Loew's Spooner Theatre - The Bronx, N.Y.
  Click on image to enlarge
Loew's Spooner Theatre

961 Southern Boulevard near East 163rd Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10459

Organ Specifications:
III/32 M.P. Möller, Op. 4378 (1925)
• III/ Midmer-Losh Organ Company (1920)


The 1,807-seat Spooner Theatre, located in the East Morrisania section of the Bronx, opened in 1910. It was leased by Charles E. Blaney for his wife, Cecil Spooner, an actress and feminist, who led the Spooner Stock Company. When the lease expired in 1913, the theatre was purchased by Lee and Jacob Shubert (the Loew's chain), who kept the Spooner name. As Loew's also operated the larger Boulevard Theatre located nearby on busy Westchester Avenue, the Spooner was made a subsequent-run house for its entire lifetime, which lasted into the late 1960s or early 70s. At some point, the building was gutted and rebuilt for retail use.
     
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4378 (1925)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 154 registers, 32 ranks


The organ in Loew's Spooner Theatre was built in 1925 by the M.P. Möller company of Hagerstown, MD, at a cost of $18,390. This organ was one five identical organs built by Möller for Loew's theatres in New York City. Each of the five organs had three manuals and 32 ranks, and had a bat-wing style mahogany console with 154 registers. Wind pressures were 7" and 12".

The identical organs were Op. 4373, installed in Loew's 83rd Street Theatre in Manhattan; Op. 4376, installed in Loew's Alhambra Theatre in Brooklyn; Op. 4377, installed in Loew's Astoria Theatre in Astoria, Queens; Op. 4378, installed in Loew's Spooner Theatre in the Bronx; and Op. 4379, installed in Loew's Rio Theatre in Manhattan.

Click here to view the Möller Factory Specifications of Op. 4373 in the Loew's 83rd Street Theatre.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
73
8
  Tuba
4
  Octave Principle [sic]
4
  Clarion
8
  Gross Flute
73
16
  Cor Anglais [TC]
8
  Doppel Flute
73
8
  English Horn
73
8
  Clarabella
73
16
  Corno de Bassetto [sic]
OR
8
  Flute Celeste [TC]
61
8
  French Trumpet
73
8
  Stopped Flute
OR
8
  Kinura
73
4
  Solo Flute
8
  Major Vox Humana
73
4
  Claribel Flute
   
Cathedral Chimes
25 Tubes
4
  Flute d'Amour
OR
   
Xylophone [TC]
49 Bars
    Mixture III ranks
derived
    Tremulant  
16
  Violin
97
    Two Blank Stop Keys  
8
  Solo Violin
       
4
  Violina
    Second Touch  
2 2/3
  String Twelfth
8
  Gross Flute  
2
  String Fifteenth
8
  Major Violin  
8
  Orchestral Violin
73
8
  Tuba  
8
  Viole Celeste [TC]
61
8
  English Horn  
8
  Major Violin
73
8
  French Trumpet  
16
  Bass Tuba
85
    Xylophone  
               
Orchestral Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
16
  Bourdon
97
8
  English Horn
GT
8
  Stopped Diapason
4
  Horn Octave
GT
4
  Flute d'Amour
16
  Sub Vox Humana [TC]
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
8
  Vox Humana
73
2
  Flautina
8
  Concert Harp [TC]
8
  Orchestral Oboe (Syn.)
4
 
Octave Harp
61 Bars
8
  Saxaphone [sic] (Syn.)
    Glockenspiel
8
  Harmonic Flute
73
    Bells
4
  Flute
    Snare Drum  
8
  Major Violin
GT
    Castinets  
8
  Mezzo Violin
GT
    Tambourine  
4
  Violina
GT
    Tom Tom  
2
  String Fifteenth
GT
    Sleigh Bells  
8
  Orchestral Violin
GT
    Indian Block  
8
  Viole Celeste
GT
    Triangle  
8
  Quintadena
73
    Tremulant  
8
  Tuba
GT
    Two Blank Stop Keys  
8
  Clarinet
73
       
               
Solo Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes
8
  Stentorphone *
73
16
  Fagotto
85
8
  Gross Flute *
73
8
  Oboe
16
  Tibia Sub *
97
4
  Oboe Clarion
8
  Tibia Clausa
16
  Sub Vox Humana [TC]
4
  Tibia Super
8
  Mezzo Vox Humana
73
2 2/3
  Quint
   
Concert Marimba (Repeat)
49 Bars
2
  Flautina
    Single Stroke Marimba
8
  Concert Flute
73
   
Orchestra Bells (Single Stroke)
37 Bars
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
    Orchestra Bells (Repeat)  
2
  Piccolo
    Tremulant  
4
  Fern Flute
       
8
  Gross Gamba *
73
    Second Touch  
8
  Gross Gam. Celeste [TC] *
61
8
  Tibia Plena  
8
  Violin d'Orchestre [sic]
73
8
  Tibia Clausa  
8
  Viole Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Gross Gamba  
4
  Violina
8
  Cornopean  
8
  Cornopean *
73
8
  French Horn  
4
  Corno
    Marimba (Repeat)  
8
  French Horn *
73
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Cello
SO
16
  Open Diapason * [ext. GT]
12
8
  Tuba
GT
16
  Tibia * [ext. Tibia Plena]
12
    Chimes  
16
  Contra Tibia Clausa
SO
   
Bass Drum
16
  Bourdon
OR
    Snare Drum  
16
  Bass Violin
GT
    Tympany Roll [Bass Drum]  
16
  Tuba
GT
    Triangle  
16
  Contra Fagotto
SO
    Cymbal  
8
  Tibia Plena
SO
    Tom Tom  
8
  Gross Flute
GT
    Castanets  
8
  Flute Dolce
OR
    Tambourine  
8
  Major Violin
GT
    Sleigh Bells  
           
* stops on 12" wind pressure
               
Affected by Pistons
    Thunder Sheet       Song Birds (2)  
    Cymbal Crash       Chinese Gong  
    Grand Crash       Tubular Bell (Sharp)  
    Indian Block       Tubular Bell (Flat)  
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'   Orchestral to Solo 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Pedal 8', 4'   Great 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Orchestral to Pedal 8'   Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Solo to Great 16', 8', 4'   Orch. 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Orchestral to Great 16', 8', 4'   Compound Coupler [Released by Pistons]
    Solo to Orchestral 16', 8', 4'  
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6   affecting Solo
    Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6   affecting Great
    Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6   affecting Orchestral
    Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6   affecting Pedal
    Pistons 1-2-3-4   affecting Full Organ
         
    Corresponding Pedal to Manuals Pistons [by switch in jambs, left side]
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible
    Solo to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Solo Expression Pedal
    [Balanced Great-Orchestral Expression Pedal] – not on contract
    Grand Crescendo Pedal, Super and Sub Couplers Sforzando on double touch
     
Midmer-Losh Organ Company
Merrick, N.Y. (1920)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals


The first organ installed in the Spooner Theatre was built in 1920 by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company of Merrick, N.Y. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
     
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7468
     Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985.
     "The Real Estate Field; Shuberts Buy Bronx Theatre in $900,000 Deal," The New York Times (Apr. 24, 1914.)
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 4373 (1926).

Illustration:
     Back in the Bronx web site: http://www.backinthebronx.com. Exterior.