Loew's Burnside Theatre - Bronx, NY (photo: AJWB Collection)
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Loew's Burnside Theatre

57 East Burnside Avenue at Walton Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10453






The 2178-seat Loew's Burnside Theatre opened on January 31st, 1924, and was the 40th Loew's theatre in the Greater New York area and the circuit's 100th throughout the USA. Opening night festivities were attended by Marcus Loew himself, and many celebrities of the era, including Eddie Cantor, plus a contingent of showgirls from the Ziegfeld Follies. The movie shown was "Thy Name Is Woman," directed by Fred Niblo, who was in the audience and stepped on stage at the end to thunderous applause.

The Loew's Burnside closed and the building is now used for retail business.
           
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 3773 (1923)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 150 registers, 93 stops, 28 ranks

In the factory contract dated July 27, 1923, the M.P. Möller company states that the organ for the Loew's Burnside Theatre would cost $17,500 and that it would be completed by December 1, 1923. Möller provided a three-manual mahagony that had colored stop keys. Wind pressures for the organ were 7" and 12". Möller includes the following notation:

Organ to be constructed so that all string stops are playable on orchestral manual. Two stop keys cancel all other stops from Orchestral department and all strings from Great and Solo and draw all strings on Orchestral. The purpose is that a Solo on any stop (string excepted) can be played on either great or solo manual, and accompanied by all strings in chorus on orchestral manual.

               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed with Orchestral
8
  Open Diapason
73
2
  String Fifteenth *
4
  Octave Principle [sic]
8
  Violin d'Orchestre *
73
8
  Tibia Plena
73
8
  Viole Celeste [TC] *
61
8
  Doppel Flute
73
16
  Bass Tuba
85
8
  Clarabella
73
8
  Tuba
8
  Flute Celeste [TC]
61
4
  Clarion
8
  Rohr Flute
16
  Cor Anglais [TC]
4
  Solo Flute
8
  English Horn
73
4
  Claribel Flute
16
  Corno di Bassetto [TC]
4
  Flute d'Amour
8
  French Trumpet
73
    Mixture III ranks [derived]
   
Cathedral Chimes
20 notes
16
  Violin *
97
   
Xylophone
37 notes
8
  Solo Violin *
    Tremulant
4
  Violin *
    Orchestral String Tremulant
2 2/3
  String Twelfth *
       
 
     
 
     
Orchestral Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed with Great

16
  Bourdon
97
4
  Horn Octave
8
  Stopped Diapason
16
  Sub Vox [TC]
4
  Flute d'Amour
8
  Vox Humana
73
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
8
 
Concert Harp
49 notes
2
  Flageolet
4
 
Octave Harp
37 notes
1 3/5
  Tiercena
   
Glockenspiel
8
  Orchestral Oboe
    Orchestral Bells  
8
  Saxophone (Syn.)
   
Orch. String Organ [draws * stops]
8
  Flute Traverso
73
   
Solo String Organ [draws + stops]
4
  Wald Flute
    Orchestral String Tremulant
8
  Solo Violin
    Solo String Tremulant  
4
  Violin
    Tremulant  
2 2/3
  String Twelfth
    Snare Drum  
8
  Violin d'Orchestre
    Castanets  
8
  Viole Celeste [TC]
    Tambourine  
8
  Tuba
    Sleigh Bells  
8
  Clarinet
73
    Indian Block  
8
  English Horn
       
 
     
 
     
Solo Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed

8
  Stentorphone
73
8
  Viole Celeste [TC] +
61
8
  Gross Flute
73
4
  Violin +
16
  Tibia Clausa
97
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Stopped Flute
4
  Corno d'Amour
4
  Orchestral Flute
8
  French Horn
73
2 2/3
  Quint
16
  Fagotta
85
2
  Flautina
8
  Oboe
1 3/5
  Tiercena
4
  Oboe Clarion
8
  Concert Flute
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
4
  Vox Octave
4
  Fern Flute
   
Concert Marimba
49 notes
2
  Piccolo
  Marimba [single stroke]
8
  Gross Gamba +
73
  Solo String Tremulant  
8
  Gross Gamba Celeste [TC] +
61
    Tremulant  
8
  Violin d'Orchestre +
73
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes

32
  Resultant
    Bass Drum  
16
  Open Diapason
12
    Snare Drum  
16
  Tibia
12
    Tympany Roll  
16
  Contra Tibia Clausa
    Triangle  
16
  Bourdon
    Cymbal  
16
  Violin
    Tom Tom  
16
  Tuba
    Castanets  
16
  Contra Fagotta
    Tambourine  
8
  Tibia Plena
    Sleigh Bells  
8
  Flute Dolce
       
8
  Cello
       
8
  Tuba
       
               
Affected by Toe Pistons

    Thunder Sheet       Indian Block  
    Cymbal Crash       Song Birds (2)  
    Grand Crash       Chinese Gong  
               
Couplers
    Solo to Great   Solo 4'
    Solo to Great 4'   Solo 16'
    Solo to Great 16'   Orchestral 4'
    Orchestral to Great   Orchestral 16'
    Orchestral to Great 4'   Solo to Pedal
    Orchestral to Great 16'   Great to Pedal
    Solo to Orchestral   Great to Pedal 4'
    Orchestral to Solo   Great Unison Separation [in jambs]
    Orchestral to Pedal   Orch. Unison Separation [in jambs]
    Great 4'   Solo Unison Separation [in jambs]
               
Mechanicals
    Great-Orchestral Tremulant   Solo String Tremulant
    Solo Tremulant      
    Great-Orchestral String Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator  
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible
    Orchestral to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Solo Pedal
    Balanced Great-Orchestral Pedal
    Grand Crescendo Pedal – Sub & Super Couplers Sforzando on Double Touch
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 affecting Orchestral Stops
    Pistons 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 affecting Great Stops
    Pistons 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 affecting Solo Stops
    Pistons 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 affecting Pedal Stops
    Pistons 1,2,3, & 4 affecting Full Organ
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1321
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications for M.P. Möller organ, Op. 3773 (1923).

Photos:
     AJWB Collection. Exterior.