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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (1927)

Location:

Marbro Theatre
4110 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60624 US
Organ ID: 47709

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on February 08, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 21 ranks. 5 manuals. 234 stops.
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 February 08, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 5
  • Stops: 234
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 08, 2019.
Database Manager on February 08, 2019:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 09, 2019.

Database Manager on April 07, 2015:

"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

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

Database Manager on February 07, 2011:

Identified through information from Jonathan Ortloff: -- Removed from the Theatre in 1959 and installed in the residence of Byron Carlson, St. Paul, Minnesota.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From <i>The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ - An Illustrated History</i> by David L. Junchen (The American Theatre Organ Society: 2005): Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

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

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