Dixie Theater

894 West Broad Street,
Columbus, OH 43222

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A neighborhood second-run theater on the westside of Columbus, Ohio. According to Myron Seifert, the Dixie Theater opened in 1911. The last movie showtime listing in The Columbus Dispatch was on February 5 1952.

Today, the theater site is used for retail business.

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AndrewBarrett on January 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

According to the TheatreOrgans.com Searchable Opus List Database, the Dixie Theatre had a Wurlitzer model 105 theatre pipe organ (yes theatre organ, although there was a also a popular band organ model called the 105 which was completely different) installed on January 22, 1927. It was Wurlitzer Opus 1562, and its current whereabouts are unknown.

The 105 had a piano console with two manuals and three ranks of pipes, and also a set of chimes, but no other percussions besides the piano, and no traps. Not very theatrical!

Does anyone know what happened to this organ and where it (or its parts) are today?

Also, does anyone know what kind of music the Dixie had before it got the Wurlitzer theatre organ in 1927? Did it have some kind of photoplayer (quite likely), or maybe an orchestrion which played continuously (unsynchronized with the picture)??? If so, does anybody know what happened to that instrument?

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