WILTERN THEATER
Los Angeles, California
We welcome any photos of the Wiltern
Theatre and its Kimball pipe organ.  We
would also like to include photos of
organists at the console.

Please contact us at
cinematone1@aol.com
Above:  The big Kimball console opened up for restoration.  The
four keyboards were sent out for complete rebuilding.  All of the
stop tabs were removed for cleaning and repair.  All combination
action pneumatics were recovered with new leather.
Below: Photos from the 1962 restoration
project headed up by Richard Simonton.
Above: The lobby of the Wiltern looking
towards the entrance doors  
1965
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The console rises from the basement for a concert.  Originally,
the console lift stopped at the auditorium floor level.  A
supporter of the LA-ATOE worked for the Haughton
Elevator Company, and arranged for the travel of the lift to be
extended upwards to the top of the orchestra pit railing.
Two views of a Sunday morning LA-ATOE concert circa 1964.
Above: The Wiltern's huge
auditorium.  The large round object
on the front of the balcony is the
RCA B&W video projector that
was used for closed circuit concerts
and prize fights.  
1965
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Above: The large art deco
sunburst in the auditorium ceiling.  
1965
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image.
Above: The stage, organ console and
auditorium right side wall.  The
scalloped curtain was the main house
curtain that would raise just before the
start of the show as the houselights
dimmed. Then, the traveller curtain
would open as the picture first
appeared.  It was a deluxe
presentation.  
1965
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ORGANISTS AT THE WILTERN
We are looking for photos of organists who performed at the Wiltern.
If you have any that can be added, even of yourself,  please contact us at
cinematone1@aol.com
Above: The  Wiltern console in 1973.
Courtesy of Ian McIver
http://www.theatreorgans.com/southerncros
s/
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Counter
Bob Alder
1963
Bob Alder Collection
Don Thompson
1971
Photo Courtesy Don Thompson
Eddie Dunsteder
1968
Photos Courtesy Lew Williams
Lyn Larsen
1968
Photos by Dick Clay, Courtesy John Lauter