ATOS National Registry

National Registry of Historic and Significant Instruments

The ATOS National Registry is to recognize preservation and stewardship of historic or otherwise significant theatre organs. This registry acknowledges that the owner(s) of an instrument identifiable by either builder's opus number or original installation location have maintained the integrity of the original instrument. The National Registry may additionally recognize instruments of significance or historic interest in certain cases where said organ may have been assembled from components under conditions where the resulting instrument has been recognized as a significant advancement of the art or is a recognized part of the history of the theatre organ as a musical instrument.

Levels of Preservation

Level 1

HERITAGE: Instruments which present a faithful picture of what the theatre organ was like in its golden age.

Any theatre organ which has been preserved intact, recognizable as its original opus. Allowable modifications include replacement of generator with a rectifier, minor stop changes without modification of console operating mechanisms, minor modifications in winding or electrical system if such was necessary in order to solve an inherent problem or was dictated by needs of installation if relocated.

Level 2

VINTAGE: Assembled as new or modernized but to a specific company's standards.

Any theatre organ not meeting the Level 1 criteria due to replacement of the relay or combination action system done in the process of a complete restoration of the instrument. Organs in this category must still be recognizable as their original opus.

Level 3

LANDMARK: Modernized, not necessarily to strict restrictions of use of different components, etc.

Any theatre organ which has been modified or enlarged to some extent, but where the original instrument remains intact and identifiable. Any components of the original organ not currently in service must be properly marked and carefully stored on the premises with the organ in such a way that the organ could be restored as original at some time in the future.

Level 4

Any theatre organ which does not meet the above criteria, but which deserves recognition and documentation in its present state as an historic or significant instrument.

Level 5

STATUS PENDING: Complete, but unrestored.

Past Recipients

2014

None

2013

#69 – Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom, Cincinnati, OH, 3/31 Wurlitzer, Level 3

#68 – Ron Wehmeier Residence, 4/37 Wurlitzer, Cincinnati, OH, Level 3

2012

#67 – Dickinson High School, Wilmington, DE, 3/66 Kimball, Opus 7050, Level 4

2012

#67 – Dickinson High School, Wilmington, DE, 3/66 Kimball, Opus 7050, Level 4

2011

#66 – Hilbert Circle Theatre Wurlitzer project, Indianapolis, IN, Level 2

2010

#65 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA, 4/20 Wurlitzer Opus 1819, Level 2

2009

#64 - Palace Theatre Cleveland, OH 3/17 Kimball, Level 1

#63 - Renaissance Theatre Mansfield, OH 3/20 Wurlitzer, Level 3

#62 - Palace Theatre Canton, OH 3/11 Kilgen, Level 2

#61 - Grays Armory Cleveland, OH 3/15 Wurlitzer, Level 2

#60 - Palace Theatre Lorain, OH 3/10 Wurlitzer, Level 1

#59 - Akron Civic Theatre Akron, OH 3/19, Level 2

2008

#58 - Loew's Jersey Theatre Jersey City, NJ 4/23 Robert Morton, Level 1

#57 - Senate Theatre, Detroit, MI, 4/34 Wurlitzer, Level 1

2007

#56 - Lowell Ayars/FOW, Macy’s Philadelphia, 2/8 Wurlitzer, Level 1

#55 - Stoneham Town Hall, Stoneham, MA, 2/14 Wurlitzer, Level 1

2006

#54 - Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center, Woonsocket, RI, Level 1

#53 - Union County Arts Center, Rahway, NJ, 2/7 Wurlitzer, Level 1

2005

#52 - California Theatre, San Bernardino, CA, 2/10 Wurlitzer, Level 1

#51 - Roosevelt Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA, 4/17 Wurlitzer, Opus 998, 1925, Level 1

#50 - Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA, 4/27 Robert Morton, “Wonder Morton”, 1929, Level 3

#49 - Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 3/14 Wurlitzer style 240, Opus 1821, 1928, Level 1

2004

#48 - Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA, 3/12 Wurlitzer, Level 2

#47 - Little River Studio, Wichita, KS, 3/19 Wurlitzer, Level 3

2003

#46 - Iowa Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA, 3/14 Barton, Level 1

#45 - Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA, 4/17 Wurlitzer, Level 1

#44 - Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, CA, 4/74 Wurlitzer, Level 4

#43 - Avalon Casino Theatre, Catalina Island, CA, 4/16 Page, Level 1

2002

#42 - Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood, MI, 2/7 Barton, Opus 145, 1928, Level 1

2001

#41 - Tyson Forker Memorial/Grace Baptist Church, Sarasota, FL, 4/32 Wurlitzer, 1927, Level 3

#40 - Proctor’s Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, 3/18 Wurlitzer, Level 3

#39 - Warren Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN, 3/18 Barton, Level 3

#38 - Long Center, Lafayette, IN, 3/21 Wurlitzer, Level 3

#37 - Anderson Paramount Theatre, Anderson, IN, 3/12 Page, 1929, Level 2

#36 - Roaring Twenties Pizza, Ellenton, FL, 4/42 Wurlitzer, Level 2

#35 - Al Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, WI, 3/8 Barton, Level 1

 #34 - State Office Building, 2/9 Kimball, 1928, Juneau, AK, Level 2

2000

#33 - Beacon Theatre 4/19 Wurlitzer, Opus 1891, New York, NY, Level 1

#32 - Radio City Music Hall 4/58 Wurlitzer, Opus 2179, New York, NY, Level 2

#31 - Hermes Residence/ex Michigan Theatre 5/28 Wurlitzer, Opus 1351, Racine WI, Level 4

#30 - Riverside Theatre 3/14 Wurlitzer, Opus 1865, Milwaukee, WI, Level 4

1999

#29 - Shanklin Conference Center 4/34 Wurlitzer, Groton, MA, Level 4

#28 - Billmire Residence 3/15 Robert Morton, Cincinnati, OH, Level 4

#27 - El Capitan Theatre 4/36 Wurlitzer, Los Angeles, CA, Level 4

#26 - Fox Theatre 4/36 Wurlitzer, St. Louis, MO, Level 1

#25 - Redford Theatre 3/10 Barton, Detroit, MI, Level 1

#24 - Rialto Square Theatre 4/27 Barton, Joliet, IL, Level 4

1998

#23 - Jasper Sanfilippo Residence 5/80 Wurlitzer, Barrington Hills, IL, Level 4

#22 - Auditorium Theatre 4/23 Wurlitzer, Rochester, NY, Level 2

#21 - Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH, 4/20 Morton, Level 3

#20 - Karl Saunders, Zanesville, OH, 3/31 Wurlitzer, 1926, Opus 1173, Level 4

#19 - Century II Center, Wichita, KS, 4/39 Wurlitzer, 1926, Opus 1458, Level 3

#18 - Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI, 5/21 Wurlitzer, 1927, Opus 1587, Level 1

#17 - Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, 4/26 Wurlitzer, 1928, Opus 1984, Level 1

#16 - Michigan Community Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI, 3/14 Barton, Level 1

#15 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 4/42 Moller, Level 1

#14 - Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO, 4/20 Wurlitzer, 1930, Opus 2122, Level 2

#13 - Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA, 4/27 Wurlitzer, Level 4

#12 - Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, 3/30 Wurlitzer, Level 4

#11 - Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL, 4/21 Wurlitzer, 1926,  Level 2

1997

#10 - Mosque Auditorium, aka Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA; 3/17 Wurlitzer, 1927, Opus 1757, Level 1

#9 - Pantages/Warnors, Fresno, CA; 4/14 Robert-Morton, Level 1

#8 - Fox Theatre; Detroit, MI; 4/36 Wurlitzer, 1928, Opus 1894, Level 1

#7 - Diane & Phillip Underwood, Rensselaer, IN; Style 160C Wurlitzer (piano console), Level 1

#6 - Embassy Theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN; 4/16 Page, 1928, Level 3

#5 - Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA; 4/28 Moller (Foort Traveling Organ), Level 3

#4 - Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, CA; 4/33 Wurlitzer, Level 4

#3 - Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA; 2/8 Wurlitzer, 1923, Opus 706, Level 2

#2 - Shea's Center, Buffalo, NY; 4/28 Wurlitzer, 1925, Opus 1206, Level 2

#1 - Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA; 4/21 Wurlitzer, 1925, Opus 1148, Level 4