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thom5340 commented about Broadway Theatre on Jun 3, 2021 at 9:33 am


I have the Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ from the Broadway Theatre and it needs a home!

thom5340 commented about Carolina Theatre on May 4, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Hi, Patsy and other members. I emailed the powers that be and offered the gift of a Barton Theatre Organ for the restoration. I was told that the renovation plans do not include the re-installation of a pipe organ. As I understand, the Theatre originally had a Barton. If anyone has any questions they can contact me directly.

thom5340 commented about Carolina Theatre on May 3, 2021 at 8:27 am

Is there anyone who can assist me? I am trying to gather any and all information regarding the Carolina Theatre. Is it undergoing restoration? Are there plans for re-opening? As i has so far discovered, it is the last standing theatre in Spartanburg. You can reach me directly at . Thank-you!

thom5340 commented about Carolina Theatre on Feb 5, 2021 at 11:00 am

As I understand it, although I am still seeking confirmation, there was a Barton Pipe Organ installed in the Carolina. Is there any interest in installing another instrument? If so, I know of a several instruments, including 2 Bartons that is available, possibly to be donated to a non-profit. If someone wanted to contact me directly, I would like to discuss the potiential.

thom5340 commented about Loew's Stillman Theatre on Jan 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

The Stillman Theatre had an Austin Pipe Organ of 3 manuals and 35 ranks! Quite a large instrument!

thom5340 commented about Keith's 105th Street Theatre on Jan 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm

Keith’s 105th St. Theater had an Austin Pipe Organ Co. (Opus 1025, 1920) of 3 manuals and 34 ranks!

thom5340 commented about Shea's Theatre on Oct 24, 2020 at 5:56 am

William “Bud” W. Hill rebuilt and provided a large pipe organ in memory of his mother in the Shea Civic Theater. After the theatre closed, he relocated the Pipe Organ to his home where he enjoyed it with his organist wife, Alix. It was central to their large Christmas parties for many years.

He passed away on October 16, 2020. Bud was a native son of Ashtabula and was a Pipe Organ Aficionado. He was also the force behind the 3 Manual 16 Rank Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ, originally in the Lincoln-Dixie Theatre, Chicago Heights, Illinois, to be rebuilt and installed in Lakeside High School in Ashtabula in 2013.

If there is any interest in restoring the Shea Theatre, I would like to donate a Pipe Organ to the project. I have another one of Bud’s instruments from his summer home in Chautauqua, NY. Contact me at Thom

thom5340 commented about Park Theater on Dec 18, 2019 at 6:56 am

The Pipe Organ was a Moller, opus 4030, 1924. It was removed and donated to Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church in Chautauqua, NY. It was rebuilt in 1962 with a new Console and Opus number of R-682

thom5340 commented about Fordson Theatre on May 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

I have part of the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ installed in this theatre – the 3 rank Main Chest.

I have added it to my 2/8 Wurlitzer.

Vic Marsilio, dba Victor Organ Company Austintown, Ohio 44515

thom5340 commented about Lloyd Theatre on May 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

I have the 2 Manual / 7 Rank Barton Theatre Organ that was originally installed in the Lloyd Theatre. It is currently being restored (2018) and getting ready for installation in a new home.

Once it is ready, I will report it here and its new home.

Vic Marsilio, dba Victor Organ Company Austintown, Ohio 44515

thom5340 commented about Guthrie Theatre on May 9, 2019 at 10:22 am

I just returned from my visit to the Guthrie. The restoration is wonderful and the theatre is operational. Seating has already been increased and final count will be +500 seats, The Balcony now has 50 Recliner seats and new seating on the Main floor is coming.

Discussion has begun to install an Organ in the theatre. It originally had a Herman Stahl pipe organ. The 2 Organ Chambers are spacious.

I will keep you informed as things develop – but this is going to be great!

Anyone wishing to contact me directly may do so:

thom5340 commented about Robins Theatre on May 19, 2018 at 7:24 pm

I’m sorry to report that the Robins Theatre WILL NOT have a Theatre Pipe Organ installed. I offered to donate an original pipe organ to the theatre and the Development group informed me that they were not interested. If anyone knows of a theatre that wants a pipe organ, I have at least one to donate. You can contact me at 330-792-1321. Thom.

thom5340 commented about Cameo Theater on Dec 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

The Cameo (Ohio) Theatre had a George Kilgen & Sons 2 manual, 4 rank Theatre Organ, Opus 3909, Style UO9. It was purchased for the sum of $4267.00. I have the *‘ Vox Humana rank of pipes and chest from this organ.

Wolfgirl500 – I would like to talk to you about the Youngstown theatres!

thom5340 commented about Wayne Theatre on Sep 5, 2015 at 10:33 am

I FINALLY got a reply from The Wayne Theatre Alliance.

I offered them a FREE restored Theatre Pipe Organ to replace the original for the restoration project from a local donor and they did not respond. After several attempts, they finally replied and then refused the donation, but wanted the information regarding the size and space requirements as well as all the research I had gathered on the original Link Pipe Organ.

The Donor was rather upset since they didn’t reply to any of the emails or telephone calls. I would think a restoration of a silent movie theatre would include a Theatre Pipe Organ!

thom5340 commented about Wayne Theatre on Aug 1, 2015 at 7:02 am

Great News!! Check out this link regarding the restoration of the Wayne Theatre:

I would love to talk to anyone with information regarding the Pipe Organ that was installed there. Records indicate that it was a 1925 Link Pipe Organ.

Please contact me directly at


thom5340 commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

The Imperial Theatre housed a 2 Manual Kimball Theatre Organ. My Great Grandfather was a member of St. John Hess Lutheran Church in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1938, he assisted other members in the removal and re-installation of the organ in the church, where it has been restored and is still played today (2014). My firm, Victor Organ Company still maintains this fine instrument.