Tremont Theatre - The Bronx, NY
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Tremont Theatre

1942 Webster Avenue near East 178th Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10457


Organ Specifications:
• Page Organ Company (1927)
III/17 M.P. Möller, Op. 2952 (1921)
II/7 "Style 3" Wurlitzer, Op. 9 (1912)


The Tremont Theatre on Webster Avenue near East 178th Street opened around 1910 and closed in 1960. Over five decades of operation, it was also known as the Tremont Yiddish Theatre and Cinema Tremont. In 2002, it was reported to be converted into retail space.
   
The Page Organ Company
Lima, Ohio
Electro-pneumatic action


At an unknown time, a new organ was built by The Page Organ Company of Lima, Ohio. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
   
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 2952 (1921)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 34 stops, 17 ranks


The second organ in the Tremont Theatre was built in 1921 by M.P. Möller of Hagerstown, Md., at a cost of $8,000. Möller's 3/17 theatre organ (with occasional modifications) was a standard model for the company.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Violin Diapason [TC]
73
2
  Piccolo [Fl. Harm.]
OR
8
  Open Diapason
85
    Mixture III ranks
derived
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
73
16
  Bass Clarinet [TC]
OR
8
  Doppel Flute
73
8
  French Horn
73
4
  Octave [Op. Diap.]
4
  Octave Horn
4
  Zart Flute [Quintadena]
OR
   
Cathedral Chimes
20 Notes
       

 

     
Orchestral Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
GT
16
  Fagotto [TC]
8
  Horn Diapason (syn)
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
GT
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
73
   
Orchestral Bells
25 Notes
8
  Quintadena
73
   
Concert Harp
37 Notes
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
   
Glockenspiel
37 Notes
               
Solo Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gross Flute
85
4
  Gemshorn [TG]
8
  Concert Flute
73
16
  Bass Tuba [TC]
8
  Gemshorn
85
8
  Tuba
73
8
  Violoncello
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Flute Overte [TG] [Gross Fl.]
   
Xylophone
37 Notes
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Open Diapason [ext. Gross Fl.]
12
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [lo-press.]
16
  Sub Bass
32
8
  Violoncello
SO
16
  Gemshorn [ext.]
12
8
  Flute
SO
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'       Orch. to Solo  
    Orch. to Pedal 8'       Solo to Orch. 8' 8'  
    Solo to Pedal 8'       Great 4'  
    Orch. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Orch. 16', 4'  
    Solo. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Solo 16', 4'  
               
Mechanicals
    Orchestral Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator
    Solo Tremulant    
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Orchestral Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Solo Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
               
Piston Couplers
    Corresponding Orchestral and Solo Pistons to Great Pistons
    Corresponding Pedal Pistons to Manual Pistons
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Solo Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Orchestral Pedal   Orchestral to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal   Thunder Pedal
   
  Wurlitzer Hope-Jones Unit Orchestra, Op. 9 (1912) in Tremont Theatre - The Bronx, NY
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 9 (1912)
Electro-pneumatic action 
Style 3
2 manuals, 7 ranks, 5 tuned percussions, 14 traps, curved console



The first organ in the Tremont Theatre was built in 1912 by the Wurlitzer Organ Company. Known as a Wurlitzer Hope-Jones Unit Orchestra "Style 3," this model later became the popular "Style 185."
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Ophicleide     Bass Drum
16
  Bass
  Kettle Drum
16
  Bourdon     Crash Cymbal
8
  Tuba Horn     Cymbal
8
  Open Diapason      
8
  Clarinet     1st and 2nd Touch Traps Switch
8
  Cello      
8
  Flute     3 Combination Toe Pistons
4
  Octave      

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
16
  Contra Viol [TC]     Chrysoglott
16
  Vox Humana [TC]     Snare Drum
8
  Tuba Horn     Tambourine
8
  Open Diapason     Castanets
8
  Clarinet     Chinese Block
8
  Viol d'Orchestre      
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
8
  Flute
8
  Tuba Horn
8
  Vox Humana
8
  Clarinet
4
  Viol     Sleigh Bells
4
  Octave Celeste     Xylophone
4
  Flute     Triangle
4
  Vox Humana      
2 2/3
  Twelfth     10 Adjustable Combination Pistons
2
  Piccolo      

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Ophicleide
2 2/3
  Twelfth
16
  Bass
2
  Fifteenth
16
  Contra Viol [TC]
2
  Piccolo
8
  Tuba Horn
1 3/5
  Tierce
8
  Open Diapason     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Clarinet     Sleigh Bells
8
  Viol d'Orchestre     Xylophone
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Glockenspiel
8
  Flute     Chrysoglott
8
  Vox Humana      
4
  Clarion     Solo 2nd Touch
4
  Octave
16
  Ophicleide
4
  Viol
8
  Clarinet
4
  Octave Celeste      
4
  Flute     10 Adjustable Combination Pistons

   

   
Tremulants (2)
    General      
    Vox Humana      
           
General
    One Expression Pedal      
    One Double Touch Sforzando Pedal – Piano Pedal
     • 1st Touch: Full stops (wind)
     • 2nd Touch: Full stops and Percussion
    One Double Touch Sforzando Pedal – Piano Pedal
     • 1st Touch: Snare Drum
     • 2nd Touch: Bass Drum and Cymbal
           
Effects (operated by toe pistons)
    Bird     Steamboat Whistle
    Auto Horn     Horse Hoofs
    Fire Gong   Machine Gun
           
Push Button
    Door Bell      
           
STOP ANALYSIS
 
16
  Tuba Horn
85 pipes
16
  Open Diapason
61 pipes
8
  Clarinet
61 pipes
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
73 pipes
8
  Viol Celeste
73 pipes
16
  Flute
97 pipes
8
  Vox Humana
61 pipes
    Cathedral Chimes
18 notes
    Sleigh Bells
25 notes
    Xylophone
30 notes
    Glockenspiel
30 notes
    Chrysoglott
49 notes
     
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/20439
     Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vols. 1 and II. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 3037 (1921), one of the firm's standard III/17 theatre organs.

Illustration:
     The World's Greatest Achievement in Music For Theatres– The Wurlitzer Hope-Jones Unit Orchestra. North Tonawanda, N.Y.: Wurlitzer Organ Company, 1916. Interior (1915) showing Wurlitzer Organ, Op. 9 (1912).