The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 1894, 1928)

Location:

Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201 US
Organ ID: 49119

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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, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 36 ranks. 4 divisions. 4 manuals. 335 registers.
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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 4
  • Registers: 335
  • 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: Setterboard (remote or in console).
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on November 22, 2022:

The theater seats around 5,100 people.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on November 22, 2022.

Database Manager on July 01, 2016:

Wurlitzer "Style Fox Sp"
Factory date: June 14, 1928
Cost: $93,898
Included 2nd 4-manual "slave" console

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

Database Manager on October 09, 2013:

Updated through online information from Jim Boutell.

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

Database Manager on November 23, 2011:

Identified through online information from William Dunklin. -- This organ retains its original "slave console" now located in one of the balcony colonnades as well as its primary console in the orchestra pit. The theatre also has a 3/12 Möller organ (Op. 5387) in the lobby.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Larry Chace and David L. Junchen
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console (1990's): Photograph courtesy of Jim Boutell.

Console: Photograph by J Granger & Associates, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2022-11-21

Interior to rear: Photograph by J Granger & Associates, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2022-11-21

View of the room from the Diaphone chamber: Photograph by J Granger & Associates, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2022-11-21

Dome and lamp: Photograph by J Granger & Associates, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2022-11-21

Theater exterior: Photograph by Andre Carrotflower, via Wikimedia Commons, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2020-12-15

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