Kimball Theatre Organ

One of the largest artifacts in the National Music Centre’s collection, the Kimball Theatre Organ can be seen on Level 3 in Studio Bell. This particular theatre organ was manufactured in 1924 by the Kimball Piano and Organ Company, to be used in accompaniment of silent films. With the advent of “talkie” films in 1927, the usage of the theatre organ eventually declined, with many falling into states of disrepair along with the theatres they were housed in.

Luckily, our Kimball Theatre Organ survived. It is significant on account of its technological innovations, which include an electro-pneumatic relay that allows various components of the instrument to be placed in different locations.

Please join us for a live demonstration of our Kimball Theatre Organ on:

  • Wednesday – Friday at 3:00 pm*
  • Saturday – Sunday at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm*
  • There will be no Kimball organ demo at 12:00 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
*The daily Kimball Theatre Organ performance is dependent on musician availability and therefore subject to change.

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