Local Theatre Organs
Canton Palace Theatre 1926 John Ebersen Atmospheric Canton, Ohio
Spanish style, had a 16 piece orchestra with the organ in November of 1926.
1926 Kilgen Wonder Organ 3 manual 9 rank
Original installation. Restored in 1993, by Kegg Organ Builders of Uniontown, Ohio
Current 3/11 rank.
Dedication concert by Clark Wilson, 1993
Originally installed on a lift, house right. Includes, bird sound, siren and Chinese gong.
Banks Kennedy, first organist. First song played for the public, “Valencia.” First film “Tin Hats.”
Still used regularly for preshow and silent film presentations.
Mansfield Renaissance Theatre 1928 Nicola Petti Design – Grand Baroque Mansfield, Ohio
Original 3/10 Kimball organ removed in 1968 (destroyed)
3/20 Wurlitzer installed 1985 (Ken Chrome) (Opus 2022) (Voiced by Lyn Larson)
Original installation in the Warner Brothers “Sunset Blvd” studio 1929 as a 3/18. Moved to KMX radio studios CBS, used for the Amos and Andy Radio show with Gaylord Carter, organist. Purchased by actor Joe Kearns 1955, upgraded to 3/26 for his home installation.
Dedication concert 1985 by Lyn Larsen
Akron Civic Theatre 1929 John Eberson atmospheric for Marcus Loew Akron, Ohio
3000 seats Moorish castle design
Original installation 3/19 Wurlitzer Opus 2029
Lorain Palace Theatre 1928 Italian Renaissance Variety Amusement Co. Lorain, Ohio
1720 seats Largest one floor theatre in Ohio. Opened with Organ and Orchestra.
Opening night, silent comic film “Something Always Happens.” And Vaudeville acts.
Original installation Wurlitzer Opus 1858 Style 220 3/10
Sandusky State Theatre 1928 Schine Theatre Sandusky, Ohio
3/8 Page Organ First film, “The Night Watch”
Removed in 1961, returned to theatre in 1995
1999 Dennis James played “Gold Rush” for re dedication
Currently the theatre is closed due to partial collapse of the stage walls, and destruction of the organ chambers during a storm in June 2020. Restoration is underway.
Marion Palace Theatre 1928 John Eberson Atmospheric Marion, Ohio
Original 3 manual Page Rainbow Gold. Sold (date unknown) Organ and Orchestra
First Organist Banks Kennedy, opening song “Everybody’s Welcome to the Palace”
First film, MGM Excess Baggage Spanish Moorish Atmospheric
Current: Wurlitzer 3/10 style 235 Special Installed 1978, Restored 2003
Original to the Mars Theatre in Lafayette Indiana 1924,
Ashtabula Lakeside High School 1921 3/15 Kimball Ashtabula, Ohio
Original to the Lincoln Dixie Theatre in Chicago, removed about 1970, installed in Lakeside High School 2013