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<h3 class="venue_name">Loew&#39;s Astoria Theatre</h3> (Astoria) &ndash; later UA Astoria Sixplex, closed 2001; now retail
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<h2 class="venue">Loew&#39;s Astoria Theatre</h2>
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venue_info_ip => 2860 Steinway Street near 30th Avenue
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Loew&#39;s Astoria Theatre - Astoria (Queens), NY <td width="250"><a href="/Organs/Qns/img/LoewsAstoriaTh1920Ext.jpg"><img src="/Organs/Qns/img/LoewsAstoriaTh1920Ext_tmb.jpg" alt="Loew&#39;s Astoria Theatre - Astoria (Queens), N.Y. (Cinema Treasures)" width="250" border="0"></a> <span class="basicText"><SPAN class="address">2860 Steinway Street</SPAN> near 30th Avenue </span><br> Astoria (Queens), NY 11103<br> The Astoria Theatre was built by the vaudeville chain of Ward &amp; Glynne and opened in 1920. Thomas W. Lamb designed the 2,900-seat theatre which was the largest in Queens until the Keith-Albee in Flushing, and Loew&#39;s Valencia in Jamaica were opened near the end of the decade. In 1923, the Astoria Theatre was purchased by the Loew&#39;s chain. In 1931, when Loew&#39;s opened the larger and more spectacular Triboro Theatre only a block away on Steinway Street, it continued to operate the Astoria to stem competition. In 1977, United Artists divided the theater into four screens, and in 1981 converted the remaining dressing areas in the back of the building into two additional theaters, bringing the theater up to sixplex status. It was named the UA Astoria Sixplex when it closed on Dec. 26, 2001. Today, the former theater building is used for office space and retail.
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<span class="basicText"><SPAN class="address">2860 Steinway Street</SPAN> near 30th Avenue </span><br>
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<td class="sources"><h2 class="sources">Sources</h2> Cinema Treasures web site: <a href="http://www.cinematreasures.org" target="_blank">http://www.cinematreasures.org</a><br> Junchen, David L.<em> Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1. </em>Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985. <em><br> </em>Nelson, George. <em>Organs in the United States and Canada Database.</em> Seattle, Wash. <br> Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. M&ouml;ller organ, Op. 4373 (1926).<em><br> </em>Photos: <br> Cinema Treasures web site. 1920 photo of Astoria Theatre.
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<td><h3 class="venue_name"><a href="/Organs/Qns/html/LoewsAstoriaTheatre.html">Loew&#39;s Astoria Theatre</a></h3> (Astoria) &ndash; later UA Astoria Sixplex, closed 2001; now retail</td> <td>2860 Steinway Street near 30th Avenue<br> <div class="organ with_specs">III/32 M.P. M&ouml;ller, Inc., Op. 4377 (1926)</div> <div class="organ">II/14 Austin Organ Company, Op. 901 (1920)</div></td>
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<h2 class="organs_summary">Organ Specifications:</h2> <a href="#Moller"> III/32 M.P. M&ouml;ller, Op. 4377</a> (1926) II/14 Austin Organ Company, Op. 901 (1920)
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III/32 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 4377 (1926)
II/14 Austin Organ Company, Op. 901 (1920)
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II/14 Austin Organ Company, Op. 901 (1920)

ORGAN 1/0 [Moller]

---------- III/32 M.P. Möller, Op. 4377 (1926) II/14 Austin Organ Company, Op. 901 (1920) ----------

Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes [Organ div no. 1]

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

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Orchestral Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes [Organ div no. 2]

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
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Solo Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes [Organ div no. 3]

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

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Pedal Organ – 32 notes [Organ div no. 4]

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
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Affected by Pistons [Organ div no. 5]

Thunder Sheet Song Birds (2)
Cymbal Crash Chinese Gong
Grand Crash Tubular Bell (Sharp)
Indian Block Tubular Bell (Flat)
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Couplers [Organ div no. 6]

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'
Solo to Orchestral 16', 8', 4' Compound Coupler [Released by Pistons]
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Adjustable Combinations [Organ div no. 7]

Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Solo
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Great
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Orchestral
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Pedal
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Full Organ
Corresponding Pedal to Manuals Pistons [by switch in jambs, left side]
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ORGAN 3/2 -- M.P. Möller, Inc. [Moller]

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M.P. Möller, Inc.

Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4377 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 154 registers, 32 ranks


The organ in Loew's Astoria Theatre was built in 1926 by the M.P. Möller company of Hagerstown, MD, at a cost of $18,390, discounted by $4,500 for trade-in of the existing Austin organ. 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 Theatrein 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. ----------

Pedal Movements [Organ div no. 1]

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
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ORGAN 3/2 -- Austin Organ Company

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Austin Organ Company

Hartford, Conn. – Opus 901 (1920)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 22 stops, 14 ranks
The first organ installed in the Astoria Theatre was built in 1920 at a cost of $7,000 by the Austin Organ Company. In 1926, a new organ built by the M.P. Möller company was installed in the Astoria Theatre, and Möller was contracted to move the Austin organ to the Strand Theatre in Port Jervis, NY, at a cost of $6,000. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located. ----------
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