The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Loew's Theatre / Ocean State Performing Arts Center / Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

OHS Database ID 7971.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 405, 2011-07-02.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 31, 2012.

Technical Details

Wurlitzer EP chests .

5 manuals. 169 stops. 21 ranks.

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

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Concave radiating pedalboard.


  • Status Note: Operational. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Building was Loew's Theater. Relocated in 1982 from Marbro Theatre, Chicago, IL via Minneapolis, MN. One of 5 five-manual Wurlitzers. Theater previously had 1928 Morton 4-20r, the pipes of which went to Waltham, MA. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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  • 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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  • Typed Specification. Source: EMCATOS website
    Providence, Rhode Island
    Providence Performing Arts Center
    Installed by William Hansen and Gary Hanson   1982
    The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.   Opus 1587   1927                   5 manuals, 21 ranks
    Originally installed in the Marbro Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
                     MAIN CHAMBER                           SOLO CHAMBER
         16' Tuba Horn            85 pipes      16' Tuba Mirabilis       73 pipes
          8' Diaphone Diapason    73 pipes       8' English Horn         61 pipes
          8' Tibia Clausa         73 pipes       8' Trumpet              61 pipes
          8' Clarinet             61 pipes      16' Solo Tibia Clausa    85 pipes
          8' Solo String          61 pipes       8' Kinura               61 pipes
          8' Viol d'Orchestre     85 pipes       8' Orchestral Oboe      61 pipes
          8' Viol Celeste         73 pipes       8' Oboe Horn            61 pipes
         16' Concert Flute        97 pipes       8' Saxophone            61 pipes
          8' Quintadena           61 pipes       8' Solo String          61 pipes
          8' Dulciana             61 pipes       8' Solo Vox Humana      61 pipes
          8' Vox Humana           61 pipes          Xylophone            37 notes
             Chrysoglott          49 notes          Glockenspiel         37 notes
                                                    Chimes               25 notes
                                                    Sleigh Bells         25 notes
                                                    Marimba / Harp       49 notes
                                                    Traps and Effects
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-04-15]
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: EMCATOS website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.