We had the opportunity to walk through the catwalks and crawl spaces to see all the inner workings of the Hanover Theater organ. We took a lot of images the Hanover is currently using for marketing and for recognizing the men who helped get the organ to the theater and spent many, many, many, hours installing it.
We have read a lot about the organ on the Hanover Website but here are the parts we find most fascinating: “The Wurlitzer pipe organ was donated to Hanover Theatre by Donald Phipps, 76, of New Bedford. Originally this organ was used to accompany silent films, the organ has been arriving at the theater in pieces from Mr. Phipps’ shop in New Bedford since January 2008. Installation of the instrument is completed, and the Hanover Theatre is now the home to the largest Wurlitzer organ in New England. Of the 6,000 Wurlitzer organs originally produced by The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in the early 1900s, the organ is one of 200 still in existence today. Other plans for the organ are in development, including the possibility of a silent film series and organ recital.”
We can’t wait to see a silent film with the organ accompaniment. That’s going to be very very cool.