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Posted on: April 9, 2018

A look at the Wurlitzer organ at the Mission Playhouse

Wurlitzer organ

A lifelong theater organ enthusiast, Donn Linton is a volunteer with the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society tasked with maintaining the mighty Wurlitzer organ at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. An icon of the Playhouse, the Wurlitzer actually became a fixture of the theater in 1968. Built in 1924, the organ was originally installed in the RKO Albee Theatre in Brooklyn, New York before it was transferred to San Gabriel after a generous donation by RKO Pictures.

“Two great big vans and a group of 60 people worked on restoring the organ for the Mission Playhouse,” said Linton.

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