The Mighty Wurlitzer

Photo by: M. Lewis Kennedy

Listen to the Mighty Wurlitzer
Stars Fell on Alabama played by Cecil Whitmire

The Alabama Theatre Pipe Organ is Wurlitzer Opus 1783. The legendary theatre organist, Jesse Crawford, laid out its design for use in delux venues for Publix Theatres, thus the designation by Wurlitzer as Style Publix 1. Its basic design included 4 manuals (keyboards), 20 ranks (sets of pipes), 8 sets of tuned percussion units, and all the sound effects needed to accompany silent movies. Twelve additional ranks of pipes have been added to expand the tonal capabilities of the organ, making a total of 32 ranks (2336 pipes). The pipes and percussion units are divided into three chambers as follows:

Main Chamber

(Upper left)

  • 16′ Tuba Horn
  • 16′ Diaphonic Diapason
  • 8′ Tibia Clausa
  • 16′ Bourdon/Concert Flute
  • 8′ Clarinet
  • 16′ Trombone
  • 4′ Flute Celeste
  • 8′ Musette
  • 8′ Violin
  • 8′ Violin Celeste
  • Wind Chime (exposed)

String Chamber

(Lower left)

  • 8′ Vox Humana
  • 8′ Viol d’Orchestra
  • 8′ Viol Celeste
  • 16′ Violone/Gamba
  • 8′ Dulciana
  • 8′ Gamba Celeste
  • 8′ Unda Maris
  • Chrysoglott
  • Vibraphone
  • Orchestral Chimes
  • Bird Whistle
  • Chinese Gong

Solo Chamber

(right)

  • 16′ Ophicleide/Tuba Mirabilis
  • 16′ Tibia Clausa
  • 8′ Solo String
  • 8′ Brass Trumpet
  • 8′ English (Post) Horn
  • 8′ Vox Humana
  • 8′ Brass Saxophone
  • 8′ Solo String Celeste
  • 8′ Quintadena
  • 8′ Orchestral Oboe
  • 8′ Kinura
  • 16′ Horn Diapason
  • 8′ Lieblich Flute
  • 8′ Oboe Horn
  • 4′ Harmonic Flute
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel/Orchestra Bells
  • Cathedral Chimes
  • Harp/Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Piano
  • Toy Counter (21 traps)
  • Master Xylophone (exposed)

Go to the Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society website.