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<h3 class="venue_name">Steinway Theatre</h3> (Astoria) &ndash; closed late 1950s, became retail
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<span class="venue">Steinway Theatre <br>
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Steinway Theatre - Astoria (Queens), NY <td width="200"><a href="/Organs/Qns/img/SteinwayTheatreExt.jpg"><img src="/Organs/Qns/img/SteinwayTheatreExt_tmb.jpg" alt="Steinway Theatre - Astoria (Queens), NY" width="200" border="0"></a> </span>31-08 Steinway Street at Jamaica (now 31st) Avenue<br> Astoria, NY 11103 <br><br> The Steinway Theatre, located on Steinway Avenue (later Street) in Astoria, was named in honor of the Steinway piano factory at the north end of the same street. Designed by E. C. Horn &amp; Sons and built ca.1914, the 900-seat Steinway Theatre was originally a venue for plays and vaudeville. After the much larger Astoria and Triboro Theatres were built on Steinway Street, the Steinway showed late-run double features for the rest of its theatrical life. The Steinway closed in the 1950s and was converted into retail space.
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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> <span class="style12"><FONT><FONT>Junchen, David L.</span><em>Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. II </em>(pp. 442-444). Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985. Specifications of J.H. &amp; C.S. Odell Organ, Op. 510 (1917). <br> Trupiano, Larry. Agreement of Lease and Factory Specifications of M. P. M&ouml;ller Organ, Op. 3450 (1922).<br> Photos:<br> Cinema Treasures web site: exterior, undated.
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<td><h3 class="venue_name"><a href="/Organs/Qns/html/SteinwayTheatre.html">Steinway Theatre</a></h3> (Astoria) &ndash; closed late 1950s, became retail</td> <td>31-08 Steinway Street at Jamaica (now 31st) Avenue<br> <div class="organ with_specs">II//9 M.P. M&ouml;ller, Inc., Op. 3450 (1922)</div> <div class="organ with_specs">II/15 J.H. &amp; C.S. Odell, Op. 510 (1917)</div></td>
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<h2 class="organs_summary">Organ Specifications:</h2> <a href="#Moller">II//9 M.P. M&ouml;ller, Op. 3450</a> (1922) <a href="#Odell">II/15 J.H. &amp; C.S. Odell, Op. 510</a> (1917)
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II//9 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 3450 (1922)
II/15 J.H. & C.S. Odell, Op. 510 (1917)
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ORGAN 2/0 [Odell]

---------- II/15 J.H. & C.S. Odell, Op. 510 (1917) ----------

Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed [Organ div no. 1]

16
Tibia
2 2/3
Twelfth
8
Tuba
2
Piccolo
8 Open Diapason
2 Fifteenth
8
Solo String *
Concert Xylophone
37 Bars
8
Viola d'Orchestre
Snare Drum
8
Vox Celeste
Tambourine
8
French Horn
Tom Tom
8
Tibia
Chinese Block
8
Vox Humana
Sleigh Bells [4 pitches]
4
Flute
Orchestra Bells [25-49]
25 Bars
4
Viole d'Orchestre
Glockenspiel [25-49]
25 Notes
* 8' VDO, 8' Vox Cel., & 4' VDO
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Solo Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed [Organ div no. 2]


16 Tuba Profunda [TC]
4 Octave [Dbl. Op. Diap.]
16 Tibia Clausa [10"]
4 Flute
16 Double Open Diapason [TC]
4 Viole d'Ochestra
8
Tuba Mirabilis
4
Vox Celeste
8
Open Diapason
2 2/3
Quint
8
Flute
2 2/3
Twelfth
8
Viole d'Orchestra
2
Piccolo
8
Vox Celeste
2
Fifteenth
8
French Horn
Chimes
8
Vox Humana
Marimba
provided for
4
Clarion
Harp
provided for
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Pedal Organ – 32 notes [Organ div no. 3]


32
Resultant
8
Vox Celeste
16 Tibia Profunda
8 French Horn
16
Bourdon
8
Flute
16
Tuba
Bass Drum [1-32]
8
Diapason
Cymbal [1-32]
8
Viole d'Orchestra
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Couplers [Organ div no. 4]


Great to Pedal Solo to Great Super
Great to Pedal Super Great Sub
Solo to Pedal Great Super
Pedal Octave Solo Sub
Solo to Great Solo Super
Solo to Great Sub
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Tremulants [Organ div no. 5]


For Tibias
For Whole Organ
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Adjustable Combination Pistons [Organ div no. 6]


Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Great & Pedal Stops
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 affecting Solo & Pedal Stops
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Toe Pistons [Organ div no. 7]


Crash Cymbal Thunder Sheet
Song Birds (1) in Great Organ Tympani Roll
Six Pedal Combinations, from Manual & Pedal
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Pedal Movements [Organ div no. 8]


Balanced Swell Pedal Sforzando Pedal
Crescendo Pedal
Stop Analysis
Pipes
8 Tuba 73
16 Tibia Clausa 97
8 Dbl. Open Diapason 73
8 Open Diapason 73
8 Viole d'Orchestra 97
8 Vox Celeste 73
8 French Horn 73
8 Vox Humana 61
16 Bourdon [Pedal]
    32
Total 652
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ORGAN 3/1 -- M. P. Möller, Inc. [Moller]

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M. P. Möller, Inc.


Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 3450 (1922)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 72 registers, 9 ranks
The second organ in the Steinway Theatre was built in 1922 by M.P. Möller of Hagerstown, Md. An Agreement of Lease (dated July 12, 1922) stated that Möller would install a two-manual organ in the Steinway Avenue Theatre for a consideration of $7,900, payable in twenty-four equal consecutive monthly installments. Möller would keep the organ in operating condition, attend to emergency calls and tune the organ at least four times per annum without charge to the theatre. Möller would install a Marimba Harp at any time within five years at the prevailing cost, not to exceed $1,000. A commission of $200 was paid to "J. Paro, Mgr." The organ was to be ready for use on or before September 15, 1922. The fate of this organ is unknown. ----------

First division (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed [Organ div no. 1]

8
Major Diapason
61
8
Doppel Flote [wood]
61
8
Viol d'Orchestre
61
4
Harmonic Flute
61
8 Dolce 61 8 Trumpet 61
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Second Division (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed [Organ div no. 2]


8 Open Diapason 61 4 Rohr Flöte 61
8 Muted Viol 61 8 Orchestral Horn 61
8 Viol Celeste [TC] 49 8 Vox Humana 61
8
Concert Flute [wood]
61
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Pedal Organ – 30 notes [Organ div no. 3]


16
Double Open Diapason
30
16 Sub Bass 30
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Couplers [Organ div no. 4]


Great to Pedal Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'
Swell to Pedal Great 16', 4'
Pedal to Pedal Octaves Swell 16', 4'
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Piston Combinations (visible) [Organ div no. 5]


"Adjustable at organ bench to three positions "on", "off", "neutral", and electrically moving stop registers."
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Great & Pedal Organ Stops & all Great Organ couplers
Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Swell & Pedal Organ Stops & all Swell Organ couplers
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Full Organ Combinations (Pedal Pistons, non-Visable) [Organ div no. 6]


1. All Strings } With
2. All Flutes } appropriate
3. All Diapason & Reeds } couplers
4. Release }
"In operating Pedal Pistons all stop action is automatically cancelled, thereby allowing the performer to prepare in advance and while playing, any combination desired, which may be brought into operation at the desired moment by pressing Release Piston."
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Pedal Movements [Organ div no. 7]


Crescendo Pedal
Swell Electric Pedal on First division
Swell Electric Pedal on Second division
Great to Pedal Reversible
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Accessories [Organ div no. 8]


First division Tremulant Electric Action Generator
Second division Tremulant Electric Motor & Fan Blower
Wind Indicator Indicator Lights for Pedal Pistons
Crescendo Indicator
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ORGAN 4/2 -- J.H. & C.S. Odell [Odell]

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J.H. & C.S. Odell


New York City – Opus 510 (1917)
Electro-magnetic action
2 manuals, 15 stops, 15 ranks
The first organ in the Steinway Theatre was built by J.H. & C.S. Odell of New York City, and has the distinction of being the only Odell organ installed in a theatre. Articles of Agreement (dated January 19, 1917) drawn up between Odell and the Steinway Avenue Theatre Co., show that Odell would deliver the organ and have it set up and ready for use on or before May 29, 1917. The total cost of the organ was $4,000. ----------
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