Status and Condition
The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 9, 2017.
Wurlitzer EP chests .
Two manuals. 7 ranks.
Manual compass is 61 notes.
Pedal compass is 32 notes.
- Information from The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History by David L. Junchen (comp. & ed. by Jeff Weiler). The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005
Wurlitzer "Style E"
Factory date: January 13, 1927
Organ repossessed and moved in December 1931 to St. Paul's R.C. Church, Daytona Beach, Florida (Database Manager. August 9, 2017)
- This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Taylor Phillips, listing this website as a source of information: http://www.theatreorgans.com/AU/opus/OPUSLIST/opus.asp?search_fd1=1554&search_fd6=*&search_fd5=*&search_fd4=*&search_fd3=*&search_fd8=*&search_fd7=*&search_fd9=*&search_fd0=*&search_fd2=*&search_fd17=*&search_fd-1=*.
The Riverside Theater is currently known as the Sun Ray Cinema and features art house films and some first run major motion pictures. The building was completed in 1927, not long after the Florida Theater was completed. It was one of the first in the area to show sound films, but the details I have are a bit confusing. Per the tour guide at the Florida Theater, the Florida was the first equipped to play sound films, but they lent their system to Riverside which actually showed the first one. Both the Florida Theater and Riverside Theater were designed by Jacksonville architect Roy Benjamin. Unfortunately, the latest renovation of the building has including hanging a large amount of sound-dampening cloth around the theater so that none of the original ornate detail is visible inside. I was only prompted to look up history of an organ being there based on a picture during the most recent renovation where the organ chambers on either side of the proscenium were visible. (Steven E. Lawson. August 9, 2017)
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