The month of September will be bookended (if I might use that term) by trips to the sunshine.

First, there was an excellent journey into Southern California that began with a meeting with Mark Herman in Los Angeles for very preliminary discussions on the 2018 convention plans; the great news that the 5-manual Möller at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium is garnering some very positive attention; and included a visit with the current and former “bosses” of all things theatre organ at the Nethercutt Collection, Kyle Irwin and Gordon Belt.


What do London, England, St. Louis, Missouri and Auckland, New Zealand have in common? Singularly great theatre organ concerts, with huge audiences, putting the spotlight squarely on the instrument we love.


As I write this from hot, humid, rainy Atlanta, I realize I shouldn’t complain. I heard on this morning’s news that some parts of California are literally sinking because so much water is being pumped out of the ground, and this never-ending drought is not offering any rainwater to replenish the supply. Difficult to imagine save for those who remember the Dust Bowl!

Enough of that!!

The new 2016 Endowment Fund Application and Procedures are now available on the ATOS website at:

There are significant changes in the Application and review procedures so please examine and implement the changes.

A critical change is concerning the application submittal date.
It has now been moved to February 1, 2016.

Home of the “IN-THEATRE” sound!

July 3 – 8, 2016

Convention Hotel:
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Tower City Center, 24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

Built in 1918, the Cleveland Hotel has been a downtown landmark for nearly a century. Our secured hotel rate is $109 per night. There is subway service directly from the airport to the hotel. More information and a reservation code will be available later.

Visit hotel website here:

Convention Venues:


Let me begin by saying I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the Board for the American Theatre Organ Society. It is a responsibility that is humbling and one I don’t take lightly.

Let me also add my sincere appreciation to Bob Dilworth, Michael Kinerk and the entire convention planning team on a job well done. It was a sensational event which you can read about on our website at Full coverage will be in the next Journal.

From ATOS President/CE Ken Double

My goodness, what a week in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Bob Dilworth and his Convention Committee are to be congratulated for staging one of the more memorable ATOS Annual Conventions in a long time.

I hope you have had a chance to read the musings of Josh Dill, the new ATOS Youth Representative to the Board. His daily reports were beautifully written and captured the essence of each day’s activities.

The final convention day had arrived at last and the excitement in the air was palpable. It's a divinely ordained rendezvous: that special moment in the life of every organ votary when a holy longing wells up deep within the soul, calling one to go on pilgrimage to that most enigmatic of instruments: the Boardwalk Hall organ at Atlantic city. After a week of smaller conquests, today our Crusade would take Jerusalem! I was so darned keen on visiting the hall, an unexpected stop caught me totally off guard.

The final board meeting was concluded today, allowing us board members to shift more focus on the lighter side of the convention, garnering a few extra hours of rest in the process. The goodie-packed schedule has been tight, so sleep has become a rare commodity. I say sleep is for the weak! Today's events have been so exhilarating, a mere sip of hot tea and some adrenalin are all I required to be fully on point. I managed to find a few free hours for city exploration, and Philadelphia did not disappoint in providing a host of sites worth visiting!

The morning saw me up bright and early with bells well affixed to my toes. Today was the day of the silent film! Being a silent film fanatic, I knew the day to come would be special. On the relaxing bus ride to East Greenville, I caught up with some good friends I had previously met at the Atlanta convention. Our lively conversation meandered from Ambrotypes to Ektachrome and every odd subject in between. Such a rare and endangered species of conversation can only survive in the extraordinary habitat facilitated by an ATOS convention!


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