Cumbria's Wurlitzer wonder

A large Wurlitzer pipe organ dating back to the early years of silent film has been fully restored and installed in a cinema in Bowness on Windermere.

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Wurlitzer organ fully restored

The Wurlitzer Organ is forever associated with the heyday of silent films. Now after a five year fund raising and restoration project a fully functioning Wurlitzer is to be unveiled at the Royalty Cinema in Bowness on Windermere.

The large pipe organ was built in 1927 for a theatre in Cleveland Ohio and shipped to London in the thirties where it fell into disrepair.

But after years of careful restoration it's now back in a setting where it belongs.

Andy Burn reports.

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Windermere Wurlitzer restored

A large Wurlitzer pipe organ dating back to the early years of silent film has been fully restored and installed in a cinema in Bowness on Windermere.

The organ which was shipped to England from the USA in 1934 is now in the Royalty Cinema after a five year restoration project.

The instrument was built in 1927 and originally installed in the Almira Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio.