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It's that time of the year. The month of October finds Lon Chaney on more theatre screens since his heyday as a silent screen star in the 1920's.
ATOS chapters and theatre organ-equipped movie palaces screen the classic The Phantom of the Opera all across America. In Chattanooga, the Tivoli Theatre's 3/13 Wurlitzer provided the background for an audience of more than 600. It was the second of two screenings there (the other was Keaton's The General) as ATOS President Ken Double, the Atlanta Chapter of ATOS and the Chattanooga Music Club have successfully introduced the Wurlitzer to good crowds and most positive reaction.
Submitted on 29 October 2014 - 4:33pm
As most of us know, electropneumatic (air) relays are the technology that made the Theatre Pipe Organ possible. While more modern technologies have become desirable due to increased flexibility and other advantages, the vintage equipment is historically important and some deliberate effort to preserve examples is in order. Numerous original relays are still in operation, but it is still tragic when good specimens are lost.
Submitted on 15 October 2014 - 6:08pm
An Overview of the ATOS Retreat
Twenty representatives of the American Theatre Organ Society spent nearly 14 hours over two days in a corporate retreat, held September 20-21 at the Hilton Hotel at the St. Louis airport.
Submitted on 27 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Watch the Video Preview here.
Overture on July 2
Longwood Gardens with Jonas Nordwall
Welcome Cocktail Party with cash bar (Open to all, not just Overture)
Macy's (Wanamaker organ) with Peter Richard Conte
Day 1 July 3
Macy's Greek Hall with Ron Rhode -- Group A
Colonial Theatre with Mark Herman
Dickinson with Dave Peckham
Day 2 July 4
Macy's Greek Hall with Ron Rhode - Group –B
Submitted on 22 September 2014 - 7:05pm
Submitted on 22 September 2014 - 6:57pm
We've heard you!! You've asked, "If the young people get the Summer Youth Adventure, what about us older players?"
STEP UP YOUR PLAYING is ATOS' answer to an adult-level teaching experience. Jonas Nordwall, Donna Parker and Ken Double will provide tips focused on holiday music and much more for this November event in beautiful San Diego. Four great pipe organs! Hands-on learning! A Donna Parker concert event included in your registration! See details here and sign up now. Spaces are limited!
Submitted on 17 September 2014 - 9:21am
To all who love the theatre organ, and especially Mighty Mo at the Atlanta Fox:
There have been some comments, statement and, written reaction to a video production that was recently released on the great Moller organ, and other items erroneously indicating I am now the organist at the Atlanta Fox Theatre. This is NOT the case whatsoever.
Submitted on 1 September 2014 - 4:37am
The ATOS 2014 Board of Directors election results are in and can be seen in the attached document by Bob Evans.
Here are the results of the 2014 ATOS Board Election:
Total ballots received – 1013.
Results per nominee as they appeared on the ballot
Denise Andersen - 742 (Elected-3 year term)
John Fuhrmann - 301
John Ledwon - 569 (Elected-2 year term to serve remainder of Larry Fenner’s term)
John Nelson - 438
Don Phipps - 570 (Elected-3 year term)
Donald Rankin IV - 712 (Elected-3 year term)
Mark Renwick - 555
Submitted on 24 April 2014 - 9:12am
Jelani Eddington was featured on a post on Gizmodo's Sploid. You can see the feature and comments here.
Submitted on 28 March 2014 - 12:16pm
ATOS is pleased to offer the 5th Annual Technical Experience for participants 18 years of age and older. The ATOS Techincal experience is a one-week seminar that provides hands-on training for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the theatre organ. The experience covers a variety of subjects ranging from moving about an organ chamber, care of pipes, tuning, blower control, winding fundamentals, chest restoration and much more.
Submitted on 15 March 2014 - 11:27am