Comments from Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Venetian Theatre on Jul 31, 2013 at 6:53 am

A Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1572, a 2/8, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes was shipped from the WurliTizer factory on February 5, 1927. In 1950 the organ went to a restaurant in Milwaukee. In April, 1954 the organ was moved ,minus its toy counter (sound effects), to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Bayfield, Wisconsin. In June 2005 the wondering organ moved to a private residence in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Anyone have anymore info, is it playable?

“WurliTizer” on an organ represents the highest term of expression applied to organs.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about National Theatre on Jul 30, 2013 at 6:07 am

That National Grande Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 3/10, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, was shipped from Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1927. First at the Console of that Golden Voiced Organ was Martin Pflug. I think the organ was in the theater till the 1960’s, anyone know what happened to it?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Gem Theatre on Jul 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

More info, comments, corrections, photos, inside and out, old and new are always welcome!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Shorewood Theatre on Jul 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

PLEASE CHANGE THE ADDRESS TO:

SHOREWOOD, WISCONSIN 53211

THANKS

The location is about a mile North of the Milwaukee border, Edgewood Avenue.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Brookfield Square Cinemas on Jul 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN 53005

THANKS

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Gallery Cinema on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:10 am

PLEASE CHANGE TO:

60 SEATS

OPEN FROM ABOUT 1980-1990

THANKS

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Grace Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

A Grand Barton Theater Pipe Organ 2/, manual/, keyboards/, was shipped 85 miles from the Barton factory in Oshkosh B'kosh, Wisconsin in 1925. Anyone have any idea what happened to the organ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Skyway Cinemas 6 on Jul 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

If you want to see the cinema/church from the air go to the map, click on view larger map, click on Google Maps, click on + to enlarge. The red dot goes to the red building which in Rocky Rococo, haven’t had any of their pizza in awhile. The Skyway/Faith is Southeast across the street, the black roof is the cinema, the gray roof is the addition.

More info, corrections, photos, inside and out, old and new are always welcome!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Alhambra Theater on Jul 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

A little more on that Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1261, a 2/6, manual/ranks, keyboards/sets of pipes. It was shipped (not installed) the 637 miles from North Tonawanda, New York, on January 30, 1926. It had a curved console, 450 pipes, 4 tuned percussions and 20 traps (sound effects on the toy counter). It was sold to Our Lady of Good Hope Church in Milwaukee and then sold to someone 65 miles South in Riverwoods, Illinois and it is “OK”. Anyone know anything else?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Pearl Theatre on Jul 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

A Grand Barton Theater Pipe Organ 2/5, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes was shipped 87 miles from the factory in Oshkosh B'kosh, Wisconsin in 1924. Does anyone know what happened to the organ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Milwaukee Theatre on Jul 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

A Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 559, a 2/6, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes was shipped 640 miles from the WurliTizer factory in North Tonawawanda, New York, July 18, 1922. It had a piano console, 414 pipes, an 88 note piano (with mandolin attachment), 18 note cathedral chimes, 30 note xylophone, 30 note glockenspiel, bass drum, kettle drum, cymbal, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, Chinese block, sleigh bells, horse hoofs, bird, auto horn, fire gong, siren, triangle, surf, train, steamboat whistle, tom tom and door bell.

At some time a Grand Barton Theater Pipe Organ console was shipped 80 miles from Oshkosh B'kosh, Wisconsin, and was added to the organ along with three ranks of Barton pipes making it a 2/9. What happened to the WurliTizer console?

The organ went to the now deceased Dave Junchen in Sherrard, Illinois. Anyone have any further on what happened to the organ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Alamo Theatre on Jul 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

A Grand Barton Theater Pipe Organ 2/, manual/, keyboards/, was shipped 87 miles from the factory in Oshkosh B'kosh, Wisconsin to the Idle Hour Theatre in 1922. Anyone know what happened to the organ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Garden Theatre on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:06 am

That Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 514, 2/9, manuals/ranks, keyboards/sets of pipes was shipped the 637 miles from the North Tonawanda factory on February 25, 1925. It had a curved console, 657 pipes, 5 tuned percussions and 15 traps (sound effects and percussions, also called the toy counter) . Last I Know it was in was in storage in Milwaukee and was “OK”. Can anyone shed anymore light on this magnificent instrument?

“Gee Dad, it was a WurliTizer!”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Towne Theatre on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

A Barton Theater Pipe Organ, 2/, manual/, keyboards, was shipped 87 miles from the Barton factory in Oshkosh B'kosh, Wisconsin to the Miller Theatre in 1921. Does anyone know how many ranks, sets of pipes it had or what happened to it?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Violet Theatre on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

A Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 594 was shipped 640 miles from the factory in North Tonawanda, New York on October 28, 1922. It was a 2/4, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes. It was a wonderful instrument with a total of 280 pipes, an attached 88 note piano (with mandolin attachment), cathedral chimes, xylophone, glockenspiel, brass drum, kettle drum, cymbal, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, chinese block, sleigh bells, horse hoofs, bird, auto horn, fire gong, siren, triangle, surf, train, fire gong, steamboat whistle, tom tom and door bell. Alas it was repossessed and sent 90 miles South to Chicago on January 30, 1932. It was installed in the Sacred Heart Church. I wonder if they installed all those sound effects? Anyone know what happed to the organ after that?

“Gee Dad, it was a WurliTizer!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Burleigh Theatre on Jul 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

That Barton Theater Pipe Organ was a 2/6, manual/rank, keyboard/sets of pipes, made in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and shipped the 81 miles in 1924. To bad it was sold for parts does anyone know what happened to the console?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Garfield Theatre on Jul 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

In 1927 a Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, 3/11, manual/rank, keyboard/sets of pipes, was shipped 81 miles from the factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to this Theatre. Does anyone know what happened to the organ?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Family Theatre on Jul 7, 2013 at 6:06 am

At one time was owned by Co-Operative Theater Service. In 1974-75 it was owned by Cinemelle.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Southwest Twin Drive-In on Jul 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Also home of Memphis Jockey Lot, Flea Market.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Berwyn Theatre on Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

The inside of the entire theatre had been spray painted dusty rose/pink over the other coats of paint. I have some pieces of the plaster and some terra cotta from the theatre when it was being torn down. I remember my uncle taking me to get a haircut at the barbershop on the Ridgeland Avenue side of the theatre. Our family doctor was just across the street from the theatre on the Ridgeland side. Remember when the Douglas Park “L” went right by the North side of the theatre at ground lever in what is now the parking lot?

In 1924 a Barton Theater Pipe Organ 4/16 (manual/rank, keyboards/set of pipes) was shipped 180 miles from the factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the theatre. That was a good size organ! Anyone know what happened to the organ?

RD&TD

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Mercury Theater on Jun 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

My aunt got married and had her wedding reception at the Casanova Restaurant in Elwood Park. The Mercury Theater was being built right next door to the East. All that had been done on that date was that the foundations had been put in, it was June 5, 1949.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about 51 Twin Drive-In on Jun 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

If you go to the satellite photo the drive-in is South of the intersection. You can still see the curves in the lot and the concession/booth tower in the photo above at the bottom of the lot.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about U.S. Naval Air Station Memphis Base Theater on Jun 25, 2013 at 5:43 am

When I was a young sailor stationed at NAS Memphis back in 1962, going to an aviation school, I would go to the base theater. The best live show I ever saw in a navy theater was at Memphis. It was a live show with a favorite among the military, Hilo Hattie, the Hawaiian, singer, hula dancer, comedienne, musician (she played the ukulele of course), actress, who made movies and records and was on the radio. She put on a GREAT show. I saw about every movie at the theater while I was stationed at NAS. The only movies I remember seeing for sure were “CAROUSEL” which I had never seen before and “OKLAHOMA!” because I remember one of my friends in the barracks commented after the movie about how Curly was so cocky. Little did I know at the time that later I would be a Naval Air Crewmen flying into NAS.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about U.S. Army Fort Devens Hodges Theater on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

OWN YOUR OWN MOVIE THEATER!

2.4-ACRE OFFICE/R&D/LIGHT MANUFACTURING

TYPE: Light manufacturing, Office, R&D

Available Space: 2.4 Acres

Description: Jackson Technology Park – HODGES THEATER This single story, 15,700 SF building was built in 1976 as the Fort Devens MOVIE THEATER and has been vacant since 1996. Prospective buyers can consider an adaptive reuse of this clear span building or remove it to make room for a new building. The building is located approximately 1 mile from Route 2.

Amenities: Sewer, water, electric, natural gas, and telecommunications.

Property Notes: Neighbors include Bristol Meyers Squibb and AMSC.

For More Info

Mike Brewer (978) 784-2906

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about U.S. Army Fort Devens Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Theatre on Jun 22, 2013 at 6:22 am

This is the best address I could come up with. The address is really for Revere Hall, the theater is the next building to the East on the aerial photo.