Ward Theatre

2246 Jerome Avenue near 182nd Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10453



The 1,950-seat Oxford Theatre, which opened in September 1927, was built for the Consolidated Theatres chain and designed by architect Israel Crausman. The seats were arranged in a stadium style (with no overhanging balcony). After closing in September 1951, the building was converted for use as office space, and later became P.S. 315.
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 1766 (1927)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style E X (with two divided enclosures)
2 manuals, 7 ranks


Wurlitzer's Op. 1766 was shipped on October 23, 1927.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Diaphone
  Pedal 2nd Touch
16
  Bourdon
  Bass Drum
8
  Trumpet
  Kettle Drum
8
  Diaphonic Diapason     Crash Cymbal
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cymbal
8
  Flute      
8
  Cello      

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
16
  Contra Viole [TC]     Harp Chrysoglott
16
  Vox Humana [TC]     Snare Drum
8
  Trumpet     Tambourine
8
  Diaphonic Diapason     Castanets
8
  Tibia Clausa     Chinese Block
8
  Violin     Tom-Tom
8
  Violin Celeste [TC]     Sleigh Bells
8
  Concert Flute      
8
  Vox Humana     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
4
  Octave     Trumpet
4
  Piccolo     Tibia Clausa
4
  Viole     Cathedral Chimes
4
  Octave Celeste     Triangle
4
  Flute      
4
  Vox Humana      
2
  Piccolo      

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Diaphone
4
  Viole
16
  Tibia Clausa [TC]
4
  Viole Celeste
16
  Bourdon
4
  Flute
16
  Vox Humana [TC]
2 2/3
  Twelfth
8
  Trumpet
2
  Piccolo
8
  Diaphonic Diapason
1 3/5
  Tierce
8
  Tibia Clausa     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Violin     Xylophone
8
  Violin Celeste [TC]     Glockenspiel
8
  Concert Flute     Harp Chrysoglott
8
  Vox Humana      
4
  Octave     Solo 2nd Touch
4
  Piccolo
16
  Trumpet [TC]
     
8
  Tibia Clausa

   

   
Adjustable Combinations
   
Accompaniment Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Solo Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
           
General
    One Balanced Expression Pedal      
    One General Tremulant      
    One Vox Humana Tremulant      
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
   
Horse Hoofs Train Fire Gong (reiterating)
Surf Effect Auto Horn Steamboat Whistle
Bird Fire Gong Siren
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8208
     Junchen, David L. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Compiled and edited by Jeff Weiler. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.