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Reuter Organ Co. (Opus 204, 1926)

Location:

Varsity Theater
1013 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044 US
Organ ID: 19944

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on September 12, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 8 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on September 12, 2022:

The Varsity Theater in Lawrence, Kansas was opened October 26, 1926. It was equipped with a Reuter organ. By 1941, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. It was remodelled in 1965 and was closed September 1, 1997. The building is now used as a clothing store. -- Cinema Treasures website

Photo caption from Encyclopedia of the Theatre Organ: "The 3/8 Reuter in the Varsity Theatre in Lawrence, Kansas was undoubtedly a company "show" organ. It featured a full complement of traps and was voiced on 10" wind pressure, the highest ever used by the firm."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on September 12, 2022.

Database Manager on November 24, 2005:

Identified from the Reuter Opus List, provided by Chris Leaver, Reuter Organ Co., November, 2005.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Auditorium and stage, organ grills on either side of the proscenium; console and piano visible in pit: Photograph from an archival source: Encyclopedia Of The American Theatre Organ, David Junchen; Joey Peterzak via Facebook. Taken approx. c. 1926

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