Waikiki Theater’s organ has new home at Hilo’s Palace
The once-beautiful Waikiki Theater has been demolished. But its famed pipe organ, which entertained thousands of movie-goers for more than 60 years, has been restored and is being reinstalled in Hilo's historic Palace Theater. The huge four-keyboard organ console was played Sunday for the first time in its new home by Bob Alder
, who accompanied a showing of the original 1925 film "Phantom of the Opera," starring Lon Chaney
. The showing wound up a two-week celebration of the Palace's 80th anniversary. The Waikiki organ's pipes are still being added to the Palace organ's pipes. When completed, it will be the largest pipe organ in Hawaii, with about 2,000 pipes. Alder was the last staff organist at the Waikiki, from 1980 to 1997. Previous organists were Edwin Sawtelle, John DeMello
and Frank Loney
. The organ was originally installed in the Hawaii Theater in 1922 and was moved to the Waikiki in 1937. In 2004, before the Waikiki was demolished, volunteers removed the organ and moved it to Hilo's Palace ...
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