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Abbott & Smith
Futurist Theatre Scarborough
[ 3/- ] The cinema opened in June 1921 but the organ, costing £5000, was not scheduled to be installed until August of that year.
Aeolian
New Palladium Cinema Southport
Kenneth BurnsOrganist St' Matthias Church
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 cinema was rebuilt and a Compton organ installed
Logo, Newspaper article THE PALLADIUM, SOUTHPORT
There are several features worthy of indication. First and foremost perhaps is an organ. costing about £3,000. This, to say the least, is an uncommon instrument in such a place of entertainment. This has been specially adapted for a public building of this kind, and is different from the usual type of church organ. It have harp and violin stops, and it will be possible for the player to give the effect of an orchestra of from fifty to sixty performers. A speciality of the Palladium will be organ recitals, and out of 300 applicants, Mr. Kenneth Burns, organist of St. Matthias' Church, has been appointed.

The Bioscope - Thursday 01 January 1914
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The Scotsman
27 March 1929
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aln Aeolian
Picturedrome
Stoke-on-Trent
[ 2/- ]
aln Aeolian
Keswick Theater
Glenside
[ 2/- ] Replaced by a Moller Theatre Organ, originally installed in the Sedgwick Theatre in Philadelphia
Apollo
City Cinema Leicester
[ 2/9 ]Probably a reed organ. Replaced by a Wurlitzer
The National Pipe Organ Register
Barbieri
Regal Cinema Leamington Spa
Jukes Frederick Jukes
[ 3/6 ] This was the only British cinema installation of this Italian made instrument.
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Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser
Saturday 12 March 1932
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Blackett & Howden
Plaza Cinema Newcastle upon Tyne
Laws Herby Laws
[ 2/18 ] Straight organ
Prince’s Theatre North ShieldsLeslie Ord
[ 3/8 ] Unit organ with a dummy third manual. Now in Australia with a Christie console.
Logo, Newspaper article PRINCE’S THEATRE ORGAN
Expensive Alterations Carried Out
The Prince's Theatre grand organ, upon which many very pleasing interlude* have been rendered since the opening of the cinema, has now. undergone some expensive alterations, with view to raising it into the premier class of organs.
The work has been in progress for number of weeks, and on Monday it will again be heard by the public. Mr Tom Flack, the organist, will recommence his series of interludes which have proved such an attractive feature the Prince’s programmes. The alterations have necessitated the complete dismantling of the organ, both organ chambers, (one each side of the hall) have been reduced to absolute bareness, to clear the way for a rearrangement of the pipes. The electric system had also to interfered with. The alteration which will prove must notable to the public is the alteration in the position the sound shutters. Previously they were above the side stage exits of the balcony, and this resulted in the dominance of the sound in the balcony but a considerable reduction volume in the back stalls.
As patrons probably noticed a fortnight ago holes were cut in the side wells of the proscenium, and these are the new position of the shutters. The sound will now meet at a point in front the balcony and give a balanced volume in all parts of the hall. The re-arrangement of the stops and the installation of some new effects (together with the removal of other effects which were more suitable for accompanying silent films) will have very pleasing effect. The work has been carried out by Messrs The Vincent Electric Organ Company, of Sunderland, under the supervision of Mr Flack himself. The interlude for Monday will consist "The Hallelujah Chorus," "Auf Weider Sehen," and "The Voice In The Old Village Choir".

Shields Daily News
Saturday 02 July 1932
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Shipcote Hall Gateshead
[ 2/22 ]
Brindley & Foster
Heeley Electric PalaceSheffieldJ.T. Daniels
Straight 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
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Article on theft
Sheffield Daily Telegraph
24 February 1923
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Cavaille-Col
Albert Hall Sheffield
Best
W.T Best
13th Aug 1826 – 10th May 1897
[ 5/- ] 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
Logo, Newspaper article Specification & details of installation
Christie
[ Christie ]
Picture House
Balham
RonaldDerek Ronald organist
Derek Ronald
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Court Cinema
Berkhamstead
[ 3/6 ] illuminated console. The console was removed to S & K’s new Embassy Cinema, Waltham Cross in 1937.
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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Christie ]
Ritz Cinema
Birkenhead
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
[ 2/8 ] Replaced a bomb damaged Compton

Liverpool Evening Express
Wednesday 14 August 1940
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[ Christie ]
Wylde Green Pavilion
Birmingham
MatthewsFrank Matthews
[ 2(3c)/9 ]
[ Christie ]
Stirchley Pavilion
Birmingham
[ 2(3c)/9 ]
[ Christie ]
Palladium Super Cinema
Blackpool
TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2ndJul 1969
[ 2/7 ] Divided. Organ removed in the early-1950’s
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Lido Cinema
Bolton
LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
[ 3/9 ]
[ Christie ]
Electric Theatre
Bournemouth
2/9
Divided, Radiotone. Replaced a Hill, Norman & Beard
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Embassy Cinema
BraintreeGrosch
[ 3c/6 ]
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Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
New Palace Cinema
Bristol
[ 3/12 ]
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Savoy
Burnt Oak
[ 2/7 ] Previously installed in the Rosevale Cinema, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Victoria Cinema
Cambridge
MatthewsFrank Matthews
[ 3/7(8)] 1956: organ is removed
[ Christie ]
Lonsdale Cinema
Carlisle
MeredithHarold Meredith organist
Harold Meredith
Harold Meredith played for one week. He was followed by
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
in November 1931 who stayed for three and a half years.
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Compton Lodge Studios
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Regent Cinema
Chatham
WillisCharles Willis organist
Charles Willis
[ 2/8 ]
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Charles Willis at the Console of the Regent's Christie Organ
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Logo, Newspaper article Regent Theatre, Chatham
On Easter Monday a Christe unit organ was formally opened at the Regent Theatre, Chatham, by the Mayor and Mayoress of that town. Bert Miller, the genial manager at the Regent, in a few well-chosen words thanked the Mayor and Mayoress.
Charles Willis, who by the courtesy of Super Suburban Cinemas, Ltd., on whose circuit he is one of the principal solo organists, impressively played the National Anthem, and followed with a recital of operatic selections and popular numbers, including "The Pilgrim's Chorus," "Samson and Delilah," "Rule Britannia," "The British Grenadiers," "Land of Hope and Glory" (the latter three well received by the naval and military section of the audience), several numbers popular twenty or thirty years ago, such as : "The Old Bull and Bush," "Lily of Laguna," and concluded his recital with "Love's Old Sweet Song" so artistically rendered as to stir the emotions of many of the audience.
This is the first unit organ to be installed in Chatham, and has aroused amazing interest in the neighbourhood. According to reports excellent business has resulted from the installation.
The organ is a two manual and contains excellent ranges of solo and accompaniment stops and percussions, all possessing the distinctive tone for which its builders, Hill, Norman & Beard, are famed.
The innumerable screen effects are most realistic, and their manifold uses were shown to advantage by Mr. Willis in his accompaniment to the feature film, "Two Little Drummers."
Specially constructed chambers on the left-hand side of the proscenium have been built to house the organ and the result acoustically is all that can be desired.
The console is placed in the orchestral enclosure in a prominent position on the right-hand side. With the curtain drawn it is in full view of the audience.
The theatre is one of the recent acquisitions of Associated British Cinemas, Ltd.

The Bioscope - Wednesday 10 April 1929
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[ Christie ]
Plaza Cinema
Chorely
LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
[ 3/8 ] 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.
[ Christie ]
Century Cinema
Clacton
MatthewsFrank Matthews
[ 3/7 ]Illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
[ Christie ]
Grand Theatre
Colchester
[ Christie ]
Majestic Cinema
Cradley Heath
SykesWilliam Sykes organist
William Sykes
7th Oct 1889 - 1975
[ 3/10 ]
[ Christie ]
Queens Hall Cinema
Cricklewood
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 2/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Capitol Cinema
Didsbury
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 4/10 ] The original organ at this site was destroyed along with the rest of the cinema 11 months after opening.
The National Pipe Organ Register
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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,
More information on this installation in the newspaper

The Era
Wednesday 09 August 1933
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Logo, Newspaper article Fine Christie Organ
A fine Christie organ has been installed. The instrument is of ten ranks, possessint, every variety of tone and including all the delicate colours of the orchestra, including strings, clarinet, oboe, flute, brass tones and a saxophone stop which is a really remarkable imitation of the original instrument. It contains hundreds of miles of wire, with neatly silver-soldered contacts, beautifully arranged controls, and through all a finish and workmanship above reproach in the smallest detail. The organ console is on an electric rise -and-fall lift, is finished in gold bronze cellulose lacquer, shaded with panels in hand-carved ornament. Music is also provided by an orchestra of 15 players.
The orchestra well and organ can be lowered and raised to the level of the stage.
Note:- Original installation

The Bioscope - Wednesday 27 May 1931
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[ Christie ]
Granada Theatre
DoverHedley Morton
[ 3/7 ] Chrysoglott on the 3rd manual. Designed in Japanese laquer by Keeble Ltd. Lift. 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
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
Durham
MaxwellHerbert Maxwell
[ 2/7 ]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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[ Christie ]
Palladium Cinema
Durham
[ 1/- ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Photographs of dilapidated cinema
[ Christie ]
New Cinema
Durham
[ 2/- ]
[ Christie ]
Kinema
East Ham
[ 2/5 ]
[ Christie ]
Granada Theatre
East Ham
[ 3/- ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Sheen Kinema
East Sheen
[ 2/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
Eastleigh
TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
[ 2/7 ] 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
[ Christie ]
Broadway Theatre
Eccles
[ 3/7 ]
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
Edmonton
TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990
[ 4/(14)15 ] 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
[ Christie ]
Empire Theatre
Edmonton
James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
[ 2/? ] 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
[ Christie ]
Rialto Cinema
Enfield
SoamesFrancis Soames
[ 2/7 ] Upgraded to a 3-9 in 1935
[ Christie ]
Queens Theatre
Forest Gate
[ 2/7 ] Theatre destroyed by enemy action April 1941, organ saved and installed in the Regal, Halifax.
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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Christie ]
Waverley Picture House
Glasgow
[ 2/7 ] The organ was removed from the building in 1953
[ Christie ]
Rosevale Cinema
Glasgow
HowellHarold Howell organist
Harold Howell
[ 2/7 ] The organ was removed in 1937 to the Savoy, Burnt Oak
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
New Savoy
Glasgow
[ 2/7 ]
[ Christie ]
La Scala Cinema
Glasgow
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 2/8 ] The first cinema in Scotland to install a Christie organ. The organ was used to replace a bomb damaged Compton at The Ritz, Birkenhead
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
B.B. Cinerama
Glasgow
[ 2/8 ]
More information
[ Christie ]
Lido Cinema
Golders Green
Frank TappFrank Tap
Frank Tapp
1883 - 1953
[ 2/8 ]
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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
Halifax
[ 3c/7 ] From Queens
[ Christie ]
Pavilion Cinema
Hoddesdon
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
[ 3/6 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Christie ]
Regent Cinema
Horley
[ 3c/6 ] Illuminated console. The organ was removed from the building in 1973 and sold to a private owner.
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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Christie ]
Tower
Hull
[ 2/5 ]
Hull Daily Mail
08 June 1928
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[ Christie ]
Regent Picture Theatre
Hull
[ 2/5 ]
[ Christie ]
Lido Cinema
Islington
LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Kensington Kinema
Kensington
[ 3/32 ] Straight organ
Logo, Newspaper article ORGAN by Hill, Norman & Beard,
Organist: Mr. CHARLES W. SAXBY

The organ is wholly enclosed, and has 3 manuals; great, 11 stops, swell, 8; solo, 5; pedal, 8; couplers. 11.
The great has an 85 note chest, swell and solo so that the super octave coupler acts right through. The range of "stage effects" is extensive, i.e., steamboat whistle, motor horn, fire-bell, telephone bell, rushing water, escaping steam, bird whistle, gong, cymbal tap and. roil, bass and side drums roll ; also tubular bells, zylophone tap and roll, Chinese block tap, tom-tom, triangle, tambourine, harp and glockenspiel--of which Mr. Saxby makes effective use. There are two electric swell pedals and a general crescendo pedal, also a canceler piston to each department.

Exyract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
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[ Christie ]
Central Theatre
Kidderminster
HindellT Guy Hindell organist
T. Guy Hindell
1907 - 1st Jul 1939
[ 3/10 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Kidderminster organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Ideal Cinema
Lambeth
[ 2/6 ] Destroyed by enemy action
[ Christie ]
Palace Theatre
Lancaster
[ 2/? ]
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Forum
Leeds
[ 2/5 ] From Tunbridge Wells Capitol
[ Christie ]
Corona Cinema
Leigh-on-Sea
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Ritz
Lincoln
Destroyed by fire. Replaced by a Compton from Cameo Cinema, Charing Cross, London
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Carlton Cinema
Tuebrook
[ 3/? ] Organ removed by 1960
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Astra Cinema
Llandudno,
[ 3/8 ] 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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[ Christie ]
Winter Gdns Theatre
Llandudno
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 3/8 ]
[ Christie ]
Elephant & Castle Theatre
London
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/11 ] The first illuminated console to be built by Christie
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The Stage
27 January 1955
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[ Christie ]
Granada Cinema
Maidstone
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/8 ] 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
[ Christie ]
Pavilion
Marble Arch
[ 3/10 ] Replaced a Jones organ
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
Marble Arch
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 4/30 ] Piano & Carillon Said to be the largest in Europe
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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
The Regal Virtuosi
With Sidney Torch
"Beautiful Spring" Waltz
(paul Lincke) - 1932
Sidney Torch
Ding! Dong! Ding!
Sidney Torch
Her Name Is Mary
Sidney Torch
Hotter Than Ever
Christie organ
The "Christie" Organ at this magnificent theatre is a four-manual, the largest Unit Organ In Europe. The contract was placed alter a thorough investigation of the merits of the leading makes of theatre organs, It is exclusively recorded by the Columbia Graphophone Company.

Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
Christie Organ
Origin: Stories of London
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Christie Organ
Described as the organ console at Marble Arch
The Bioscope - Wednesday 28 November 1928
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The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Castle Super Cinema
Merthyr Tydfil
[ 3/10 ] Organ removed in 1954. Picutres
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Palladium Cinema
Mile End Road
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Empire Cinema
Neath
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Globe Cinema
Old Kent Road
LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
[ 2/6(7) ] Around 1932 enlarged from a 2/6 to a 2/7
[ Christie ]
Commodore Cinema
Orpington
[ 3c/5 ] Mobile console
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[ Christie ]
Palladium Cinema
Paignton
HolmanMelbourne Holman
[ 2/7 ]
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Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Tivoli
Partick
Harry DormanHarry Dorman
Mus.Bac., A.R.C.M., L.R.A.M.
A well know pianist.
[ 2/7 ]
Glasgow Cinemas
Web Site
Camera icon Tivoli Partick Christie
The Bioscope - Wednesday 15 May 1929
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Logo, Newspaper article

Christie Unit Installation

One of the important factors of the Tivoli is a Christie Unit organ built by Hill. Norman and Beard. The instrument, a two manual, is accommodated in specially prepared chambers situated one on each side of the proscenium. The units of the organ are divided into two sections, those most suitable for solo work in the right-hand chamber, and the remainder in the left-hand chamber.
Two Manual instrument The instrument incorporates all the latest inventions and improvements of its builders, and the specification. which was specially drawn up in in accordance with the wishes of the proprietors, includes several features not usually found in the average-sized two-manual cinema organ. Among these may he mentioned a celestophone- a percussion instrument possessing a most charming tone - and a full-size upright grand piano, operated from the console.
The console, an excellent example of British workmanship, is designed to give every facility to the performer, and is placed in a central position in the orchestra. The solo and accompaniment organs provide excellent ranges of tone colour, and the variety of combinations that can be obtained is almost unlimited. Percussions and screen effects are liberally provided. Tonally, the instrument is superb, and whilst the voices of the many instruments to be heard in an orchestra are faithfully reproduced, the true organ tone so essential is always available.
Harry Dorman, who has been appointed resident organist at the theatre, ably demonstrated the vast capabilities of the instrument, both for solo work and as a perfect medium for film accompaniment.

The Bioscope - Wednesday 15 May 1929
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[ Christie ]
Regent Cinema
Poole
Taylor
Jack Taylor
[ 3c/9 ]
Web Site
COS listing
Stories and pictures of the theatre
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
Christie Organ
Pitured at Sandford Park Holiday Centre
Origin:www.girdwood.co.uk
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[ Christie ]
Pavillion Cinema
Poplar
[ 2/6 ] replaced an earlier ‘straight’ organ
[ Christie ]
Regent Cinema
Portsmouth
HallErnest Hall
[ 2/8 ]
article icon 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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Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Theatre Royal
PrestonSchofield
[ 2/6 ]
[ Christie ]
Majestic Cinema
Reigate
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
[ 3/7 ]
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Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Plaza Cinema
Rugby
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980

NewmanFrank Newman organist
Frank Newman
[ 3/8 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Frank Newman
'Hungary' (Moszkowski)
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Pyramid
Sale
LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
[ 3c/7 ] Two Consoles
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
article icon
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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[ Christie ]
Carlton Cinema
Salford
[ 3/9 ]
article icon
Manchester Evening News
Friday 15 December 1939
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[ Christie ]
Shaftesbury Pavilion
Shaftesbury Av.George Griggs
[ 2/7 ] Installed 1930 replaced the original straight organ. Removed to Plaza Chorely
Camera icon Pavilion Christie
Extreme left, V. Hayes Jones, London Manager of Christie Unit Organs
The Bioscope
Wednesday 23 January 1929
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Logo, Newspaper article

New Avenue
Pavilion Organ

An interesting, Demonstration of New "Christie" Model A3
An interesting organ has just been installed in the Avenue Pavilion, Shaftesbury Avenue, W., by Messrs. W. Hill & Son and Norman & Beard. There was, of course, for many years, an organ of an old type on the right of the orchestra. The new instrument has been erected in a special chamber to the left of the proscenium arch. This particular instrument is the first of its special type to be Installed in London. It is a two-manual instrument with pedal and numerous effects. The Solo Organ has eighteen stops, several of which are very beautiful indeed, while the Accompaniment Manual has some stops of pleasingly smooth quality. The instrument is styled the "A 3" and is priced at between £L,600 to £1700, being intended for theatres seating from 1,000 to 10500. The instrument was opened on Thursday last, George Griggs, the sole organist at the theatre, giving a demonstration accompaniment to a Music-Master film, "Franz Liszt." The demonstration, which gave the player full opportunity for demonstrating the scope of the instrument, was entirely successful, and it is interesting to record that, within thirty minutes of the opening. Messrs. Norman & Beard received an order to duplicate this Christie organ in a well-known provincial theatre.

The Bioscope
Wednesday 23 January 1929
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[ Christie ]
Waverley Picture House
Shawlands Cross
[ 2/? ] organ was removed from the building in 1953
[ Christie ]
Olympia Theatre
Shoreditch
[ 2/8 ]

Stories and pictures of the theatre
[ Christie ]
Adelphi Theatre
Slough
James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
[ 2/6 ] Rebuilt by Compton
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Christie ]
Garons Cinema
Southend-on-Sea
ElmsNelson Elms organist
Nelson Elms
9th Nov 1905 - 1977
[ 2/7 ] Installed 1927, replacing a Estey organ. It was the first theatre organ installed in Essex. Transferred to St. Stephens Church
[ Christie ]
Rivoli Cinema
Southend-on-Sea
[ 2/8 ] Installed in 1928 replacing a straight (church) organ. In 1936 rebuilt by Wurlitzer. 1957 reported as no longer playable
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Compton Lodge Studios
article iconReport on fire at the cinema
[ Christie ]
Rivoli
St. HelensMelbourne Holman
[ 2/7 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Camera icon Rivoli St Helens Christie
The Bioscope - Wednesday 23 October 1929
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Camera icon Melbourne Holman, Christie organ
The Bioscope - Wednesday 16 October 1929
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Logo, Newspaper article Organ At Rivoli, St. Helens
The organ a two-manual Christie unit, was freely referred to in the opening speeches and later played a prominent part in the programme which followed. Melbourne Holman, the well-known London cinema organist, presided at the console and opened with a selection from "The Arcadians," which delighted the audience.
The organ is accommodated in a divided chamber over the proscenium arch., one division containing the solo stops and the other the accompaniment stops. in the case of this theatre that position is, without doubt, the best in which the organ could be placed. The acoustic properties of the theatre are excellent and the more delicately voiced stops can be heard to advantage in all parts of the auditorium.
The console is placed on a lift in a central position in the orchestral enclosure. The lift being elevated for solo performances. An inspection of the console showed the workmanship to be faultless and a credit to British craftsmanship and the builders, Messrs. Hill, Norman & Beard. This is the first unit organ to be installed in St. Helens and it has already become a firm favourite with the Rivoli patrons.

The Bioscope - Wednesday 16 October 1929
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[ Christie ]
Regent Cinema
StotfoldPierson Webber
[ 1/8 ] Said to originally having been installed in La Scala Cinema, Glasgow
[ Christie ]
Wordsley Manor
Stourbridge
[ 2/? ]
[ Christie ]
Plaza Cinema
Swansea
JenkinsTom Jenkins
[ 3/10 ]
[ Christie ]
Capitol Cinema
Tonbridge
HowellHarold Howell organist
Harold Howell
[ 2/5 ] Removed to the Forum, Leeds
article 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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[ Christie ]
Mayfair Cinema
Upper Tooting
MaxwellHerbert Maxwell
[ 3/9(10 ]
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Embassy Cinema
Waltham Cross
[ 3c/7 ] From Embassy Berkhamstead
[ Christie ]
Granada Theatre
Walthamstow
WillisCharles Willis organist
Charles Willis

&
BradleyJosephine Bradley organist
Josephine Bradley
24th Mar 1893 – 16th Feb 1985
[ 3/2 ] 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
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
[ Christie ]
Kinema
West Ham
[ 2/7 ] Rebuilt to a 3/9 in 1935
The National Pipe Organ Register

Stories and pictures of the theatre
[ Christie ]
Regal Cinema
West Norwood
TaylorArthur Neville Taylor
Nephew of Mr. Arthur Meale, the organist and Director of Music at the Central Hall. Westminster.
[ 3/9 ]
Christie Organ
Origin: A book of Golden Notes.
Christie Organs
Christie Organ
[ Christie ]
County Playhouse
Wigan
WardH. Ward
[ 2/8 ]
article iconReport on fire at the cinema
[ Christie ]
Empire Kinema
Willesden
[ 2/7 ]
[ Christie ]
Elite Picture Palace
Wimbledon
LangstonW. Steff-Langston
1872 - 1941
[ 3/7 ] 1925 Replaced a Reeves
Charles D. Smart
Leonora
Evensong
un-named organist
Clavorchester
[ Clavorchester ]
Picture House
Sheffield
MealeArthur Meale organist
Arthur Meale
Dec 1880 - 9th Dec 1932
[ 2/? ] Built by Brindley and Foster


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[ Clavorchester ]
Picture House
Swinton
RatcliffeFrank Ratcliffe
[ 2/19 ] 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
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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[ Clavorchester ]
The Victory Palace
Sheffield
HallJ.Percy Hall
[ Clavorchester ]
The Chantrey Picture House
Sheffield
RatcliffeFrank Ratcliffe
[ 1/? ] Organ removed in 1946 and installed in Holmesfield Parish Church
National Pipe Organ Register link
[ Compton ]
EMI studios
Abbey Road
[ 3/? ] Ex Beaufort Cinema, Birmingham.
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #Seven
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #nine
Oscar Grasso With
H. Robinson Cleaver
Shadow Serenade
[ Compton ]
Astoria
Aberdeen
TitheringtonHarold Titherington organist
Harold Titherington
[ 3/8 ] Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ came on from the left side of the stage.
article
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.

Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 10 December 1934 - Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.
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[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Aberdeen
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 3/8 ] Lift More information
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Western Daily Press
Wednesday 04 January 1939
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[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Acton
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Empire Theatre
Aldershot
FryerPercy Fryer
[ 2/6 ] The organ was removed in the early-1960’s
[ Compton ]
Regal Super Cinema
Altrincham
SealJoseph Seal organist
Joseph Seal
[ 3/10(11) ] Illuminated console
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Apollo Theatre
Ardwick
[ 3/6 ]
The Apollo Cine Theatre was opened by Margaret Lockwood on 28th August 1938.
The resident organist was Mr Reginald New.
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[ Compton ]
Empire
Ashton-under-Lyne
[ 3c/6 ] Illuminated console
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Majestic
Ashton-under-Lyne
DochertyCon Docherty organist
Con Docherty
[ 3c/6 ] Came from Rialto, Liverpool
[ Compton ]
Tonic Cinema
Bangor
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 3/8 ] Melotone
Tonic Cinema Facebook Page
Tonic Cinema Web site
Tonic Cinema Wikipedia page
article icon SUPER CINEMA FOR BANGOR
In front of the stage is the console of the great cinema organ. This console is illuminated, and it rises above the level of the stage. As this would interfere with projection, and also with stage entertainments, the console is caried on a rising platform, which can he lowered out of sight in an orchestral well, simply by the operation of a switch by the organist.
The organ is a notable instrument, and is fitted with a "melo-tone, " one of the latest devices for sound reproduction, and one that those concerned with sound effects set great store by. This organ requires ten miles of electric cable. and it is capable of being played as a cathedral organ, or of reproducing the music of a dance band or a full symphony orchestra. The " melo-tone " is an electric apparatus, of British invention, and by means of it varying tone colours can be obtained without the use of pipes or wind. Its sound effects are very beautiful, and the organist, Mr. Harry Wingfield. will demonstrate it specially.
Mr Wingfield, who has arranged a special musical programme. Hello. Bangor!" for the opening week, with appropriate Coloured slides to illustrate it, has had considerable experience with cinema organs. He recently opened the Regal organ. Stockton-on-Tees, and has been organist for Odeon Theatres and for Associated British Cinemas. The organ grilles are placed one on each side of the auditorium, and are formed with fibrous plaster decorated in the same manner as the walls.

Belfast News-Letter - Monday 06 July 1936
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[ Compton ]
Gaiety Theatre
Barrow-in-Furness
HowellHarold Howell organist
Harold Howell
[ 2/8 ] Melotone (Kinestra)
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Barrow-in-Furness
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/6 ] Melotone, [Rainbow style illuminated console] & lift
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Windsor Theatre
Bearwood
MaynardReginald Maynard
[ 3/8 ] The organ was removed from the building and installed in Oxley Parish Church, Wolverhampton
[ Compton ]
Rialto Cinema
Bebington
AskewAlbert E. Askew
[ 2/5 ] {'Baby' 2 manual console} & illuminated console.
COS listing
OrganFax Page
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Belfast
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 4/10 ] Melotone
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing

Northern Whig
03 November 1936
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article icon 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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[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Bexleyheath
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
[ 3/8 ] 1943 Organ damaged by enemy action. 1948 console removed
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
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
[ Compton ]
Plaza Theatre
Birkenhead
[ 3/12 ] as well as the Compton the cinema had an orchestra of 22 musicians
Logo, Newspaper article
A Compton three-manual organ is installed in two organ chambers over the proscenium opening, with the console on a lift in the orchestra well. To get into the theatre the sound of the pipes passes through a set of thick wood louvres, which are under perfect and graduated control from the keyboards, so that every pipe in the organ can be used in many degrees of power. The air consumed by this organ amounts to some 80,000 cubic ft. per hour, and is compressed by centrifugal fang in series driven by a 7b h.p. electric motor.

The Bioscope
Wed 13 August 1930
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Logo, Newspaper article Plaza Birkenhead Compton
The Proscenium of the new Plaza, Birkenhead, is of arresting originality in design and decoration. The grilles from the organ chambers above the Proscenium form a striking motif. The rising and falling orchestra lift is enclosed by a black marble wall

The Bioscope
Wed 13 August 1930
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[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Birkenhead
TimsOther-organists/Tims-Rowland.jpg
Rowland Tims
1887 - 1956
[ 4/11 ]
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
[ Compton ]
Apollo Picture Playhouse
Birmingham
KingGeoffrey King
[ 2/6 ] In 1958 the organ was removed to a private residence
[ Compton ]
Edgbaston Cinema
Birmingham
PageRoy Page
[ 2/8 ] The Compton organ was damaged during a bombing raid and removed from the cinema in 1941
article icon
Birmingham Mail
Tuesday 07 March 1939
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[ Compton ]
Paramount Theatre
Birmingham
BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington
[ 4/10 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Forum Cinema
Birmingham
[ 2/8 ] The organ was removed in 1955.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace Theatre
Birmingham
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/9(10?) ] [French style console]
[ Compton ]
Piccadilly Cinema
BirminghamStringer
[ 3/10 ] 1961. The Compton organ was removed and shipped to Australia to be installed in Melbourne in the suburban Malvern Town Hall,
[ Compton ]
Beaufort Cinema
Birmingham
TaylorTaylor
[ 2/8 ] 1937 the organ was removed and installed at the EMI recording studios at Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London
[ Compton ]
Rialto Super Cinema
Blackburn
TitheringtonHarold Titherington organist
Titherington
[ 3/8(7) ] Lift. Organ removed to become spare parts
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Bolton
CroftHarry Croft organist
Harry Croft
[ 3/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Boscombe
LewisV. Johnson Lewis organist
V. Johnson Lewis
[ 2(3)/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Pavilion
Bournemouth
DorePhilip DorePhilip Dore
1903 - 1974
[ 4/22 ] Divided. Arguably the most difficult theatre organ to play in the UK.
More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Westover Super Cinema
Bournemouth
Porter-BrownReginald Porter-Brown organist
Reginald Porter-Brown
13th Feb 1910 - 8th Dec 1982
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Bradford
SealJoseph Seal organist
Joseph Seal
[ 3/6 ] Illuminated Surround. Organ destroyed by flood in 1946.
More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
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[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Brighton
HindellT Guy Hindell organist
T. Guy Hindell
1907 - 1st Jul 1939
[ 3/8 ] Illuminated console. 1958 organ removed
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Compton Lodge Studios
North Laine
Web Site
article icon 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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[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Bridlington
JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Brighton
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 3/12 ]
More information
{Illuminated surround} Organ removed in 1958
[ Compton ]
Dome
Brighton
[ 4/40 ]
[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Brixton
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[ 3/12 ] [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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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Gaumont
Bromley
CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
[ 4/10 ] Melotone, organ lift

The Stage
16 March 1961
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[ Compton ]
Regent Cinema
Edgware
[ 2(3c)/5 ]
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Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 18 November 1932
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[ Compton ]
Coliseum
Burslem
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Art Picture House
Bury
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Byker
Eagle. J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle
11th May 1909 - 1977
[ 3/6 ]{Final sunburst illuminated surround}
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Regal
Cambridge
[ 2/6 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Rex Cinema
Cambridge
[ 2/5 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Camden Town
CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
[ 4c/10 ] Melotone
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Regal
Canterbury
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 3/9 ] Grand piano, illuminated surround;
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Empire Palace Theatre
Cardiff
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
[ 3/10 ]
[ Compton ]
Embassy Cinema
Chadwell Heath
DeneTerence Dene organist
Terrence Dene
[ 3/8 ] illuminated fan attachment which opened up at the back like a spread of peacock feathers.
[ Compton ]
Tatler
Charing Cross Road
[ 2/8 ] More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Cameo Cinema
Charing Cross
[ 2/8 ] March 1928 organ was installed. Moved to The Ritz Lincoln in 1942
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Palace Cinema
Chatham
CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
[ 2(3)/6(7) ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios


[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Chelsea
[ 3/13 ] [Rainbow style illuminated surround]
Web Site
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Cheltenham
FurnishAlfred Furnish
1913 - 23rd May 2003
[ 2(3)/6(8) ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Phil Finch - Bluebell Polka
More information
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Chester
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/8 ] [French style console]
Sydney Gustard
Musical Comedies selection 1
Sydney Gustard
Musical Comedies selection 2
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Chester
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/6 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
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.
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[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Chesterfield
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/7 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Majestic Theatre
Clapham
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/6 ] Replaced a smaller organ by 1930.
[ Compton ]
Pavilion Picture Palace
Clapham Junction
[ 2/8 ] Destroyed by enemy action 17th August 1944
Logo, Newspaper article Lavender Hill Pavilion.
ORGAN by Compton, 1925
ORGANIST: Mr. CLIFFORD T. KNIGHT
This two-manual organ is on the lines of the same builders' instrument at Shepherds Bush, but with a comprehensive set of stage effects (as in the Kensington Cinema) of which 15 are worked by pedal pistons, including a "grand crash"; other 21 effects. from the manuals include a "surf effects" and a "wind machine." The pedal organ has 8 stops, great (or accompaniment) 16, solo 18 stops. Second-touch pistons, giving a suitable bass, and "cancellers" work from each manual.

Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist
Herbert Westerby
[ Compton ]
Globe Cinema
Clapham Junction
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Cleethorpes
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
[ 3/6 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Cliftonville
Hayward Reginald Hayward
[ 3/5 ] Removed to the Savoy Cinema in Stoke Newington
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Cork
BridgmanFrederick Bridgman
1896 - 1985
[ 3/12 ] 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
[ Compton ]
Ambassador
Cosham
GroschThomas Grosch organist
Thomas Grosch
4th Aug 1900 - 15th Nov 1982
[ 3/8 ] Melotone
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Empire Theatre
Coventry
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/9(11) ] Illuminated console. Replaced a Standaart organ that was destroyed by fire
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Coventry
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/9 ] [French style console]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Davis Theatre
Croydon
TaylorAlex Taylor organist
Alex Ferguson-Taylor
[ 4/19(22 ] Reputed to be the largest Compton organ ever built. More information
[ Compton ]
Plaza
Crosby
DawsonGeorge Dawson
[ 2/5 ] {The last new Compton installation in the UK} Melotone & illuminated console. 1974 removed to a private residence.
Link to the COS page
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Princess Cinema
Dagenham
[ 3/6 ] Melotone. Transferred to Savoy, Nothampton
[ Compton ]
Majestic Theatre
Darlington
MatthewsFrank Matthews
[2(3)/6(8) ] 1968 organ sold and removed from the building.
Darlington Majestic
an art deco cinema restored
article iconThe Northern Echo
9 July 2016
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
State Cinema
Dartford
MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
[ 3/6 ] 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 Compton organ
photo taken at Dingles steam Village Devon in 2009.
David Grainger colletcion.
Fairground Museum. Pipework removed from Dingles by Cameron Lloyd and his team.

Stories and pictures of the theatre
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Coliseum Cinema
Derby
[-/- ] due to financial difficulties during the conversion of the building, the organ was never installed.
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Derby
DochertyCon Docherty organist
Con Docherty
[ 3/10 ] [Rainbow style illuminated surround]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Derby
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/6 ] 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
Mamma Mia arrangement
Christian Cartwright
Pipes in the Peaks
[ Compton ]
Playhouse Theatre
Dewsbury
[ 3/8 ]
Camera icon Compton organ, Playhouse, Dewsbury
Photograph taken by Ivor Buckingham
See Theatres in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
[ Compton ]
Regal Super Cinema
Dewsbury
[ ?/? ]
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace Theatre
Doncaster
MorlandHebron Morland
[ 3/10 ] Illuminated console on a lift. [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.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
New Regal Cinema
Douglas
TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
[ 3/6 ] Melotone. 1966 organ moved to Grand Cinema, Southport
[ Compton ]
Picture House
Douglas
KillipWilliam Winder Killip
[ 3/8 ] Illuminated console on a lift. Replaced a Jardine organ
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Dublin
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 3/14 ] G. King was appointed organist in Dec 1929
[ Compton ]
Theatre Royal
Dublin
ChambersAlban Chambers
[ 4/16 ] Melotone
Logo, Newspaper article Dublin's "Venetian" Super
A feature of the theatre is the superb Compton Organ.
Actual construction of this instrument was commenced eight months ago at the John Compton Organ Company's London works, and the installation in the theatre occupied several weeks.
The ordinary visitor sees nothing of the organ beyond the console, or key-desk, in the centre of the orchestra pit. Yet this console is a wonderful affair, containing as it does many thousands of switches controlling the electrical mechanism. These switches are operated through the medium of three manuals and a pedal-board, and the tones of the organ are controlled through 162 stopkeys.
The console is placed on an electric lift, and can be raised in a few seconds into full view of the audience.

The Great Compton Organ
The main portion of the organ occupies three large rooms on the o.p. side of the house, and the sounds enter the auditorium through an opening some distance from the stage. The blower, driven by an electric motor, is capable of delivering compressed air at the rate of over 190,000 ft. per hour.
The organ pipes are of many sizes and shapes; some are as large as chimney stacks and others as slender as straws; some are cylindrical, others conical, and yet others are of many curios forms, these various shapes being necessary for the production of a great variety of definite sounds. For example, the clarinet stop consists of 61 cylindrical pipes of metal, while the vox humana has 73 pipes of another form.
Other effects produced by this organ include strings, flutes, oboes, bassoons, and many other tones. The most popular of all, the tibia, is generally used with a tremulant,

The Bioscope - Wednesday 04 December 1929
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Forum Theatre
Ealing
[ 3/9 ] {First rainbow illuminated surround} Solo Cello
Forum cinema Uxbridge
Norman Tilly
From the Tilly Family collection
[ Compton ]
Lido
Ealing
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Luxor Cinema
Eastbourne
HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
[ 3/6 ] Illuminated console. Now in the Pyrenees.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Grand Kinema
Edgware Road
[ 3/14 ] Piano, Divided
Logo, Newspaper article Organ:- Compton, opened 1926
Organist:- Edgar Peto
Specification
Three manuals and pedal.
Pedal-12 speaking stops, six traps, three couplers.
Solo-31 speaking stops, eight traps, two couplers.
Great-21 speaking stops, eight traps, two couplers.
Echo-19 speaking stops, two couplers.
Total-83 speaking stops, nine couplers
Fifteen effects by stopkeys and pistons. Eighteen combination pistons. Ten toe Pistons.
Three balanced pedals, Electric action with movable console. Extension principle to great, solo and pedal. Double touch on manual, pedal and pistons.

This organ, one of the latest accomplishments of Mr. Compton's genius, has some artistically voiced stops, including fine full-totted diapasons. The double-touch on the pistons operates firstly through a coil spring and then through a stronger flat spring.
The second touch on the echo (top manual) to solo (bottom) manual brings on the whole of the echo organ. All the 24 manual pistons give a suitable pedal bass on the second touch.
A full-sized piano is placed in the organ chamber and played from the great manual. It is available at 8-ft. or 4-ft pitch, the right or sustaining piano pedal being worked from a foot-piston to the right of the general crescendo pedal.
A novelty is a banjo effect attachment fitted to the piano.

Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Edgware Road
[ 3c/6(7) ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Regent
Edinburgh
[ 2/6 ] {First Compton Theatre Organ in Scotland}
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Exeter
[ 3/6 ] Melotone
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Theatre
Finchley
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
[ 2/9(8) ] 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
Compton Lodge Studios


Plough Listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Gaumont Listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Orpheum Theatre
Finchley Road
GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
[ 2(3)/8 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Finsbury Park
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[ 3/13 ] Melotone, Amplification. Twin console.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Today's Song Hits
Charles Saxby
Dance Of The Blue Danube
Charles Saxby
Sing Me To Sleep With A Twilight Song
Charles Saxby
Logo, Newspaper article The Astoria Cinema
Opened in January, 1927,
ORGANIST: Mr, G. T. PATTMAN, FRCO.
ORGAN by Compton
Specification
Three manuals and pedal,
Pedal-17 speaking stops, nine traps, three couplers.,
Accompaniment--25 speaking stops, nine traps, two couplers.
Great 40 speaking stops, seven traps, two couplers.
Solo-2 speaking stops., two couplers.
Total 109 speaking stops, nine couplers.
Twenty-one effects by stopkeys and toe pistons.
Eighteen combination pistons. Ten toe pistons.
Three balanced pedals. Electric action, with console on electric elevator.
Extension principle throughout. Double touch on manuals, pedals and pistons.
Three vibratos.
This is one of the latest specimens of Mr. Compton's work, and an outstanding example of the extension organ. Placed in two chambers, on either side of the screen some very fine effects are to be got-especially that of massed strings. The specification is not unlike that of the Compton organ at Edgeware Road, including a piano, and a full supply of percussion and stage effects. Besides exquisitely voiced solo stops there are to be had, what is frequently missing in cinema organs - fine full diapason and pedal effects. It is an organ to be heard rather than described.

Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist
Westerby
Logo, Newspaper article OCTOBER 1 , 1930
Finsbury Park Astoria Organ
In this, the fourth of the great Astoria Theatres, has been installed a magnificent twin console three-manual Compton organ. The Astoria's at Brixton and Streatham also possess Compton instruments, but in this latest organ have been incorporated certain exclusive and advanced features. The organ chambers are located in the roof of the theatre, and the sound enters the auditorium through the ornamental proscenium bridge via a sound duct of special construction. The treatment of this duct and the projection of the tone into the theatre is believed to be unique, and is in a measure responsible for the extremely beautiful effect of the organ.
The tonal equipment is unusually complete. It ranges from the awe-inspiring Diaphone, with its enormous pipes of 32 ft. actual length, to the ethereal whisper of the Vox Humana and pianissimo strings. The percussion section of the instrument also contains everything necessary to enable the organist to charm the ears of his audience , including a fine piano, a vibraphone, a carillon and a set of 20 large cathedral chimes.
One of the consoles is permanently located in the orchestra pit, whilst the second console is intended for stage purposes, and is fixed to a platform fitted with ball bearings. The second console is fitted with a most ingenious detachable cable, and it is only a matter of seconds for the console to be in full working order.
An organ of this size consumes a large volume of compressed air. A special rotary blower, which delivers over 100,000 cubic feet per hour at high pressure, is driven by a 10 h.p. electric motor, which also provides current for the organ mechanism, which is operated by low voltage electricity

The Bioscope
Wednesday 01 October 1930
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Folkstone
HolmanLeslie Holman
[ 3/6 ] The organ was removed and transported to Holland
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Playhouse Cinema
Folkstone
TaylorJ.I. Taylor
[ 2/5 ] Cinema and organ demolished in May 1963
[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Forest Hill
PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
[ 2(3c)/8 ] {The first Compton to have illuminated surround, Sunburst. Retro fitted}. Organ removed in the late-1950’s
[ Compton ]
Forum Theatre
Fulham Road
[ 3/8 ] Organ removed during the 1960’s
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Gateshead
[ 2/6 ] The organ was removed some time after closure as a cinema
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Gateshead
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 2/6 ] Illuminated console on a lift.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing
[ Compton ]
Paramount Theatre
Glasgow
[ 4/10 ] Lift
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Glasgow
[ 3/12 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Thorngate Hall
Gosport
MannOrganist John Mann
John Mann
[ 3/13 ] Ex Gaumont Palace Wood Green
[ Compton ]
State Cinema
Grantham
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
[ 3/5 ] 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.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
article icon Grantham Journal
Friday 06 August 1943
Image © Johnston Press plc.
Image created courtesy of
THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Majestic Cinema
Gravesend
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
[ 3/8(7) ] illuminated console and grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Super Cinema
Gravesend
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/5] Illuminated console on lift, Transferred to Ritz, Scunthorpe
[ Compton ]
State Cinema
Grays
[ 3/6 ] Melotone. Rainbow illuminated surround. Organ destroyed by vandals.

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Organ_(music)
The National Pipe Organ Register
More information
David Hamilton
Limelight
David Hamilton
The Green Leaves of Summer
David Hamilton
As Long As He Needs Me
David Hamilton
Somewhere
Wikipedia Page
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
GreenockHarry Millen
[ ?/? ] 1931 Replaced a Jardine
Logo, Newspaper article Important Appointment for Local Musician
Mr Harry Millen, who has been organist of the Opera House, Kirkcaldy. for the past five years, has been promoted a similar post the Regal Cinema. Greenock, where a new organ, the first of its kind Greenock, has been installed, and is to opened by Mr Millen. Before coming to Kirkcaldy Opera House, Millen was private organist to Lady Eva Wemyss at Wemyss Castle, for over four years. Mr Millen is shortly taking up his new appointment, which is an important one, and carries with him the best wishes Kirkcaldy Opera House patrons.

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian - Saturday 05 September 1931
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Grimsby
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/6 ] Illuminated Console
[ Compton ]
Queens Hall Cinema
Grimsby
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
[ 2/5 ] Illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
OrganFax Page
[ Compton ]
Empress Electric Theatre
Hackney
[ 2(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
[ Compton ]
Kingsway Super Cinema
Hadleigh
[ 3.8 ] Melotone. Currently in storage.
The National Pipe Organ Register
article icon
The Stage
Thursday 28 July 1960
Image © The Stage Media Company Limited
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Theatre Royal
Halifax
TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990
[ 3/5 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Rialto Cinema
Hall Green
WarrenderFrederick Warrender

&
BatesFoley Bates
26th Jul 1927 - 22nd Oct 2012
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Hammersmith
[ 4/15 ] Organ 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
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Ena Baga
Perpetuum Mobile
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Hammersmith
HandleyGilbert Handley
[ 2(3)/5 ] Melotone. Previously installed in the Granada Theatre, Hove
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Handsworth
DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
[ 3/12 (9?) ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Harrogate
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/6 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Coliseum Cinema
Harrow
LambertStanley Lambert
[ 2/7 ] Organ installed in 1928, replacing a straight organ. Organ removed in 1939 to the Ritz Cinema Whitton
[ Compton ]
Odeon Theatre
Haverstock Hill
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 3/6 ] Melotone & solo cello. Illuminated console.
[ Compton ]
Savoy
Hayes
TilleyNorman Tilley
[ 2/8 ] Illuminated console. (Later Essoldo)
[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Haymarket
[ 3c/9 ] Initially equipped with a Norman & Beard 4 Manual 34s organ which was opened by
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
, but this was replaced in 1930 with a Compton.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Logo, Newspaper article Hill Norman & Beard Organ Specification

Manuals, 4; speaking stops, 84; couplers; 19; percussion and traps, 5.
Organist - Rowland Tims.
This fine organ is not on the unit or extension principle. The sound-boards are extended an extra octave throughout the entire organ, so that super octave couplers are effective up to the top C. The great organ is not enclosed. There are 5 swell pedals, including the general crescendo pedal. The 12 "sensitive stop-keys" over the swell are selective, combining the stop-knobs moved by the 32 pistons in any way desired. A selective general crescendo pedal is being installed. (C.1927)
Hill Norman and Beard organ Haymarket
Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
[ Compton ]
Ambassador Cinema
Hendon
[ 3c/8 ]
article icon
Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 28 January 1938
Image © Successor rightsholder unknown.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
article icon
Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 10 June 1932
Image © Successor rightsholder unknown.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Henley-on-Thames
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
[ 3/7 ] Transferred from the Ritz Cinema Tunbridge Wells.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
article icon
Kent & Sussex Courier
Friday 24 December 1948
Image © Trinity Mirror.
Image created courtesy of
THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
Camera iconRegal Henley on Thames
[ Compton ]
Ritz
Hereford
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 2/4 ] Melotone
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Camera iconRitz Hereford
[ Compton ]
Majestic Theatre
High Wycombe
RogersRonald Rogers
4th Sep 1910 - 2004
[ 2/5 ] The organ was transferred to Quarrendon County Secondary School in Aylesbury. The organ is now lost, only the console remains, this is being restored
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Horsham
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 2/4 ] [Rainbow style illuminated surround] Melotone
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Camera iconRitz Horesham
[ Compton ]
Ambassador Cinema
Hounslow
PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
[ 3/8 ] Melotone, illuminated console. Re-furbished in 1977. Now been fully restored and installed in the foyer of the 6-screen Movieland, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
[ Compton ]
Granada Theatre
Hove
SwiftJames Swift
[ 2/5 ] {'Baby' 2 manual console} with illuminated ‘cascade' console. Transferred to Regal Hammersmith
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Hull
SwiftJames Swift
[ 3/8 ] {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.
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Hull Daily Mail
11 December 1937
Image © Trinity Mirror
Image created courtesy of
THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Super Cinema
Ilford
[ 3/8 ] Replaced a Henry Speechly &: Son organ
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Ilford
OliphantWilson Oliphant organist
Wilson Oliphant
[ 3/6 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Carlton Cinema
Islington
FrenchPhil French
[ 3/6 ] Eight Piano Rhapsody, at the Carlton
[ Compton ]
Plaza Cinema
Iver
[ 2/8 ]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Keighley
{Ex Regal Oxford}
[ Compton ]
Forum Theatre
Kentish Town
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Odeon Theatre
Kingston
[ 2/6(7) ] Illuminated console on a lift. Organ was removed and installed in Malvern. Then Dingles steam Village Devon.
[ Compton ]
St Georges Hall
Langham Place
Wikipedia Page
article icon 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
With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Regent Theatre
Leamington
FrancisJohn E. Francis
[ 2/5(6) ] Illuminated console
Robinson Cleaver
Sleigh Ride
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Leeds
GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
[ 3/10 ] Illuminated surround on a lift.
COS listing
[ Compton ]
Scala Theatre
Leeds
[ 2/6 ] Organ removed in 1954
Logo, Newspaper article Compton Organ at Leeds
The new £5,000 British Compton Unit Orchestral Organ was duly opened by Leslie James at the Scala Picture House, Leeds, last Monday, and is proving a great attraction.
The organ, which is electrically operated, produces the effect of a full orchestra, with strings, drums, and castanets, as well as the piping of birds, the ringing of bells, the hooting of motor horns, the wash of water, the roar of an aeroplane, ships' sirens, etc. It is being much talked about in Leeds, although it has not yet had a full hearing as accompaniment to a silent film.

The Bioscope
Wednesday 29 January 1930
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
Logo, Newspaper article Compton Organ for the Scala
An all British Compton Unit Orchestral Organ, coating close upon £5,000, is being installed at the Scala Picture Theatre in Albion Place. It will be opened next Monday by Leslie James, who is known to a wide circle of music-lovers through his H.M.V. records and his broadcasting. H. Douglas Brown, from the West End Cinema, Birmingham, will have permanent charge of the organ.

The Bioscope - Wednesday 15 January 1930
(www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Leicester
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
r">[ 3/6 ] Illuminated console & Melotone
[ Compton ]
Warner Theatre
Leicester Square
[ 3/- ]
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Leicester Square
BellJames Bell
[ 5/17 ] Illuminated console on a lift, Melotone, and a Grand Piano.
Odeon, Leicester Square
COS listing
Web Site
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Article with a feature on the organ
Click Icon
Down With The Curtain
Donald MacKenzie
Gerald Shaw
Cockney Capers
[ Compton ]
Kingsway Super Cinema
Levenshulme
[ ?/? ] A rebuilt Jardine
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Lewisham
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
[ 3/12(13) ]
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article icon 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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[ Compton ]
Lewisham Town Hall
Lewisham
[ 3/14 ] Mobile console
COS listing
More information
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Leyton
PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
[ 3/10 ]‘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
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Rialto Cinema
Leytonstone
James Bruce 'Wendell' James
9th Feb 1891 - 13th Aug 1968
] 3c/8 } 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
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Limerick
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Lincoln
[ 3c/8 ] 1942 3 Manual 8 Rank organ was installed, which was originally installed in the Cameo Cinema, Charing Cross Road, London.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Lincoln
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 2/6 ] Melotone. The organ was sold and removed from the building in 1965, and was later installed in a private cinema in Newark, Nottinghamshire
[ Compton ]
Curzon
Liverpool
OddyLewis Oddy
[ 3/6 ] Melotone
The National Pipe Organ Register
Curzon blog
[ Compton ]
Forum
Liverpool
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 3/12 ] lift.
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Paramount
Liverpool
O'Grady Rex O'Grady
[ 4/12 ]{First Paramount with violin, English horn & solo cello.}
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Hull Daily Mail
Thursday 07 November 1935
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[ Compton ]
Mayfair Cinema
Liverpool
[ 3/6 ]
article iconLIVERPOOL'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.

The Era
Thursday 06 May 1937
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[ Compton ]
Alma Theatre
Luton
DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
[ 3/6 ] (Rainbow illuminated surround, muted trumpet} phantom piano, lift. Started as a 2 manual, coupler manual added in 1934
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Maidstone
{ 3/6 ] Two consoles. [Rainbow style illuminated console]
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[ Compton ]
Theatre Royal
Manchester
[ 3/10 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
More information
[ Compton ]
Coronation Cinema
Manor Park
[ 3/8(7) ] Divided, Replaced a small straight organ.
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[ Compton ]
Marlborough Picture Theatre
Holloway Rd
[ 3/? ] Replaced a Jones straight organ in 1930
Camera Icon Marlborough Picture Theatre Compton
The Bioscope
Wednesday 16 April 1930
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Logo, Newspaper article Compton Organ at Marlborough, Holloway
A Compton organ of the latest type has been installed in the new P.C.T. theatre, the Marlborough, Holloway, N.
The instrument, of British design and workmanship throughout, was constructed by the John Compton Organ Co., Ltd., at the works at Chiswick, W. 4.
The main portions of the organ are located in two large chambers under the stage, which have been specially prepared for the purpose. In these chambers are contained some hundreds of pipes, ranging from 16 feet to half an inch in length and from 10 feet to one-eighth of an inch in diameter. There is also a full equipment of percussion instruments, including bass drum, snare drum, castinets, tambourine, sleigh bells, tom-tom and triangle, and a full range of tubular bells, Glockenspiel Xylophone and Chrysoglott tones.
The organist will control the instrument from a two-manual console, placed in the Centre of the orchestra pit, and will have at his command the resources of a symphony orchestra with the unique tone of the most modern theatre organ.
There are in the organ mechanism some 5000 electrical contacts of sterling silver, some hundreds of electric magnets and many miles of insulated wire. Almost every kind of timber is used in the organ and many thousands of parts are assembled in the instrument, which will be the first of its kind installed in North London.

The Bioscope
Wednesday 16 April 1930
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[ Compton ]
Dreamland Cinema
Margate
GerardLewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard
1908 - 1995
[ 4/16 ] Partly straight. Illuminated console, grand piano. >
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Elite Cinema
Middlesbrough
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Gaumont
Middlesbrough
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 2(3)/6(8) ]
[ Compton ]
Majestic
Mitcham
DingleyGerald Dingley
[ 2(3)/6 ] Illuminated console on a lift
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[ Compton ]
Morden Cinema
Morden
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 3/8 ] Lift. first Compton organ to be fitted with an illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
New Southgate
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/10 ] {First solo cello.}
[ Compton ]
Royalty Cinema
North Kensington
[ 2/5]
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Northampton
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/8 ] Melotone. Illuminated surround. Transferred from the Princess Cinema, Dagenham. More. The organ was removed in 1960. +More
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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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[ Compton ]
Exchange Cinema
Northampton
[ 3/33 ] Concert organ. Installed 1920, replacing a previous organ that had replaced a Schultz organ. Itself replaced by a Wurlitzer organ
[ Compton ]
Odeon Theatre
Northfields
OrsmanBertram Orsman
[ 3/6 ] Known as the 'Avenue Wonder Organ’. Organ removed in 1972.
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[ Compton ]
Haymarket Picture House
Norwich
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/6(7) ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Carlton cinema
Norwich
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 3/8 ]
Yarmouth Independent
08 October 1938
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article icon

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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Yarmouth Independent
15 December 1934
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[ Compton ]
Elite Picture Theatre
Nottingham
BirminghamCyril Birmingham
[ 2/6 ] Installed 1929 replacing a Willis-Lewis organ which had 78s
[ Compton ]
Ritz
Nuneaton
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/6 ] illuminated console & Melotone
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The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Old Kent Road
Roberts Elton Roberts
[ 3/12 ] two consoles.
Camera icon Old Kent Road Compton
The Bioscope - Wednesday 19 March 1930
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[ Compton ]
Regal Super Cinema
Old Kent Road
SmartCharles Smart organist
Charles Smart
4th Dec 1897 - ?
[ 3/6(7) ] 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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COS listing
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Oxford
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/6 ] [Rainbow style illuminated surround] Melotone. 1963 The organ was removed and sold back to the John Compton company for spares.
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Oxford
Torch
Sydney Torch
[ 3/5 ] Illuminated console and a melotone. {Transferred to Ritz Keighley}
[ Compton ]
Regal
Paisley
ShawGerald Shaw organist
Gerald Shaw
1911-1974
[ 2/6 ] Doris Bamford was the resident organist who also played on opening night
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace Theatre
Peckham
RaymondArthur Raymond
[ 3/10 ]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Penzance
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 2/4 ] Melotone, [Rainbow style illuminated console] located on a lift
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Royal Cinema
Plymouth
[ 3/8 ] Melotone
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documentary footage about the instrument. Presented by Rick Wakeman. Music played by Dudley Savage MBE
The National Pipe Organ Register
Blackheath Halls
Compton organ
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Plymouth
[ 3/8 ] [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
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Portsmouth
Porter-BrownReginald Porter-Brown organist
Reginald Porter-Brown
13th Feb 1910 - 8th Dec 1982
[ 3/6 ] Melotone, illuminated console on a lift. The organ was sold to be installed in a church in nearby Southsea. Upper a coupler manual.
article icon Reginald Porter Brown special concert report
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Potters Bar
[ 2/6 ] Lift. 1967 cinema demolished the organ was rescued prior to demolition
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Purley
RichmondOrganist Robin Richmond
Robin Richmond
21st Apr 1912 – 27th Jul 1998
[ 2(3)/5 ] 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.
[ Compton ]
Palace Cinema
Putney
SomesGeorge Francis Somes
4th May 1890 - 1969
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Putney
SmartCharles Smart organist
Charles Smart
4th Dec 1897 - ?
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Pavilion Cinema
Reading
TilleyNorman Tilley
[ 2/6 ] Lift
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Palace Theatre
Ramsgate
TimsOther-organists/Tims-Rowland.jpg
Rowland Tims
1887 - 1956
Installed in 1934
[ Compton ]
Cameo Cinema
Regent Street
[ 2/6 ] Chamber at rear of stage.
COS listing
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Richmond
FarleyEdward A. C. Farley
[ 2/8 ] Lift
[ Compton ]
Majestic
Rochester
Atkinson Cecil Atkinson
[ 3/12 ] Illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed in 1961, and sold to a church in Orpington.
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Havana Cinema
Romford
[ 3/8 ] Melotone
[ Compton ]
Plaza Super Cinema
Romford
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Gaumont cinema
Rose Hill
CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
[ 3/10 ]
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[ Compton ]
Trocadero Cinema
Rusholme
[?/?]
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Scunthorpe
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/6 ] 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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Scunthorpe history
Web Site
[ Compton ]
Plaza Cinema
Sevenoaks
[ 2/5 ] Illuminated console on a lift.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Compton icon Compton
Princes
Shaftesbury Ave
[?/?]
[ Compton ]
Palladium Cinema
Shepherds Bush
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Pavilion Cinema
Shepherds Bush
[4/17(19) ] Concert organ opened by by
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
and
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
. Both became resident organists for a time. 1923 added another 2 Ranks of pipes
The National Pipe Organ Register
Logo, Newspaper article ORGAN by Compton, 1923
ORGANIST: Mr. Quentin M. Maclean
The Shepherd's Bush Organ possesses 4 manuals, 122 speaking stops, 9 couplers, 5 percussions and traps. Its position underneath the stage facilitates " taking up" from an orchestra. Special features are the ample strings, a large heavy open diapason on 15-in wind, 5 reeds of 16-ft, pitch, and I of 32-ft., also the use of the diaphonic principle for all 16-ft, flue basses, except for the violone.
Mr. Maclean notes that as the organ is intended to take the place of an orchestra of twenty musicians, the music is kept on orchestral lines."
Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist
Herbert Westerby
[ Compton ]
Adelphi Theatre
Slough
[ 3/8 ] Melotone, illumunated console. Rebuilt Christie
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The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Empire Theatre
Smethwick
Hunt George Hunt
[ 2/5 ] Originally installed in the Princess Cinema, Smethwick. The organ was removed and installed in Holly Lodge Grammer School.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Princess Cinema
Smethwick
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 2/5 ] The organ was transferred to the Empire Theatre.
[ Compton ]
Rink Cinema
Smethwick
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/8(9?) ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
South Shields
[ 2/6 ] 1962 The organ was sold to a Mr. A. Manning who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire
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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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[ Compton ]
Palace Cinema
Southall
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Forum Cinema
Southampton
[ 3/10(12) ] One of the first instruments with the Melotone unit
[ Compton ]
Plaza Cinema
Southampton
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
[ 3/8 ] illuminated console
[ Compton ]
Guildhall
Southampton
[ 4/32 ] Melotone. Two consoles
[ Compton ]
Astoria Cinema
Southend on Sea
[ 4/10 ]{Paramount variation, piano, Solo Cello, Melotone}, illuminated console
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The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Palladium
Southport
[ 3/10 ]
[ Compton ]
Grand Cinema
Southport
DawsonHerbert A. Dawson
[ 3/6 ] In 1963 the organ was removed to Cheetham Hill Methodist Church in Manchester, it was the moved to Chorley Town Hall
Compton icon Compton
Trocadero
Southport
[ 2/6 ] Assumed to be a Compton. Cinema closed on 1st October 1960, organ removed in 1961.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
St. Albans
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Forum
St. Helier, Jersey
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 3/8 ] Solo Cello unit and an illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
Robin Richmond
Alabama Jubilee
Logo, Newspaper article

THE ORGAN

Forum organ Jersey
The Forum Theatre. Jersey, is equipped with a magnificent Compton Theatre Organ. This organ was especially designed for the Theatre and has a remarkable range of power and variety of tone colour, from the soft appealing sweetness of the Tibias to a realistic peal of thunder. The organ is designed to imitate faithfully the instruments of the symphony orchestra and the modern dance band; in fact, it is sale to say that no musical effect is denied to this modern marvel of musical science.
The only part of the organ visible to the audience is the beautifully designed console which is in the centre of the orchestra pit on a lift. Every tonal device in the organ is controlled from the console with its 3 rows of keys, stop keys. pedals. Thumb pistons, and toe pistons. Every one of these controls is virtually an electric switch.
Even in these days of mechanical marvels the perfection of design and workmanship of the Compton Theatre Organ leaves one breathless in wonderment. This fine instrument is the evolution of many years of experience in building organs of every kind. It is hardly to be wondered at when one listens to this magnificent instrument, and one realises its mechanical perfection that the Compton Organ is the most famous of its kind in the world. Its popularity is proved by the fact that one Campton Theatre Organ per week was installed in 1934.
The Compton Theatre Organ is British throughout and is designed and manufactured in the Company's large Factory at Willesden, London.

From the programme of the opening of The Forum Cinema, St. Helier, Jersey.
Thanks to Malcolm L'Amy for sharing.
[ Compton ]
Regal Super Theatre
St. Leonards
ShawGerald Shaw organist
Gerald Shaw
1911-1974
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
St. Peter Port
[ ?/? ]organ was installed 7th November 1937. Kennedy Bott organist during the war.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Majestic
Staines
[ 2/5 ]
[ Compton ]
Plaza Super Cinema
Stockport
ChadwickCecil Chadwick organist
Cecil Chadwick
1896 - 1970
[ 3/10(11) ] 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
[ Compton ]
Davenport Cinema
Stockport
[ 3/6 ]
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article iconStockport'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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[ Compton ]
Regal
Stockton-on-Tees
[ 3/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Stoke Newington
[ 3/5 ] Melotone. Transferred from the Astoria Cinema, Cliftonville, Kent
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[ Compton ]
Central Cinema
Stourbridge
HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
[ 3/10 ] The organ was removed in 1958
[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Streatham
BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington
[ 3/12 ]
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Streatham
[ 3/10 ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Theatre
Sunderland
Eagle. J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle
11th May 1909 - 1977
[ 3/9(10) ] Art Deco style console on a lift
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Web Site
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
OrganFax Page
[ Compton ]
Plaza Cinema
Sutton
WebberLeo Webber
[3/10 ] Illuminated console
More information
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[ Compton ]
County Picture House
Sutton
[ 3/14 ] Was the first cinema to have a Compton ‘Kinestra’ theatre organ installed installed on 7th November 1921. [The first 'unit' organ installed by Compton]
[ Compton ]
Regent Theatre
Swindon
TaylorJ.I. Taylor
&
Raymond
[ 2/6 ]
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Swiss Cottage
RichardsAlfred Richards
[ 3/8 ] Illuminated console, Melotone, and Grand Piano

The Era
09 September 1937
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[ Compton ]
Ritz
Tonbridge
[ 1/? ] Organ removed in 1970 when cinema split
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Torquay
[ 3/12 ]
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)
[ Compton ]
Dominion Theatre
Tottenham Ct Rd
[ 3/12(13) ]
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[ Compton ]
Paramount Theatre
Tottenham Ct Rd
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 4c/10(12) ] 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
Al Bollington
Medley Of Serenades
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Tunbridge Wells
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 2(3)/6 ] Illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed c. 1970 to Regal Cinema, Henley on Thames
Web Site
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
[ Compton ]
Luxor Picture Theatre
Twickenham
ArmitageJohn Armitage
[ 2/8 ] February 1940 advertised
Reg StoneReginald Stone organist
Reg Stone
on the Lafleur organ.
article iconMiddlesex Chronicle
Saturday 17 February 1940
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[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Upminster
[ 2/5]
[ Compton ]
Carlton Cinema
Upton Park
[ 2/8 ] 1935 moved the organ to the centre of the orchestra pit and placed it on a lift.
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[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Uxbridge
[ 2/6 ]
HWS Associates website
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[ Compton ]
New Victoria Theatre
Victoria London
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 3/15 ]
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The National Pipe Organ Register
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The Bioscope
Wednesday 21 January 1931
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[ Compton ]
Regal
Wakefield
[ 3/? ] illuminated console on lift >
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Walham Green
[ 3/6 ] Melotone, Illuminated console
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Walton-on-Thames
[ 3/8 ] Melotone & illuminated console on a lift
[ Compton ]
Savoy Cinema
Wandsworth
[ 3/6(7) ] Illuminated console
[ Compton ]
Palace Theatre
Wandsworth
SmithErnest Smith
[ 2/5 ] Kinestra
[ Compton ]
Grand
Warrington
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Warrington
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
[ 3/6 ] Melotone & iluminated console on a lift
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Watford
Collier Vincent Collier
[ 2(3)/ 8 ] 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
[ Compton ]
Plaza
Watford
[ 2/8 ]
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Wealdstone
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 2/3(5) ] [Cascade style illuminated console] on a lift.[The first Compton installed in an Odeon cinema]
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[ Compton ]
Lyric Cinema
Wellingborough
TurnerNeville Turner organist
Neville Turner
Grantham Journal
Saturday 09 April 1938
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[ 2/5 ] Illuminated console on a lift, Melotone
Link to the COS page for this organ
[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Wembley
HemsleyW.J. Hemsley organist
W.J. Hemsley
[ 2/6 ] Illuminated console was on a lift
[ Compton ]
Majestic Theatre
Wembley
ThomasLloyd Thomas organist
Lloyd Thomas
[ 3/8 ] Kinestra
[ Compton ]
Tower Cinema
West Bromwich
TaffLeslie Taff
[ 3/10(12) ] 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
OrganFax Page
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
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Compton Lodge Studios
[ Compton ]
Odeon Theatre
Weston-super-Mare
RichardsAlfred Richards
[ 3/6 ] Solo Cello, Illuminated console.
COS listing
Stories and pictures of the theatre
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Whitton
[ 2/7 ] Organ transferred from the Coliseum, Harrow in 1939
[ Compton ]
Court Cinema
Wigan
[ 2/7 ] Lift. 1962, the Compton organ was removed to St Edmunds Church, Manchester
[ Compton ]
Town Hall Kinema
Wimbledon
[ 3/13 ] Opened by Henry Coleman and
DorePhilip Dore organist
Philip Dore
1903 - 25th March 1974
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Winchester
KeithGeoffrey Keith organist
Geoffrey Keith
[ 3/8 ] Installed 8th January 1934. Illuminated console
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Capitol Cinema
Winchmore Hill
PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
[ 2/8 ] May 1958 the organ was removed and was broken up for spares
[ Compton ]
Playhouse
Windsor
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 2/5 ] {First cascade style Illuminated console & first 'Baby' two manual console}
[ Compton ]
Memorial Hall
Windsor
[ 3/11 ] Ex Regal, Old Kent Road
[ Compton ]
Astoria Theatre
Woking
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[ 3/8 ] Divided
[ Compton ]
Ritz Cinema
Woking
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
[ 3/6 ] Other organists include Harold Coombs and Arthur Lord
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[ Compton ]
Gaumont
Wolverhampton
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
[ 3/7 ]
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Lift
[ Compton ]
Civic Hall
Wolverhampton
CunninghamGeorge Dorrington Cunningham
G. D. Cunningham
[ 4/40 ] Melotone
Dudley Savage
[ Compton ]
Gaumont Palace
Wood Green
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
[ 3/12 ] 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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[ Compton ]
Hippodrome Theatre
Woolwich
[ 2/? ] Kinestra
[ Compton ]
Gaumont
Worcester
[ 3/8(10) ] Lift [Rainbow style illuminated surround]
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Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Compton ]
Odeon
Worthing
Wingfield Henry H Wingfield
Henry H Wingfield
1893 - 1965
[ 3/6 ] Lift [Illuminated console, special surround engraved with Odeon etched into the glass]
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[ Compton ]
Plaza Cinema
Worthing
DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
[ 3/8(10) ]
[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
Yarmouth
[ 2/5 ]
article icon 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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[ Compton ]
Regal Cinema
York
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
[ 3/6 ] Illuminated console on a lift
[ Compton ]
Rialto Cinema
York
SherwinHal Sherwin
[ 3/5 ] In 1962 the Compton was sold to a Bradford enthusiast for £80.
[ Comp Melotone ]
Clifton Cinema
York
[ 2 ]

The Stage
01 April 1976
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[ Comp Melotone ]
Ice Palace
Manchester
[ 2 ]

The Stage
09 March 1961
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[ Comp Melotone ]
Granville Theatre
Ramsgate
[ 2 ]
[ Comp Melotone ]
Rialto
Coventry
[ 3 ] Leslie James broadcast from here in 1937
Logo, Newspaper article THE NEW RIALTO
LATEST TYPE ORGAN
another outstanding new feature is the Compton cinema organ. This is only the sixth organ of its type in any Cinema. It is fitted with an electronic unit, which enables music to be created without the use of pipes and which is used in conjunction with the more regular features the organ. An electric piano ran be operated from the organ's three manual keyboard. The instrument is known as the Melotone a name fully justified by the sweetness of its tone. The organ is internally illuminated with a varying range of harmonising colours operated from the organ itself and is situated on a lift which enables it to be raised and lowered. In various respects, the instrument is big advance in cinema organs.


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[ Comp Melotone ]
Astoria Cinema
Ashford
PetoEdgar Peto organist
Edgar Peto
c. 1893 - 7th Jun 1940
[ 2 ]
[ Compton Theatrone ]
Majestic Cinema
BelfastNick Olsen
[ 2 ]
[ Compton Theatrone ]
Rialto Theatre
London
JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
[ 2 ] Came from Ritz, Sheerness
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article icon
Belfast News-Letter
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 Theatrone ]
Apollo Theatre
Ardwick
GustardSydney Gustard organist
Sydney Gustard
1893 - 1977
The cinema opened with a Compton Theatrone Organ played by
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
, this was replaced with the pipe organ in 1938
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[ Compton Theatrone ]
Rex Cinema
Aberdare
[ 2 ]
[ Compton Theatrone ]
Regal Cinema
Darlaston
[ 2 ] In 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 Theatrone ]
Rex Cinema
Haslemere
Gomez Peter
[ 2 ] The organ was removed in 1954
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Compton Lodge Studios
article An Appreciation of the Theatrone
Lew Harris
[ Compton Theatrone ]
Ritz Cinema
Sheerness
JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
[ 2 ] In 1942 the organ was moved to the Rialto Theatre, London
[ Compton Theatrone ]
Butlins Cinema
Skegness
ThorneDonald Thorne
[ 2 ]

article icon 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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article icon 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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[ Conacher ]
Odeon Theatre
Blackpool
BollingtonAl Bollington organist
Al Bollington
[ 4/12 ] Transferred from Ritz, Southend.
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[ Conacher ]
Plaza Cinema
Coventry
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
[ 4/8 ] Grand piano. 1960 The organ was removed to be used as spares for church organs.
Logo, Newspaper article PLAZA'S NEW ORGAN
Yesterday the final step in bringing the Plaza Cinema. Coventry, right up to date was concluded with the completion of the installation of a four- manual Conacher organ at the theatre. This is the only four-manual organ at any Coventry cinema. It is built on a lift, so that it can be raised or lowered at will without any delay. Part of the centre front of the stage has been cut away so that when the organ is raisrd on the lift it occupies a position equivalent to being on the stage, and a background can be provided. Finished in white cellulose, the organ has console ends finished in modernistic design, and makes an attractive impression when in position.
Great care has been taken to ensure the even distribution of sound. To this end, the sound chambers have been placed on either side of the proscenium arch.
With four manuals, it is possible for the organist to make much quicker changes in the character of the music he is playing, thus giving a greater variety and also enabling him to play compositions and combinations of Instrumental imitations that would be extremely difficult to present with fewer manuals. As at the Forum, Coventry, a piano is linked up with the organ, and can be played direct from it.

Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 21 January 1935
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[ Conacher ]
Forum Cinema
Coventry
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 3/8 ] Grand piano. Designed by
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
. The Conacher organ was sold to a Northampton Grammar School.

Stories and pictures of the theatre
[ Conacher ]
Central Cinema
Harrogate
[ 3/? ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Conacher ]
Regal Cinema
Hull
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 4/22 ] Illuminated console. Designed by
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
.
article icon
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25 Jan 1934
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[ Conacher ]
Regal Cinema
Southampton
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 4/12 ] Organ removed 1962
[ Conacher ]
Ritz
Southend-on-Sea
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 4/12 ] Grand piano. The organ was removed in 1946 and installed in the Odeon Blackpool.
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[ Conacher ]
Lounge Cinema
Leeds
[ ?/? ]
[ Conacher ]
Regal Cinema
Margate
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. Destroyed by enemy action in 1941
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[ Conacher ]
Ritz Cinema
Nottingham
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 4/22 ] Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1964 and split up.
Information Video
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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
[ Conacher ]
City Cinema
Peterborough
Francis Cooper Francis

&
RhodesG. Rhodes
[ 4/? ] A German incendiary bomb destroyed the organ.
[ Conacher ]
Regal Cinema
Rotherham
DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
[ 3/9 ]
article icon 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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[ Conacher ]
Coliseum Cinema
Sheffield
CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
[ 3/27 ] 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.
article icon
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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[ Conacher ]
Regal Theatre
Wimbledon
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 4/20 ] Also designed by
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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[ Conacher ]
Picture House
Woodlands
Straight orchestral organ
[ Dekker ]
Commodore
SouthseaWebber
[ ?/? ] Said to be largest in Europe, broken up and burnt.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Estey ]
Garons
Southend-on-Sea
Played by local sisters Ena, Celesta and Florence Baga. In 1927 this organ was removed to St. Luke’s Church, Southend
[ Everett Orgatron ]
Forum Cinema
Southey Green
More information on this type of organ
[ Everett Orgatron ]
Parade Cinema
Skegness
CryerHarold Cryer organist
Harold Cryer
article icon Photo of Harold at the organ
Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian
Saturday 08 July 1939
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[ Everett Orgatron ]
Cinema House
Rotherham
DandoThomas Dando organist
1st July 1902 - 1982
More information on this type of organ
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Greengates Cinema
Bradford
[ 2/- ]The organ was removed from the building for spares, and the console was burnt by contractors
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Arcadia
Colwyn Bay
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Cinema Palace
Goole
[ 2/17 ]
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Pavilion Cinema
Heckmondwike
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Carlton
Hull
DenningReginald Denning
Organ removed to the Cecil Theatre where it was destroyed by enemy action
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Central
Hull
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Dorchester Cinema
Hull
JohnsonStanley Johnson
[ 3/9 ]
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Langham
Hull
JohnsonStanley Johnson
[ 2/13 ]
article icon Click for organ specification
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Playhouse
Hull
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
West Park
Hull
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Essoldo
Ilkley
Packard Harry Packard
[ 2/? ]

The Stage
01 April 1976
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[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Lyric
Leeds
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Picture House
Leeds
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Picture House
Morley
Packard Harry Packard
[ 2/- ]
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Capitol Theatre
Scarborough
AinsworthJ.W. Ainsworth
[ 2/- ] 27s.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Coliseum Cinema
Whitby
[ 2/5 ]
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Empire
Whitby
Dalton John Dalton
[ 2/5 ]
[ Fitton & Hayley ]
Tower
York
[ 2/- ] 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 & Davidson ]
Prince of Wales
Harrow Road, London
Straight organ
[ Gray & Davidson ]
Luxor Cinema
Hemel Hempstead
Straight organ
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Gray & Davidson ]
Picture House
Worksop
Straight organ
[ Hammond ]
Ritz
Grays
JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ
[ Hammond ]
Glenroyal Cinema
Briggate
[ 2/- ] removed to a Working Mens Club nearby when the cinema closed
[ Hammond ]
Essoldo
Chippenham
Miller Stanley Miller
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ
[ Hammond ]
Granada
Kennington
Miller Stanley Miller
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ
[ Hammond ]
Essoldo
Newcastle
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ with illuminated surround
[ Hammond ]
Essoldo
Sheffield
[ 2/- ] LaFleur
[ Hammond ]
Crescent Cinema
Leatherhead
Compton
Don Compton
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ. Illuminated console
[ Hammond ]
Rex Cinema
High Wycombe
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
[ 2/- ] LaFleur organ.
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[ Hammond ]
Regal Cinema
Wembley
touring Hammond organ used
[ Hammond ]
ABC
Hanley
KilbyPeter Kilby
Peter Kilby
touring Hammond organ used
[Hill, Norman & Beard ]
Electric
Bournemouth
11s. Replaced by a Christie
[Hill, Norman & Beard ]
Palace Cinema
Bedford
[ 2/? ] Transferred from the Rink Cinema, North Finchely
The National Pipe Organ Register
[Hill, Norman & Beard ]
Regent Cinema
Brighton
[ 3/- ] 38 stops. Replaced with a Wurlitzer following fire damage to the cinema.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[Hill, Norman & Beard ]
King’s Cross Cinema
King’s Cross
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
Logo, Newspaper article ORGAN by Hill Norman & Beard, 1925.
ORGANIST: MR. G.T. PATTMAN.
Regarding the organ, Mr. Pattman states that there are some very beautiful individual stops, though the general scheme lacks weight - no large 16-ft. reed, heavy pressure reeds or 32ft, bass effect. The whole organ is enclosed and "therefore more expressive.":

The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
[Hill, Norman & Beard ]
Rink Cinema
North Finchley
[ 2/- ] Transferred to the Palace cinema, Bedford.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Hilsdon & Co ]
New Palace Picture House
Edinburgh
[ 2/8 ] Now part of a of a 4/45 Hilsdon in the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Center in Todholes, Greenlaw
The National Pipe Organ Register
Hilsdon add
Advertisement featuring the Palace organ console
Pic from the Ian McIver collection
[ Hilsdon & Co ]
Playhouse
Edinburgh
[ 3/23 ] It 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 & Co ]
Picture House
Paisley
[ 3/10 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Hilsdon & Co ]
Coliseum
Glasgow
[ Hilsdon & Co ]
Regal
Greenock
[ Hilsdon & Co ]
Playhouse Theatre
Edinburgh
[ 3/23 ]
More information
[ Huntington ]
Carlton Cinema
London
[ / ] Straight organ
[ Ingram ]
Royal Duchess Theatre
Balham
The National Pipe Organ Register
article iconMusic Hall & Theatre History Site
[ Ingram ]
Queen's Hall Picture Theatre
Edinburgh
originally a Forster & Andrews but rebuilt by Ingram
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Ingram ]
Astoria Cinema
Edinburgh
LairdLyndon Laird orgaist
Lyndon Laird
[ 2/4 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Ingram ]
Capitol Cinema
Edinburgh
LairdLyndon Laird orgaist
Lyndon Laird
[ 2/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Ingram ]
Gaumont
Edinburgh
[ 3/11 ] The organ was removed in 1958.
[ Jardine ]
Palace Cinema
Accrington
TootellGeorge Tootell organist
George Tootell
1887 - 2nd Jul 1969
[ 2/- ]Straight organ with 22s. The organ was removed in 1934 and installed in a church in Burnley.
[ Jardine ]
Globe Cinema
Acton, London
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 2/- ] 26s
[ Jardine ]
Picture House
Ayr
[ 3/10 ] The first cinema organ to be made by this manufacturer
[ Jardine ]
Savoy Cinema
BradfordCocker
[ 2/8 ] Installed 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.
The National Pipe Organ Register
article icon The first unit type of cinema organ to be installed in Bradford
Bradford Savoy Jardine organ
[ Jardine ]
Picture House
Chesterfield
[ 3/23 ] It was on this instrument that
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
had his first organ instructions. 1956 organ removed to a Catholic Church
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Jardine ]
Standard Cinema
Coventry
[ 2/5 ]
[ Jardine ]
Picture House
Douglas
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
[ 2/? ] ‘straight’ concert organ, 1933 replaced with a Compton
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Jardine ]
Strand Cinema
Douglas
Straight organ
Organs on the Isle of Man
[ Jardine ]
Coliseum
Glasgow
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
No other record of an organ being installed More information
[ Jardine ]
Regal Cinema
Greenock
1931 Replaced with a Compton
[ Jardine ]
Stoll Theatre
Kingsway, London
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
[ 3/- ] A Jardine tubular pneumatic orchestral organ was installed in 1927. In 1930 Jardine installed a larger theatre organ
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The Stage
Thursday 27 March 1924
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Logo, Newspaper article Organ, Jardine (c. 1927)
Organist Herbert Griffiths.

3 manuals of 27 speaking stops and 13 couplers.
Action : tubular pneumatic. The Organ .is enclosed, and has a general crescendo pedal. The percussions number : Westminster chimes, gongs, bell chimes, sleigh bells and triangle.
Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
[ Jardine ]
Regal
Kirkaldy
Wilding A. Hamilton Wilding
Grand Orchestral Organ. The organ was removed and sold to a church C. 1937.
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Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
Saturday 16 May 1925
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article iconArticle on the new Jardine organ
Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
Saturday 09 May 1925
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[ Jardine ]
County Cinema
Lancaster
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
[ 2/- ] The orchestral organ was installed in 1927
Logo, Newspaper article

Organ for Lancaster Cinema

Reginald Foort, of the New Gallery Cinema, London, last week opened the new orchestral organ just installed by Jardines, of Manchester, in the County Cinema, Lancaster.
The instrument incorporates the features of a pipe organ and orchestral unit. It also has fittings that accentuate such incidents on the screen as the motorhorn and steamship whistle, rain and storm, etc. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Foort gave a recital to members of the Town Council.

The Bioscope - Thursday 07 April 1927
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[ Jardine ]
Kingsway Super Cinema
Levenshulme
re-built by the Compton Organ Co. in 1937
[ Jardine ]
Ambassador Super Cinema
Pendleton
LiversidgeReginald Liversidge organist
Reginald Liversidge
13th Jan 1909 - 17th Oct 1979
[ 3/- ] [First cinema organ with an illuminated console]
[ Jardine ]
Tivoli Theatre
Strand, London
C. 1928 moved to St. George's Cinema. York. Replaced with a WurliTzer.
[ Jardine ]
Bruce Grove Cinema
Tottenham Ldn
[ Jardine ]
Pavilion Cinema
Wigan
The organ was removed from the building sometime during the 1930’s.
[ Jardine ]
St. George's Cinema
York
OlsenFrank Olsen organist
Frank Olsen
[ 3/27 ] Previously been installed in the Tivoli Theatre, Strand, London
[ Jones ]
Rialto
Enfield
Replaced by a Christie
[ Jones ]
Pavillion
Marble Arch
Replaced by a Christie
Logo, Newspaper article Organ and Orchestra, Marble Arch Pavilion.
ORGAN by Thomas S. Jones, 1914.
ORGANIST: Raymond C. Bennet F.R.C.O.
The organ was built on the old models for this cinema house.
It has tracker action, 2 manuals, 3 stops on the pedals, 6 on the great, 8 on the swell, and. 4 couplers. It is used principally with the orchestra throughout.

Extract:- The Complete Organ Recitalist
Herbert Westerby
[ Jones ]
Marlborough Picture Theatre
Holloway Rd
[ 2/- ] Straight organ. Replaced by a Compton in 1930
[ Kinora ]
Essoldo
Southend-on-Sea
RyanDonovan Ryan
[ 3/- ] Original 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 Theatre
HullNewall
[ 2/15 ]
[ Mustel ]
Princes Hall
HullMr. Rodgers
Installed C.1914
[ Mustel ]
Twin Regal Kinemas
Manchester
[ Mustel ]
Picture House
Stafford
PerkinsC.W. Perkins
[ Mustel ]
Peckham Picture Playhouse
London
[ Nicholson & Lord ]
Picture House
Chatham
[ 2/- ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Nicholson & Lord ]
Grange Cinema
Kilburn
[ 3/- ] 38s. replaced 1927 with a Wurlitzer
[ Nicholson & Lord ]
Silver Cinema
Shepherd’s Bush
[ Nicholson & Lord ]
New Pavilion Theatre
Newcastle upon Tyne
[ 2/15 ] Installed 1919
[ Reeves ]
Elite Picture Palace
Wimbledon
[ 3/? ] 1925 Replaced by a 3/7 Christie
[ Robert Hope-Jones ]
Gaiety Theatre
London
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
[ 2/- ] Straight organ.
[ Rutt & Co [
Regal Cinema
Highams Park
LambertStanley Lambert
[ 3/6 ] Now at St. Albans Organ Theatre.
COS listing
OrganFax Page
Web Site
[ Rutt & Co [
Palace Cinema
Slough
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[ 2/6 ] Straight organ Installed 1929. Broken up for parts, used to restore the St. Albans instrument
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Rutt & Co [
Super Cinema
Oxford
Hemery Stanley Hemery
[ 2/6 ] Installed in a private residence Information
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Selmar ]
Rio
Kirkcaldy
[ 1/- ] Billed as for one week with Don Davenport playing
[ Henry Speechly & Son ]
Super Cinema
Ilford
Replaced by a Compton
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Standaart ]
Capitol Cinema
Barking
[ Standaart ]
Empire Theatre
Coventry
MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
[ 2/4 ] Cinema destroyed by fire. re-opened 1933
[ Standaart ]
Savoy Super Cinema
Folkestone
MiltonPercy Milton
1897 - 1937
[ 2/- ]
[ Standaart ]
Commodore Cinema
Hammersmith
DavidsonHarry Davidson organist
Harry Davidson
[ 3/10 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
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 Kinema
Victoria
[ 3/13 ] Installed in 1925. Had Celeste accompaniments. Replaced by a Wurlitzer in 1935
[ William Sewell ]
Roker Theatre
Sunderland Mr. Ritson
[ 2/16 ] Straight organ. 35 stops
[ Symphonique ]
Regal Cinema
Grays
[ 2/- ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Vincent ]
Majestic Cinema
Leeds
DavidsonHarry Davidson organist
Harry Davidson
[ 3/- ] 33s. straight organ
[ Vincent ]
Royal Cinema
Ashford
CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
[3/- ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Vincent ]
Queen’s Hall
Newcastle upon Tyne
le-Tyn">[ 3/29 ]straight organ. In 1957 the organ was sold and removed from the cinema
[ Vincent ]
King's Theatre
Sunderland
CleggDavid Clegg organist
David Clegg
[ 3/26 ] 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 Theatre
Hull
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Vincent & Sewell ]
Central Picture House
Sheffield
PattmanGeorge Thomas Pattman
[ 3/- ] Destroyed by enemy action December 1940
[ Vowels ]
Palladium Cinema
Pontypridd
Installed in 1916. 20s, enlarged to 25 in 1928. Straight organ. Bristol Company
[ Walker ]
Picture House
Doncaster
Straight organ with some pipes not enclosed, believed to have been second hand and of 1899 vintage
[ Willis ]
Alexandra Palace Theatre
London
[ 5/- ] 101s, eight thousand pipes,powered by 2 steam engines. More
[ Willis ]
Park Hall Cinema
Cardiff
[ 3/- ] 45s
In 1936 the organ was re-built. The new organ was opened by Edgar Lewis
[ Willis-Lewis ]
Elite Picture Theatre
Nottingham
Replaced by a Compton in 1929
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Aldershot
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2206 [ 3/7 ] Illuminated console & Grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Plaza Cinema
Allerton
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1841 [ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Barnsley
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2201 [ 3/7 ] 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
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Trevor Willetts
Punch & Judy Polka
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regal Cinema
Beckenham
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1174 [ 2/8 ] Model F. Rebuilt to a 3 Manual 8 Rank unit with grand piano attachment and an illuminated ‘Rainbow’ console. Opened by
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
on 25th January 1937
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada
Bedford
Betts Harold Betts
Opus 2186 [ 2(3)/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register

Pictures and stories about the theatre
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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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[ Wurlitzer ]
Classic Cinema
Belfast
Simpson Leslie Simpson
Opus 1536 [ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Troc-ette
Bermondsey
Jenkins Arthur Jenkins
Opus 1955 [ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
West End Cinema
Birmingham
WillisCharles Willis organist
Charles Willis
Opus 1358 [ 2/8 ] In later years
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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[ Wurlitzer ]
Lozells Picture Theatre
Birmingham
NewmanErnest Newman
Opus 1530 [ 2/6 ] Style B. Destroyed by enemy action
[ Wurlitzer ]
Tower Ballroom
Blackpool
Opus 2187 [ 3/13 ] Grand piano. Replaced a smaller Wurlitzer in 1934
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Opera House
Blackpool
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
&
Finch
Horace Finch
Opus 2229 [ 3/14 ] Grand piano. The last Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Palace Ballroom
Blackpool
HolmesWatson Holmes organist
Watson Holmes
[ 3/9 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Empress Ballroom
Blackpool
Opus 2037 [ 3/13 ] Tower Ballroom enlarged and G.P transferred to Empress.
COS listing
Web Site
Horace Finch
Smilin' Through
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Theatre
Bournemouth
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 2020 [ 2/9 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Royalty Cinema
Bowness-on-Windermere
Opus 1719 [ 2/7 ] Original UK installation Rex Cinema, Stratford
Web Site
COS listing
Facebook Page
A video featuring the Style D Trumpet
:
Len Rawle concert extract
:
[ Wurlitzer ]
New Victoria
Bradford
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 2116 [ 3/1]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Bradford Time Line
Organ History
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Cinema
Brighton
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Opus 2046 [ 2/9 ] Replaced a Hill Norman & Beard. br>
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

Image:- Paul Bland collection
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Cinema
Bristol
MatthewsFrank Matthews
Opus 1846 [ 2/8 ] Totally destroyed by enemy action
[ Wurlitzer ]
Palladium Picture Playhouse
Brixton
HolmanMelbourne Holman
Opus 1408 [ 2/4(5) Model B
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Imperial Cinema
Canning Town
Bruce Max Bruce
Opus 2063 [ 2/5 ] Transferred from Tolmer Sq. Cinema
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Chatham
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2204 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano. Organ removed in 1972, installed in the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury
OrganFax Page
Web Site
COS listing
Ritz
The National Pipe Organ Register
Buttermarket
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
ThorneDonald Thorne
Opus 2218 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano.
The National Pipe Organ Register

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)
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regal Cinema
Colchester
Bruce Max Bruce
Opus 1840 [ 2/5 ] Now at Singing Hills.
The National Pipe Organ Register
Link to Singing Hills web site
[ Wurlitzer ]
Rex Cinema
Coventry
AikmanArthur Aikman
Opus 2202 [ 2(3)/5(6) Piano. Totally destroyed by enemy action
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
:
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont
Dingle
WhittleWilliam Whittle
Opus 1664[ 2/6 ] Transferred from Trocadero, Liverpool. Now owned by The  Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust More information
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Cinema
Dudley
HowlettJohn Howlett organist
John Howlett
16th Oct 1906 - 1985
Opus 1915 [ 2/6 ] March 1981 installed and played at Peterborough Technical College More information
COS listing
OrganFax Page
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Kings Theatre
Dundee
George Hunt George Hunt
Opus 1937 [ 2/6 ] Lift
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
East Ham
Opus 2200 [ 3/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

The console of the Granada’s Wurlitzer organ, which is now installed in a private residence in Cannock, UK.
[ Wurlitzer ]
New Victoria
Edinburgh
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1265 [ 2/10 ] Originally installed in the Embassy Theatre, Baltimore, USA
[ Wurlitzer ]
Picture House
Edinburgh
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1169 [ 2/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Empire Theatre
Edmonton
BakerDon Baker organist
Don Baker
Opus 2183 [ 3/10 ] 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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Trocadero
Elephant & Castle
MacleanQuentin Maclean
Quentin Maclean
14th May 1896 - 9th Jul 1962
Opus 2139 [ 4/21 ] The organ was removed and installed in the Edric Hall of Southbank University. In 2011 it was moved to the Troxy More information
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
OrganFax Page
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information & Pictures
Christie logol-organ-jmbree.jpg">
The Stage
27 January 1955
Quentin Maclean
The Music Of Eric Coates
The Carlyle Cousins
& Quentin Maclean
Underneath The Arches
[ Wurlitzer ]
Savoy Cinema
Enfield
NewReginald New organist
Reginald New
Apr 1902 - 28th Nov 1958
Opus 1319 [ 2/7 ] In 1966 the organ was removed to the West Hallam Social Club in Derbyshire.
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont
Exeter
BaycoFrederic Bayco organist
Frederic Bayco
22nd Aug 1913 - Mar 1970
Opus 2042 [ 2(3)/6(9) ] Cinema partly destroyed by enemy action, The Wurlitzer organ was badly damaged and never replaced.
Web Site
COS listing
[ Wurlitzer ]
Rink Cinema
Finsbury Park
Opus 1343 [ 2/8 ] Dismantled - damaged by enemy action
[ Wurlitzer ]
Picture House
Glasgow
Opus 1119 [ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Theatre De Luxe
Gloucester
Lewis Wyndham Lewis
Opus 1590 [ 3/8 ] 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. Parts used to repair the Granada Wandsworth road
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Dance Hall
Grantham
Opus 1354 [ 2/5 ] Transferred from Decca Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Greenford
BeavenDudley Beaven organist
Dudley Beaven
Opus 2219 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Greenwich
ThorneDonald Thorne
Opus 2212 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regal Cinema
Hampstead
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1959 [ 2/6 ] Transferred to Goblin (restored) ?
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Theatre
Hanley
RapleyFelton Rapley organist
E. Felton Rapley
Opus 2010 [ 2/9 ] The organ was removed in 1972
Stanley Tudor
Wedgewood Blue
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Harrow
FarmerHarry Farmer orgaist
Harry Farmer
Opus 2217 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Hastings
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2211 [ 3/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register

Hastings & St Leonards Observer
19 March 1938
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[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont Theatre
Holloway
Opus 2228 [ 3/12 ]
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Dominion Cinema
Hounslow
Opus 1939 [ 2/6 ] Previously installed in the Alhambra Cinema, Berlin, Germany
[ Wurlitzer ]
Lido Cinema
Hove
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1920 [ 2/6 ] Model 165. Transferred from Union Theatre, Munchen Gladbach
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Huddersfield
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2191 [ 3c/8 ] Grand piano. Illuminated console & illuminated seat
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Hull
McDougallJ.T. McDougall organist
J.T. McDougall
Opus 1758 [ 2/6 ] 8th May 1941 destroyed by enemy action
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Ipswich
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2199 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano & illuminated console.
From 1973 until 2008 it lived at the Hollywood Plaza cinema in Scarborough and was owned by ex cinema organist of the Art Bury, Arthur Turner.
Upon his death it was sold and was in store in St Leonards on sea, Sussex until January 2019.
Currently being restored ready for installation in the Plaza Waterloo (Crosby) Liverpool. And should be playing this 2019.
Thanks to Adrian Rose for update April 2019
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Theatre
Ipswich
NewmanFrank Newman organist
Frank Newman
Opus 2068 [ 2/6 ] Illuminated surround added mid 1930s. Further reading
Burtey Fen Collection 
The National Pipe Organ Register
Tom Thumb Nursery 
The National Pipe Organ Register
Private residence
The National Pipe Organ Register
Gaumont Palace
The National Pipe Organ Register
Regent Cinema
The National Pipe Organ Register
 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres
The National Pipe Organ Register
Les Gobelins
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Grange
Kilburn
JongOrganist Florence De Jong
Florence De Jong
1894-1990
Opus 1676 [2/8 ] Model F. Replaced a Nicholson & Lord straight organ
[ Wurlitzer ]
State Theatre
Kilburn
TorchSydney Torch
Sydney Torch
5th Jun 1908 - 16th Jul 1990
Opus 2216 [ 4/16 ] Grand piano
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
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
Sidney Torch
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Selection
Sidney Torch
When Day Is Done
Sidney Torch
Remember Me
Sidney Torch
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Selection
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regal Cinema
Kingston upon Thames
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 2174 [ 3/12 ] Lift, phantom Grand piano, illuminated consol
Web Site
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
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
Sidney Torch
Love And Learn
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Kingston upon Thames
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Opus 2230 [ 3/10 ] Grand piano. Originally installed at Picture House, Edinburgh as a 2/8 ?
The National Pipe Organ Register
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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Odeon Cinema
Leeds
O'Grady Rex O'Grady
Opus 2169 [ 3/19 ] Console embossed
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing
Web Site
Paramount
The National Pipe Organ Register
Thursford
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
City Cinema
Leicester
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
r">Opus 2081 [ 2/9 ] 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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Picture House
Leicester
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
[ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Leicester Sq. Theatre
Leicester Square
r-Squr">Opus 1525 [ 3/10 ]
Web Site
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Empire Theatre
Leicester Square
Opus 1931 [ 4/20 ]
Stories and pictures of the theatre
The National Pipe Organ Register
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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Trocadero Super Cinema
Liverpool
GustardSydney Gustard organist
Sydney Gustard
1893 - 1977
Opus 1664 [ 2/6 ] transferred to the Gaumont, Dingle
COS listing
[ Wurlitzer ]
Palladium
London
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1841 [ 2/8 ] Transferred to Plaza Cinema, Allerton
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont
New Cross
Opus 2057 [ 2/9 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Stanford Hall
Loughboro
Opus 1394 [ 2/5 ] (Player Attachment ?). originally been installed in the Madeleine Theatre, Paris in 1926
Vic Hammett
When I Fall In Love"
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Luton
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2210 [ 3/8 ] Pillar & vase illuminated surround.
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Picture House
Maida Vale
Foort Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980
Opus 1670 [ 2/6 ] style D. Theatre taken over by the food ministry
[ Wurlitzer ]
Plaza Cinema
Maidenhead
DorePhilip Dore organist
Philip Dore
1903 - 25th March 1974
Opus 1892 [ 2/5 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Embassy Cinema
Maldon
Opus 1772 [ 3c/5 ] Illuminated console
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont
Manchester
TudorStanley Tudor organist
Stanley Tudor
Opus 2189 [ 4/14 ] Grand piano. Moved to the Granada Studios, then to Folly Farm.
Link to Folly Farm web site
Stanley Tudor
Running Off The Rails
&
Flight of the Bumblebee
Stanley Tudor
Rhythm Medley
Robin Richmond
[ Wurlitzer ]
Odeon
Manchester
Opus 2120 [ 4/20 ] 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.
Web Site
COS listing
More information
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
Stanley Tudor
Selection from Sunny
Charles Smitton
Ca C'est Paris
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Mansfield
RamsayHarold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Opus 2192 [3/8 ] Grand piano. 1973 Organ sold and removed by John Madin of Chesterfield
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
COS listing
Web Site
article icon 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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[ Wurlitzer ]
Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
Opus 1716 [ 2/8 ] Theatre destroyed by enemy action, organ stored.
The National Pipe Organ Register
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Hastings and St Leonards Observer
Saturday 09 February 1929
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[ Wurlitzer ]
New Westgate
Newcastle
Opus 1740 [ 2/6 ] Transfered from Castle Hill Theatre, Bronx, New York, USA.
[ Wurlitzer ]
Paramount
Newcastle
O'HenryEdward O'Henry organist
Edward O'Henry
1896 - ?
Opus 2162 [3/19 ] Console embossed
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
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10 Feb 1942
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Newcastle Journal
Monday 04 October 1943
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The National Pipe Organ Register
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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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[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
North Cheam
ThomasLloyd Thomas organist
Lloyd Thomas
<Opus 2214 [ 3/18 ] Grand piano
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Exchange Cinema
Northampton
Slater
Frank Slater
Opus 1199 [ 2/8 ] transferred From Picture House, Leicester. Replaced a Compton concert organ
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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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[ Wurlitzer ]
Forum Cinema
Northenden
BuckleyKevin Buckley
Opus 1165 [ 3/8 ] 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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Royal Hippodrome
Nottingham
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1744 [ 2/8 ] organ unused after CinemaScope was installed mid-1950’s,
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont Theatre
Oldham
FennerJack Fenner
Opus 2208 [ 3/8 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
COS listing
Web Site
Facebook Page
[ Wurlitzer ]
Plaza Theatre
PiccadillyMalotteAlbert Hay Mallotte
Albert Hay Mallotte
19 May 1895 – 16 Nov 1964
American pianist, organist, composer and educator
Opus 978 [ 3/15 ] Upright piano. Organ was removed 1967.
Charles D. Smart
Wedding Of The Painted Doll
Logo, Newspaper article Organ by Wurlitzer, 1926.
Organist: Mr. Jack Courtnay
The organ is a Wurlitzer Hope-Jones Unit Orchestra;" with duplications and extensions. There are on the pedals 15 stops; great, 32; accompaniment;24; solo; 13; with 5 drum and cymbal effects. on the pedal; 8 percussions and 5 traps; Diaphones, Strings and Reeds predominate. Double-touch and pizzicato (a kind of delayed plucking effect) effects are available.
The console can be raised for solos, or lowered out of sight into the orchestra. The great range of "traps" is a temptation to indulge in all kinds of musical and unmusical "stage effects" One useful (Hope-Jones) feature is the double-touch pistons, which can furnish a suitable bass. The vibration of the organ was the cause of an Injunction being served on the manager. This has necessitated the removal of the more powerful stops of the organ to the roof, to a specially built chamber, a species of celestial organ which should, I imagine, be unique.

Extract:-The Complete Organ Recitalist.
Herbert Westerby
[ Wurlitzer ]
New Victoria Theatre
Preston
Rogers Leslie J. Rogers
Opus 1895 [ 2/9 ]

The Stage
16 March 1961
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[ Wurlitzer ]
Savoy Cinema
Radford
LordOrganist Eric Lord
Eric Lord
Opus 2226 [ 2/5(6) ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
New Gallery
Regent Street, London
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 1034 [ 2/8 ] Third Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian
The National Pipe Organ Register

The Scotsman
15 October 1927
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[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Richmond
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2223 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
:
Reginald Porter-Brown - Medley
Bobby Pagan
Diane / You're Just In Love
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Theatre
Sheffield
James Leslie James organist
Leslie James
Opus 1768 [ 2/8 ] 1996 sold and installed in private residence in Castle Donnington. 1978 Sold and installed in private residence in Pipegate, Cheshire
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Slough
BeavenDudley Beaven organist
Dudley Beaven
Opus 2222 [3/8 ] 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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Regent Theatre
Stamford Hill
Opus 1994 [ 2/9 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Troxy
Stepney
PaganBobby Pagan
Bobby Pagan
Opus 2184 [ 3/10 ] 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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Stockport
SouthworthWilfred Southworth organist
Wilfred Southworth
Opus 2213 [ 3/8 ]
Web Site
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Tivoli
Strand
CaseyTerence Casey organist
Terence Casey
Opus 1978 [2/9 ] Replaced a Jardine
Terance Casey
Bird Songs At Eventide
[ Wurlitzer ]
Broadway Super Cinema
Stratford
Opus 1749 [ 2/8 ]
[ Wurlitzer ]
Rex Cinema
Stratford
Macpherson Organist Sandy Macpherson
Sandy Macpherson
Opus 1719 [ 2/7 ] Transfered from Almira Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Now at Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere
Rex Wurlitzer
Image:- Daily Mail
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COS listing
[ Wurlitzer ]
Havelock Picture House
Sunderland
MatthewsFrank Matthews
Opus 1317 [ 2/8 ] Regular broadcasts from here, organists not named
[ Wurlitzer ]
Rink Cinema
Sydenham
Opus 1941 [ 2/6 ] Damaged by enemy action and stored
[ Wurlitzer ]
Tolmer Cinema
Tolmer Square
Jenkins Arthur Jenkins
Opus 2063 [ 2/5 ] Style 150-Special. Transfered to the Imperial Canning Town
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Tooting
TaylorAlex Taylor
Alex Taylor
Opus 1523 [ 4/14 ] 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.
The National Pipe Organ Register
ATOS article on the organ

Stories and pictures about the theatre
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
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
Harold Ramsay
Play Fiddle, Play
Harold Ramsay
Her Name Is Mary
[ Wurlitzer ]
Palace Theatre
Tottenham
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 999 [ 2/6 ] Second Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More Information
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OrganFax Page
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Metropole Kinema
Victoria
Opus 2013 [ 3/10(11) ] Replacing a Standaart. Ex Fulton Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio. The organ was moved to Buckingham Town Hall, then the Assembly Hall at Worthing.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios

The Stage
30 March 1961
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Laurence James
All The Things You Are
Buckingham Town Hall
1973
Ena BagaBuckingham Town Hall
1973
[ Wurlitzer ]
Picture House
Walsall
CourtnayJack Courtnay organist
Jack Courtnay
14th Sep 1895 - ?
Opus 956 [ 2/6 ] First Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian.
More information
Information & Pictures
Picture House
The National Pipe Organ Register
 Dormston House
The National Pipe Organ Register
Fisherman's Chapel
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Dominion Cinema
Walthamstow
O'Grady Rex O'Grady
Opus 2140 [ 3/10 ]
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Wandsworth
FarmerHarry Farmer orgaist
Harry Farmer
Opus 2197 [ 3/8 ] Cinema destroyed by enemy action, organ stored
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Wurlitzer ]
Gaumont Cinema
Watford
Collier Vincent Collier
Opus 2207 [ 3/8 ] 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.
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada Theatre
Welling
CleaverRobinson Cleaver organist
Robinson Cleaver
25th May 1906 - 23rd July 1987
Opus 2221 [ 3/8 ] 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
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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
[ Wurlitzer ]
Granada
Woolwich
DixonOrganist Reginald Dixon
Reginald Dixon
16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
Opus 2203 [ 3/8 ] Grand piano.
Web Site
COS listing
The National Pipe Organ Register
Black & White and Tiger Rags
Peter Hayward
Deep Purple & Stardust
Peter Hayward
I Want to Be Happy
Mark Laflin
[ Wurlitzer ]
Ritz Cinema
Workington
CroftHarry Croft organist
Harry Croft
Opus 1881 [ 3c/5 ] 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
The National Pipe Organ Register
[ Unknown ]
Central Picture Playhouse
Maidstone
[ 3/- ] straight Organ installed
[ Unknown ]
Paladium Cinema
Palmers Green
[ 2/- ] straight Organ installed
[ Unknown ]
Langham Cinema
Pinner
[ 2/- ]
[ Unknown ]
Crescent Cinema
Leeds
[ Unknown ]
Granada
Kings Cross
[ Unknown ]
Central Hall Picture House
Catford
Information Video
Compton Lodge Studios
:
[ Unknown ]
Rutland Picture House
Sheffield
Listed in advertisements as both a unit organ and a orchestral organ. The cinema also had an orchestra
[ Unknown ]
Scala
South Shields
Advertised as a concert organ. The cinema also had an orchestra.
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Shields Daily News
Thursday 02 March 1922
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Shields Daily News - Wednesday 01 December 1920
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[ Unknown ]
Palace Cinema
Tamworth
[Believed to be the first cinema to have an organ installed]
[ Unknown ]
Palace Cinema
Walham Green
Advertised as the
": Worlds Smallest Organ"
in 1942
[ Unknown ]
New Coliseum Cinema
Whitley Bay
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Advert
Shields Daily News
Wednesday 15 October 1924
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