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Marbro Theatre
4110 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60624

OHS Database ID 47609.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 8, 2019.


Technical Details

Wurlitzer EP chests .

5 manuals. 234 stops. 21 ranks.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes.

Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Identified through information from Jonathan Ortloff: -- Removed from the Theatre in 1959 and installed in the residence of Byron Carlson, St. Paul, Minnesota. (James Cook. February 7, 2011)
  • "Style Sp 5m" (Publix #1 plus Post Horn)
    Factory date: March 6, 1927
    1930 Addition: 4-manual slave console, which was later moved to Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois (Steven E. Lawson. April 7, 2015)
  • Updated by Eric Schmiedeberg, who gave this as the source of the information: I am very familiar with Wurlitzer protocols and have both played, owned and worked on lots of their consoles..

    Photographic evidence shows that the console was placed at the house-right end of the orchestra pit on a rotating lift. (Stephen Hall. February 8, 2019)

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Bibliography

  • Ortloff, Jonathan. "Wurlitzer Opus 1587; Providence Performing Arts Center; Providence, Rhode Island," The Tracker (Volume 55 No.1, pp. 14-17). [Photographs, description, disposition]

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Console. From my private collection, courtesy of Eric Schmiedeberg (1950's)

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  • Typed specification. Source: From The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ - An Illustrated History by David L. Junchen (The American Theatre Organ Society: 2005)
    Chicago, Illinois
    Marbro Theatre
    
    The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.   Opus 1587   1927   Style Sp 5m (Publix #1 plus Post Horn)
    5 manuals, 21 ranks
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    
                    MAIN CHAMBER                               SOLO CHAMBER
         16' Tuba Horn           85 pipes   15"      8' English Horn        61 pipes   15"
         16' Open Diapason       85 pipes   10"      8' Tuba Mirabilis      73 pipes   15"
          8' Tibia Clausa        73 pipes   12"      8' Brass Trumpet       61 pipes   10"
          8' Solo String         73 pipes   10"     16' Tibia Clausa        97 pipes   15"
          8' Viol d'Orchestre    73 pipes   10"      8' Oboe Horn           61 pipes   10"
          8' Viol Celeste        73 pipes   10"      8' Solo String         61 pipes   10"
          8' Clarinet            61 pipes   10"      8' Orchestral Oboe     61 pipes   10"
         16' Bourdon/Flute       97 pipes   10"      8' Kinura              61 pipes   10"
          8' Quintadena          61 pipes   10"      8' Brass Saxophone     61 pipes   10"
          8' Dulciana            61 pipes   10"      8' Vox Humana          61 pipes    6"
          8' Vox Humana          61 pipes    6"         Xylophone           37 notes
             Chrysoglott         49 notes               Glockenspiel        37 notes
                                                        Chimes              25 notes
                                                        Marimba             49 notes
                                                        Master Xylophone    37 notes
                                                        Piano               85 notes
                                                        Sleigh Bells        25 notes
    
    
             PEDAL                                      BOMBARDE
         16' Tuba Profunda                          16' Tuba Profunda
         16' Diaphone                               16' Tuba Mirabilis (Ten. C)
         16' Tibia Clausa (S)                       16' Diaphone
         16' Bourdon                                16' Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Tuba Mirabilis                         16' Tibia Clausa (Ten. C)
          8' Tuba Horn                               8' English Horn
          8' Octave                                  8' Trumpet
          8' Tibia Clausa (S)                        8' Tuba Mirabilis
          8' Clarinet                                8' Tuba Horn
          8' Saxophone                               8' Diaphonic Diapason
          8' Bass Solo String (2 rks)                8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Cello                                   8' Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Flute                                   8' Solo String
          4' Flute                                   8' Solo String (S)
         16' Piano                                   8' Viole d'Orchestre
                                                     8' Viole Celeste
             PEDAL 2nd TOUCH                         8' Concert Flute
         16' Tuba Profunda (Pizzicato)               4' Clarion Mirabilis
             Bass Drum                               4' Clarion
             Kettle Drum                             4' Piccolo
             Snare Drum                              4' Piccolo (S)
             Crash Cymbal                               Xylophone
             Cymbal                                     Glockenspiel
             Accomp. to Pedal                           Snare Drum
             Great to Pedal
             Solo to Pedal                              BOMBARDE 2nd TOUCH
                                                    16' Tuba Profunda
             ACCOMPANIMENT                           8' Tuba Horn
         16' Solo String (Ten. C) (2 rks)            8' Tibia Clausa (Main)
          8' English Horn                               Great to Bombarde Sub
          8' Tuba Horn                                  Great to Bombarde Octave
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                         Solo to Bombarde
          8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Tibia Clausa (S)                           ORCHESTRAL
          8' Clarinet                               16' Tuba Profunda
          8' Saxophone                              16' Tibia Clausa (Ten. C) (S)
          8' Solo String                            16' Saxophone (Ten. C)
          8' Solo String (S)                        16' Solo String (Ten. C) (2 rks)
          8' Clarinet                                8' English Horn
          8' Saxophone                               8' Trumpet
          8' Solo String                             8' Tuba Horn
          8' Solo String (S)                         8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Viole d'Orchestre                       8' Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Viole Celeste                           8' Orchestral Oboe
          8' Oboe Horn                               8' Kinura
          8' Quintadena                              8' Clarinet
          8' Dulciana                                8' Saxophone
          8' Concert Flute                           8' Solo String
          8' Vox Humana                              8' Solo String (S)
          8' Vox Humana (S)                          8' Viole d'Orchestre
          4' Piccolo                                 8' Viole Celeste
          4' Piccolo (S)                             8' Concert Flute
          4' Viole                                   8' Vox Humana
          4' Octave Celeste                          8' Vox Humana (S)
          4' Flute                                   4' Piccolo
          4' Vox Humana                              4' Piccolo (S)
          4' Vox Humana (S)                          4' Viole
      2 2/3' Twelfth                                 4' Octave Celeste
          2' Piccolo                                 4' Flute
          8' Piano                                      Marimba (reiterating)
             Mandolin                                   Harp
             Marimba (reiterating)                      Bells
             Harp                                       Xylophone
             Chrysoglott                                Glockenspiel
             Snare Drum                                 Chrysoglott
             Tambourine                                 Cathedral Chimes
             Castanets
             Chinese Block                              SOLO
             Tom Tom                                 8' Trumpet
             Sand Block                              8' Tuba Mirabilis
                                                     8' Tuba Horn
             ACCOMPANIMENT 2nd TOUCH                 8' Diaphonic Diapason
          8' Tuba Mirabilis                          8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Tuba Horn                               8' Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                      8' Orchestral Oboe
          8' Tibia Clausa                            8' Kinura
          8' Tibia Clausa (S)                        8' Clarinet
          8' Saxophone                               8' Saxophone
          8' Strings (2 rks)                         8' Solo String
          4' Piccolos (2 rks)                        8' Solo String (S)
             Xylophone                               8' Oboe Horn
             Glockenspiel                            8' Quintadena
             Cathedral Chimes                        8' Vox Humana
             Triangle                                8' Vox Humana (S)
             Octave                                  8' Dulciana
             Solo to Accompaniment                   4' Piccolo
             Solo to Accomp. 2nd Touch               4' Piccolo (S)
             Solo to Accomp. Pizz. Touch             8' Piano
                                                        Marimba (reiterating)
             GREAT                                      Xylophone Master
         16' Tuba Profunda                              Glockenspiel
         16' Diaphone                                   Bells (reiterating)
         16' Tibia Clausa (S)                           Chrysoglott
         16' Tibia Clausa (Ten. C)                      Cathedral Chimes
         16' Clarinet (Ten. C)
         16' Saxophone (Ten. C)                         TREMULANTS (9)
         16' Solo String (Ten. C) (2 rks)               Main
         16' Vox Humana (Ten. C)                        Solo
         16' Vox Humana (Ten. C) (S)                    Tibia Clausa (M)
          8' Tuba Mirabilis                             Diapason & String
          8' English Horn                               Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Trumpet                                    String, Tuba Mir., & Eng. Horn
          8' Tuba Horn                                  Vox Humana (M)
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                         Vox Humana (S)
          8' Tibia Clausa                               Tuba
          8' Tibia Clausa (S)
          8' Orchestral Oboe                            ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS
          8' Kinura                                     Pedal       10 pistons
          8' Clarinet                                   Accomp.     10 pistons
          8' Saxophone                                  Great       10 pistons
          8' Solo String                                Bombarde    10 pistons
          8' Solo String (S)                            Orchestral  10 pistons
          8' Viole d'Orchestre                          Solo         6 pistons
          8' Viole Celeste
          8' Concert Flute                              BALANCED PEDALS
          8' Vox Humana                                 Main   (with indicating key)
          8' Vox Humana (S)                             Solo   (with indicating key)
          4' Piccolo                                    Crescendo
          4' Piccolo (S)
          4' Viole                                      LEFT TOE PISTONS
          4' Octave Celeste                             Surf Effect
          4' Vox Humana                                 Auto Horn
          4' Vox Humana (S)                             Fire Gong
          4' Flute                                      Steamboat Whistle
      2 2/3' Twelfth                                    Horse Hoofs
          2' Fifteenth                                  Two Birds Effects
          2' Piccolo                                       (one in each box)
      1 3/5' Tierce
         16' Piano                                      RIGHT TOE LEVERS
          8' Piano                                      Thunder Pedal (Diaphone)
          4' Piano                                      Thunder Pedal (Reed)
             Marimba (reiterating)
             Harp
             Bells
             Sleigh Bells
             Xylophone (Master)
             Xylophone
             Glockenspiel
             Chrysoglott
             Cathedral Chimes
             Sub Octave
             Octave
             Solo to Great
    
             GREAT 2nd TOUCH
         16' Tuba Profunda
          8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Tibia Clausa (S)
             Solo to Great Pizz. Touch
             Solo to Great 2nd Touch
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-06-01]
    
    
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