..side panel of the theater organ..
..another take of this theater organ..
..here’s one of the few shots i got using the TLR from the Alabama Theater..
..a theater organ..
Theatre organs are usually identified by their distinctive horseshoe-shaped consoles, which are frequently painted white with gold trim. An original example is the 3/13 Barton from Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theatre. The organ was installed in 1927 and is currently played daily before most film screenings. There were over 7,000 such organs installed in American theatres from 1915 to 1933, but fewer than 40 original instruments remain in their original theatres. Though there are few original instruments in their original theatres, hundreds of theatre pipe organs are installed in public venues throughout the world, while hundreds more (typically rescued from defunct theaters) exist in private residences.(source)
..what you see when you’re on stage..
..gazing upwards seated at row two..
..view of the theatre from the balcony..
..one of the many snaps i got of a photo tour around the alabama theatre organized by our local photo group..
The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount’s Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States. Seating 2,500 people at the time, it was the largest in the Birmingham Theatre district. The district was once home to a myriad of large theaters that featured vaudeville, performing arts, nickelodeons, and large first-run movie palaces. The Alabama is the only district theater still operating today. Built to show silent films, the Alabama still features its original Wurlitzer theater organ. Other than the Alabama, the Lyric Theatre is the only theater still standing in the district. (source)