July 29th, 2014

Renaissance Theatre Special Events

Thursday Organ Prelude & Silent Movie Organist Jay Spencer

This event is free and open to the public.  A donation is greatly appreciated and helps The Renaissance maintain the organ now and into the future

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
at 1:00 PM


Jay Spencer, Organist

Movie: An Eastern Westerner starring Harold Lloyd

The Renaissance Wurlitzer Opus 2022 was originally built in Wurlitzer’s North Tonawanda, New York factory in 1928 for Warner Brothers Vitaphone Company and installed in the Sunset Boulevard Studio in Hollywood in 1929. It was built for scoring “talkies” and beefing up the studio orchestra. The organ was used for recordings and radio shows throughout the 30’s & 40’s. In 1955, this organ was purchased by Joe Kearns. Kearns, best known for his roles as the vault-keeper on the Jack Benny radio show and as Mr. Wilson on TV’s “Dennis the Menace” series, had been a professional theatre organist in Utah. Mr Kearns actually built a home around this instrument in Hollywood, California. The Renaissance purchased the organ in 1985.