Superior Theatre

443-447 Third Avenue at 81st Street
New York, N.Y. 10016

Organ Specifications:
II/7 M.P. Möller, Op. 3746 (1923)
• 
Smith Unit Organ Co. (no date)

The 880-seat Superior Theatre showed motion pictures from about 1920 to 1950. By 1958, a parking lot occupied the space where the theatre once stood.
           
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 3746 (1923)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 42 stops, 7 ranks


The Agreement of Lease between the M.P. Möller Company and The Yoost Photo Play Theatre Co., Inc. (841 9th Avenue), dated June 1, 1923, states that Möller would install a two-manual organ in the Superior Theatre for a consideration of $6,000, plus the present Smith organ and all its pipes. Möller allowed $250 for the wiring, and agreed to tune and adjust the organ "as long as said instrument is used for demonstating purposes."

Möller was contracted to build an identical organ (Op. 3745) for the Chelsea Theatre, located at 312 Eighth Avenue near 26th Street
               
Solo Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, expressive
8
  French Horn
73
4
  Clarion
16
  Tuba Profunda [TC] [unit]
85
4
  Octave
16
  Tibia Clausa [unit]
97
4
  Flute
16
  Double Open Diap. [TC]
4
  Vox Celeste
8
  Tuba Mirabilis
4
  Viole d'Orchestre
8
  Open Diapason [unit]
73
2
  Piccolo
8
  Flute
2 2/3
  Quint [Tibia]
8
  Vox Celeste [unit]
73
2 2/3
  Twelfth [VDO]
8
  Violin [V.Cel + VDO]
2
  Fifteenth [VDO]
8
 

Viole d'Orchestre [unit]

85
   
Chimes
20 Bells
8
  Vox Humana
61
       

     

     
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, expressive
16
  Tibia
   
Concert Xylophone
37 Bars
8
  Open Diapason
    Snare Drum  
8
  Solo String
    Tambourine  
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
    Tom Tom  
8
  Vox Celeste
    Chinese Block  
8
  Tibia
    Sleigh Bells [4 pitches]  
8
  Vox Humana
   
Orchestral Bells
25 Bars
4
  Flute
    Glockenspiel  
8
  Tuba
2
  Piccolo
4
  Viole d'Orchestre
2
  Fifteenth
8
  French Horn
2 2/3
  Twelfth

     

     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
16
  Tibia Profunda [ext.]
12
8
  Flute
8
  Tuba
8
  French Horn
8
  Diapason
    Bass Drum  
8
  Vox Celeste
    Cymbal  
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8'   Solo to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Pedal 8'   Great to Great 16', 4'
    Pedal to Pedal 4'   Solo to Solo 16', 4'
             
Tremulants
    Tibias        
    Whole Organ        
             
Toe Pistons
    Crash Cymbal       Thunder Sheet
    Song Birds (1) in Great Organ   Tympani Roll
    Six Pedal Combinations from Manual & Pedal
       

   
Pedal Movements
    (Two Sets Shades) Two Swell Pedals according to lay-out of Swell opening
    Crescendo Pedal
    Sforzando Pedal
               
Adjustable Combination Pistons
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Great stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Solo stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Pedal stops (toe studs)
    Pedal to Manual Piston Coupler (reversible)
    Solo to Great Coupler (reversible)
           
Smith Unit Organ Co.
Chicago, Ill.
Electro-pneumatic action


The first known organ for the Superior Theatre was built by the Smith Unit Organ Co., of Chicago. David Junchen's book, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), lists a Smith organ for the Superior Theatre, located at 81st Street and First Avenue; the given address was probably an error. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://www.cinematreasures.org
     Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vols. I & 2. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 3746 (1923).