UK Theatre organ Installations

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

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


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


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

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

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Currently there are 570 organ installations listed on this page
ManufacturerVenueLocationManualsRanksOpened by
Abbott & SmithFuturist Theatre Scarborough3-
AeolianNew Palladium Cinema Southport--pipes exposed and on view each side of the 37 feet wide proscenium. The organ was destroyed in a fire on 26th March 1929

The Scotsman
27 March 1929
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AeolianPicturedrome Stoke-on-Trent2-
ApolloCity Cinema Leicester--Replaced by a Wurlitzer
BarbieriRegal Cinema Leamington Spa36Frederick Jukes This was the only British cinema installation of this Italian made instrument.
Blackett & HowdenPlaza Cinema Newcastle upon Tyne218 stopHerby Laws 18 Stops. Straight organ
Blackett & HowdenShipcote Hall Gateshead222 stop
Brindley & FosterHeeley Electric PalaceSheffield--

Article on theft
Sheffield Daily Telegraph
24 February 1923
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Cavaille-ColAlbert Hall Sheffield5-

Nottingham Evening Post
15 July 1937
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ChristieRegal CinemaEdmonton4(14)15Sydney Torch Rebuilt by Wurlitzer in 1947
VIC Hammett
Medley #One
VIC Hammett
Medley #Two
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
ChristiePavilionMarble Arch310Replaced a Jones organ
ChristieElephant & Castle TheatreLondon311Alex Taylor The first illuminated console to be built by Christie

The Stage
27 January 1955
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ChristieKensington KinemaKensington332Straight organ
ChristieShaftesbury PavilionShaftesbury Av.27
Installed 1930 replaced the original straight organ. Removed to Plaza Chorely
ChristieRegal CinemaWest Norwood39
ChristieRegal CinemaMarble Arch430Quentin Maclean Piano & Carillon Said to be the largest in Europe
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Sidney Torch
Dance Of The Blue Marionettes
Mantovani & Sidney Torch
Londonderry Air
Sidney Torch
Hot Dog
Sidney Torch
Dance Of The Blue Marionettes
ChristieQueens Hall CinemaCricklewood28Leslie James
ChristieMayfair CinemaUpper Tooting39 (10)Herbert Maxwell
ChristieLido CinemaIslington26Steff Langston
ChristieLido CinemaGolders Green28Frank Tapp
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ChristieGlobe CinemaOld Kent Road26(7)Steff LangstonAround 1932 enlarged from a 2/6 to a 2/7
ChristieEmpire TheatreEdmonton2-Bruce 'Wendell' James 1933-4 replaced with a 3-10 Wurlitzer
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ChristieRialto CinemaEnfield27Francis SoamesUpgraded to a 3-9 in 1935
ChristieOlympia TheatreShoreditch28
Stories of London
ChristieEmpire KinemaWillesden27
ChristieMajestic CinemaReigate37Reginald New
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ChristieKinemaWest Ham27Rebuilt to a 3/9 in 1935
Stories Of London article featuring the organ
ChristieKinemaEast Ham25
ChristiePicture HouseBalham26Derek Ronald
ChristiePavillion CinemaPoplar26
ChristiePalladium CinemaMile End Road26
ChristieQueens TheatreForest Gate27Theatre destroyed by enemy action April 1941, organ saved and installed in the Regal, Halifax.
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Compton Lodge Studios
ChristieGranada TheatreWalthamstow312Charles Willis
Josie Bradley

two 3 Manual consoles, one in the orchestra pit and another on the stage level. Opened by ‘Mr. & Miss Smith’, aka organists Charles Willis and Josie Bradley.
ChristieSheen KinemaEast Sheen28
ChristieIdeal CinemaLambeth26Destroyed by enemy action
ChristieGarons CinemaSouthend-on-Sea27Nelson Elms
Installed 1927, replacing a Estey organ. It was the first theatre organ installed in Essex. Transferred to St. Stephens Church
ChristieRivoli CinemaSouthend-on-Sea28Installed in 1928 replacing a straight (church) organ. In 1936 rebuilt as a Wurlitzer. 1957 reported as no longer playable
ChristieGranada TheatreDover37
Picture of the cinema days before opening
Dover Express
Friday 10 January 1930
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Chrysoglott on the 3rd manual. The organ was removed in 1960
ChristieCorona CinemaLeigh-on-Sea26
ChristieCapitol CinemaTonbridge25Harold HowellRemoved to the Forum, Leeds
ChristieRegent CinemaChatham28 When the Regent was first built, attempts were made to install an organ pit. These failed because the pit kept flooding so possible this instrument was never installed
ChristieRegal CinemaEastleigh27George TootellJunior model. 2 manual organ with 63 stop keys and 500 pipes ranging from 3 inches to 10 feet in length
Rebuilt in 1936 to a 3c/9 Christie
ChristieRegal CinemaDurham25(7)Herbert Maxwell
More information on the organ
ChristieRegent CinemaPortsmouth28Ernest Hall
ChristieElectric TheatreBournemouth29 Divided, Radiotone. Replaced a Hill, Norman & Beard
ChristieRegent CinemaPoole3c9Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor standing at the Christie Organ, Regent Cinema, Poole on July 4, 1931
Sandford Park Holiday Centre, Christie. Web site
ChristieEmbassy CinemaBraintree3c6Thomas Grosch
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ChristieNew Palace CinemaBristol312St. Frances' Church, Ashton
ChristiePalladium CinemaPaignton27Melbourne Holman
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ChristieWordsley ManorStourbridge2-
ChristiePlaza CinemaRugby38Reginald Foort
Frank Newman

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Frank Newman
'Hungary' (Moszkowski)
ChristieCentral TheatreKidderminster310T. Guy Hindell
ChristieWylde Green PavilionBirmingham2(3c)9Frank Matthews
ChristieStirchley PavilionBirmingham2(3c)9
ChristieMajestic CinemaCradley Heath310William SykesAlso identified as a 3 manual. More information
ChristieVictoria CinemaCambridge37(8)Frank Matthews1956: organ is removed
ChristieGrand Theatre Colchester--
ChristieTowerHull25
Hull Daily Mail
08 June 1928
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ChristieRegent Picture TheatreHull25
ChristieCapitol CinemaDidsbury410Edward O'HenryOriginally a 3/10
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ChristieBroadway TheatreEccles37
ChristieCarlton CinemaLiverpool3-Organ removed by 1960
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ChristieTheatre RoyalPreston26
ChristieCounty PlayhouseWigan28H. Ward
ChristiePalace TheatreLancaster2-
ChristiePalladium Super CinemaBlackpool27George Tootell Divided. Organ removed in the early-1950’s
ChristieRivoliSt. Helens27
ChristieLonsdale CinemaCarlisle29Harold MeredithHarold Meredith played for one week. He was followed by H. Robinson Cleaver in November 1931 who stayed for three and a half years.
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ChristieCastle Super CinemaMerthyr Tydfil310Organ removed in 1954. Picutres
ChristiePlaza CinemaSwansea310Tom Jenkins
ChristieAstra CinemaLlandudno,38 Cinema closed in October 1986 and in 1988 the organ was removed into storage. Unfortunately whilst in storage the instrument was destroyed.
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The Stage
15 June 1967
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ChristieEmpire CinemaNeath26
ChristieTivoliPartick27
ChristiePavilion CinemaHoddesdon36Jack Courtnay
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ChristieNew CinemaDurham2-
ChristieAdelphi TheatreSlough38Bruce 'Wendell' James Rebuilt by Compton
ChristieWinter Gdns TheatreLlandudno38Harold Ramsay
Christie Waverley Picture HouseGlasgow27The organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieRosevale CinemaGlasgow27The organ was removed in 1937 to the Savoy, Burnt Oak
ChristieNew SavoyGlasgow27
ChristieLa Scala CinemaGlasgow28Edward O'HenryThe first cinema in Scotland to install a Christie organ. The organ was used to replace a bomb damaged Compton at The Ritz, Birkenhead
ChristieRitz CinemaBirkenhead28 H. Robinson Cleaver Replaced a bomb damaged Compton
ChristieB.B. CineramaGlasgow28
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ChristieRegent CinemaPerth2-
ChristiePyramidSale3c7Two Consoles
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ChristieSavoyBurnt Oak27Previously installed in the Rosevale Cinema, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
ChristieLido CinemaBolton39Reginald Liversidge
ChristieCarlton CinemaSalford39
ChristieCentury CinemaClacton37Frank MatthewsIlluminated console
ChristieGranada CinemaMaidstone38Alex TaylorGrand piano. Organ had a French style console
The organ was removed and shipped to Australia and installed at the Kelvin Grove High School, Brisbane.
ChristieCourt CinemaBerkhamstead36illuminated console. The console was removed to S & K’s new Embassy Cinema, Waltham Cross in 1937.
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ChristieRegent CinemaHorley3c6Illuminated console. The organ was removed from the building in 1973 and sold to a private owner.
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ChristieRegal CinemaHalifax3c7From Queens
ChristiePlaza CinemaChorely38Reginald LiversidgeThe organ had originally been a 2 Manual/4 Ranks (enlarged in 1930 to 2 Manual/6 Ranks) instrument installed in 1928, in the Pavilion Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London.
ChristieForumLeeds25From Tunbridge Wells Capitol
ChristieRitzLincoln--Destroyed by fire. Replaced by a Compton
Christie Embassy CinemaWaltham Cross3c7From Embassy Berkhamstead
Christie Waverley Picture House Shawlands Cross2 -organ was removed from the building in 1953
ChristieElite Picture PalaceWimbledon37Steff Langston 1925 Replaced a Reeves
Charles D. Smart
Leonora
ChristieCommodore CinemaOrpington3c5Mobile console
ClavorchesterAbbeydale Picture HouseSheffield2-Arthur Meale Built by Brindley and Foster
ClavorchesterRoxy CinemaSwinton219Frank Ratcliffe console made of Honduras mahogany

Opened as The Picture House
Sheffield Independent
16 July 1929
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ClavorchesterThe Victory PalaceSheffield1-J.Percy Hall
ComptonSavoy CinemaActon26
ComptonSavoy CinemaPortsmouth36Reginald Porter-Brown illuminated console on a lift. The organ was sold to be installed in a church in nearby Southsea
ComptonOdeonLeicester Square517James BellIlluminated console on a lift, Melotone, and a Grand Piano
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Compton Lodge Studios
Article with a feature on the organ
Down With The Curtain
Donald MacKenzie
ComptonOdeonSwiss Cottage38Alfred RichardsIlluminated console, Melotone, and Grand Piano

The Era
09 September 1937
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ComptonAstoria TheatreBrixton312G.T. PattmanPiano. 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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ComptonGaumont PalaceCamden Town4c10Terance Casey Melotone
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ComptonGaumont cinemaRose Hill310Terance Casey
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ComptonAstoria TheatreCharing Cross Road38G.T. Pattman Divided
ComptonTatlerCharing Cross Road28More information
ComptonGaumont PalaceChelsea313Illuminated console
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ComptonMajestic TheatreClapham36Leslie James Replaced a smaller organ by 1930.
ComptonPavilion Picture PalaceClapham Junction28Destroyed by enemy action 17th August 1944
ComptonGlobe CinemaClapham Junction25
ComptonRitz CinemaCleethorpes36H. Robinson Cleaver
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ComptonForum TheatreEaling39Solo Cello
ComptonLidoEaling25
ComptonGrand KinemaEdgware Road314Piano, Divided
ComptonRegent CinemaBurnt Oak2(3c)5
ComptonRitz CinemaEdgware Road3c6(7)
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ComptonGaumont TheatreFinchley39(8)Frederic BaycoMelotone, turntable. The organ was removed in 1967 and installed in the Plough Inn, Great Munden. Plough now demolished, organ possibly in store.
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ComptonOrpheum TheatreFinchley Road2(3)8Lewis Gerard
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ComptonAstoria TheatreFinsbury Park313G.T. PattmanMelotone, Amplification. Twin console.
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Today's Song Hits
Charles Saxby
Dance Of The Blue Danube
Charles Saxby
Sing Me To Sleep With A Twilight Song
Charles Saxby
ComptonNew Victoria TheatreVictoria London315Reginald Foort
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ComptonCapitol CinemaForest Hill2(3c)8Edgar PetoOrgan removed in the late-1950’s
ComptonForum TheatreFulham Road38Organ removed during the 1960’s
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ComptonEmpress Electric Theatre Hackney2(3c)5Illuminated console. Replaced a ‘straight’ organ, not known if this was a new installation or the original Chapel organ
ComptonGaumont PalaceHammersmith415Organ console removed in the 1990’s but has now been re-instated.
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ComptonRegal CinemaHammersmith2(3)5Gilbert Handley Melotone. Previously been installed in the Granada Theatre, Hove
ComptonRegal CinemaHarrogate36Wilfred Southworth
ComptonColiseum CinemaHarrow27Stanley Lambert
Organ installed in 1928, replacing a straight organ. Organ removed in 1939 to the Ritz Cinema Whitton
ComptonOdeon TheatreHaverstock Hill36Henry Wingfield Melotone & solo cello. Illuminated console.
ComptonCapitol CinemaHaymarket3c9Initially equipped with a Norman & Beard 4 Manual 34 stops organ which was opened by G.T. Pattman, but this was replaced in 1930 with a Compton.
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ComptonAmbassador CinemaHendon3c8
ComptonCarlton CinemaIslington36Phil FrenchEight Piano Rhapsody, at the Carlton
ComptonRitz CinemaKeighley35
ComptonForum TheatreKentish Town36
ComptonGaumont PalaceLewisham312(13)Frederic Bayco
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ComptonLewisham Town HallLewisham314 Mobile console
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ComptonSavoy CinemaLeyton310Edgar PetoEdgar replaced by Reginald Halcrow. ‘Kinestra’ organ console. 1971 organ was removed from the building and the console was installed in the Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire
ComptonRialto CinemaLeytonstone3c8Bruce 'Wendell' James 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
ComptonRitz CinemaLincoln3c8 1942 3 Manual 8 Rank organ was installed, which was originally installed in the Cameo Cinema, Charing Cross Road, London.
ComptonCoronation CinemaManor Park38(7)Divided, Replaced a small straight organ.
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ComptonRoyalty CinemaNorth Kensington25
ComptonOdeon TheatreNorthfields36Bertram OrsmanKnown as the 'Avenue Wonder Organ’. Organ removed in 1972.
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ComptonAstoria TheatreOld Kent Road312Elton Robertstwo consoles.
ComptonRegal Super CinemaOld Kent Road36(7)Charles SmartMelotone. Illuminated console. The organ was removed in 1965, and later in 1969 it was installed in the Memorial Hall, Windsor.
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ComptonGaumont Palace TheatrePeckham310Arthur Raymond
ComptonPalace CinemaPutney25George F. Somes
ComptonRegal CinemaPutney36Charles Smart
ComptonPolytechnic TheatreRegent Street26Chamber at rear of stage. Believed organ still playable
ComptonPalladium CinemaShepherds Bush25
ComptonPavilion CinemaShepherds Bush417(19)Opened by by G.T. Pattman and Quentin Maclean . 1923 added another 2 Ranks of pipes
ComptonSavoy CinemaStoke Newington35 Melotone. Transferred from the Astoria Cinema, Cliftonville, Kent
ComptonAstoria TheatreStreatham312Al Bollington
ComptonGaumont PalaceStreatham310
ComptonDominion TheatreTottenham Ct Rd312(13)
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ComptonParamount TheatreTottenham Ct Rd4c10(12)Reginald FoortMelotone
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Reginald Foort
Keep Smiling
Compton Lodge Studios
Reginald Foort
Palace Theatre Medley
ComptonCarlton CinemaUpton Park281935 moved the organ to the centre of the orchestra pit and placed it on a lift.
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ComptonNew VictoriaVictoria, London315
ComptonRegal CinemaWalham Green36Melotone, Illuminated console
ComptonSavoy CinemaWandsworth36(7)Illuminated console
ComptonPalace TheatreWandsworth25Ernest Smith
ComptonRitz CinemaWhitton27Organ transferred from the Coliseum, Harrow in 1939
ComptonTown Hall KinemaWimbledon313Opened by Henry Coleman and Phillip Dore
ComptonCapitol CinemaWinchmore Hill28Edgar PetoMay 1958 the organ was removed and was broken up for spares
ComptonGaumont PalaceWood Green312Frederic BaycoIn 1966 the organ was removed to Twickenham College of Technology and in 1980 it was installed in the Thorngate Hall, Gosport, Cheshire.
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ComptonEmpire TheatreAldershot26Percy FryerThe organ was removed in the early-1960’s
ComptonRegal Super CinemaAltrincham310(11)Joseph Seal illuminated console
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ComptonEmpireAshton-under-Lyne3c6Illuminated console
ComptonMajesticAshton-under-Lyne3c6Con Docherty Came from Rialto, Liverpool
ComptonGaiety TheatreBarrow-in-Furness28Harold Howell Melotone (Kinestra)
ComptonRitz CinemaBarrow-in-Furness36Alex Taylor illuminated console & lift
ComptonRialto CinemaBebington25 Albert E. Askewilluminated console
ComptonRegal CinemaBexleyheath38H. Robinson Cleaver 1943 Organ damaged by enemy action. 1948 console removed
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H. Robinson Cleaver
Knave Of Diamonds
H. Robinson Cleaver
The Whistler And His Dog
H. Robinson Cleaver
Medley (Part One)
H. Robinson Cleaver
Medley (Part Two)
ComptonPlaza TheatreBirkenhead312
ComptonRitz CinemaBirkenhead411Rowland Tims
Harold Hunt was keeping the audience entertained as there was an air-raid outside when a German bomb which came through the roof, exploding just in front of the circle. It killed 10 and there were over 100 casualties.
The Compton was severely damaged and after the war replaced with a Christie salvaged from the La Scala Cinema, Glasgow
ComptonApollo Picture PlayhouseBirmingham26Geoffrey KingIn 1958 the organ was removed to a private residence
ComptonEdgbaston Cinema Birmingham28Roy PageThe Compton organ was damaged during a bombing raid and removed from the cinema in 1941
ComptonParamount TheatreBirmingham410Al Bollington
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ComptonForum CinemaBirmingham28 The organ was removed in 1955
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ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreBirmingham39(10?)Leslie James
ComptonPiccadilly CinemaBirmingham310Harold Stringer1961. The Compton organ was removed and shipped to Australia to be installed in Melbourne in the suburban Malvern Town Hall,
ComptonBeaufort CinemaBirmingham28J.I. Taylor1937 the organ was removed and installed at the EMI recording studios at Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London
ComptonPrincess CinemaSmethwick25Wilfred SouthworthThe organ was transferred to the Empire Theatre.
ComptonRegal CinemaHandsworth312 (9?)Herbert A. Dawson
ComptonRialto CinemaHall Green25Frederick Warrender
Foley Bates
ComptonRink CinemaSmethwick38 (9?)Leslie James
ComptonWindsor TheatreSmethwick38Reginald Maynardorgan was removed from the building and installed in Oxley Parish Church, Wolverhampton
ComptonRialto Super CinemaBlackburn38(7)Harold TitheringtonLift. Organ removed to become spare parts
ComptonOdeonBolton38Harry Croft
ComptonAstoria CinemaBoscombe2(3)5V. Johnson Lewis
ComptonPavilionBournemouth422Divided. Arguably the most difficult theatre organ to play in the UK.
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ComptonWestover Super CinemaBournemouth36Reginald Porter-Brown#R_Porter-Brown
ComptonRitz CinemaBradford36Joseph Seal
ComptonAstoria TheatreBrighton38T. Guy Hindell Illuminated console. 1958 organ removed
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Article on the opening of the cinema
Mid Sussex Times
26 December 1933
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ComptonSavoy CinemaBrighton--Quentin Maclean
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Organ removed in 1958
ComptonSavoy CinemaBrighton312Quentin Maclean 1958 organ removed.
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ComptonDomeBrighton440
ComptonGaumontBromley410Terance CaseyMelotone, organ lift

The Stage
16 March 1961
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ComptonColiseumBurslem26
ComptonArt Picture HouseBury25
ComptonRegal CinemaByker36J. Arnold Eagle.
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ComptonRegalCambridge26
ComptonRitzNuneaton36Alex Taylorilluminated console & Melotone
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreChadwell Heath38Terrence Dene illuminated fan attachment which opened up at the back like a spread of peacock feathers.
ComptonPalace CinemaChatham2(3)6(7)Terence Casey
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ComptonGaumont PalaceCheltenham2(3)6(8)
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Phil Finch - Bluebell Polka
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ComptonGaumont PalaceChester38Leslie James
ComptonRegal CinemaChester36Wilfred Southworth
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Organ became surplus to ABC's requirements in 1969, was sold to, and removed by, British organ-builder Ron Curtis, of Bolton. He sold it to Mr Blair Linnett, and it was shipped to Australia.
ComptonRegal CinemaChesterfield37Wilfred Southworth
ComptonEmpire TheatreCoventry39(11)Alex Taylor Illuminated console. Replaced a Standaart organ that was destroyed by fire
ComptonGaumont PalaceCoventry39Leslie James
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ComptonDavis TheatreCroydon419(22)Alex Ferguson-Taylor
Reputed to be the largest Compton organ ever built. More information
ComptonMajestic TheatreDarlington2(3)6(8)Frank Matthews 1968 organ sold and removed from the building. More information
ComptonState CinemaDartford36Percy Milton September 1968, there was serious flooding, which damaged the organ. It was later repaired (apart from the console) and was sold to Gunton Hall Country Club in Suffolk in 1979.
The organ was then said to have been sold to Dingles Fairground Museum, no mention on their web site.
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ComptonState CinemaGrays36Melotone. Rainbow illuminated surround. Organ destroyed by vandals.
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ComptonGaumont PalaceDerby310Con Docherty
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ComptonRegal CinemaDerby36Wilfred SouthworthThe organ was removed from the cinema in 1965 after years of not being used
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Pipes in the Peaks
ComptonPlayhouse TheatreDewsbury28
ComptonRegal Super Cinema Dewsbury--
ComptonGaumont Palace TheatreDoncaster310Hebron Morland
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illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonNew Regal CinemaDouglas36George TootellMelotone. 1966 organ moved to Grand Cinema, Southport
ComptonPicture HouseDouglas38W. Winder KillipIlluminated console on a lift. Replaced a Jardine organ
ComptonLuxor CinemaEastbourne36John Howlett Illuminated console.
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ComptonSavoy CinemaExeter36Melotone
ComptonAstoria CinemaFolkstone36Leslie Holman The organ was removed and transported to Holland
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ComptonPlayhouse CinemaFolkstone25J.I. Taylor Cinema and organ demolished in May 1963
ComptonRegal CinemaGateshead26 The organ was removed some time after closure as a cinema
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ComptonMajestic CinemaGravesend38(7)Reginald New illuminated console and grand piano
ComptonRegal CinemaHenley on Thames37Reginald DixonIlluminated console
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ComptonRegal CinemaYarmouth25
ComptonSuper CinemaGravesend35Alex Taylor Illuminated console on lift, Transferred to Ritz, Scunthorpe
ComptonQueens Hall CinemaGrimsby25Reginald Dixon illuminated console
ComptonKingsway Super CinemaHadleigh38Melotone. Currently installed at The Red Brick Barn:- More information
ComptonOdeonHereford24Wilfred Southworth Meloton
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ComptonMajestic TheatreHigh Wycombe25Ronald RogersThe organ was transferred to Quarrendon County Secondary School in Aylesbury
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ComptonRitz CinemaHorsham24 Melotone
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ComptonAmbassador CinemaHounslow38Edgar PetoMelotone, illuminated console. Re-furbished in 1977. Now been fully restored and installed in the foyer of the 6-screen Movieland, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
ComptonAstoria CinemaHull38James Swift Illuminated console. Believed to have been moved to York Museum

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ComptonSuper CinemaIlford38
ComptonRegal CinemaIlford36Wilson Oliphant
ComptonPlaza CinemaIver28
ComptonForumSt. Helier, Jersey38 Edward O'HenrySolo Cello unit and an illuminated console
ComptonOdeon TheatreKingston26(7)illuminated console on a lift. Organ was removed and installed in Malvern
ComptonSavoy CinemaLeicester36Wilfred Southworth Illuminated console & Melotone
ComptonRegent TheatreLeamington26(5)John E. Francis illuminated console
Robinson Cleaver
Sleigh Ride
ComptonRitz CinemaLeeds310Lewis Gerard Illuminated surround on a lift
ComptonScala TheatreLeeds26Organ removed in 1954
ComptonSavoy CinemaLincoln26Wilfred SouthworthMelotone. The organ was sold and removed from the building in 1965, and was later installed in a private cinema in Newark, Nottinghamshire
ComptonCurzonLiverpool36Lewis OddyMelotone
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ComptonForumLiverpool312Reginald Foort lift.
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ComptonParamountLiverpool412Rex 0'Grady
ComptonPlazaLiverpool35George DawsonMelotone & illuminated console
ComptonAlma TheatreLuton36Herbert A. Dawsonphantom piano, illuminated surround, lift. Started as a 2 manual, coupler manual added in 1934
ComptonRitz CinemaMaidstone36Two consoles
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ComptonTheatre RoyalManchester310No record of an organ at the venue. More information
ComptonDreamland CinemaMargate416Lewis Gerard Partly straight. Illuminated console, grand piano.
ComptonElite CinemaMiddlesbrough26
ComptonGaumontMiddlesbrough2(3)6(8)Leslie James
ComptonMajesticMitcham2(3)6Illuminated console on a lift
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ComptonMorden CinemaMorden38Henry Wingfield Lift. first Compton organ to be fitted with an illuminated console
ComptonSavoy CinemaNorthampton38Wilfred SouthworthMelotone. Illuminated surround. Transferred from the Princess Cinema, Dagenham. More. The organ was removed in 1960. +More
ComptonExchange CinemaNorthampton333Concert organ. Installed 1920, replacing a previous organ that had replaced a Schultz organ. Itself replaced by a Wurlitzer organ
ComptonHaymarket Picture HouseNorwich36(7)Leslie James
ComptonElite Picture TheatreNottingham26Cyril BirminghamInstalled 1929 replacing a Willis-Lewis organ which had 78 stops
ComptonRitz CinemaOxford36Alex Taylor Melotone. 1963 The organ was removed and sold back to the John Compton company for spares.
ComptonRitz CinemaPenzance24Harold Ramsay Melotone, illuminated console located on a lift
ComptonRoyal Cinema Plymouth38
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documentary footage about the instrument. Presented by Rick Wakeman. Music played by Dudley Savage MBE
ComptonGaumont Palace Plymouth38 More information
ComptonAmbassadorCosham38Thomas GroschMelotone
ComptonRitz CinemaPotters Bar26Lift. 1967 cinema demolished the organ was rescued prior to demolition
ComptonAstoria CinemaPurley2(3)5Robin Richmond1974 the organ was removed and installed in a Civic Hall in Ballerup, Scotland, then moved to the City School, Sheffield, now part of Penistone Cinema Organ Trust.
ComptonGranville TheatreRamsgate20Melotone organ
ComptonPavilion CinemaReading26Norman TilleyLift
ComptonEssoldoHayes28Norman Tilleyilluminated console
ComptonOdeonRichmond28
ComptonMajesticRochester312Cecil Atkinsonilluminated console on a lift. The organ was removed in 1961, and sold to a church in Orpington.
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ComptonHavana CinemaRomford38Melotone
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaRomford26
ComptonRitz CinemaScunthorpe36Alex Taylor The organ had previously been installed in the Super Cinema, Gravesend, Kent. It was removed in 1972 for preservation at another location
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ComptonCapitol CinemaSt. Albans26
ComptonRegal Super TheatreSt. Leonards26Gerald Shaw
ComptonPlaza CinemaSevenoaks25illuminated console on a lift.
ComptonAdelphi TheatreSlough38Melotone, illumunated console. Rebuilt Christie
ComptonPalace CinemaSouthall26Henry Wingfield
ComptonForum CinemaSouthampton312(10)One of the first instruments with the Melotone unit
ComptonPlaza CinemaSouthampton38Leslie James illuminated console
ComptonGuildhallSouthampton432Melotone. Two consoles
ComptonAstoria CinemaSouthend on Sea410 Melotone, illuminated console
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ComptonPalladiumSouthport310
ComptonGrand CinemaSouthport3-Herbert A. DawsonIn 1963 the organ was removed to Cheetham Hill Methodist Church in Manchester, it was the moved to Chorley Town Hall
ComptonGrand CinemaSouthport36Charles SmartIn 1966 the organ was replaced with one from Douglas, Isle of Man
ComptonRegal CinemaSouth Shields261962 The organ was sold to a Mr. A. Manning who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire
ComptonMajesticStaines25
ComptonPlaza Super CinemaStockport310(11)Cyril Chadwick illuminated surround
a brief look around and Compton organ
I'm beginning to see the light
Christopher Lawton
ComptonRegalStockton-on-Tees36
ComptonCentral CinemaStourbridge310John HowlettThe organ was removed in 1958
ComptonRegal TheatreSunderland310(9)J. Arnold Eagle. Art Deco style console on a lift
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ComptonPlaza CinemaSutton310Leo Webber
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ComptonCounty Picture House Sutton314Was the first cinema to have a Compton ‘Kinestra’ theatre organ installed installed on 7th November 1921.
ComptonRegent TheatreSwindon26J.I. Taylor &
W. Raymond
ComptonRegal CinemaTorquay312
ComptonRitz CinemaTunbridge Wells2(3)6Alex Taylor Illuminated console on a lift. The organ was removed c. 1970
ComptonRitz CinemaSouthgate310Alex Taylor
ComptonLuxor Picture TheatreTwickenham28John Armitage
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ComptonCapitol CinemaUpminster25
ComptonRegal CinemaUxbridge26
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ComptonGrandWarrington--
ComptonOdeonWatford2(3)8Vincent CollierRecorded as a Wurlitzer, no record of Wurlitzer at this location found. The console was destroyed in a small fire in 1956. It was not replaced and the remains of the instrument were removed in 1959 and reused in a church
ComptonOdeonWealdstone2(3)5Henry Wingfield Illuminated console on a lift.
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ComptonOdeonGateshead26 Illuminated console on a lift.
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ComptonLyric CinemaWellingborough25Neville Turnerilluminated console on a lift, Melotone
ComptonCapitol CinemaWembley26W.J. Hemsley Illuminated console was on a lift
ComptonMajestic TheatreWembley38Lloyd ThomasKinestra
ComptonTower CinemaWest Bromwich312(10)Leslie Taff Melotone, illuminated console on a lift. The Compton organ was last played on 14th November 1965, when organists Leslie Taff, Mel Edwards & Trevor Bolshaw closed the instrument. It was removed from the building and was installed in Marston Green Hospital. More Information
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ComptonOdeon TheatreWeston-super-Mare36Alfred RichardsSolo Cello, illuminated console. More information
ComptonCourt CinemaWigan27Lift. 1962, the Compton organ was removed to St Edmunds Church, Manchester
ComptonOdeonWinchester38Geoffrey Keith installed 8th January 1934. Illuminated console
ComptonPlayhouseWindsor25Edward O'Henry Illuminated console
ComptonGaumontWolverhampton37Frederic Bayco
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ComptonCivic HallWolverhampton440Melotone
ComptonGaumontWorcester38(10)
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ComptonOdeonWorthing36Henry Wingfield
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Illuminated console on a lift
ComptonPlaza CinemaWorthing38(10)Tommy Dando
ComptonRitz CinemaWoking36Harold Ramsay Other organists include Harold Coombs and Arthur Lord
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ComptonRegal CinemaYork36Wilfred Southworth illuminated console on a lift
ComptonRialto CinemaYork35Hal SherwinIn 1962 the Compton was sold to a Bradford enthusiast for £80.
ComptonEmpire Palace TheatreCardiff310Frederic Bayco
ComptonAstoriaAberdeen38Harold Titherington Melotone. Illuminated console. The organ glided on from the left side of the stage
ComptonCapitol CinemaAberdeen38Edward O'Henry Lift More information
ComptonRegentEdinburgh26
ComptonParamount TheatreGlasgow410Lift
ComptonRegal CinemaGlasgow312
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ComptonRegalPaisley26Gerald Shaw Doris Bamford was the resident organist who also played on opening night
ComptonRegalCanterbury39Reginald Foort
ComptonSavoy CinemaCork312Frederick Bridgman organ was removed and is now installed at The University of Limerick, Ireland. More
ComptonSavoy CinemaDublin314
ComptonTheatre RoyalDublin416Alban ChambersMelotone
ComptonSavoy CinemaLimerick36
ComptonTonic CinemaBangor38Melotone
ComptonRitz CinemaBelfast410Harold Ramsay Melotone
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ComptonPrincess CinemaDagenham36Melotone. Transferred to Savoy, Nothampton
ComptonEmpire TheatreBirmingham25George HuntOriginally installed in the Princess Cinema, Smethwick. The organ was removed and installed in Holly Lodge Grammer School
ComptonThorngate HallGosport313John Mann Ex Gaumont Palace Wood Green
ComptonAstoria CinemaCliftonville35Reginald HaywardRemoved to the Savoy Cinema in Stoke Newington
ComptonMemorial HallWindsor311Ex Regal, Old Kent Road
ComptonCameo CinemaCharing Cross28March 1928 organ was installed. Moved to The Ritz Lincoln in 1942
ComptonGranada TheatreHove25James Swift illuminated ‘cascade' console. Transferred to Regal Hammersmith
ComptonGranada CinemaGrantham25Reginald New illuminated console on a lift. John Madin played opening on change of name to Granada Theatre 13th February 1950
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ComptonGaumont cinemaNorwich--
ComptonRegal CinemaWalton-on-Thames38Melotone & iluminated console on a lift
ComptonRitz CinemaWarrington36Alex TaylorMelotone & iluminated console on a lift
ComptonRegal CinemaSt. Peter Port--organ was installed 7th November 1937. Kennedy Bott organist during the war.
ComptonWarner TheatreLeicester Square3-
ComptonEMI studiosAbbey Road 3-Ex Beaufort Cinema, Birmingham
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #Seven

Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #nine
ComptonRitzTonbridge1-Organ removed in 1970 when cinema split
Compton MelotoneClifton CinemaYork2-

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Compton MelotoneIce PalaceManchester2-

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Compton TheatroneAstoria CinemaAshford20 Edgar Peto
Compton TheatroneRialto TheatreLondon2Florence De Jong Came from Ritz, Sheerness
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Leslie James
1. Intermezzo and Gavotte
2. Merchant of Venice
3. Bells of St. Mary's
4. Andantino in D flat
Compton TheatroneApollo TheatreArdwick--Sydney GustardThe cinema opened with a Compton Theatrone Organ played by Reginald New, this was replaced with the pipe organ in 1938
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Compton TheatroneRex CinemaAberdare2-
Compton TheatroneRitz CinemaSheerness2Florence De Jong In 1942 the organ was moved to the Rialto Theatre, London
Compton TheatroneRex CinemaHaslemere2 Peter GomezThe organ was removed in 1954
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ConacherPlaza CinemaCoventry48Reginald Dixon Grand piano. 1960 The organ was removed to be used as spares for church organs.
ConacherRitzSouthend-on-Sea412Quentin Maclean Grand piano. The organ was removed in 1946 and installed in the Odeon Blackpool.
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ConacherRegal Cinema Hull422illuminated console. Designed by Reginald Foort.
ConacherRegal CinemaSouthampton412Reginald Foort Organ removed 1962
ConacherRegal CinemaRotherham38Tommy Dando
ConacherLounge CinemaLeeds--
ConacherRegal CinemaMargate412Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. Destroyed by enemy action in 1941
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ConacherCity CinemaPeterborough4-Cooper Francis
G. Rhodes
30 stops. A German incendiary bomb destroyed the organ.
ConacherRitz CinemaNottingham422Designed and opened by Reginald Foort. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1964 and split up.
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ConacherOdeon TheatreBlackpool412Al Bollington Transferred from Ritz, Southend.
ConacherRegal TheatreWimbledon420Reginald FoortAlso designed by Reginald Foort. The organ was broken up for scrap and removed from the building in 1958
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ConacherForum CinemaCoventry38Reginald FoortGrand piano. Designed by Reginald Foort. The Conacher organ was sold to Northampton Grammar School
ConacherCentral CinemaHarrogate3-
ConacherColiseum CinemaSheffield--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
EsteyGaronsSouthend-on-Sea-- Played by local sisters Ena, Celesta and Florence Baga. In 1927 this organ was removed to St. Luke’s Church, Southend
EsteyPrincess TheatreBloomington--
Fitton & HayleyGreengates CinemaBradford2-The organ was removed from the building for spares, and the console was burnt by contractors
Fitton & HayleyCinema PalaceGoole217
Fitton & HayleyPavilion CinemaHeckmondwike--
Fitton & HayleyCarltonHull--Reginald DenningOrgan removed to the Cecil Theatre where it was destroyed by enemy action
Fitton & HayleyCentralHull--
Fitton & HayleyDorchester CinemaHull39
Fitton & HayleyLanghamHull213Stanley Johnson
Fitton & HayleyPlayhouseHull--
Fitton & HayleyWest ParkHull--
Fitton & HayleyEssoldoIlkley2-Harry Packard

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Fitton & HayleyLyricLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseLeeds--
Fitton & HayleyPicture HouseMorley--
Fitton & HayleyCapitol TheatreScarborough2-J.W. Ainsworth27 Stops.
Fitton & HayleyColiseum CinemaWhitby25
Fitton & HayleyEmpireWhitby25John Dalton
Fitton & HayleyTowerYork2-the organ was enlarged to a 4-Manual Binns, Fitton & Haley organ, with additions from the Regent Cinema, Hull, Christie 2 Manual, 5 Rank organ which had opened in 1928. The organ was removed and broken up for spares in 1956.
Fitton & HayleyArcadiaColwyn Bay--
Gray & DavidsPrince of WalesHarrow Road, London--Straight organ
HammondRitzGrays2-Florence De JongLaFleur organ
HammondGlenroyal CinemaBriggate2-removed to a Working Mens Club nearby when the cinema closed
HammondEssoldoChippenham2-Stanley MillerLaFleur organ
HammondGranadaKennington2-Stanley MillerLaFleur organ
HammondEssoldoNewcastle2-LaFleur organ with illuminated surround
HammondCrescent CinemaLeatherhead2-Don ComptonLaFleur organ. Illuminated console
HammondRex CinemaHigh Wycombe2-Edward O'HenryLaFleur organ.
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HammondRegal CinemaWembley--touring Hammond organ used
Hill, Norman & Beard ElectricBournemouth-11 stops. Replaced by a Christie
Hilsdon & CoNew Palace Picture HouseEdinburgh28now part of a of a 4/45 Hilsdon in the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Center in Todholes, Greenlaw
Hilsdon & CoPlayhouseEdinburgh323It was enlarged in 1971, again in 1973, and again in 1980/81, and ended up with 35 ranks of pipes and 7 ranks of tuned percussions controlled by 186 stop tabs.
Hilsdon & CoPicture HousePaisley--
Hilsdon & CoColiseumGlasgow--
Hilsdon & CoRegalGreenock--
Hilsdon & CoPlayhouse TheatreEdinburgh323
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HuntingtonCarlton Cinema London--Straight organ
IngramAstoria CinemaEdinburgh24Lyndon Laird
IngramCapitol CinemaEdinburgh28Lyndon Laird
IngramGaumont Edinburgh311The organ was removed in 1958.
JardineOdeon TheatreChesterfield323It was on this instrument that Reginald Dixon had his first organ instructions
JardinePicture HouseDouglas2-Quentin Maclean16 stop ‘straight’ concert organ, 1933 replaced with a Compton
JardinePalace CinemaAccrington2-George TootellStraight organ with 22 stops. The organ was removed in 1934 and installed in a church in Burnley.
JardineWaterlooBlackpool--
JardineKingsway Super CinemaManchester--re-built by the Compton Organ Co. in 1937
JardineTivoli TheatreStrand, London--C. 1928 moved to St. George's Cinema. York. Replaced with a WurliTzer.
JardineCounty CinemaLancaster2-The orchestral organ was installed in 1927
JardineAmbassador Super CinemaManchester3-Reginald Liversidge‘Rex Gloria’ More Info.
JardinePavilion CinemaWigan--The Jardin organ was removed from the building sometime during the 1930’s.
JardineGlobe CinemaActon, London2-Quentin Maclean 26 stops
JardineStoll TheatreKingsway, London--Jack Courtnay A Jardine tubular pneumatic orchestral organ was installed in 1927. In 1930 Jardine installed a larger theatre organ
JardineBruce Grove CinemaTottenham Ldn--
JardineSavoy CinemaBradford2-Installed 1928
JardineStandard CinemaCoventry25
JardinePicture HouseAyr310the first cinema organ to be made by this manufacturer
JardineColiseumGlasgow--
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JardineRegal CinemaGreenock--
JardineSt. George's CinemaYork327Frank OlsenPreviously been installed in the Tivoli Theatre, Strand, London
JardineRegalKirkaldy--A. Hamilton Wilding Grand Orchestral Organ. The organ was removed and sold to a church C. 1937.
JardineStrand CinemaDouglas-- Straight organ
Organs on the Isle of Man
JonesRialtoEnfield--Replaced by a Christie
JonesPavillionMarble Arch---Replaced by a Christie
JonesMarlborough Picture TheatreHolloway Rd2--Straight organ
Marshall & Sykes Cecil TheatreHull215Vivian Newall
MustelDancehouse TheatreManchester--
MustelPicture HouseStafford--C.W. Perkins
MustelPeckham Picture Playhouse London--
Nicholson & LordGrange CinemaKilburn338 stops. replaced 1927 with a Wurlitzer
Nicholson & LordSilver CinemaShepherd’s Bush--
Nicholson & LordPicture HouseChatham2-
Nicholson & LordNew Pavilion TheatreNewcastle upon Tyne215 stpInstalled 1919
ReevesElite Picture PalaceWimbledon3 1925 Replaced by a 3/7 Christie
Robert Hope-JonesGaiety Cinematograph TheatreLondon2-Reginald New Straight organ.
Rutt & CoPalace CinemaSlough2-G.T. Pattman Straight organ Installed 1929. Broken up for parts, used to restore the St. Albans instrument
Rutt & CoRegal CinemaHighams Park36Stanley LambertNow at St. Albans Organ Theatre
Rutt & CoSuper Cinema Oxford26Stanley Hemery Installed in a private residence Information
Standaart Commodore CinemaHammersmith 310Harry Davidson
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Harry Davidson
Song Of The Bells
Harry Davidson
'Rose Marie' Selection
Harry Davidson
There's An Organ Playing In My Dreams
Harry Davidson
Underneath The Arches
Harry Davidson
Big Ben's Saying Goodnight
Standaart Metropole KinemaVictoria --Replaced by a Wurlitzer in 1935
StandaartEmpire TheatreCoventry24Percy Milton Cinema destroyed by fire. re-opened 1933
StandaartCapitol CinemaBarking--
StandaartSavoy Super CinemaFolkestone2-Percy Milton
SymphoniqueRegal CinemaGrays--
Vincent Majestic CinemaLeeds3- 33 stops. straight organ
Vincent Queen’s HallNewcastle upon Tyne329 straight organ. In 1957 the organ was sold and removed from the cinema
Vincent King's TheatreSunderland326David Clegg straight organ. 1928 organ rebuilt by William Sewell to become a 3 Manual 29 Ranks. destroyed by German bombs on 16th May 1943
Vowels Palladium CinemaPontypridd--Installed in 1916. 20 stops, enlarged to 25 in 1928. Straight organ. Bristol Company
WalkerPicture HouseDoncaster-- Straight organ
WillisAlexandra Palace TheatreLondon5- 101 stops, eight thousand pipes,powered by 2 steam engine. More
WillisPark Hall CinemaCardiff3- 45 stops
Willis-LewisElite Picture TheatreNottingham-- Replaced by a Compton in 1929
WurlitzerPicture HouseWalsall26Jack CourtnayOpus 956 First Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More information
WurlitzerPalace TheatreTottenham26Jack Courtnay Opus 999 Second Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian More Information
WurlitzerNew GalleryRegent Street28 Jack CourtnayOpus 1034 Third Wurlitzer installation in Great Britian

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WurlitzerPicture HouseGlasgow28Opus 1119
WurlitzerExchange CinemaNorthampton28Opus 1199 transferred From Picture House, Leicester. Replaced a Compton concert organ
WurlitzerPlaza TheatrePiccadilly, London315Opus 978 Upright piano. Organ was removed 1967
Charles D. Smart
Wedding Of The Painted Doll
WurlitzerRink CinemaFinsbury Park28Opus 1343 Dismantled - damaged by enemy action
WurlitzerHavelock Picture HouseSunderland28Frank Matthews Opus 1317 Regular broadcasts from here, organists not named
WurlitzerWest End CinemaBirmingham28Charles WillisOpus 1358 In later years Reginald Dixon was resident here. 1965 the organ was removed

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WurlitzerPalladium Picture PlayhouseBrixton25(4)Melbourne Holman Opus 1408 Model B
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WurlitzerClassic CinemaBelfast28Leslie SimpsonOpus 1536
WurlitzerLozells Picture TheatreBirmingham26Ernest NewmanOpus 1530 Style B. Destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerPicture HouseMaida Vale26Reginald FoortOpus 1670 style D. Theatre taken over by the food ministry
WurlitzerGaumontDingle26William WhittleOpus 1664 Transferred from Trocadero, Liverpool. Now owned by The  Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust More information
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WurlitzerGrangeKilburn28Florence De JongOpus 2216 Model F. Replaced a Nicholson & Lord straight organ
WurlitzerRoyal HippodromeNottingham28Leslie James Opus 1744 organ unused after CinemaScope was installed mid-1950’s,
WurlitzerBroadway Super CinemaStratford28Opus 1749
WurlitzerRegent TheatreSheffield28Opus 1768
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHull26J.T. McDougall Opus 1758 8th May 1941 destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerMadame TussaudsMarylebone Road28Opus 1716 Theatre destroyed by enemy action, organ stored
WurlitzerRegent CinemaBristol28Frank Matthews Opus 1846 Totally destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerPlaza Cinema AllertonLiverpool28Reginald FoortOpus 1841
WurlitzerTrocadero Super CinemaLiverpool26Sydney GustardOpus 1664 transferred to the Gaumont, Dingle
WurlitzerPlaza CinemaMaidenhead25Phillip DoreOpus 1892
WurlitzerNew Victoria TheatrePreston29Leslie J. RogersOpus 1895

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WurlitzerRegent CinemaDudley26John HowlettOpus 1915 March 1981 installed and played at Peterborough Technical College More information
WurlitzerKings TheatreDundee26George HuntOpus 1937 Lift
WurlitzerLido CinemaHove26Reginald FoortOpus 1920 Model 165. Transferred from Union Theatre, Munchen Gladbach
WurlitzerDominion CinemaHounslow26Opus 1939 Previously installed in the Alhambra Cinema, Berlin, Germany
WurlitzerRink CinemaSydenham26Opus 1941 Damaged by enemy action and stored
WurlitzerEmpire TheatreLeicester Square421Opus 1525
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 PalladiumLondon28Reginald FoortOpus 1841 Transferred to Plaza Cinema, Allerton
WurlitzerTivoliStrand, London29Opus 1978 Replaced a Jardine
WurlitzerRegent TheatreHanley29E. Felton Rapley Opus 2010 The organ was removed in 1972
Stanley Tudor
Wedgewood Blue
WurlitzerDance HallGrantham25Opus 1354 Transferred from Decca Studios
WurlitzerRivoli CinemaSouthend on Sea310Replaced a Christie in 1936. Rebuilt with additional ranks
WurlitzerGranadaBedford2(3)8Harold BettsOpus 2186
WurlitzerMetropole KinemaVictoria310(11)Opus 2013 Replacing a Standaart. Ex Fulton Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio
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WurlitzerSavoy CinemaEnfield27Reginald NewOpus 1319 In 1966 the organ was removed to the West Hallam Social Club in Derbyshire.
WurlitzerGaumontManchester414Stanley Tudor Opus 2189 Grand piano. Moved to the Granada Studios, now at Folly Farm
Stanley Tudor
Running Off The Rails
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Flight of the Bumblebee
Robin Richmond
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHuddersfield28Harold Ramsay Opus 2191 Grand piano. Illuminated console & illuminated seat
WurlitzerEmbassy CinemaMaldon26Opus 1772 Illuminated console
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreMansfield38Harold Ramsay Opus 2192 Grand piano. 1973 Organ sold and removed by John Madin of Chesterfield
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreWandsworth38Harry FarmerOpus 2197 Destroyed by enemy action, organ stored
WurlitzerRitz CinemaIpswich38Harold Ramsay Opus 2199 Grand piano & illuminated console. 1973 organ was removed for spare parts
WurlitzerRex CinemaCoventry2(3)5(6)Arthur AikmanOpus 2202 Piano. Totally destroyed by enemy action
WurlitzerRitz CinemaChatham38Harold RamsayOpus 2204 Grand piano. Organ removed in 1972, installed in the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaBarnsley37H. Robinson Cleaver Opus 2201 Lift, illuminated console & Grand piano. Organ removed in 1969 & sold to a private buyer
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Trevor Willetts
Punch & Judy Polka
WurlitzerGranadaWoolwich38Reginald Dixon Opus 2203 Grand piano
WurlitzerGaumont CinemaWatford38Vincent Collier Opus 2207 Console destroyed by fire in 1956. It was not replaced and the remains of the instrument were removed in 1959 and reused in a church.
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaAldershot37Harold Ramsay Opus 2206 Illuminated console & Grand piano.
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenwich38Donald ThorneOpus 2212 Grand piano
WurlitzerGranada TheatreNorth Cheam38Lloyd ThomasOpus 2214 Grand piano
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaLuton38H. Robinson Cleaver Opus 2210 Pillar & vase illuminated surround.
WurlitzerGranada TheatreHarrow38Harry FarmerOpus 2217 Grand piano
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WurlitzerGranada TheatreClapham Junction38Donald ThorneOpus 2218 Grand piano
Reginald Dixon - Dixon Hits #Twenty-Six
Reginald Dixon - Dixon Hits #Twenty-Seven
WurlitzerGranada TheatreGreenford38 Dudley BeavenOpus 2219 Grand piano
WurlitzerState TheatreKilburn416Sydney TorchOpus 2216 Grand piano
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Sidney Torch
Twilight In Turkey, Sunrise Serenade & Goofy Dame
Sidney Torch
Alabamy Bound, St. Louis Blues & Caravan
Sidney Torch
Some Of These Days, Mood Indigo & Tiger Rag
Sidney Torch
Temptation Rag, After You've Gone & Power House
Sidney Torch
Dardanella, Georgia On My Mind & Nobody's Sweetheart
WurlitzerRitz CinemaStockport38Wilfred Southworth Opus 2213
WurlitzerRitz CinemaHastings38Wilfred Southworth Opus 2211

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WurlitzerGranada Theatre Welling38H. Robinson Cleaver Opus 2221 Grand piano. 1983 The organ removed and installed in the Woking Leisure Centre.
H. Robinson Cleaver
Canadian Capers
WurlitzerGranada TheatreSlough38Dudley BeavenOpus 2222 Grand piano
Reginald Dixon
Classics of Swing
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #eleven
WurlitzerStanford HallLoughboro25Opus 1523 (Player Attachment ?). originally been installed in the Madeleine Theatre, Paris in 1926
Vic Hammett
When I Fall In Love"
WurlitzerRitz CinemaRichmond38Wilfred Southworth Opus 2223 Grand piano
Reginald Porter-Brown - Medley
Bobby Pagan
Diane / You're Just In Love
WurlitzerRegentStotford310Removed from La Scala, Glasgow (rebuilt)
WurlitzerSavoy CinemaRadford26(5)Eric Lord Opus 2226
WurlitzerGaumont TheatreHolloway312 Opus 2228
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WurlitzerGaumont TheatreOldham310Jack Fenner Now owned by the COS
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WurlitzerRitz CinemaWorkington25Harry Croft Opus 1881 Illuminated console, lift. Originally installed in the Niles Theatre, New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
The organ was removed, has been restored and is in private hands
WurlitzerImperial CinemaCanning Town25Max BruceOpus 2063 Transferred from Tolmer Sq. Cinema
WurlitzerRegent TheatreStamford Hill29Opus 1994
WurlitzerRegent TheatreBournemouth29Reginald FoortOpus 2020
WurlitzerTroc-etteBermondsey28Arthur JenkinsOpus 1955
WurlitzerTower BallroomBlackpool313Opus 2187 Grand piano. Replaced a smaller Wurlitzer in 1934
WurlitzerEmpress BallroomBlackpool313Opus 2037 Tower Ballroom enlarged and G.P transferred to Empress
WurlitzerPalace BallroomBlackpool39Watson Holmes
WurlitzerRegent CinemaBrighton29Quentin Maclean Opus 2046
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WurlitzerNew CrossLondon29Opus 2057
WurlitzerRegent TheatreIpswich26Frank NewmanOpus 2068 Illuminated surround added mid 1930s. Further reading
WurlitzerCity CinemaLeicester29Leslie James Opus 2081 Replaced a Apollo organ. Originally intended for the Marlborough Theatre, Holloway, London.
The organ was removed in 1957, and after a number of years in private hands was installed Summerland Entertainment Complex in Douglas, Isle of Man. It was then moved to Villa Marina Arcade
WurlitzerPicture HouseLeicester28Jack Courtnay
WurlitzerNew WestgateNewcastle26Opus 1740 Transfered from Castle Hill Theatre, Bronx, New York, USA.
WurlitzerNew VictoriaEdinburgh310Leslie James Opus 1265 Originally installed in the Embassy Theatre, Baltimore, USA
WurlitzerNew VictoriaBradford310Leslie James Opus 2116
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WurlitzerOdeonManchester421Opus 2120 Upright piano. Master Xylophone
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WurlitzerLeicester Sq. TheatreLondon310Opus 1525
WurlitzerTrocaderoElephant & Castle421Quentin Maclean Opus 2139 The organ was removed and installed in the Edric Hall of Southbank University. In 2011 it was moved to the Troxy More information
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The Stage
27 January 1955

WurlitzerDominion CinemaWalthamstow310Rex O'Grady Opus 2140
WurlitzerRegal CinemaColchester25Opus 1840
WurlitzerParamountNewcastle319Edward O'HenryOpus 2162 Console embossed
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Compton Lodge Studios
WurlitzerGranada TheatreTooting414Alex Taylor Opus 1523 Originally a 4 Manual 12 Ranks instrument. Originally installed in 1926 in the Majestic Theatre, Sacramento, California, USA as a 3 Manual 10 Rank. In 1932-33, it was enlarged to be a 4 Manual 14 Ranks specification. More information
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Compton Lodge Studios
Reginald Porter-Brown
Medley
Robinson Cleaver
Canadian Capers
Robinson Cleaver
An Earful Of Music
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
WurlitzerGranada TheatreEast Ham3-Opus 2200
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Compton Lodge Studios

The console of the Granada’s Wurlitzer organ, which is now installed in a private residence in Cannock, UK.
WurlitzerRegal CinemaBeckenham28Reginald FoortOpus 1174 Model F. Rebuilt to a 3 Manual 8 Rank unit with grand piano attachment and an illuminated ‘Rainbow’ console. Opened by Harold Ramsay on 25th January 1937
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Compton Lodge Studios
WurlitzerRegal CinemaKingston upon Thames312Reginald Foort Opus 2174 Lift, phantom Grand piano, illuminated consol
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Compton Lodge Studios
Harold Ramsay
Rodeo March
Harold Ramsay
Twelfth Street Rag
Harold Ramsay - Gershwin Medley
Harold Ramsay - St. Louis Blues
Reginald Foort
Toselli's Serenata
Reginald Foort
Wee Macgregor Patrol
Reginald Porter-brown
Nola
WurlitzerOdeon CinemaLeeds319Reg O'Grady.Opus 2169 Console embossed
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Compton Lodge Studios
WurlitzerGaumontExeter2(3)6(9)Frederic Bayco Opus 2042 Cinema partly destroyed by enemy action, The Wurlitzer organ was badly damaged and never replaced
WurlitzerRegal CinemaHampstead26Reginald FoortOpus 1959 Transferred to Goblin (restored) ?
WurlitzerEmpire TheatreEdmonton310 Don BakerOpus 2183 Grand piano. Replaced a Christie The cinema was demolished. The organ is now at the St Albans Organ Theatre, St Albans, Hertfordshire
WurlitzerTroxyStepney310Bobby PaganOpus 2184 2010 work to replace the organ with the former Trocadero started cumulating in a Night of a Thousand Pipes
WurlitzerTheatre De LuxeGloucester38Wyndham Lewis Opus 1590 A small organ was replaced by a Wurlitzer (F Type) originally installed in the Union Square Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio. This instrument was later repossessed by the Wurlitzer company. 1934, a Wurltzer 3 Manual console was installed. Destroyed by fire January 1939
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Compton Lodge Studios
Report on the fire
Bristol Evening Post
30 January 1939
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WurlitzerForum CinemaNorthenden38Kevin BuckleyOpus 1165 Originally installed in the Cameo Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
WurlitzerRex CinemaStratford27Sandy Macpherson Opus 1719 Transfered from Almira Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
WurlitzerOpera HouseBlackpool314 Reginald Dixon Horace FinchOpus 2229 Grand piano. The last Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK More information
WurlitzerGranada TheatreKingston upon Thames310Reginald DixonOpus 2230 Grand piano. Originally installed at Picture House, Edinburgh as a 2/8 ?
Reginald Dixon
Dixontime #two
WurlitzerPicture HouseEdinburgh 28Reginald FoortOpus 1169
WurlitzerTolmer CinemaTolmer Square25Arthur Jenkins Opus 2063 Style 150-Special. Transfered to the Imperial Canning Town
UnknownPalace TheatreLong Eaton--In 1922 a Grand Orchestral Pipe Organ was installed
UnknownCentral Picture Playhouse Maidstone3-straight Organ installed
UnknownPalmadium Cinema Palmers Green2-straight Organ installed
UnknownLangham Cinema Pinner2-
UnknownEssoldoSouthend-on-Sea--
UnknownCrescent CinemaLeeds--
UnknownGranada Kings Cross--