Casino Theatre - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Centennial Classroom)
 
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Casino Theatre

250 Willis Avenue near 138th Street
The Bronx, N.Y. 10454
           
Casino Theatre - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Cinema Treasures)  
Opened as the Willis Theatre in 1923, the 2,166-seat theatre was located on Willis Avenue at 138th Street. In 1939, the Willis was expensively renovated and renamed the Casino to coincide with the New York World's Fair then in progress. At some point the Casino closed as a movie house and today houses a supermarket.
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 732 (1923)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style HNP
2 manuals, 10 ranks, 5 Tuned Percussions, 14 Traps, Curved Console


This organ was shipped on November 10, 1923.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Tuba Profunda
8
  Cello
16
  Bass Diaphone
8
  Flute
16
  Bourdon
4
  Octave
8
  Harmonic Tuba     Bass Drum
8
  Diaphone Diapason     Kettle Drum
8
  Tibia Clausa     Crash Cymbal
8
  Clarinet     Cymbal

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
16
  Contra Viol [TC]
2 2/3
  Twelfth
16
  Vox Humana [TC]
2
  Piccolo
8
  Harmonic Tuba     Chrysoglott
8
  Diaphonic Diapason     Snare Drum
8
  Tibia Clausa     Tambourine
8
  Clarinet     Castanets
8
  Kinura     Chinese Block
8
  Orchestral Oboe     Tom Tom
8
  Viol      
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
8
  Flute
8
  Harmonic Tuba
8
  Vox Humana
8
  Diaphonic Diapason
4
  Piccolo
8
  Clarinet
4
  Viol     Cathedral Chimes
4
  Viol Celeste     Xylophone
4
  Flute     Triangle
4
  Vox Humana      

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Tuba Profunda
4
  Viol
16
  Bass
4
  Viol Celeste
16
  Tibia Clausa [TC]
4
  Flute
16
  Bourdon
2 2/3
  Twelfth
16
  Contra Viol [TC]
2
  Fifteenth
8
  Harmonic Tuba
2
  Piccolo
8
  Diaphonic Diapason
1 3/5
  Tierce
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Clarinet     Sleigh Bells
8
  Kinura     Xylophone
8
  Orchestral Oboe     Glockenspiel
8
  Viol     Orchestra Bells [re-it]
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]     Chrysoglott
8
  Flute      
8
  Vox Humana     Solo 2nd Touch
4
  Harmonic Clarion
16
  Tuba
4
  Octave
8
  Tibia Clausa
4
  Piccolo
8
  Clarinet
           
Adjustable Combinations
   
Accompaniment Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (thumb)
Solo Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (thumb)
Pedal Pistons 1-2-3 (toe)
           
Tremulants (4)
   
Main Vox Humana  
Solo Tuba  

   

   
General
    Two Expression Pedals      
           
Effects
   
Surf Auto Horn Train Whistle
Fire Gong Bird Horse Hoofs
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8281
     Junchen, David L., comp. and ed. by Jeff Weiler. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.
     The Theatre Organ Home Page web site: http://theatreorgans.com/

Illustrations:
     Cinema Treasures web site. Exterior.
     NYC 100 web site: http://home.nyc.gov/html/nyc100/html/classroom/photos/bx3f.html. Interior.