The console of Barton op. 350 as seen in the collection of Phil Maloof in 2012. (Photograph by Kim Cochrane, Desert Spirit Photography)
A NEW CONSOLE FOR THE WILSHIRE EBELL THEATRE
In January 2023, the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society took possession of the last theatre organ console manufactured by the Barton Organ Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The console was originally part of Barton's op. 350, a 10-rank instrument that had been installed in 1931 at the Paramount Theatre in Newport News, Virginia. The console has had several homes over the last 90+ years and was most recently owned by the late Phil Maloof.
The newly-acquired console will be installed in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where it will play the 1927 Barton organ (ex-National Theatre, Milwaukee) own by LATOS and installed in 1984. The organ's previous console, which was in need of repair, was traded to the Phil Maloof Foundation.
LATOS is very thankful for the invaluable support of its donors and volunteers in making this project possible.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
Ebell Club photography by Wendell Benedetti.