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Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations (2000)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 2029, 1929)

Location:

Loew's Akron Theatre / Akron Civic Theatre
182 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44308 US
Organ ID: 35367

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 25, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 19 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 25, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 25, 2018.
Database Manager on June 23, 2016:

Updated through online information from Christopher J.K. Ha.

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

Database Manager on June 05, 2016:

Updated through online information from Christopher J.K. Ha.
Wurlitzer model 240.

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

Database Manager on June 05, 2016:

Updated through online information from Christopher J.K. Ha.
The organ was purchased for a reported $60,000 (1928). The Akron Civic Theatre opened on April, 20th 1929, but the theatre organ, a style 240, was originally destined for the Loew's Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The organ installation was switched to Akron when it was evident construction here was proceeding well ahead of schedule. The console was originally finished in mahogany - only to be covered with plaster stucco and trimmed in gold to match the decor of the theatre.

When the organ was restored and expanded in 2000, the organ console stripped of the plaster stucco and refinished in cream white paint with gold leaf and mahogany accents.

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

Database Manager on April 11, 2016:

Originally called Loew's Akron Theatre.
Factory date: March 6, 1929

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

Database Manager on May 17, 2009:

Updated through online information from Donnie Rankin. -- Style 240, originally 3 manuals 13 ranks. Restored and expanded to 19 ranks in 2000 under tonal direction of Lyn Larsen.

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

Database Manager on June 10, 2008:

Identified through online information from Don Daley. -- When the theater was renovated, the organ was also; the relay is solid state, and several ranks were added to the instrument.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist provided by Christopher J. K. Ha
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Console and Theatre Interior: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Console: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Console: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Percussion Controls: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Main Chamber Pipework: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Solo Chamber Pipework: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Solo Chamber Pipework: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Solo Chamber Traps and Pipework: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Theatre Interior: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Theatre Interior and Stage: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Theatre Interior and Balcony: (2014) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Lobby: (2014) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Theatre Exterior: (2012) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

Main Chamber Pipework: (2007) Photograph by Christopher J. K. Ha.

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