THE THEATRE ORGAN

Robert Hope-JonesRobert Hope-Jones (1859-1914), Father of The Theatre Organ

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PART TWO: BUILDERS OF THE THEATRE ORGANS

THIS PAGE IS WRITTEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH GLEN TWAMLEY (FRIENDS OF BEER WURLITZER)

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THE CHRISTIE THEATRE ORGAN CONTINUED

AT HOME & ABROAD

Early Christie with borderThis advertisement was provided by Paul Bland

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I am told that there were about the same number of Christie Theatre Organs manufactured as Wurlitzer Theatre Organs in the U.K.  Although most were installed in British cinemas, a number were exported and went to Australia, New Zealand, Germany and The Netherlands etc.   Although there was one organ sent to France, which was installed in the one-time largest cinema in Europe, the Gaumont Palace at the Place de Clichy, Paris.

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m_Page28 christie with borderThis advertisement appears with permission of Mr. Ian McIver and is reproduced from  ‘A  Book  of  Golden  Notes‘  produced  by  Christie  Organs

Golden Book - Front Cover - reduced

This  photograph  of  the  cover  of A  Book  of  Golden  Notes‘  produced  by  Christie  Organs appears in full at the Encyclopaedia of Australian Theatre Organs and is reproduced here with the permission of Mr. Ian McIver,

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THE CHRISTIE THEATRE ORGAN IN AUSTRALASIA

For a full history of the Theatre Organ in Australasia, please see Theatre Organs Under the Southern Cross, a website maintained by Ian McIver.

Christie comes to Australia in 1928This advertisement appears with permission of Mr. Ian McIver

Hill, Norman & Beard also maintained a factory in Clifton Hill. Melbourne, Australia, to which most Australasian Christie Theatre Organs were dispatched for installation in the cinemas.  It is generally believed that two organs were built completely at the Melbourne factory.  One, with 2-manuals and 7-ranks, was installed at the Duke of York Theatre, Eastwood, NSW where it remained until 1957 when it was removed and sold to the Epping Baptist Church, NSW.  The second organ was installed at the Astra Cinema, Parramatta, NSW.

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THE CHRISTIE THEATRE ORGANS OF
THE GRANADA THEATRE CIRCUIT

The first two Theatres built by Sidney and Cecil Bernstein for their Circuit were installed with Christie Theatre Organs.  These organs have been discussed elsewhere and may be found by following the links given below:

The Christie Theatre Organ of the Granada Theatre Dover

The Christie Theatre Organ of the Granada Theatre Walthamstow, which is still present in the orchestra pit.

The Christie Theatre Organ of the Granada Theatre Maidstone, part of which, is now installed at the Kelvin Grove State College  

Old Granada Maidstone - Kelvin Grove School, BrisbaneThe Organ of the Kelvin Grove State College

Early Christie with borderThis advertisement was provided by Paul Bland

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank Mr. Ian McIver for his help and kindness in the preparation of this piece.

I would also like to thank Mr. Paul Bland for his contributions to this piece.

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