Loew's Victory Theatre - The Bronx, N.Y.
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Loew's Victory Theatre

3024 Third Avenue at 156th Street
The Bronx, N.Y. 10455


When it opened in 1910, this theatre was known as Miner's-in-the-Bronx and featured burlesque and vaudeville. The owners also operated the famous Miner's on the Bowery in Manhattan. In 1915, the theatre was sold to the Loew's organization, who renamed it the Victory, quite possibly with the hope that a quick conclusion of the great war that was taking place in Europe would not involve or spread to the United States.

The 1,772-seat Loew's Victory closed in the late 1950s and was ultimately demolished.
     
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4357 (1922)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 35 stops, 17 ranks


The Factory Specifications for this organ, dated February 24, 1922, show that Möller provided a three-manual stop-key console, and voiced the organ on 5" wind pressure. This organ cost $8,000 and was to be ready for use on or before June 24, 1922.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Violin Diapason [TC]
73
2
  Piccolo [Fl. Harm.]
OR
8
  Open Diapason
85
    Mixture III ranks
derived
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
73
16
  Bass Clarinet [TC]
OR
8
  Doppel Flute
73
8
  French Horn
73
4
  Octave [Op. Diap.]
4
  Octave Horn
4
  Zart Flute [Quintadena]
OR
   
Cathedral Chimes
20 Notes
               
Orchestral Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
GT
16
  Fagotto [TC]
8
  Horn Diapason (syn)
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
GT
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
73
   
Orchestral Bells
25 Notes
8
  Quintadena
73
   
Concert Harp
37 Notes
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
   
Glockenspiel
37 Notes
               
Solo Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gross Flute
85
4
  Gemshorn [TG]
8
  Concert Flute
73
16
  Bass Tuba [TC]
8
  Gemshorn
85
8
  Tuba
73
8
  Violoncello
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Flute Overte [TG] [Gross Fl.]
   
Xylophone
37 Notes
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Open Diapason [ext. Gross Fl.]
12
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [lo-press.]
16
  Sub Bass
32
8
  Violoncello
SO
16
  Gemshorn [ext.]
12
8
  Flute
SO
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'       Orch. to Solo  
    Orch. to Pedal 8'       Solo to Orch. 8' 8'  
    Solo to Pedal 8'       Great 4'  
    Orch. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Orch. 16', 4'  
    Solo. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Solo 16', 4'  
               
Mechanicals
    Orchestral Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator
    Solo Tremulant    
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Orchestral Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Solo Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
               
Piston Couplers
    Corresponding Orchestral and Solo Pistons to Great Pistons
    Corresponding Pedal Pistons to Manual Pistons
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Solo Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Orchestral Pedal   Orchestral to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal   Thunder Pedal
     
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7527
     Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 3333 (1922).

Illustrations:
     Cinema Treasures web site: exterior.