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  • Short Summary

    Cinema organ is put through its paces - rising from the pit then returning.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown

    No title - unedited material. Location - Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London.

    NB - no sound.

    M/S of a strange location - a circle of flowers, a fountain and a curtain. Suddenly a cinema organ rises through the flowers - a trifle surreal! Man playing the organ presses a button then returns from whence he came.

    L/S of the cinema auditorium. Again the cinema organ rises.

    Not possible to read the clapperboard on this vhs copy but looks like it might be a scene for a feature film. Words on clapperboard may be Jubilee - Brenon - rest is obscured by timecode on tape.

    Shot of the cinema organ rising from low angle. He goes down again.

    Note: for search purposes - rise again you Mighty Wurlitzer!

    A Pathe website user has informed us that this cinema organ iwas located at the Regal Marble Arch Christie, London. It was the largest cinema organ in Europe with 4 manuals and 36 ranks of pipes.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:27:00 / 01:33:36:00
    UN 123 C

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    This shows Sydney Torch at the Christie organ (not a Wurlitzer) in the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London. I imagine this clip comes from the end of the item "Organising an Organ". because in that film the announcer says " and now we hear Sydney Torch at Europes' largest organ" bu then the clip suddenly ends.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Whist the organist at the conclusion of 'Organising an Organ' is undoubtedly Sidney Torch, I'm afraid I must disagree with jbuck, for I think the gentleman here is someone else. Let us examine the clip closely.

    This organist has:
    'patent leather' hair - OK, so had Mr Torch
    spectacles - Mr Torch did not wear spectacles
    no moustache - Mr Torch had a moustache.

    Notice the 'horticultural orchestra pit', usually only seen on the ceremonial opening day of a new cinema. At the Regal, this would have been in 1928 when Quentin Maclean would have been seated at the organ, and I'm pretty sure this isn't him.
    The board briefly held up to camera at one point bears the word 'Jubilee.' My guess is that the cinema had been decorated to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in May 1935. This would be after Mr Torch's time at the Christie (1932 to 1934).
    I think the organist here looks very much like Jack Courtnay. Anybody else any ideas?

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  3. Wurlitzer436 says

    The organist in this film is indeed Jack Courtney, who was the organist of the Regal, Marble Arch in the mid-1930s.

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