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Organ Console Renovation

In 2022 we celebrated the 95th birthday of our beloved Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, "Big Bertha," by kicking off a fundraising campaign for console renovations. Just like any machine, our Theatre Organ needs parts replaced and an updated finish after decades of regular use. Our in-house volunteer organ crew performs regular weekly maintenance, but it's time for some higher level updates. The last time Bertha was outside of the Alabama Theatre for repairs was in the 1990s!

On February 18, 2024, Big Bertha started her journey to Lithonia, GA to the A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Co. to begin repairs and maintenance!
Q: What kind of repairs are happening now?
A:New SAM (stop-action magnet) assemblies, refurbished stop tab rails, and reconfigured stop tabs- all the things that make the organ work! This is "phase 1" of the console renovation, and the exterior will be refinished at a later date as "phase 2."
Q: When will Bertha be back?
A: We expect the console to return sometime this summer, but it will definitely be back in time for our annual silent film presentation of The Phantom of the Opera this fall!
Q: How can I help?
A: Make a tax deductible donation!

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Stars Fell on Alabama
played by Cecil Whitmire

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Donation Total: $50.00

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If you would prefer to write a check, mail to:
Birmingham Landmarks, Inc.
1817 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
*Please write "Organ Console Renovation" in the memo.