Theatre organs are considered by many to be the world’s very first synthesizers. They brought music to theatres in the early part of the 20th century before sound movies existed.
Using wind-blown pipes, and wind-operated percussions and traps, these amazing instruments could imitate the sounds of an entire orchestra. An extensive variety of intricate controls gave a musician the ability to create a sound-track for "silent" movies, and entertain audiences by filling a theatre with music.
Theatre organs still survive today but are becoming increasingly rare. They can be found in some movie palaces in Los Angeles, as well as in auditoriums and other venues.
The Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society is dedicated to the prservation and appreciation of these unique and fascinating musical marvels.
This website includes information about the theatre organs in the Los Angeles area, listings of upcoming performances and events, and other interesting facts.
We invite you to attend live performances and events that include a theatre organ to experience this unique and thrilling sound for yourself.
Wurlitzer pipe organ, Opus 1953 being staged at the factory in the 1920's. Pipes in the picture are only a small representation of this giant instrument.
Keep visiting this website to learn about upcoming concerts and events!
LATOS’ Info Line and Message Center at 1-888-LATOS22 (1-888-528-6722) for recorded event & ticket info, or to order advanced sale tickets by phone
OUR MISSION: The Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society’s mission is to preserve, restore, maintain, protect, promote and present a truly American musical invention, the theatre pipe organ and its musical art form; to ensure that the few remaining instruments are played whenever possible to provide entertainment to the public as a solo instrument, as part of an ensemble, as a component in modern/contemporary music, and to accompany silent films; to promote the theatre pipe organ to today’s youth, and encourage their active involvement in performing on, and maintaining these rare instruments; and to follow the goals and mission of the parent organization, The American Theatre Organ Society.
If you would like to become a member of LATOS or make a donation to help in the restoration and maintenance of pipe organs in the Los Angeles area, please click on the button below.