Vintage postcard of the Orpheum Theatre - Brooklyn, N.Y. (courtesy Central de Libros Antiguos)
 
Vintage postcard of
the Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre

578 Fulton Street at Rockwell Place
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217


The 1741-seat Orpheum Theatre was located a block east of Flatbush Avenue on Fulton Street, diagonally across from the Stand and the Majestic theatres. Until the building of the Albee, the Orpheum was considered the top vaudeville house in downtown Brooklyn and thus the entire borough. The Orpheum, along with the other theatres built by Percy Williams, was later sold to Keith's, and ultimately became an RKO theatre. After the opening of the Albee, the Orpheum was switched to movies only. After RKO closed the Orpheum in the early 1950s, it remained dark until demolished.
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 1112 (1925)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style E
2 manuals, 7 ranks


This organ was shipped on July 28, 1925.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Diaphone
  Pedal 2nd Touch
16
  Bourdon
  Bass Drum
8
  Trumpet
  Kettle Drum
8
  Diaphonic Diapason
  Crash Cymbal
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cymbal
8
  Flute      
8
  Cello      

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
16
  Contra Viole [TC]     Harp Chrysoglott
16
  Vox Humana [TC]     Snare Drum
8
  Trumpet     Tambourine
8
  Diaphonic Diapason     Castanets
8
  Tibia Clausa     Chinese Block
8
  Violin     Tom-Tom
8
  Violin Celeste [TC]     Sleigh Bells
8
  Concert Flute      
8
  Vox Humana     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
4
  Octave     Trumpet
4
  Piccolo     Tibia Clausa
4
  Viole     Cathedral Chimes
4
  Octave Celeste     Triangle
4
  Flute      
4
  Vox Humana      
2
  Piccolo     Five Adjustable Combination Pistons

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Diaphone
4
  Flute
16
  Tibia Clausa [TC]
2 2/3
  Twelfth
16
  Bourdon
2
  Piccolo
16
  Vox Humana [TC]
1 3/5
  Tierce
8
  Trumpet     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Diaphonic Diapason     Xylophone
8
  Tibia Clausa     Glockenspiel
8
  Violin     Harp Chrysoglott
8
  Violin Celeste [TC]      
8
  Concert Flute     Solo 2nd Touch
8
  Vox Humana
16
  Trumpet [TC]
4
  Octave
8
  Tibia Clausa
4
  Piccolo      
4
  Viole      
4
  Viole Celeste     Five Adjustable Combination Pistons

   

   
General
One Balanced Expression Pedal      
One General Tremulant      
One Vox Humana Tremulant      
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
Horse Hoofs Train Fire Gong (reiterating)
Surf Effect Auto Horn Steamboat Whistle
Bird Fire Gong Siren
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1924
     Junchen, David L. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Compiled and edited by Jeff Weiler. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.