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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PIPE ORGANS

Cremona Fotoplayer

CREMONA MODEL G
Piano, Violin Pipes, Mandolin
Marquette Piano Co., Chicago, IIllinois.  c1910



Name of institution Majestic Theatre
Type of institution Cinema
Street Address Murray Street
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Majestic Theatre
Name of room Majestic Theatre
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Other location information Hoyts' Plaza Theatre was opened on Perth's Hay Street in 1937 and had a seating capacity of 1,314. Built on the site of the former Majestic Picture Theatre, the theatre was part of a new arcade development linking Hay and Murray Streets. The arcade remains one of Perth's busiest, while the theatre has been closed and put to other uses in recent decades.
The Majestic Theatre was in operation on 23 September 1917 when John Curtin, later Premier of Western Australia, addressed a meeting there.
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Date of previous organs None
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Present organ
Type of installation Cremona Fotoplayer
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Builder's name Marquette Piano Company 
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Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ In 1953 Paul F.Hufner used parts of the Cremona Fotoplayer from Majestic Theatre to build a new organ for St. John's Lutheran Church, Aberdeen Street. 
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ Photoplayers were installed in the orchestra pits of theatres. Unlike unit theatre organs, all the pipework and effects were in the pit. There were no organ chambers as such. The "classic" photoplayer comprised an electric player-piano with a double roll-player mechanism, and on each side of the piano was a large case housing pipes and effects. Blower units were often separate. Smaller organs had only a case on one side of the piano, and the very smallest had their few pipes actually housed within the piano itself. Photoplayers could contain from one to eight ranks of pipes.

Most of Australia's photoplayers had only one manual, of full piano compass (85 or 88 notes), of which 61 notes could play the organ stops. Some of the larger instruments had two manuals, the lower being of full piano compass, the upper having 61 notes.

Some original pipework remains in the current organ at St. John's church.
Comparable instruments to current organ
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Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the Cremona Fotoplayer from Julie's Collection
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General documents Information from Cinema Treasures
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Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 07 January 2009.

 

This page last updated 06 January 2009


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