Caption: Jim Riggs at the Organ, Credit: jake warga
Image by: jake warga 
Jim Riggs at the Organ 

Mighty Wurlitzer Organ and silent move soundtracks

From: Jake Warga
Length: 04:45

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A portrait of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ in Seattle's Paramount theatre--one of the last three remaining organs of its kind to reside in its original environment, played by acclaimed organist Jim Riggs.

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Not since 1927 has a silent film won an academy award, but this weekend, a silent film called “The Artist” is competing for best picture. 

Back in the early days of cinema, it was movies studios that built theaters to showcase their films. The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington is one such movie palace that still remains and stands proud in refurbished glory. Inside is one of the country’s few working Mighty Wurlitzer Organs built when the theater was constructed, also in 1927. Jim Riggs, Wurlitzer organist, performed recently in Seattle for a screening of the 1927 feature film "Wings" which was the first film, and the only silent film, until maybe this weekend, to win  a the top Academy Award.

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http://stgpresents.org/wurlitzer/

Piece Description

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Not since 1927 has a silent film won an academy award, but this weekend, a silent film called “The Artist” is competing for best picture. 

Back in the early days of cinema, it was movies studios that built theaters to showcase their films. The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington is one such movie palace that still remains and stands proud in refurbished glory. Inside is one of the country’s few working Mighty Wurlitzer Organs built when the theater was constructed, also in 1927. Jim Riggs, Wurlitzer organist, performed recently in Seattle for a screening of the 1927 feature film "Wings" which was the first film, and the only silent film, until maybe this weekend, to win  a the top Academy Award.

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http://stgpresents.org/wurlitzer/

Broadcast History

NPR:ATC
http://www.npr.org/2012/02/24/147371942/one-of-last-movie-theater-organs-pipes-on
KUOW

Related Website

http://stgpresents.org/wurlitzer/