Welcome one and all to the ATOS website
For those that are new to the theatre organ world, welcome. I hope that you will take some time to browse around the various pages of our website to discover more about these amazing instruments. Many of these instruments are approaching a century old! Not only is the music grand, but the theatres that many of them are housed in are absolutely gorgeous.
While here, learn about the Mighty Wurlitzer, Barton, Kimball, Robert-Morton, Page, and other companies that created thousands of instruments. The theatre organ is a very versatile instrument, not just for accompanying silent movies. There are also theatre organs in restaurants, skating rinks, dance halls, and arenas.
ATOS has several chapters throughout the U.S., as well as around the world. We work on promoting the instrument, encouraging chapters and theatre to present concerts and silent films, develop young artists and technicians, teach restoration techniques, and most of all, have fun with the instrument and the music.
Enjoy your time here. Find an instrument in your area. Enjoy listening to the wonderful music playing on ATOS RADIO. Visit one of the many events available around the world. Many of these can be found on our Events List.
I hope you enjoy the music, and if you are not a member, I hope you will join us as we celebrate this wonderful instrument. We have lots of great information here regarding this instrument. Enjoy the sites and sounds of the mighty theatre organ!
Chairman of the Board
February 20Dear ATOS member- As promised, here is a link and qr code to the ATOS Bylaw Membership Survey. Please fill it out completely (it is simple- only four questions). This is a great time for the committee to hear from you about the future of your ATOS. The survey expires Thursday, February 27, 2020. Thank you in advance. Best, Tedde Gibson Vice Chairman, ATOS Chair- Bylaws Revision Committee Click on... more
February 122020 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS The American Theatre Organ Society announces its call for nominations to fill three (3) positions on the ATOS Board of Directors for the term 2020-2023. Any ATOS member who has maintained continuous membership in good standing for at least the last two years is eligible for nomination and may nominate themselves or be nominated by another member in good standing, in... more
February 6Award Nominations As your vice chairman and chair of the awards committee, it is my pleasure to begin working on this year’s list of awardees. Anyone wanting to make a nomination should send that candidate’s nomination to t.gibson [at] atos.org as soon as possible so their name can be considered. The categories are: Hall of Fame. This is the American Theatre Organ Society’s highest award! It is... more
Sanfilippo FamilyThe Sanfilippo family of Barrington Hills, Illinois announces the passing of their father, Jasper B. Sanfilippo, who died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Jasper Sanfilippo Former CEO and Chairman of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Jasper was also known World- wide for his Collection of Automatic Music Instruments, the World's largest restored Theater... more
January 16The ATOS Endowment Fund assists ATOS chapters or other not-for-profit organizations engaged in theatre pipe organ programs or projects which will have a lasting impact on the preservation or presentation of the theatre pipe organ as a historically American instrument and musical art form; projects or programs of particular historical or scholarly merit; and other projects or programs as approved... more
January 14This stylish sport shirt is 100% cotton and boasts a fun organ music and note pattern, as well as the ATOS logo on the pocket. Available to everyone, you may order online now, or add to your convention registration for delivery at the Indianapolis Convention. Available in sizes XS to 5XL, $49 for XS - XL $54 for 2XL- 5XL Order now! (Shirt orders will close on May 1, 2020 to allow for adequate... more
December 31Make plans now to attend the 2020 annual convention; this year in Indianapolis. Registration is now open. (Opened at 12:00 midnight (PST) on New Year's Eve.) 2020 Convention more
December 18December 2019 Hello! I am writing to tell you my experiences with one of the most exciting and significant programs of ATOS and to ask you to provide financial assistance to ensure this program continues and grows. When I was 14 years old, I spotted an ad in The Theatre Organ Journal for the ATOS Summer Youth Adventure and attended my first of 9 years of this exciting program. My first surprise... more