Sun Sing Theatre - New York City (photo: Cinema Treasures)
 
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Florence (Sun Sing) Theatre

75-85 East Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10002





The 980-seat Florence Theatre opened in 1911 as a home to both Yiddish vaudeville and motion pictures. In 1942, the theatre had been rechristened the New Canton Theatre and featured performances of Chinese opera and variety acts. In 1950, the Chinese language films were shown (sometimes with English subtitles) and the name was changed to the Sun Sing Theatre. In 1960, the theatre was scheduled for demolition when faced with the addition of an upper deck to the Manhattan Bridge far above. However, city engineers were able to save the theatre and the adjoining retail space, through the use of innovative bridge supports which only caused the theatre’s seat count to be reduced. In 1972, the theatre began to feature a mixed program of film and stage performances. The Sun Sing Theatre closed in 1993.
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 418 (1921)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style 160
2 manuals, 6 ranks, 4 tuned percussion, 17 traps, piano console


This organ has a factory date of May 27, 1921.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Bass
8
  Flute
16
  Bourdon
  Bass Drum
8
  Open Diapason     Kettle Drum
8
  Cello
  Cymbal

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
8
  Trumpet     Piano
8
  Open Diapason     Mandolin
8
  Salicional     Snare Drum
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Tambourine
8
  Flute     Castanets
4
  Salicet     Chinese Block
4
  Octave Celeste      
4
  Flute     Five Adjustable Combination Pistons
               (Accomp. & Pedal)

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Bourdon
4
  Salicet
8
  Trumpet
4
  Octave Celeste
8
  Open Diapason
4
  Flute
8
  Salicional     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Xylophone
8
  Flute     Glockenspiel
8
  Vox Humana      
          Five Adjustable Combination Pistons
               (Solo & Pedal)

   

   
General
    One Balanced Expression Pedal    
    General Tremulant      
    Vox Humana Tremulant      
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
   
Sleigh Bells Fire Gong Train
Horse Hoofs Siren Fire Gong [re-it]
Bird Triangle Steamboat Whistle
Auto Horn Surf Tom-Tom
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/10396
     Junchen, David L., comp. and ed. by Jeff Weiler. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.