Wurlitzer Organ Returns to Tucson Venue

Fox Tucson Theatre Wurlitzer organ
Courtesy of Fox Tucson Theatre

After an extensive restoration process, a nearly century-old theater organ is making a triumphant return at a Tucson venue next weekend.

The Fox Tucson Theatre says "The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Preview Concert," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, will be the first time in 60 years that patrons can hear the sound of a Mighty Wurlitzer at the Fox. The instrument will be used to accompany Buster Keaton's 1920 silent film One Week.

The theater featured an organ when it opened in 1930, according to a press release, but that device was sold for parts in the 1950s. In 2002, while the Fox was being restored, Dr. Malin Dollinger donated his 1922 organ to the theater's foundation, and a subsequent restoration proccess got the instrument ready to use again.

Ongoing fundraising efforts have focused on raising about $100,000 to complete the organ installation, maintain the instrument and present programming for guests to enjoy.

Tickets to next Saturday's event are $25; VIP tickets are $75 and include a chance to view the organ up close during an onstage reception after the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Fox Tucson Theatre's website.

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