Historical Pipe Organ Used During Silent Film
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling and Adam Aceto (Photos: Fritz Olenberger)
By edhat staff
A historical pipe organ at the Arlington Theatre was used during a showing of the original Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society, hosted the free community event on Friday evening opening up the theatre for audiences to watch the classic silent film with organ accompaniment.
Adam Aceto played The Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington, which is a 1928 Robert-Morton "Wonder Morton," during the showing of the film. Although Robert-Morton made over 6,000 organs before they went out of business in 1931, only 5 Wonder Mortons were made. The Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington was originally installed in Loews Jersey City. It was damaged while being removed by wreckers in 1977, stored for 10 years in a Dallas warehouse, brought to Santa Barbara in 1986, and lovingly restored to as-new condition by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society.
Learn more about the organ's history at sbtos.com.