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Published November 16th 2019
See and hear the organ for yourself
Theatre organs are a type of pipe organ with stop tabs arranged in the shape of a horseshoe around the keyboards. They were developed in the early 1900s to provide sound effects for silent films. Although thousands were originally installed in theatres and cinemas throughout the world, only a few remain today.
In Adelaide, you can find one of these theatre organs at Capri Theatre on Goodwood Road. The Capri's organ was progressively installed between 1983 and 1994 by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia. It has 4 keyboards and 29 ranks of pipes and is the second largest theatre organ in the southern hemisphere. It is also the only theatre organ in the world with glass-fronted chambers.
On Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the organ plays for 15 minutes before movie screening commences. I had my first experience last night and the music was beautiful. At the end, the organist received a huge applause from the crowd as she and the organ slowly disappear down into the stage!