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I always enjoy reading the comments from Gary and my good friend Jack Tillmany. The Wurlitzer in the El Capitan was a style 235, of three manuals and eleven ranks of pipes. That organ had “open-toed” voicing to fill the huge auditorium. I remember the piano being in the pit. Edward Millington Stout
Having been raised in Pontiac, Michigan in the 1930s & 40s, I was told “The Eagle Theatre Is Off Limits”, but you can go to the Stand or the grand old Oakland. I am aware the Oakland burned to the ground in the early 1960s and I muse thinking of the large sign painted on the back of the stagehouse wall, which read, OAKLAND THEATRE—OAKLAND COUNTY’S FINEST PHOTOPLAY HOUSE —ABSOLUTLY FIREPROOF. Do any photos exist of the Oakland Theatre?
Edward Millington Stout
The thirty-six rank Wurlitzer in the Times Square Paramount was based on Wurlitzer’s largest standard model, the 285, such as the magnificent example installed the the San Francsico Granada Theatre in 1921. Those were known as “two-pressure” organs, meaning the blowers supplied 15" & 25" pressures. The 285’s “Brass” division, consisting of an English Horn (Post) on 15" pressure and a 25" Tuba Mirabilis, became the “Orchestral” division on the 4 manual specials. The Paramount was the first of the five instruments falling under that classification. I knew Bob Mack well and often communicated with Dan Papp by letter. Respectfully Submitted, Edward Millington Stout