Dusting Off the Wurlitzers: Preserving the Theatre Organ in Indianapolis, Part II

January 7, 2015 9:47 PM

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Thanks to the efforts of restorers like Indianapolis-based Carlton Smith (referenced in Part I of this article), the theatre organ no longer faces imminent extinction. Using organizations like the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), the great theater organists of the country must continue to partner with devotees to expand the audience for this instrument whose heyday was nearly a century ago. The cohesion of the Indianapolis theatre organ community places the city's prominence at the level of Seattle and Los Angeles, despite their greater size.

A Wurlitzer nearly completely restored by Carlton Smith and his team, awaiting shipment to its new home.

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