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Historic Wurlitzer organ finds new home at the Troxy

Posted: Friday 18th March

Historic Wurlitzer organ finds new home at the Troxy

The largest Wurlitzer pipe organ ever installed in a European cinema has found a new home at the Troxy, Stepney, where it will become the first cinema organ to be installed in a major UK cinema building since the 1930s.

The Cinema Organ Society, which owns the instrument, and the Troxy management have agreed to rehouse the Wurlitzer - originally installed in 1930 in the huge Trocadero at the Elephant and Castle - in the Art Deco Commercial Road venue.

The Troxy, built as a 'super cinema' in 1933, was the brainchild of London entrepreneurs the Hyams brothers, who also built the Trocadero - meaning the Trocadero's former organ has a historically appropriate new home. The Cinema Organ Society and the Troxy plan to present special events showcasing the instrument once installation is complete.

Deepak Sharma, the Managing Director of Troxy owners Ashburn Estates, said it would be "wonderful to see something as grand as this at the venue". And Simon Gledhill, the Cinema Organ Society Chairman, said: "The Troxy will create a landmark theatre organ venue in this country. For the first time in many years, it will be possible to experience the magical sound of a large Wurlitzer organ speaking into a 'super cinema' auditorium."

The Trocadero Wurlitzer, which has four manuals (keyboards) will be extensively refurbished and restored before its 1,500 pipes are installed in special chambers on either side of the Troxy stage.

But money is still needed to bring this unique project - which will cost more than £240,000 to complete - to fruition. Fundraising, which is well under way, is being led by the Trocadero Wurlitzer Trust, whose patron, the television personality Denis Norden, was a member of the Trocadero management team at the start of his show business career.

An Open Day is being held at the Troxy on Saturday 9th April from 11.00 to 15.00, so everyone can come along and see this splendid theatre and learn more about the arrival of the Wurlitzer.

Further information about the project is available from the COS website.

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