Welcome to the American Theatre Organ Society.

If you are one of our thousands of members, welcome back and enjoy our site. If you are new, we hope you will take some time to discover one of the music world's unique gems - the Mighty Theatre Organ. It's been more than 100 years since Wurlitzer, Barton, Robert-Morton, Kimball, and dozens of other companies created thousands of instruments, made to accompany silent films, and fill majestic movie palaces with glorious music. With 70 local chapters across the U.S. and around the world, ATOS promotes the instrument, presenting concerts and silent films, developing young artists and technicians, providing scholarships, and most of all, having a lot of fun in the world of music. If not a member, we hope you will join us. Welcome!


Recent News & Articles
  • If your email address has changed or you are not receiving regular ATOS announcements, please send your correct email address to Donna Parker at: d.parker [at] atos.org Get all the current ATOS news delivered right to your inbox! more
  • August 8, 2017 A STATEMENT FROM BOB DILWORTH, DICKINSON THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY By now, via a story originally distributed by the Associated Press, and subsequently various outlets of print, TV and social media, many of our good friends in the world of the theatre organ are aware that DTOS, the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society in Wilmington, DE, has been a victim of some financial foul play. I will... more
  • Several distinguished ATOS members were recognized at the 2017 awards ceremony at the convention in Tampa. Organist of the Year Jerry Nagano (na-GA-no, not NA-ga-no) was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he began his musical training at age ten. From the very beginning the movies played a major role in his musical life. It was because of attending a silent movie show accompanied by... more
  • As I am writing to you, ATOS begins a new fiscal year. Let’s take a quick look back at a few actions and then look to the future as we move ahead. The Tampa Convention, as with every year, occurs a few weeks before the end of the ATOS fiscal year. As usual it was a chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. Except for the physical gathering of the Board members attending the Annual... more
  • The 2017 ATOS Chapter Showcase highlights ATOS chapters’ activities and achievements from the past year. Participating chapters in 2017 are: Great Lakes Bay Chapter NorCal Theatre Organ Society Red River Chapter River City Theatre Organ Society Theatre Organ Society of San Diego Saint Louis Theatre Organ Society Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley... more
  • Alex Jones

    Alex Jones was named overall winner of the 2017 Youth Theatre Organ Competition, after performing with the other finalists at the 2017 ATOS National Convention in Florida. Originally from London, Alex is currently studying for a Masters in Organ Performance Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the studio of Prof. Edoardo Bellotti. In 2009, he gained a scholarship... more
  • Jerry Nagano

    Jerry Nagano (na-GA-no, not NA-ga-no) was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he began his musical training at age ten. From the very beginning the movies played a major role in his musical life. It was because of attending a silent movie show accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer that Jerry took an interest in the organ. After instruction on electronic organ for a period, he had a chance... more
  • The 2017 Convention in Tampa, Florida has now concluded. Hundreds of ATOS members enjoyied a week filled with wonderful music and musicians. Read daily updates here, and see what all the excitement is about. Reports and photos by Richard Neidich. Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Encore - Day One Encore - Day Two more
  • The first phase of the project to digitize more than 60 years of the American Theatre Organ Journal begins with the Oklahoma University's Thousands Strong crowd-funding campaign: Help OU Students Preserve the History of American Organs! This campaign will fund the first phase of our project to digitize the American Theatre Organ Journal - a more than 60-year-old publication, filled with... more
  • Former ATOS Board Member, longtime ATOS member and supporter, and pipe organ owner John DeMajo recently wrote a post to the Theatre Organ-L chatroom. It posed the serious issue of the growing number of instruments needing homes, and what ATOS is doing about this problem. more

Recently Added Events

October 15
4/23 Wurlitzer - Auditorium Theatre

September 9
3/18 Barton - Grand Theatre

September 17
3/11 Wurlitzer - NY State Fairgrounds

October 28
STR-4 - Lakewood Cultural Center

December 10
3/10 Wurlitzer - Palace Theatre