RKO Royal Theatre - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Cinema Treasures)
 
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RKO Royal Theatre

423 Westchester Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10455


The 2196-seat Royal Theatre, located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, opened in September 1913, and was one of the first large commissions for architect Thomas W. Lamb. Owner Percy Williams launched it with vaudeville only, but after he sold the theatre to Keith's in 1918, movies were added. The theatre later became the RKO Royal. After closure in 1967, the Royal was demolished.
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 1420 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style F
2 manuals, 8 ranks, 5 tuned percussions, 14 traps, Curved Console


This organ was shipped on August 17, 1926. In 1965, the organ was sold to Dennis Awe in the Bronx, then to Gordon Young in Bethesda, N. Dak. In 1974, the console was moved to the residence of Bill and Dick Taylor in San Mateo, Calif., where it was added to Wurlitzer Op. 1391.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Ophicleide
8
  Clarinet
16
  Bass
4
  Octave
16
  Bourdon
  Bass Drum
8
  Tuba Horn     Kettle Drum
8
  Open Diapason     Crash Cymbal
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cymbal
8
  Cello      
8
  Flute     1st & 2nd Touch Traps Switch
           
Accompaniment (Manual I) – 61 notes
16
  Contra Viol [TC]     Chrysoglott
8
  Tuba Horn     Snare Drum
8
  Open Diapason     Tom Tom
8
  Tibia Clausa     Castanets
8
  Clarinet     Tambourine
8
  Violin     Chinese Block
8
  Viol Celeste      
8
  Flute     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
8
  Vox Humana
8
  Tuba Horn
4
  Octave
8
  Open Diapason
4
  Piccolo
8
  Tibia Clausa
4
  Viol
8
  Clarinet
4
  Octave Celeste     Cathedral Chimes
4
  Flute     Xylophone
4
  Vox Humana     Triangle
2 2/3
  Twelfth      
2
  Piccolo      
           
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Ophicleide
4
  Flute
16
  Bass
4
  Vox Humana
16
  Bourdon
2 2/3
  Twelfth
8
  Tuba Horn
2
  Piccolo
8
  Open Diapason
1 3/5
  Tierce
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Clarinet     Xylophone
8
  Violin     Glockenspiel
8
  Viol Celeste     Sleigh Bells
8
  Flute     Chrysoglott
8
  Vox Humana      
4
  Clarion     Solo 2nd Touch
4
  Octave
16
  Ophicleide
4
  Piccolo
8
  Tibia Clausa
4
  Viol
8
  Clarinet
4
  Octave Celeste      
           
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      
    Solo      
    Vox Humana      
    Tuba      
           
General
    Two Balanced Expression Pedals      
    One Double Touch Sforzando Pedal – Piano Pedal
     • 1st Touch: Full stops (wind)
     • 2nd Touch: Everything
    One Double Touch Sforzando Pedal – Piano Pedal
     • 1st Touch: Snare Drum
     • 2nd Touch: Bass Drum and Cymbal
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
   
Auto Horn Horse Hoofs Bird
Fire Gong Fire Gong [re-it] Machine Gun
Steamboat Whistle Surf Siren
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://www.cinematreasures.org
     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/