
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
ComptonEmbassy CinemaChadwell Heath38
Terrence DeneTerence Dene organist
Terrence Dene
illuminated fan attachment which opened up at the back like a spread of peacock feathers.
ComptonTatlerCharing Cross Road28More information
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ComptonCameo CinemaCharing Cross28March 1928 organ was installed. Moved to The Ritz Lincoln in 1942
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ComptonPalace CinemaChatham2(3)6(7)
Terence CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
Information Video
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ComptonGaumont PalaceChelsea313[Rainbow style illuminated surround]
Web Site
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COS listing
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ComptonGaumont PalaceCheltenham2(3)6(8)
Alfred FurnishAlfred Furnish
1913 - 23rd May 2003

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Phil Finch - Bluebell Polka
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ComptonGaumont PalaceChester38
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[French style console]
Sydney Gustard
Musical Comedies selection 1
Sydney Gustard
Musical Comedies selection 2
ComptonRegal CinemaChester36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth

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Organ became surplus to ABC's requirements in 1969, was sold to, and removed by, British organ-builder Ron Curtis, of Bolton. He sold it to Mr Blair Linnett, and it was shipped to Australia.
ComptonRegal CinemaChesterfield37
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth

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ComptonMajestic TheatreClapham36
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Replaced a smaller organ by 1930.
ComptonPavilion Picture PalaceClapham Junction28Destroyed by enemy action 17th August 1944
ComptonGlobe CinemaClapham Junction25
ComptonRitz CinemaCleethorpes36
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987

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ComptonAstoria CinemaCliftonville35
Reginald Hayward Reginald Hayward
Removed to the Savoy Cinema in Stoke Newington
ComptonSavoy CinemaCork312
Frederick BridgmanFrederick Bridgman
1896 - 1985
The organ was installed over the proscenium arch, with the console in the centre of the orchestra well. The organ was featured on Radio Eirean many times. Organ was removed and is now installed at The University of Limerick, Ireland. More
ComptonAmbassadorCosham38
Thomas GroschThomas Grosch organist
Thomas Grosch
4th Aug 1900 - 15th Nov 1982
Melotone
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ComptonEmpire TheatreCoventry39(11)
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Illuminated console. Replaced a Standaart organ that was destroyed by fire
ComptonRialtoCoventry-- Leslie James broadcast from here in 1937
ComptonGaumont PalaceCoventry39
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[French style console]
Information Video
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ComptonDavis TheatreCroydon419(22)Reputed to be the largest Compton organ ever built. More information
ComptonPlazaCrosby35
George DawsonGeorge Dawson
{The last new Compton installation in the UK} Melotone & illuminated console. 1974 removed to a private residence.
Link to the COS page
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ComptonPrincess CinemaDagenham36Melotone. Transferred to Savoy, Nothampton
ComptonMajestic TheatreDarlington2(3)6(8)
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
1968 organ sold and removed from the building.
Darlington Majestic
an art deco cinema restored
The Northern Echo
9 July 2016
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ComptonState CinemaDartford36
Percy MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
Melotone. 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.

Stories and pictures of the theatre
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ComptonColiseum CinemaDerby--due to financial difficulties during the conversion of the building, the organ was never installed.
ComptonGaumont PalaceDerby310
Con DochertyCon Docherty organist
Con Docherty
[Rainbow style illuminated surround]
Information Video
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ComptonRegal CinemaDerby36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
The organ was removed from the cinema in 1965 after years of not being used
Web Site
COS listing
Facebook Page
Facebook Page
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Pipes in the Peaks
Mamma Mia arrangement
Christian Cartwright
ComptonPlayhouse TheatreDewsbury28
ComptonRegal Super Cinema Dewsbury--
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreDoncaster310
Hebron MorlandHebron Morland
[Rainbow style illuminated surround]. 1960 organ sold and installed in a private residence. 1972 sold and installed in a disused chapel in West Yorkshire. 1987 organ destroyed by fire.
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illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonNew Regal CinemaDouglas36
George TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
Melotone. 1966 organ moved to Grand Cinema, Southport
ComptonPicture HouseDouglas38
W. Winder KillipWilliam Winder Killip
Illuminated console on a lift. Replaced a Jardine organ
COS listing
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ComptonSavoy CinemaDublin314
ComptonTheatre RoyalDublin416
Alban ChambersAlban Chambers
Melotone
ComptonForum TheatreEaling39{First rainbow illuminated surround} Solo Cello
ComptonLidoEaling25
ComptonLuxor CinemaEastbourne36
John HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
Illuminated console.
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ComptonGrand KinemaEdgware Road314Piano, Divided
ComptonRitz CinemaEdgware Road3c6(7)
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ComptonRegentEdinburgh26{First Compton Theatre Organ in Scotland}
ComptonSavoy CinemaExeter36Melotone
ComptonGaumont TheatreFinchley39(8)
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
Melotone, turntable. The organ was removed in 1967 and installed in the Plough Inn, Great Munden. Plough now demolished, organ possibly in store.
Information Video
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Plough Listing
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Gaumont Listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonOrpheum TheatreFinchley Road2(3)8
Lewis GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
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ComptonAstoria TheatreFinsbury Park313
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
Melotone, Amplification. Twin console.
The National Pipe Organ Register
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Today's Song Hits
Charles Saxby
Dance Of The Blue Danube
Charles Saxby
Sing Me To Sleep With A Twilight Song
Charles Saxby
ComptonAstoria CinemaFolkstone36
Leslie HolmanLeslie Holman
The organ was removed and transported to Holland
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ComptonPlayhouse CinemaFolkstone25
J.I. TaylorJ.I. Taylor
Cinema and organ demolished in May 1963
ComptonCapitol CinemaForest Hill2(3c)8
Edgar PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
{The first Compton to have illuminated surround, Sunburst. Retro fitted}. Organ removed in the late-1950’s
ComptonForum TheatreFulham Road38Organ removed during the 1960’s
The National Pipe Organ Register
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ComptonRegal CinemaGateshead26 The organ was removed some time after closure as a cinema
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Compton Lodge Studios

ComptonOdeonGateshead26 Illuminated console on a lift.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

COS listing
ComptonParamount TheatreGlasgow410Lift
ComptonRegal CinemaGlasgow312
Information Video
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ComptonThorngate HallGosport313
John MannOrganist John Mann
John Mann
Ex Gaumont Palace Wood Green
ComptonState CinemaGrantham35
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
Melotone. Illuminated console on a lift. John Madin played opening on change of name to Granada Theatre 13th February 1950. Organ removed to private residence in 1972.
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Grantham Journal
Friday 06 August 1943
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ComptonMajestic CinemaGravesend38(7)
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
illuminated console and grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonSuper CinemaGravesend35
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Illuminated console on lift, Transferred to Ritz, Scunthorpe
ComptonState CinemaGrays36Melotone. Rainbow illuminated surround. Organ destroyed by vandals.

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Organ_(music)
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David Hamilton
Limelight
David Hamilton
The Green Leaves of Summer
David Hamilton
As Long As He Needs Me
David Hamilton
Somewhere
ComptonRegal CinemaGreenock--1931 Replaced a Jardine
ComptonRegal CinemaGrimsby36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Illuminated Console
ComptonQueens Hall CinemaGrimsby25
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
OrganFax Page
ComptonEmpress Electric Theatre Hackney2(3c)5{First 10 tab Illuminated console colour selection.} Replaced a ‘straight’ organ, not known if this was a new installation or the original Chapel organ
ComptonKingsway Super CinemaHadleigh38Melotone. Currently installed at The Red Brick Barn.
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The Stage
Thursday 28 July 1960
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ComptonTheatre RoyalHalifax35
Sydney TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990

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Web Site
ComptonRialto CinemaHall Green25
Frederick WarrenderFrederick Warrender

Foley BatesFoley Bates
26th Jul 1927 - 22nd Oct 2012
ComptonGaumont PalaceHammersmith415Organ console removed in the 1990’s but has now been re-instated.
COS listing
Web Site
Stories and pictures of the theatre
HWS Associates website
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Compton Lodge Studios

Ena Baga
Perpetuum Mobile
ComptonRegal CinemaHammersmith2(3)5
Gilbert HandleyGilbert Handley
Melotone. Previously been installed in the Granada Theatre, Hove
ComptonRegal CinemaHandsworth312 (9?)
Herbert A. DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
ComptonRegal CinemaHarrogate36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
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ComptonColiseum CinemaHarrow27
Stanley LambertStanley Lambert

Organ installed in 1928, replacing a straight organ. Organ removed in 1939 to the Ritz Cinema Whitton
ComptonOdeon TheatreHaverstock Hill36
Henry Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
Melotone & solo cello. Illuminated console.
ComptonEssoldoHayes28
Norman TilleyNorman Tilley
illuminated console
ComptonCapitol CinemaHaymarket3c9Initially equipped with a Norman & Beard 4 Manual 34s organ which was opened by
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
, but this was replaced in 1930 with a Compton.
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ComptonAmbassador CinemaHendon3c8

Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 28 January 1938
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Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 10 June 1932
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ComptonRegal CinemaHenley-on-Thames37
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Transferred from the Ritz Cinema Tunbridge Wells.
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Kent & Sussex Courier
Friday 24 December 1948
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ComptonRitzHereford24
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Melotone
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ComptonMajestic TheatreHigh Wycombe25
Ronald RogersRonald Rogers
4th Sep 1910 - 2004
The organ was transferred to Quarrendon County Secondary School in Aylesbury
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ComptonRitz CinemaHorsham24[Rainbow style illuminated surround] Melotone
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ComptonAmbassador CinemaHounslow38
Edgar PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
Melotone, illuminated console. Re-furbished in 1977. Now been fully restored and installed in the foyer of the 6-screen Movieland, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
ComptonGranada TheatreHove25
James SwiftJames Swift
{'Baby' 2 manual console} with illuminated ‘cascade' console. Transferred to Regal Hammersmith
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ComptonAstoria CinemaHull38
James SwiftJames Swift
{First pedals to Manual Piston setter tabs} Illuminated console. Believed to have been moved to York Museum
Compton organ, Astoria, Hull
Picture:- A C Pilmer Automatic Music Ltd.

Hull Daily Mail
11 December 1937
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ComptonSuper CinemaIlford38Replaced a Henry Speechly & Son organ
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ComptonRegal CinemaIlford36
Wilson OliphantWilson Oliphant organist
Wilson Oliphant

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ComptonCarlton CinemaIslington36
Phil FrenchPhil French
Eight Piano Rhapsody, at the Carlton
ComptonPlaza CinemaIver28
ComptonRitz CinemaKeighley35{Ex Regal Oxford}
ComptonForum TheatreKentish Town36
ComptonOdeon TheatreKingston26(7)illuminated console on a lift. Organ was removed and installed in Malvern
ComptonSt Georges HallLangham Place--
Wikipedia Page
LONDON, Wednesday;
LONDON, Wednesday;
LISTENERS are growing impatient. They are asking what the B.B.C. propose to do with the £10,000 cinema organ installed in St. Georges' Hall. Is it to be another "white elephant" like that in the concert hall at Broadcasting House?
So far the new cionema organ has only been used for one or two half-hourly recitals by visiting organist and many listeners, fearing that this is as far as the B.BC. Intend to go, have lodged their protests.
To some extent I can allay the fears. Reginald Foort, the staff organist, has been spending a great deal of time with the organ and on 26 November he is to give his first recital.
This organ differs from all other organs of its type, and Reginald Foort Is anxious to start well. When the organ was officially "installed" it was intended to stage a special item designed to show off the organ's capabilities, but it thought better to postpone this, and the feature has now been fixed for early In December. This will take the form of a running commentary on a silent film, devised by John Watt and accompanied by Reginald Foort on the organ, and will introduce every effect of which the instrument is capable.
This should make a fascinating programme. In this case the £10,000 has been well spent, and light entertainment producers are full of wonderful ideas for making use of the organ. You will hear lots of it, perhaps more than you want.

Birmingham Daily Gazette - Thursday 12 November 1936
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ComptonRegent TheatreLeamington26(5)
John E. FrancisJohn E. Francis
illuminated console
Robinson Cleaver
Sleigh Ride
ComptonRitz CinemaLeeds310
Lewis GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
Illuminated surround on a lift.
COS listing
ComptonScala TheatreLeeds26Organ removed in 1954
ComptonSavoy CinemaLeicester36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Illuminated console & Melotone
ComptonWarner TheatreLeicester Square3-
ComptonOdeonLeicester Square517
James BellJames Bell
Illuminated console on a lift, Melotone, and a Grand Piano.
Odeon, Leicester Square
COS listing
Web Site
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Article with a feature on the organ
Down With The Curtain
Donald MacKenzie
Gerald Shaw
Cockney Capers
ComptonKingsway Super CinemaLevenshulme--A rebuilt Jardine
ComptonGaumont PalaceLewisham312(13)
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970

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THE COMPTON ORGAN
THE Gaumont Palace organ, built by the John Compton Organ Company, Ltd., of Willesden, is a fine example of modern developments in theatre organ construction, in that it possesses many new tonal and mechanical features.
By it the organ is able to render vividly every kind of music from a classical symphony to a hot dance tune. The organ is provided with a liberal amount of orchestral torte colour, and there is a full range of Percussion instruments.
The console or keydesk is a wonderfully compact piece of work, and contains all the latest inventions for assisting the player In control, such as double4ouch action. The design and decoration of the console are of a special character, and it is illuminated in varied colours. In practice, the touch and response of the instrument are quicker than that of a grand piano. And it Is British throughout.

The Era
Wednesday 14 December 1932
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ComptonLewisham Town HallLewisham314Mobile console
COS listing
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ComptonSavoy CinemaLeyton310
Edgar PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
Edgar 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.

Stories and pictures of the theatre
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ComptonRialto CinemaLeytonstone3c8
Bruce 'Wendell' James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
Originally 2 manual rebuilt in 1931 to a 3 Manual 8 Ranks instrument.
1973 Organ removed into storage
1976 opening concert at St Mary's Church, Hornchurch
1999 into storage
2001 playing again
COS listing
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ComptonSavoy CinemaLimerick36
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
ComptonRitz CinemaLincoln3c81942 3 Manual 8 Rank organ was installed, which was originally installed in the Cameo Cinema, Charing Cross Road, London.
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ComptonSavoy CinemaLincoln26
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Melotone. The organ was sold and removed from the building in 1965, and was later installed in a private cinema in Newark, Nottinghamshire
ComptonCurzonLiverpool36
Lewis OddyLewis Oddy
Melotone
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Curzon blog
ComptonForumLiverpool312
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
lift.
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ComptonParamountLiverpool412
Rex 0'Grady Rex 0'Grady
{First Paramount with violin, English horn & solo cello.}

Hull Daily Mail
Thursday 07 November 1935
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ComptonMayfair CinemaLiverpool36
LIVERPOOL'S LUXURY CINEMA
By MAX QUAILE

LORD MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL, Alderman William Denton, pleaded for more educational films in cinema programmes when he opened Liverpool's latest cinema, the Mayfair Theatre, in Aigburth-road, on Saturday.
W. J. McAree, booking manager for Bedford Cinemas, the Merseyside combine who have added the new cinema to their group, showed intelligent anticipation of the Mayoral wish and screened Educated Evans" for the benefit civic visitors and the big openingday audience.
Renters and cinema folk formed large portion of Saturday's audience. Alderman Denton, introduced by Louis Nicholas, a director of the company, told them that was not often that he had been in such a palatial cinema. It was for the audience to demand the very best the producers could give them.
The Mayfair, which fronts Aigburth road, has been designed by A. Ernest Shennan, F.R.I.B.A., who has achieved a modern effect by masses of sandfaced brickwork on a base of cream faience, with a glass and concrete canopy screening the main entrance. Glasswork is a striking feature of the design, the walls of the main entrance being lined with cream polished glass and panelled with etched designs. Balcony and stalls accommodation seats 1,500.
The organ, a Compton Electrone, provided radio organist Sidney Custard, who is to be guest organist at the Mayfair for a fortnight, with ample scope for his diverse talents. Sidney is making a feature of a very clever accompaniment to a fine recording of Land of and Glory -a Coronation touch that goes down very well. T A Barnes, formerly in charge at the Rialto, Bebington, and assistant manager of the Plaza, Birkenhead, has been appointed manager of the new theatre, with W. J. McAree as booking manager.

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ComptonAlma TheatreLuton36
Herbert A. DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
(Rainbow illuminated surround, muted trumpet} phantom piano, lift. Started as a 2 manual, coupler manual added in 1934
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ComptonRitz CinemaMaidstone36Two consoles. [Rainbow style illuminated console]
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ComptonTheatre RoyalManchester310
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ComptonCoronation CinemaManor Park38(7)Divided, Replaced a small straight organ.
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ComptonDreamland CinemaMargate416
Lewis GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
Partly straight. Illuminated console, grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonElite CinemaMiddlesbrough26
ComptonGaumontMiddlesbrough2(3)6(8)
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
ComptonMajesticMitcham2(3)6Illuminated console on a lift
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ComptonMorden CinemaMorden38
Henry Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
Lift. first Compton organ to be fitted with an illuminated console
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ComptonRitz CinemaNew Southgate310
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
{First solo cello.}
ComptonRoyalty CinemaNorth Kensington25
ComptonSavoy CinemaNorthampton38
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Melotone. Illuminated surround. Transferred from the Princess Cinema, Dagenham. More. The organ was removed in 1960. +More
Detailing some of the most remarkable features of the cinema, Sir Meryn specially mentioned the organ. To his mind, an organ was one of the greatest assets of a good cinema.
The whole audience was interested in the magnificent Compton organ, with its illuminated console.
For those who were interested in a technical point of view a representative from the builders of the organ was in attendance to describe in detail the features of the organ. He will be at the cinema until to-morrow.

Northampton Mercury
Friday 08 May 1936
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ComptonExchange CinemaNorthampton333Concert organ. Installed 1920, replacing a previous organ that had replaced a Schultz organ. Itself replaced by a Wurlitzer organ
ComptonOdeon TheatreNorthfields36
Bertram OrsmanBertram Orsman
Known as the 'Avenue Wonder Organ’. Organ removed in 1972.
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ComptonHaymarket Picture HouseNorwich36(7)
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonCarlton cinemaNorwich--
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Yarmouth Independent
08 October 1938
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New Super Cinema

Within comparatively recent times the Carlton Theatre was built at All Saints' Green, Norwich, and at the time of its project there were those of an adverse opinion that another cinema was not needed In the City. How completely mistaken that Idea was has since more than amply been proved. The excellence of the programmes and the comfortable arrangements for patrons were such that the Carlton became one of the most popular houses of entertainment. A tribute to the accomplished management of Mr. Eric Snelling. So much so that only a few short months ago in the middle of last July the proprietors decided upon considerable extension to the original building. There now stands a super cinema that ranks equal to the best in the country. It is a tribute to the architectural skill of Mr. J. Owen Bond, the eminent contractor work of Messer's Gill & Sons.
The old cinema has now been turned at right angles to Its original position, fitted up to the extension, so as to form a spacious and well-equipped theatre on the most modem lines, capable of seating up to 2000 people. The original theatre had a seating capacity of 850.
The latest type Compton organ is installed complete with lift and illuminated glass console; it is of much bigger dimension than the organ used in the original Carlton. It has its chambers underneath the stage, from where sound will emanate through grills

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15 December 1934
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ComptonElite Picture TheatreNottingham26
Cyril BirminghamCyril Birmingham
Installed 1929 replacing a Willis-Lewis organ which had 78s
ComptonRitzNuneaton36
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
illuminated console & Melotone
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Web Site
ComptonAstoria TheatreOld Kent Road312 two consoles.
ComptonRegal Super CinemaOld Kent Road36(7)
Charles SmartCharles Smart organist
Charles Smart
4th Dec 1897 - ?
Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ was removed in 1965, and later in 1969 it was installed in the Memorial Hall, Windsor.
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ComptonRitz CinemaOxford36
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[Rainbow style illuminated surround] Melotone. 1963 The organ was removed and sold back to the John Compton company for spares.
ComptonRegal CinemaOxford35
Sydney Torch
Sydney Torch
Illuminated console and a melotone. {Transferred to Ritz Keighley}
ComptonRegalPaisley26
Gerald ShawGerald Shaw organist
Gerald Shaw
1911-1974
Doris Bamford was the resident organist who also played on opening night
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatrePeckham310
Arthur RaymondArthur Raymond
ComptonRitz CinemaPenzance24
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Melotone, [Rainbow style illuminated console] located on a lift
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ComptonRoyal Cinema Plymouth38Melotone
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documentary footage about the instrument. Presented by Rick Wakeman. Music played by Dudley Savage MBE
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ComptonGaumont Palace Plymouth38[French style console] Upper manual coupler only. Removed to Embankment Road Methodist Church, Plymouth.
The National Pipe Organ Register

Stories and pictures of the theatre
ComptonSavoy CinemaPortsmouth36
Reginald Porter-BrownReginald Porter-Brown organist
Reginald Porter-Brown
13th Feb 1910 - 8th Dec 1982
Melotone, illuminated console on a lift. The organ was sold to be installed in a church in nearby Southsea. Upper a coupler manual.
Reginald Porter Brown special concert report
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ComptonRitz CinemaPotters Bar26Lift. 1967 cinema demolished the organ was rescued prior to demolition
ComptonAstoria CinemaPurley2(3)5
Robin RichmondOrganist Robin Richmond
Robin Richmond
21st Apr 1912 – 27th Jul 1998
1974 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.
ComptonPalace CinemaPutney25
George F. SomesGeorge Francis Somes
4th May 1890 - 1969
ComptonRegal CinemaPutney36
Charles SmartCharles Smart organist
Charles Smart
4th Dec 1897 - ?
ComptonGranville TheatreRamsgate20Melotone organ
ComptonPavilion CinemaReading26
Norman TilleyNorman Tilley
Lift
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ComptonCameo CinemaRegent Street26Chamber at rear of stage.
COS listing
Web Site
ComptonOdeonRichmond28
ComptonMajesticRochester312
Cecil Atkinson Cecil Atkinson
illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed in 1961, and sold to a church in Orpington.
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ComptonHavana CinemaRomford38Melotone
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaRomford26
ComptonGaumont cinemaRose Hill310
Terence CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
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ComptonTrocadero CinemaRusholme--
ComptonRitz CinemaScunthorpe36
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
The organ had previously been installed in the Super Cinema, Gravesend, Kent. It was removed in 1972 for preservation at another location
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ComptonPlaza CinemaSevenoaks25illuminated console on a lift.
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ComptonPrincesShaftesbury Ave--
ComptonPalladium CinemaShepherds Bush25
ComptonPavilion CinemaShepherds Bush417(19)Opened by by
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
and
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
. 1923 added another 2 Ranks of pipes
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ComptonAdelphi TheatreSlough38Melotone, illumunated console. Rebuilt Christie
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ComptonEmpire TheatreSmethwick25
George Hunt George Hunt
Originally installed in the Princess Cinema, Smethwick. The organ was removed and installed in Holly Lodge Grammer School.
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ComptonPrincess CinemaSmethwick25
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
The organ was transferred to the Empire Theatre.
ComptonRink CinemaSmethwick38 (9?)
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
ComptonRegal CinemaSouth Shields261962 The organ was sold to a Mr. A. Manning who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire

NEW CINEMA ORGAN

THE proprietors of Black's Regal in King Street. South Shields, which opens on Monday, have made ample provision for the musical entertainment of their patrons by the installation of a mighty Compton organ, fitted with the latest model illuminated console, or keydesk.
The organ provides an unequalled range on tone-colours and a remarkable variety of effects. It gives every kind of music from the majestic grandeur of a cathedral organ to the rhythmic verve of a modern dance band and the splendid volume of a full symphony orchestra.
It sounds its motor klaxon, its ship's siren, reproduces the whispering surf of the sea, yields martial strains from its drums and cymbals, and gives the sweet songs the birds of the air. The illuminated console is a Compton invention. By a clever system of interior lighting, the console produces a wonderful range of colours and colour combinations, and with the main instrument gives a feast to the eye as well as to the ear.
The only connection between the main organ and the console is an insulated cable containing over 2.000 wires. Every contact is "soldered" with sterling silver. The organ is entirely British in conception, design, materials and craftsmanship.

Daily News - Thursday 31 October 1935
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ComptonPalace CinemaSouthall26
Henry Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
ComptonForum CinemaSouthampton312(10)One of the first instruments with the Melotone unit
ComptonPlaza CinemaSouthampton38
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
illuminated console
ComptonGuildhallSouthampton432Melotone. Two consoles
ComptonAstoria CinemaSouthend on Sea410{Paramount variation, piano, Solo Cello, Melotone}, illuminated console
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ComptonPalladiumSouthport310
ComptonGrand CinemaSouthport36
Herbert A. DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
In 1963 the organ was removed to Cheetham Hill Methodist Church in Manchester, it was the moved to Chorley Town Hall
ComptonTrocaderoSouthport310 Assumed to be a Compton. Cinema closed on 1st October 1960, organ removed in 1961.
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ComptonCapitol CinemaSt. Albans26
ComptonForumSt. Helier, Jersey38
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
Solo Cello unit and an illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
Robin Richmond
Alabama Jubilee
ComptonRegal Super TheatreSt. Leonards26
Gerald ShawGerald Shaw organist
Gerald Shaw
1911-1974
ComptonRegal CinemaSt. Peter Port--organ was installed 7th November 1937. Kennedy Bott organist during the war.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonMajesticStaines25
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaStockport310(11)
Cecil ChadwickCecil Chadwick organist
Cecil Chadwick
1896 - 1970
illuminated surround
Web Site
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Stories and pictures of the theatre
a brief look around and Compton organ
I'm beginning to see the light
Christopher Lawton
ComptonDavenport CinemaStockport36
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Stockport's Davenport Theatre to close

Davenport's Theatre to close next March with the loss of about 20 full and part-lime jobs.
The decision was taken by the owner Stockport Grammar School and lease holder Apollo Leisure after it was discovered that substantial work needed to be done in order to secure the theatre's long-term future
In a statement, the company said that "major investment" was required and was simply not Justifiable."
Apollo director Sam Shrouder paid tribute to the work of the staff at the Davenport. He visited the theatre in person to tell them of the closure.
is with great sadness that this decision has been taken." he told The Stage. " But essentially it is due to circumstances beyond our control.
Shrouder confirmed that the closure was an isolated case and should not be interpreted as a sign that Apollo was tightening up its extensive regional operation.
For many years the Davenport has operated both as a cinema and a theatre, with the film takings subsidising the live shows. However, since the opening of a multiplex cinema complex elsewhere in the town. the venue has witnessed falling audiences and revenue. Shows programmed in before the closure, including the pantomime Aladdin starring Geoffreyy Hughes. will go ahead as planned.

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ComptonRegalStockton-on-Tees36
ComptonSavoy CinemaStoke Newington35 Melotone. Transferred from the Astoria Cinema, Cliftonville, Kent
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ComptonCentral CinemaStourbridge310
John HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
The organ was removed in 1958
ComptonAstoria TheatreStreatham312
Al BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington
ComptonGaumont PalaceStreatham310
ComptonRegal TheatreSunderland310(9)
J. Arnold Eagle. J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle
11th May 1909 - 1977
Art Deco style console on a lift
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Web Site
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OrganFax Page
ComptonPlaza CinemaSutton310
Leo WebberLeo Webber

More information
Illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
ComptonCounty Picture House Sutton314Was the first cinema to have a Compton ‘Kinestra’ theatre organ installed installed on 7th November 1921. [The first 'unit' organ installed by Compton]
ComptonRegent TheatreSwindon26
J.I. TaylorJ.I. Taylor
&
W. Raymond
ComptonOdeonSwiss Cottage38
Alfred RichardsAlfred Richards
Illuminated console, Melotone, and Grand Piano

The Era
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ComptonRitzTonbridge1-Organ removed in 1970 when cinema split
ComptonRegal CinemaTorquay312
Reginald Porter Brown
One Morning In May
Reginald Porter Brown
Parade Of The Tin Soldiers
Reginald Porter Brown
Can-can & Oh Mister Porter
Reginald Porter Brown
William Tell(swing Arrangement)
ComptonDominion TheatreTottenham Ct Rd312(13)
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ComptonParamount TheatreTottenham Ct Rd4c10(12)
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Melotone
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Reginald Foort
Palace Theatre Medley
Al Bollington
Escapada
Al Bollington
Speak To Me Of Love
Al Bollington
Viennese Memories Of Lehar
ComptonRitz CinemaTunbridge Wells2(3)6
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed c. 1970 to Regal Cinema, Henley on Thames
Web Site
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COS listing
ComptonLuxor Picture TheatreTwickenham28
John ArmitageJohn Armitage
February 1940 advertised
Reg StoneReginald Stone organist
Reg Stone
on the Lafleur organ.
Middlesex Chronicle
Saturday 17 February 1940
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ComptonCapitol CinemaUpminster25
ComptonCarlton CinemaUpton Park281935 moved the organ to the centre of the orchestra pit and placed it on a lift.
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ComptonRegal CinemaUxbridge26
HWS Associates website
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ComptonNew Victoria TheatreVictoria London315
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980

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ComptonRegalWakefield3-illuminated console on lift
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ComptonRegal CinemaWalham Green36Melotone, Illuminated console
ComptonRegal CinemaWalton-on-Thames38Melotone & illuminated console on a lift
ComptonSavoy CinemaWandsworth36(7)Illuminated console
ComptonPalace TheatreWandsworth25
Ernest SmithErnest Smith
Kinestra
ComptonGrandWarrington--
ComptonRitz CinemaWarrington36
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Melotone & iluminated console on a lift
ComptonOdeonWatford2(3)8
Vincent Collier Vincent Collier
Recorded 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
ComptonPlazaWatford28
ComptonOdeonWealdstone2(3)5
Henry Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[Cascade style illuminated console] on a lift.[The first Compton installed in an Odeon cinema]
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ComptonLyric CinemaWellingborough25
Neville TurnerNeville Turner organist
Neville Turner
Grantham Journal
Saturday 09 April 1938
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illuminated console on a lift, Melotone
Link to the COS page for this organ
ComptonCapitol CinemaWembley26
W.J. HemsleyW.J. Hemsley organist
W.J. Hemsley
Illuminated console was on a lift
ComptonMajestic TheatreWembley38
Lloyd ThomasLloyd Thomas organist
Lloyd Thomas
Kinestra
ComptonTower CinemaWest Bromwich312(10)
Leslie TaffLeslie Taff
Melotone, illuminated [Cascade style] 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
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ComptonOdeon TheatreWeston-super-Mare36
Alfred RichardsAlfred Richards
Solo Cello, illuminated console.
COS listing
Stories and pictures of the theatre
ComptonRitz CinemaWhitton27Organ transferred from the Coliseum, Harrow in 1939
ComptonCourt CinemaWigan27Lift. 1962, the Compton organ was removed to St Edmunds Church, Manchester
ComptonTown Hall KinemaWimbledon313Opened by Henry Coleman and
Phillip DorePhilip Dore organist
Philip Dore
1903 - 25th March 1974
ComptonOdeonWinchester38
Geoffrey KeithGeoffrey Keith organist
Geoffrey Keith
installed 8th January 1934. Illuminated console
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ComptonCapitol CinemaWinchmore Hill28
Edgar PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
May 1958 the organ was removed and was broken up for spares
ComptonPlayhouseWindsor25
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
{First cascade style Illuminated console & first 'Baby' two manual console}
ComptonMemorial HallWindsor311Ex Regal, Old Kent Road
ComptonAstoria TheatreWoking38
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
Divided
ComptonRitz CinemaWoking36
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Other organists include Harold Coombs and Arthur Lord
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ComptonGaumontWolverhampton37
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970

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Lift
ComptonCivic HallWolverhampton440Melotone
Dudley Savage
ComptonGaumont PalaceWood Green312
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
In 1966 the organ was removed to Twickenham College of Technology and in 1980 it was installed in the Thorngate Hall, Gosport, Cheshire.
COS listing
OrganFax Page
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ComptonHippodrome TheatreWoolwich2Kinestra
ComptonGaumontWorcester38(10)[Rainbow style illuminated surround]
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Illuminated console.
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ComptonOdeonWorthing36
Henry Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[Illuminated console, special surround engraved with Odeon etched into the glass]
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Illuminated console on a lift
ComptonPlaza CinemaWorthing38(10)
Tommy DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
ComptonRegal CinemaYarmouth25
THE COMPTON ORGAN.
After the directors had left the spacious stage, the illuminated organ played by Mr. Taylor, an eminent and proficient London organist, gradually rose from the orchestra pit to the full view of the audience. He said it was the 150th built by the John Compton Organ Company, and contained every ounce of experience derived from the production of the other 149. He displayed it's smoothness of tone in straight and marital music, and demonstrated its capability for the reproduction of sounds we hear everyday life by rendering perfect imitations of a train leaving a station, a Boy Scout's Band and the steam organs at a pleasure fair. For those who preferred more popular music his rendering of the "Lost Chord" was beautiful, and would have done justice to the film bearing that name had his music been reproduced in it. It could without fear of contradiction, be described as one of the best organ renderings of popular music ever heard in this town.

Yarmouth Independent
Saturday 06 January 1934
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ComptonRegal CinemaYork36
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
illuminated console on a lift
ComptonRialto CinemaYork35
Hal SherwinHal Sherwin
In 1962 the Compton was sold to a Bradford enthusiast for £80.
Compton MelotoneClifton CinemaYork2-

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Compton MelotoneIce PalaceManchester2-

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Compton TheatroneAstoria CinemaAshford20
Edgar PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
Compton TheatroneRialto TheatreLondon2
Florence De JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
Came from Ritz, Sheerness
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Friday 08 April 1938
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Leslie James
1. Intermezzo and Gavotte
2. Merchant of Venice
3. Bells of St. Mary's
4. Andantino in D flat
Compton TheatroneApollo TheatreArdwick--
Sydney GustardSydney Gustard organist
Sydney Gustard
1893 - 1977
The cinema opened with a Compton Theatrone Organ played by
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
, this was replaced with the pipe organ in 1938
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Compton TheatroneRex CinemaAberdare2-
Compton TheatroneRegal CinemaDarlaston2In 1965, the Compton Theatron electronic organ was removed, due to difficulties in obtaining spare parts, and a Bird electronic organ was installed to entertain the bingo players at intervals.
Compton TheatroneRex CinemaHaslemere2 Peter GomezThe organ was removed in 1954
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An Appreciation of the Theatrone
Lew Harris
Compton TheatroneRitz CinemaSheerness2
Florence De JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
In 1942 the organ was moved to the Rialto Theatre, London
Compton TheatroneButlins CinemaSkegness2
Donald ThorneDonald Thorne

MUSIC FOR CAMPERS
FIRST RECITAL BY FAMOUS PLAYER 1,980 VISITORS APPLAUD
A new cinema organ, a world-famous ace radio organist and the presence of several popular him stars drew crowds of Skegness and district people to Butlln's holiday camp on Sunday last
The road from Skegness to the camp was crowded one long line of cars and the throng of people waiting for 'buses in Lumley Square was sight that had to be seen to believed. Following up policy of supplying the campers with the very latest entertainment, W E Butlin, as announced in our last issue, purchased one of the most modern type's cinema organ, and had it installed in the South Hall of the Camp.
He then engaged Mr. Donald Thorne, renowned radio organist whose broadcasts from the Granada. Tooting, where he is resident player, have become one of the most popular items in the wireless programmes, and who has been selected to play the B.B.C. organ at the forthcoming radio exhibition to give the opening performance on the Instrument at the Camp. Consequently in addition to the large number campers, about 1200 visitor, were at the Camp on Sunday, to hear the recital, which commenced 2.45. The music was relayed to the North Hall, and through speakers all-round the Camp, thus enabling the organ to heard by those in the bathing pool the bathers on the sun-bathing lawns, etc.
Mr. Thorne gave a series of selections, each act embracing a number of the world's best-known and popular songs and pieces. Latest numbers included. "Good-night, my Love, Chapel in the Moonlight." Pennies from Heaven. "Coronation Waltz." and many other popular hits of the day. Favourite waltz numbers included the "My Hero from "The Chocolate Soldier.' and "I'll see you again" from Noel Coward. Another tune which elicited full approval from the audience was the ever popular "Lily of Laguna." The programme was excellently varied, every tune being known to everyone that at the end of each selection the applause was very full. ... Of Mr. Thorne's playing, nothing can said that not already known suffice it to state that he brought out all the tone that contained in no other musical Instrument than the organ. His renderings of the artfully-chosen pieces showed to advantage the sweet and mellow notes, the soft melody of some lilting waltz, and then the contrasting grandeur as the music swelled to crescendo the playing of a martia' air.
The organ itself is a wonderful piece of work, ornamental in structure, and excellent in tone and. even to the layman, the fact is obvious that this latest venture, whilst Incurring tremendous expense to Mr Butlin, will, undoubtedly, prove to be a great attraction at the Camp, which has in addition, two resident dance bands. We understand that Mr. Butlin, who has engaged a staff organist is in touch with several players, whose names as broadcasting cinema organists, are household words, with the intention of engaging them as guest artistes each weekend throughout the season

Skegness Standard - Wednesday 21 July 1937
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SKEGNESS HOLIDAY CAMP DANCE HALL GUTTED
ORGAN AND MILK BAR DESTROYED

CROWDS WATCH HUGE NIGHT BLAZE CINEMA ORGAN AND MILK BAR DESTROYED
£30,000 DAMAGE ESTIMATED DAMAGE VARIOUSLY ESTIMATED AT- BETWEEN £30,000 AND £60,000 WAS DONE BY A FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT IN THE HUGE DANCE HALL AT BUTLIN'S holiday camp, just outside the SKEGNESS URBAN BOUNDARY, ON MONDAY EVENING LAST. THE FIRE, WHICH, OWING TO THE VAST QUANTITY OF INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL UPON WHICH IT HAD TO FEED, SPREAD WITH AMAZING RAPIDITY, WAS THE MOST SPECTACULAR AND FIERCEST BLAZE EVER WITNESSED IN SKEGNESS OR THE VICINITY. IT COULD BE SEEN LIGHTING THE NIGHT SKY WITH DULL RED GLOW FROM AS FAR AWAY AS SPILSBY
Thousands of people living in a wide neighbourhood watched the flames and speculated upon the extent of the Holiday Camp which was involved.
When the siren at Skegness Town Hall sent forth its piercing note about 6:20pm. there was the usual wild rush to the fire station, and the tidings that the fire was located at Butlin's Holiday Camp, there ensued a stampede in that direction which was reminiscent the "gold rush" scenes depicted on the films ! Hundreds of cars continuously "hooted" their way along the Roman Bank, supplemented by an army of cyclists of both sexes and what appeared to be thousands of pedestrians of all ages. As the latter reached the more open country just past the laundry their steps were quickened by the red glow in the sky and the knowledge that their trek" of over two miles would not be fruitless from a sight-seeing view-point

Short Extract of full report
Skegness Standard - Wednesday 08 February 1939
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ConacherOdeon TheatreBlackpool412
Al BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington
Transferred from Ritz, Southend.
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ConacherPlaza CinemaCoventry48
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Grand piano. 1960 The organ was removed to be used as spares for church organs.
ConacherForum CinemaCoventry38
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Grand piano. Designed by
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
. The Conacher organ was sold to >Northampton Grammar School.

Stories and pictures of the theatre
ConacherCentral CinemaHarrogate3-
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ConacherRegal Cinema Hull422illuminated console. Designed by
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
.

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25 Jan 1934
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ConacherRegal CinemaSouthampton412
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Organ removed 1962
ConacherRitzSouthend-on-Sea412
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Grand piano. The organ was removed in 1946 and installed in the Odeon Blackpool.
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ConacherLounge CinemaLeeds--
ConacherRegal CinemaMargate412Designed and opened by
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
. Destroyed by enemy action in 1941
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ConacherRitz CinemaNottingham422Designed and opened by
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1964 and split up.
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Jack Helyer
Rhythm Medley
Jack Helyer
I'm Happy When I'm Hiking
Jack Helyer
March Medley
Jack Helyer
Orient Express
Jack Helyer
Heyken's Second Serenade
ConacherCity CinemaPeterborough4-
Cooper Francis Cooper Francis

G. RhodesG. Rhodes
30s. A German incendiary bomb destroyed the organ.
ConacherRegal CinemaRotherham39
Tommy DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
Northern Broadcasts.

Rotherham is to appear on the broadcast map. Up to now there have been no broadcasts from that old Yorkshire town.
Northern listeners on April 8 will hear a new cinema organ, played by an organist new to the microphone, for the first time.
The organ is that of the Regal Cinema, Rotherham, and the organist is Kenneth Dando.

Leeds Mercury - Friday 22 March 1935
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ConacherColiseum CinemaSheffield327
David CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
installed in 1921. Reginald Dixon used to practice daily on the Coliseum theatre organ. The organ was removed in 1934 to a Methodist Church in South Anston. c. 1987 the organ was removed from the church.
The management of the Coliseum Picture Palace, Spital Hill Sheffield, with a view to giving additional enjoyment to their patrons, have installed in their hall a grand orchestral organ, built at a cost of £2,500.
Yesterday afternoon the fine instrument was formally opened, and, with good judgment, Mr. David Clegg, the eminent organist, was selected to demonstrate its capabilities'.
Mr. Clegg held his audience spellbound for an hour with his manipulation of the splendid instrument. And what effects! Birds twittering from their branches, joy bells ringing from the church steeple, the human voice as in a quartet blending, the plaintive tone of the 'cello, the soft, sweet notes of the clarionette, flute, and oboe, the realistic crashing of a thunderstorm over the Alps, the inspiring strains of a military band march, the liquid tones of a harp as an accompaniment to an operatic air, and a mystic rendering of some of Britain's fine old rollicking sea songs, were amongst some of the fare which Mr. Clegg served up to delight the audience. It was a splendid performance by a wonderful artist on a magnificent instrument.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Tuesday 25 January 1921
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ConacherRegal TheatreWimbledon420
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Also designed by
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
. The organ was broken up for scrap and removed from the building in 1958
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22 Nov 1933
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ConacherPicture HouseWoodlands--Straight orchestral organ
DekkerCommodoreSouthsea--Pierson WebberSaid to be largest in Europe, broken up and burnt

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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--
Everett OrgatronForum CinemaSouthey Green--
More information on this type of organ
Everett OrgatronParade CinemaSkegness--
Harold CryerHarold Cryer organist
Harold Cryer
Photo of Harold at the organ
Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian
Saturday 08 July 1939
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Everett OrgatronCinema HouseRotherham--
Tommy DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
More information on this type of organ
Fitton & HayleyGreengates CinemaBradford2-The organ was removed from the building for spares, and the console was burnt by contractors
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Fitton & HayleyArcadiaColwyn Bay--
Fitton & HayleyCinema PalaceGoole217
Fitton & HayleyPavilion CinemaHeckmondwike--
Fitton & HayleyCarltonHull--
Reginald DenningReginald Denning
Organ removed to the Cecil Theatre where it was destroyed by enemy action
Fitton & HayleyCentralHull--
Fitton & HayleyDorchester CinemaHull39
Stanley JohnsonStanley Johnson
Fitton & HayleyLanghamHull213
Stanley JohnsonStanley Johnson
Click for organ specification
Fitton & HayleyPlayhouseHull--
Fitton & HayleyWest ParkHull--
Fitton & HayleyEssoldoIlkley2-
Harry Packard Harry Packard

The Stage
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Fitton & HayleyLyricLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseMorley2-
Harry Packard Harry Packard
Fitton & HayleyCapitol TheatreScarborough2-
J.W. AinsworthJ.W. Ainsworth
27s.
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Fitton & HayleyColiseum CinemaWhitby25
Fitton & HayleyEmpireWhitby25
John Dalton John 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.
Gray & DavidsonPrince of WalesHarrow Road, London--Straight organ
Gray & DavidsonLuxor CinemaHemel Hempstead--Straight organ
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Gray & DavidsonPicture HouseWorksop--Straight organ
HammondRitzGrays2-
Florence De JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
LaFleur organ
HammondGlenroyal CinemaBriggate2-removed to a Working Mens Club nearby when the cinema closed
HammondEssoldoChippenham2-
Stanley Miller Stanley Miller
LaFleur organ
HammondGranadaKennington2-
Stanley Miller Stanley Miller
LaFleur organ
HammondEssoldoNewcastle2-LaFleur organ with illuminated surround
HammondEssoldoSheffield2-LaFleur
HammondCrescent CinemaLeatherhead2-
Don Compton
Don Compton
LaFleur organ. Illuminated console
HammondRex CinemaHigh Wycombe2-
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
LaFleur organ.
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HammondRegal CinemaWembley--touring Hammond organ used
HammondABCHanley--
Peter KilbyPeter Kilby
Peter Kilby
touring Hammond organ used
Hill, Norman & Beard ElectricBournemouth-11s. Replaced by a Christie
Hill, Norman & Beard Palace CinemaBedford2-Transferred from the Rink Cinema, North Finchely
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Hill, Norman & Beard Rink CinemaNorth Finchley2-Transferred to the Palace cinema, Bedford.
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Hill, Norman & BeardRegent CinemaBrighton3-38 stops. Replaced with a Wurlitzer following fire damage to the cinema.
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Hilsdon & CoNew Palace Picture HouseEdinburgh28now part of a of a 4/45 Hilsdon in the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Center in Todholes, Greenlaw
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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 tabs.
Hilsdon & CoPicture HousePaisley310
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Hilsdon & CoColiseumGlasgow--
Hilsdon & CoRegalGreenock--
Hilsdon & CoPlayhouse TheatreEdinburgh323
More information
HuntingtonCarlton Cinema London--Straight organ
IngramRoyal Duchess TheatreBalham--
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Music Hall & Theatre History Site
IngramQueen's Hall Picture TheatreEdinburgh--originally a Forster & Andrews but rebuilt by Ingram
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IngramAstoria CinemaEdinburgh24
Lyndon LairdLyndon Laird orgaist
Lyndon Laird
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IngramCapitol CinemaEdinburgh28
Lyndon LairdLyndon Laird
Lyndon Laird
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IngramGaumont Edinburgh311The organ was removed in 1958.
JardinePalace CinemaAccrington2-
George TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
Straight organ with 22s. The organ was removed in 1934 and installed in a church in Burnley.
JardineGlobe CinemaActon, London2-
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
26s
JardinePicture HouseAyr310the first cinema organ to be made by this manufacturer
JardineSavoy CinemaBradford28Norman CockerInstalled 1928. The organ was removed when the cinema was closed in 1939 and stored locally. In 1945 the organ was overhauled and installed it at the home of Gerald Busby, head of the department store. It was then installed in the main hall of Nunthorpe Grammar School in York.
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The first unit type of cinema organ to be installed in Bradford
Bradford Savoy Jardine organ
JardinePicture HouseChesterfield323It was on this instrument that
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
had his first organ instructions. 1956 organ removed to a Catholic Church
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JardineStandard CinemaCoventry25
JardinePicture HouseDouglas2-
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
16 ‘straight’ concert organ, 1933 replaced with a Compton
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JardineStrand CinemaDouglas-- Straight organ
Organs on the Isle of Man
JardineColiseumGlasgow--
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No other record of an organ being installed More information
JardineRegal CinemaGreenock--1931 Replaced with a Compton
JardineStoll TheatreKingsway, London--
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
A Jardine tubular pneumatic orchestral organ was installed in 1927. In 1930 Jardine installed a larger theatre organ

The Stage
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JardineRegalKirkaldy--
A. Hamilton Wilding A. Hamilton Wilding
Grand Orchestral Organ. The organ was removed and sold to a church C. 1937.

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
Saturday 16 May 1925
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Article on the new Jardine organ
Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
Saturday 09 May 1925
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JardineCounty CinemaLancaster2-The orchestral organ was installed in 1927
JardineKingsway Super CinemaLevenshulme--re-built by the Compton Organ Co. in 1937
JardineAmbassador Super CinemaPendleton3-
Reginald LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
[First cinema organ with an illuminated console]
JardineTivoli TheatreStrand, London--C. 1928 moved to St. George's Cinema. York. Replaced with a WurliTzer.
JardineBruce Grove CinemaTottenham Ldn--
JardinePavilion CinemaWigan--The Jardin organ was removed from the building sometime during the 1930’s.
JardineSt. George's CinemaYork327
Frank OlsenFrank Olsen organist
Frank Olsen
Previously been installed in the Tivoli Theatre, Strand, London
JonesRialtoEnfield--Replaced by a Christie
JonesPavillionMarble Arch---Replaced by a Christie
JonesMarlborough Picture TheatreHolloway Rd2--Straight organ
KinoraEssoldoSouthend-on-Sea3-Donovan RyanOriginal organ destroyed by
fire £20,000 CIGARETTE
SOUTHEND CINEMA AND BILLIARD HALL BURNT OUT
Damage estimated at £20,000 was done by a fire at the Strand Cinema Southend on Sea, early on Sunday. In a billiards hall in the same building ten tables were reduced to ashes, while a pipe organ, worth £6,000, in the cinema was burned out. Only the two end walls of the building remain standing. It is believed that a cigarette end thrown down during Saturday night's performance caused the outbreak.

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
Wednesday 17 November 1926
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14th Nov 1926 (cinema named the Strand)
Marshall & Sykes Cecil TheatreHull215Vivian Newall
MustelDancehouse TheatreManchester--
MustelPalace TheatreRamsgate--

The Era
Wednesday 11 September 1929
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MustelPicture HouseStafford--
C.W. PerkinsC.W. Perkins
MustelPeckham Picture Playhouse London--
Nicholson & LordPicture HouseChatham2-
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Nicholson & LordGrange CinemaKilburn338s. replaced 1927 with a Wurlitzer
Nicholson & LordSilver CinemaShepherd’s Bush--
Nicholson & LordNew Pavilion TheatreNewcastle upon Tyne215 stpInstalled 1919
ReevesElite Picture PalaceWimbledon3 1925 Replaced by a 3/7 Christie
Robert Hope-JonesGaiety TheatreLondon2-
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
Straight organ.
Rutt & CoRegal CinemaHighams Park36
Stanley LambertStanley Lambert
Now at St. Albans Organ Theatre.
COS listing
OrganFax Page
Web Site
Rutt & CoPalace CinemaSlough26
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
Straight organ Installed 1929. Broken up for parts, used to restore the St. Albans instrument
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Rutt & CoSuper Cinema Oxford26
Stanley Hemery Stanley Hemery
Installed in a private residence Information
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Henry Speechly & SonSuper Cinema Ilford--Replaced by a Compton
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StandaartCapitol CinemaBarking--
StandaartEmpire TheatreCoventry24
Percy MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
Cinema destroyed by fire. re-opened 1933
StandaartSavoy Super CinemaFolkestone2-
Percy MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
Standaart Commodore CinemaHammersmith 310
Harry DavidsonHarry Davidson organist
Harry Davidson

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Harry Davidson
Song Of The Bells
Harry Davidson
'Rose Marie' Selection
Harry Davidson
There's An Organ Playing In My Dreams
Harry Davidson
Underneath The Arches
Harry Davidson
Big Ben's Saying Goodnight
Harry Davidson
The Merry Widow
Harry Davidson
A Paradise For Two
My Life Is Love
A Bachelor Gay
Brooch Melody
Honour Among Thieves
Love Will Find A Way
Harry Davidson
Bitter Sweet Selection
Today
kiss Me
if Love Were All
zigeuner
if You Could Only Come With Me
call Of Life
i'll See You Again
Harry Davidson
Sweethearts Of Yesterday
Standaart Metropole KinemaVictoria --Replaced by a Wurlitzer in 1935
SymphoniqueRegal CinemaGrays2-
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Vincent Majestic CinemaLeeds3- 33s. straight organ
Vincent Royal Cinema Ashford3-
David CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
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Vincent Queen’s HallNewcastle upon Tyne329straight organ. In 1957 the organ was sold and removed from the cinema
Vincent King's TheatreSunderland326
David CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
straight organ. 1928 organ rebuilt by William Sewell to become a 3 Manual 29 Ranks. destroyed by German bombs on 16th May 1943
Vincent Savoy Picture TheatreHull--
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Vincent & Sewell Central Picture HouseSheffield3-
G.T. PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
Destroyed by enemy action December 1940
Vowels Palladium CinemaPontypridd--Installed in 1916. 20s, enlarged to 25 in 1928. Straight organ. Bristol Company
WalkerPicture HouseDoncaster-- Straight organ with some pipes not enclosed, believed to have been second hand and of 1899 vintage
WillisAlexandra Palace TheatreLondon5- 101s, eight thousand pipes,powered by 2 steam engine. More
WillisPark Hall CinemaCardiff3-45s
In 1936 the organ was re-built. The new organ was opened by Edgar Lewis
Willis-LewisElite Picture TheatreNottingham-- Replaced by a Compton in 1929
WurlitzerRitz CinemaAldershot37
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2206 Illuminated console & Grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
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WurlitzerPlaza Cinema Allerton28
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1841
WurlitzerRitz CinemaBarnsley37
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2201 Lift, illuminated console & Grand piano. Organ removed in 1969 & sold to a private buyer
Barnsley Wurlitzer
Mike Slater at the Ritz Barnsley Wurlitzer
Picture:- Mighty Music at the Movies
by Fred Turley
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Trevor Willetts
Punch & Judy Polka
WurlitzerRegal CinemaBeckenham28
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1174 Model F. Rebuilt to a 3 Manual 8 Rank unit with grand piano attachment and an illuminated ‘Rainbow’ console. Opened by
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
on 25th January 1937
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WurlitzerGranadaBedford2(3)8
Harold Betts Harold Betts
Opus 2186
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Bedford's Super Cinema To Open Saturday

Mr. Harold Betts, Granada's organist, must be the smallest organist in England. The great Wurlitzer which he will play is equipped to reproduce any form of music from a full symphony orchestra to African tom toms, and it phantom grand piano, the latter stands upon the stage and as it is operated from the organ, so do the notes depress and rise just as if an invisible pianist is operating it. Bird noises, animal cries, human voices-the keys of this - organ command everything in the world of music. The smallest pipe in the organ is an inch in length. The largest is 16ft. The organist is five feet high in his boots.
When Robert Hope Jones conceived the idea of an organ embracing every musical instrument, people to whom be offered the proposition in England thought him crazy. He sold his invention to Wurlitzer-the Jews harp people-in America.
This particular Wurlitzer, however, has been partly produced and completely assembled by British labour in the Company's newly established London factory.
When a representative of this newspaper visited this wonderful new Cinema during the present week he noticed a striking change from its appearance when he was shown round a short three weeks ago Then a great army of workmen organized and spread out so as to cover every part of the building were working steadily to complete the construction. This week the scene was again one of great activity, but the builders, the carpenters, and the plasterers were gone. Here and there a painter plied his brush, putting on the finishing touches to a symphony of pastel green, and cream, and pink, and cerise, and gold. In most places sweepers and dusters were all work cleaning, polishing, tidying; making ready for the opening day.

Biggleswade Chronicle
Friday 14 December 1934
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WurlitzerClassic CinemaBelfast28
Leslie Simpson Leslie Simpson
Opus 1536
WurlitzerTroc-etteBermondsey28
Arthur Jenkins Arthur Jenkins
Opus 1955
WurlitzerWest End CinemaBirmingham28
Charles WillisCharles Willis organist
Charles Willis
Opus 1358 In later years
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
was resident here. 1965 the organ was removed

Bristol Evening Post
30 May 1939
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WurlitzerLozells Picture TheatreBirmingham26
Ernest NewmanErnest Newman
Opus 1530 Style B. Destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerTower BallroomBlackpool313Opus 2187 Grand piano. Replaced a smaller Wurlitzer in 1934
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WurlitzerOpera HouseBlackpool314
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Horace Finch
Opus 2229 Grand piano. The last Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerPalace BallroomBlackpool39
Watson HolmesWatson Holmes organist
Watson Holmes
WurlitzerEmpress BallroomBlackpool313Opus 2037 Tower Ballroom enlarged and G.P transferred to Empress.
COS listing
Web Site
Horace Finch
Smilin' Through
WurlitzerRegent TheatreBournemouth29
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 2020
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WurlitzerRoyalty CinemaBowness-on-Windermere27
Opus 1719 Original UK installation Rex Cinema, Stratford
Web Site
COS listing
Facebook Page
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Len Rawle concert extract
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WurlitzerNew VictoriaBradford310
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 2116
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Bradford Time Line
Organ History
WurlitzerRegent CinemaBrighton29
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Opus 2046 Replaced a Hill Norman & Beard.
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WurlitzerRegent CinemaBristol28
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
Opus 1846 Totally destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerPalladium Picture PlayhouseBrixton25(4)
Melbourne HolmanMelbourne Holman
Opus 1408 Model B
Information Video
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WurlitzerImperial CinemaCanning Town25
Max Bruce Max Bruce
Opus 2063 Transferred from Tolmer Sq. Cinema
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaChatham38
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2204 Grand piano. Organ removed in 1972, installed in the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury
OrganFax Page
Web Site
COS listing
Ritz
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Buttermarket
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreClapham Junction38
Donald ThorneDonald Thorne
Opus 2218 Grand piano.
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Information and pictures on the theatre
Reginald Dixon - Dixon Hits #Twenty-Six
Reginald Dixon - Dixon Hits #Twenty-Seven
Horace Finch
Finch Favourites 2
Our Love
If I Didn't Care
Summer Sweetheart
Angels Never Leave Heaven
T'aint What You Do
Wishing
Dancing To Horace Finch 2
Slow Foxtrots :-
You Grow Sweeter As The Years Go By
Don't Worry 'bout Me
Quicksteps :-
Boom
Sing A Song Of Sunbeams
Horace Finch
First World War Favourites
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
Madamoiselle From Armentieres
Pack Up Your Troubles
Hello! Hello! Who's Your Lady Friend?
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Horace Finch
Finch Favourites 4
F. D. R. Jones
I'll Remember
An Apple For The Teacher
I Poured My Heart Into A Song
Run, Rabbit, Run
Horace Finch
Finch Favourites 5
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
we'll Meet Again
goodnight Children Everywhere
knees Up, Mother Brown
faithful Forever
goodbye Sally
Dancing To Horace Finch 3
Slow Foxtrots :-
Over The Rainbow
Scatterbrain
Quicksteps :-
It's A Hap-hap-happy Day
Give Me My Ranch (el Rancho Grande)
WurlitzerRegal CinemaColchester25
Max Bruce Max Bruce
Opus 1840 Now at Singing Hills.
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WurlitzerRex CinemaCoventry2(3)5(6)
Arthur AikmanArthur Aikman
Opus 2202 Piano. Totally destroyed by enemy action
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WurlitzerGaumontDingle26
William WhittleWilliam Whittle
Opus 1664 Transferred from Trocadero, Liverpool. Now owned by The  Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust More information
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WurlitzerRegent CinemaDudley26
John HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
Opus 1915 March 1981 installed and played at Peterborough Technical College More information
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OrganFax Page
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WurlitzerKings TheatreDundee26
George Hunt George Hunt
Opus 1937 Lift
WurlitzerGranada TheatreEast Ham38Opus 2200
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The console of the Granada’s Wurlitzer organ, which is now installed in a private residence in Cannock, UK.
WurlitzerNew VictoriaEdinburgh310
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1265 Originally installed in the Embassy Theatre, Baltimore, USA
WurlitzerPicture HouseEdinburgh 28
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1169
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WurlitzerEmpire TheatreEdmonton310
Don BakerDon Baker organist
Don Baker
Opus 2183 Grand piano. Replaced a Christie The cinema was demolished. The organ is now at the St Albans Organ Theatre, St Albans, Hertfordshire
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerTrocaderoElephant & Castle421
Quentin MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Opus 2139 The organ was removed and installed in the Edric Hall of Southbank University. In 2011 it was moved to the Troxy More information
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The Stage
27 January 1955
Quentin Maclean
The Music Of Eric Coates
The Carlyle Cousins
& Quentin Maclean
Underneath The Arches
WurlitzerSavoy CinemaEnfield27
Reginald NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
Opus 1319 In 1966 the organ was removed to the West Hallam Social Club in Derbyshire.
WurlitzerGaumontExeter2(3)6(9)
Frederic BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
Opus 2042 Cinema partly destroyed by enemy action, The Wurlitzer organ was badly damaged and never replaced.
Web Site
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WurlitzerRink CinemaFinsbury Park28Opus 1343 Dismantled - damaged by enemy action
WurlitzerPicture HouseGlasgow28Opus 1119
WurlitzerTheatre De LuxeGloucester38
Wyndham Lewis Wyndham Lewis
Opus 1590 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 January 1939
The National Pipe Organ Register
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WurlitzerDance HallGrantham25Opus 1354 Transferred from Decca Studios
WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenford38
Dudley BeavenDudley Beaven organist
Dudley Beaven
Opus 2219 Grand piano
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COS listing
Web Site
WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenwich38
Donald ThorneDonald Thorne
Opus 2212 Grand piano
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WurlitzerRegal CinemaHampstead26
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1959 Transferred to Goblin (restored) ?
WurlitzerRegent TheatreHanley29
E. Felton RapleyFelton Rapley organist
E. Felton Rapley
Opus 2010 The organ was removed in 1972
Stanley Tudor
Wedgewood Blue
WurlitzerGranada TheatreHarrow38
Harry FarmerHarry Farmer orgaist
Harry Farmer
Opus 2217 Grand piano
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaHastings38
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2211
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Hastings & St Leonards Observer
19 March 1938
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WurlitzerGaumont TheatreHolloway312Opus 2228
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WurlitzerDominion CinemaHounslow26Opus 1939 Previously installed in the Alhambra Cinema, Berlin, Germany
WurlitzerLido CinemaHove26
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1920 Model 165. Transferred from Union Theatre, Munchen Gladbach
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHuddersfield28
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2191 Grand piano. Illuminated console & illuminated seat
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaHull26
J.T. McDougallJ.T. McDougall organist
J.T. McDougall
Opus 1758 8th May 1941 destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerRitz CinemaIpswich38
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2199 Grand piano & illuminated console. 1973 organ was removed for spare parts
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WurlitzerRegent TheatreIpswich26
Frank NewmanFrank Newman organist
Frank Newman
Opus 2068 Illuminated surround added mid 1930s. Further reading
Burtey Fen Collection 
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Tom Thumb Nursery 
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Private residence
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Gaumont Palace
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Regent Cinema
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 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres
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Les Gobelins
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WurlitzerGrangeKilburn28
Florence De JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
Opus 1676 Model F. Replaced a Nicholson & Lord straight organ
WurlitzerState TheatreKilburn416
Sydney TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990
Opus 2216 Grand piano
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Sidney Torch
Twilight In Turkey, Sunrise Serenade & Goofy Dame
Sidney Torch
Alabamy Bound, St. Louis Blues & Caravan
Sidney Torch
Some Of These Days, Mood Indigo & Tiger Rag
Sidney Torch
Temptation Rag, After You've Gone & Power House
Sidney Torch
Dardanella, Georgia On My Mind & Nobody's Sweetheart
Sidney Torch
Greenwich Witch, Twilight in Turkey and Serenade for a Wealthy Widow
Louis Mordish
El Pesilero
Sidney Torch
There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
A Little Rain Must Fall
Oh! Johnny, Oh! Johnny, Oh!
Sidney Torch
Jay Walk - Dinah
Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me
WurlitzerRegal CinemaKingston upon Thames312
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 2174 Lift, phantom Grand piano, illuminated consol
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Harold Ramsay
Rodeo March
Harold Ramsay
Twelfth Street Rag
Harold Ramsay
Gershwin Medley
Harold Ramsay
St. Louis Blues
Harold Ramsay
Sousa March Medley/span>
Reginald Foort
Toselli's Serenata
Reginald Foort
Wee Macgregor Patrol
Reginald Porter-brown
Nola
Harold Ramsay
Six Popular Melodies (#2)
Empty Saddles
a Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
stars In My Eyes
shoe Shine Boy
it's A Sin To Tell A Lie
au Revoir
WurlitzerGranada TheatreKingston upon Thames310
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Opus 2230 Grand piano. Originally installed at Picture House, Edinburgh as a 2/8 ?
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Reginald Dixon
Dixontime 2
Wings Over the Navy
Lords of the Air
There'll Always Be an England
Run, Rabbit, Run
Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
Wish me Luck as You Wave me Goodbye
WurlitzerOdeon CinemaLeeds319
Rex 0'Grady Rex 0'Grady
Opus 2169 Console embossed
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Paramount
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Thursford
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WurlitzerCity CinemaLeicester29
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 2081 Replaced a Apollo organ. 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 was then moved to Villa Marina Arcade
WurlitzerPicture HouseLeicester28
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
WurlitzerLeicester Sq. TheatreLeicester Square310Opus 1525
Web Site
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WurlitzerEmpire TheatreLeicester Square421Opus 1931
Stories and pictures of the theatre
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Sandy Macpherson
Say A Little Prayer For Me
Sandy Macpherson
Gypsy Melody
Sandy Macpherson
The Same As We Used To Do
Jesse Crawford
Hold Me
Jesse Crawford
A Broken Rosary
Jesse Crawford
My Love Song
Jesse Crawford
Drifting Down The Shalimar
Jesse Crawford
My Wishing Song
Jesse Crawford
The Old Spinning Wheel
WurlitzerTrocadero Super CinemaLiverpool26
Sydney GustardSydney Gustard organist
Sydney Gustard
1893 - 1977
Opus 1664 transferred to the Gaumont, Dingle
COS listing
Wurlitzer PalladiumLondon28
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1841 Transferred to Plaza Cinema, Allerton
WurlitzerGaumontNew Cross29Opus 2057
WurlitzerStanford HallLoughboro25Opus 1394 (Player Attachment ?). originally been installed in the Madeleine Theatre, Paris in 1926
Vic Hammett
When I Fall In Love"
WurlitzerRitz CinemaLuton38
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2210 Pillar & vase illuminated surround.
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WurlitzerPicture HouseMaida Vale26
Reginald Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1670 style D. Theatre taken over by the food ministry
WurlitzerPlaza CinemaMaidenhead25
Phillip DorePhilip Dore organist
Philip Dore
1903 - 25th March 1974
Opus 1892
WurlitzerEmbassy CinemaMaldon26Opus 1772 Illuminated console
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WurlitzerGaumontManchester414
Stanley TudorStanley Tudor organist
Stanley Tudor
Opus 2189 Grand piano. Moved to the Granada Studios, now at Folly Farm.
Link to Folly Farm web site
Stanley Tudor
Running Off The Rails
&
Flight of the Bumblebee
Stanley Tudor
Rhythm Medley
Robin Richmond
WurlitzerOdeonManchester420Opus 2120 Upright piano. Master Xylophone. The organ was moved to Manchester's Free Trade Hall, and opened there in 1977. It was later moved to the ballroom of Stockport Town Hall, opening there in 1999.
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Stanley Tudor
Selection from Sunny
Charles Smitton
Ca C'est Paris
WurlitzerGranada TheatreMansfield38
Harold RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2192 Grand piano. 1973 Organ sold and removed by John Madin of Chesterfield
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NEW CINEMA ORGAN.
Plaza Wurlitzer to be heard on Wireless. Harold Ramsay, the famous broadcasting and recording organist, played programme of music at the Plaza Cinema. Mansfield, yesterday, on the new Wurlitzer organ which has just been installed at the theatre. The visit of Mr. Ramsay marked the Inauguration of the organ, which has more than 20,000 parts. Including 900 pipes and 122 miles of electric wiring. The console comes up into the theatre from lift.
A great deal of interest was created locally by the exhibition of the organ in one of the Mansfield shops. Mr. Ramsay, who the musical director and chief organist of the Bernstein circuit of cinemas is to stay in Mansfield for month. He has earned fame by his broadcasts on the National programme every Saturday from the Granada. Tooting, and has also figured in relays to the Empire.
When he departs other leading organists are to play the Plasa and it is hoped these will Include Reginald Dixon. In the future broadcasts to be made from the Plaza on the Midland Regional wavelengths. The first performance last night was heard by the Mayor and Mayoress of Mansfield (Aid and Mrs G. Abbott), the Town Clerk (Mr A. C. Shepherd) and Mrs. Shepherd and members of the Town Council.

Nottingham Journal - Tuesday 21 April 1936
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WurlitzerMadame TussaudsMarylebone Road28Opus 1716 Theatre destroyed by enemy action, organ stored.
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Hastings and St Leonards Observer
Saturday 09 February 1929
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WurlitzerNew WestgateNewcastle26Opus 1740 Transfered from Castle Hill Theatre, Bronx, New York, USA.
WurlitzerParamountNewcastle319
Edward O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
Opus 2162 Console embossed
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Image © Trinity Mirror.
10 Feb 1942
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Newcastle Journal
Monday 04 October 1943
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Newcastle Journal
Monday 01 January 1945
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Newcastle Journal
Wednesday 15 December 1943
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Dundee Evening Telegraph
Tuesday 19 March 1935
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Belfast News-Letter
Friday 01 July 1938
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Morpeth Herald
Friday 02 July 1937
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreNorth Cheam38
Lloyd ThomasLloyd Thomas organist
Lloyd Thomas
<Opus 2214 Grand piano
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WurlitzerExchange CinemaNorthampton28
F-Slater
Frank Slater
Opus 1199 transferred From Picture House, Leicester. Replaced a Compton concert organ

MAY BE HEARD IN BROADCASTS
NEW CINEMA ORGAN AT NORTHAMPTON

After four weeks of hard work, the assembly of a new Wurlitzer organ at the Exchange Cinema was completed during the week-end.
The opening ceremony was performed on Monday night by the Mayor of Northampton (Alderman A. Burrows*). Between the two performances the Mayor and Mayoress were introduced Mr. P. J. Thornton (manager), and before declaring the new organ open the Mayor paid a tribute to the proprietors of the Cinema for the splendid films which they were presenting.
Mr. Frank Slater, the organist, played a selection of popular musical comedy tunes, in which he demonstrated the full power and range of the new instrument.
The Wurlitzer organ has two manuals and eight units, and is built on the latest system of electrical action. It is a full orchestra in itself, capable of producing all kinds of effects, including the zylophone, glockscuspiel, drums, cymbals, and harp. Its range of tone and volume is remarkable. The console is gilded, and has suitable lighting effects. The stop tablets are of various colours to distinguish the different qualities of tone.
By reason of its name, the Wurlitzer organ is commonly' believed to be a German instrument, but it was originally the invention of an Englishman named Robert Hope-Jones, who was organist at St. John's, Birkenhead, and an electrical engineer by trade. Hope-Jones rebuilt his own organ at the church on an electrical system, and later opened up in business for himself as an organ builder. Musical interludes- by the Exchange Cinema organist, Mr. Frank Slater, will now be a regular feature of the programmes, and it is hoped to arrange for broadcasts in the near future.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 April 1935
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WurlitzerForum CinemaNorthenden38
Kevin BuckleyKevin Buckley
Opus 1165 Originally installed in the Cameo Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Link to OrganFax listing
Link to the COS page for this organ
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerRoyal HippodromeNottingham28
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1744 organ unused after CinemaScope was installed mid-1950’s,
WurlitzerGaumont TheatreOldham310
Jack FennerJack Fenner
Opus 2208
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COS listing
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WurlitzerPlaza TheatrePiccadilly315Opus 978 Upright piano. Organ was removed 1967
Charles D. Smart
Wedding Of The Painted Doll
WurlitzerNew Victoria TheatrePreston29
Leslie J. Rogers Leslie J. Rogers
Opus 1895

The Stage
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WurlitzerSavoy CinemaRadford26(5)
Eric LordOrganist Eric Lord
Eric Lord
Opus 2226
WurlitzerNew GalleryRegent Street, London28
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 1034 Third Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian
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The Scotsman
15 October 1927
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaRichmond38
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2223 Grand piano
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Reginald Porter-Brown - Medley
Bobby Pagan
Diane / You're Just In Love
WurlitzerRegent TheatreSheffield28
Leslie James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1768 1996 sold and installed in private residence in Castle Donnington. 1978 Sold and installed in private residence in Pipegate, Cheshire
WurlitzerGranada TheatreSlough38
Dudley BeavenDudley Beaven organist
Dudley Beaven
Opus 2222 Grand piano
The National Pipe Organ Register
Reginald Dixon
Classics of Swing
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime 10
Dolores
The Band Played On
Corn Silk
Aurora
Heart's Don't Lie
The Hut-Sut Song
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime 11
Rose O'day
That Lovely Weekend
Wrap Yourself In Cotton Wool
Yours
Green Eyes
Home Sweet Home Again
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime 12
Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
What More Can I Say
I Know Why
The White Cliffs of Dover
Papa Niccolini
The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes
Reginald Dixon
Waltzing With Strauss
Blue Danube
Vienna Blood
Fledermaus
The Kiss
Artist's Life
Lagoon
Wine Women
Song, Voices Of Spring
Blue Danube
Reginald Dixon
Tauber Memories
I'll Walk Beside You
One Day When We Were Young
You Are My Heart's Delight
Tristesse
Smilin Through
Vienna, City Of My Dreams
Reginald Dixon
Classics of Swing
In The Mood
Highland Swing;
Dark Town Strutter's Ball
Stardust
Solitude
After You've Gone
WurlitzerRivoli CinemaSouthend on Sea310Replaced a Christie in 1936. Rebuilt with additional ranks
WurlitzerRegent TheatreStamford Hill29Opus 1994
WurlitzerTroxyStepney310
Bobby PaganBobby Pagan
Bobby Pagan
Opus 2184 2010 work to replace the organ with the former Trocadero started cumulating in a Night of a Thousand Pipes
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
WurlitzerRitz CinemaStockport38
Wilfred SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2213
Web Site
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerRegentStotford310Removed from La Scala, Glasgow (rebuilt)
WurlitzerTivoliStrand29Opus 1978 Replaced a Jardine
WurlitzerBroadway Super CinemaStratford28Opus 1749
WurlitzerRex CinemaStratford27
Sandy Macpherson Organist Sandy Macpherson
Sandy Macpherson
Opus 1719 Transfered from Almira Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Now at Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere
Rex Wurlitzer
Image:- Daily Mail
COS listing
WurlitzerHavelock Picture HouseSunderland28
Frank MatthewsFrank Matthews
Opus 1317 Regular broadcasts from here, organists not named
WurlitzerRink CinemaSydenham26Opus 1941 Damaged by enemy action and stored
WurlitzerTolmer CinemaTolmer Square25
Arthur Jenkins Arthur Jenkins
Opus 2063 Style 150-Special. Transfered to the Imperial Canning Town
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerGranada TheatreTooting414
Alex TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Opus 1523 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.
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Stories and pictures about the theatre
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The Cinema Organ Society
Article on the life of the organ
Reginald Porter-Brown
Medley
Robinson Cleaver
Canadian Capers
Robinson Cleaver
An Earful Of Music
Robinson Cleaver
Springtime Melodies
The Flight Of The Bumble Bee
April In Portugal
April Showers
butterflies In The Rain
Harold Ramsay
Play Fiddle Play
Her Name is Mary
John Madin
Merry Widow Selection
Donald Thorne
Whistling Bobby
Stuart Barrie
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #four
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #three
Vic Hammett
Latin American Selection
Reginald Porter-Brown
Annie Get Your Gun Selection
William Davies
Comedians Gallop
William Davies
Whistler & His Dog
William Davies
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
William Davies
September In The Rain
Jackie Brown
Can I Forget You
Robinson Cleaver
The Music includes
An Earful of Music
Announcement by Robinson Cleaver
Granada
Manhatten Spiritual
Walk in the Black Forest
Blaze Away
Skyscraper Fantasy
Canadian Capers
Exodus
March from Things to Come
Spanish Gipsy Dance
Black Canary Hora
Alligator Crawl
The Legend of the Glass Mountain
Moonlight Serenade
An Earful of Music
Vic Hammett
Bye Bye Blues
Vic Hammett
Bugle Call Rag
Vic Hammett
Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
Vic Hammett
One Dozen Roses
WurlitzerPalace TheatreTottenham26
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 999 Second Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More Information
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COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
WurlitzerMetropole KinemaVictoria310(11)Opus 2013 Replacing a Standaart. Ex Fulton Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio. The organ was moved to Buckingham Town Hall, then the Assembly Hall at Worthing.
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Laurence James
All The Things You Are
Buckingham Town Hall
1973
Ena BagaBuckingham Town Hall
1973
WurlitzerPicture HouseWalsall26
Jack CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 956 First Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian.
More information
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Picture House
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 Dormston House
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Fisherman's Chapel
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WurlitzerDominion CinemaWalthamstow310
Rex 0'Grady Rex 0'Grady
Opus 2140
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreWandsworth38
Harry FarmerHarry Farmer orgaist
Harry Farmer
Opus 2197 Cinema destroyed by enemy action, organ stored
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WurlitzerGaumont CinemaWatford38
Vincent Collier Vincent Collier
Opus 2207 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.
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WurlitzerGranada Theatre Welling38
H. Robinson CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2221 Grand piano. 1983 The organ removed and installed in the Woking Leisure Centre.
COS listing
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Extracts from Michael's concert in May 2010
Michael Baron
:
H. Robinson Cleaver
Canadian Capers
H. Robinson Cleaver
Czardas
Reginald Dixon
Sousa March Medley
1940
Reginald Dixon
Pinocchio medley
Three Cheers For Anything
Turn The Old Music Box
When You Wish Upon A Star
Give A Little Whistle
Little Wooden Head
Hi-diddle-de
I've Got No Strings
WurlitzerGranadaWoolwich38
Reginald DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Opus 2203 Grand piano.
Web Site
COS listing
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Black & White and Tiger Rags
Peter Hayward
Deep Purple & Stardust
Peter Hayward
I Want to Be Happy
Mark Laflin
WurlitzerRitz CinemaWorkington25
Harry CroftHarry Croft organist
Harry Croft
Opus 1881 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
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UnknownCentral Picture Playhouse Maidstone3-straight Organ installed
UnknownPaladium Cinema Palmers Green2-straight Organ installed
UnknownLangham Cinema Pinner2-
UnknownCrescent CinemaLeeds--
UnknownGranada Kings Cross--
UnknownCentral Hall Picture HouseCatford--
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UnknownRutland Picture HouseSheffield--Listed in advertisements as both a unit organ and a orchestral organ. The cinema also had an orchestra
UnknownScala South Shields--Advertised as a concert organ. The cinema also had an orchestra.

Shields Daily News
Thursday 02 March 1922
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Shields Daily News - Wednesday 01 December 1920
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UnknownPalace CinemaTamworth--[Believed to be the first cinema to have an organ installed]
UnknownPalace CinemaWalham Green--Advertised as the
": Worlds Smallest Organ"
in 1942
UnknownNew Coliseum CinemaWhitley Bay--

Advert
Shields Daily News
Wednesday 15 October 1924
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