How to Tell the Difference Between a Classic Organ and a Theatre Organ

Which is older? Does a theatre organ use sheet music? These questions and more are answered by the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society.

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society

44th season
First season in 1969
Has held 260 formal concerts
Next concert: Simon Gledhill, March 9, 7 p.m., Dickinson High School
Silent Film Series: April 7, 3 p.m., “The Black Pirate” starring Douglas Fairbanks, with Don Kinnier accompanying
Daytime concert: April 2
Ticket office: 995-5630
Website: Dtoskimball.org

The Dickinson Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ

Where: John Dickinson High School, 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington
What: The fourth-largest theater pipe organ in the world
It previously resided in the Boyd Theater in Philadelphia from 1928 to 1969.
Consoles: 2
Chambers: 3
Ranks: 66 (a rank is a set of pipes that sounds like one instrument)
Percussions: 10
Pipes: about 5,000
Longest pipe: 32 feet
Shortest pipe: 1/2 inch

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