Welcome to the American Theatre Organ Society
If you are one of our thousands of members, welcome to this site’s resources and enjoy the site. If you are new to our interest in theatre organs, we hope you will take some time to discover one of the music world's unique gems - the Mighty Theatre Organ and its home, the Movie Palace. It's been more than 100 years since Wurlitzer created its first theatre organ, and Barton, Robert-Morton, Kimball, and dozens of other companies created thousands of instruments, made to accompany silent films, and fill majestic movie palaces with glorious music. ATOS is proud to work with more than 55 local chapters across the U.S. and around the world, promoting the instrument, presenting concerts and silent films, developing young artists and technicians, providing scholarships, and most of all, having a lot of fun in the world of music. As always, we welcome suggestions for content that would be useful.
So take a moment. Find an instrument near you. Listen to some wonderful music using ATOS RADIO. or visit one of the many events available around the world listed on our Events List. Be introduced to an artist; or explore our art form's fascinating history and technology. We are delighted you found us.
If not a member, we hope you will join us. Everything you need to do so is right here. Be prepared for what we like to call a musical "WOW!" moment. Get set for the mighty theatre organ and ATOS. Welcome again!
Chairman of the Board
With most of winter behind us , I’m taking this opportunity to provide updates on ATOS activities. Your Board of Directors has just concluded their mid-year review and planning meetings. The budget development process for our next fiscal year has begun. Ideas with respect to fund raising and other program activities are now being analyzed and prioritized. As always, the Board is looking for... more
A CD featuring highlights from the 2017 ATOS convention in Tampa, Florida is now available in the Marketplace. Featuring Wurlitzer theatre ipie organs in the Tampa Theatre, Grace Chuirch, Janko Residence, and Brattain residence, in addition to the temporary Haupwerk Wurlitzer in the Pinellas Park Auditorium and the magnificent digital 5/92 Walker organ in the Amalie Arena. Visit our Marketplace... more
2018 Convention - El Capitan TheatreBelow are highlighted a few of the ATOS activities now underway. Most have critical dates with respect to your possible participation as noted in each below. ATOS is an organization that is highly dependent upon participation, whether your merely attend programs or play a more active role in operations. ATOS 2018 Convention By now everyone should have received at least of several information... more
The ATOS Endowment Fund assists ATOS chapters or other not-for-profit organizations engaged in theatre pipe organ programs or projects which will have a lasting impact on the preservation or presentation of the theatre pipe organ as a historically American instrument and musical art form; projects or programs of particular historical or scholarly merit; and other projects or programs as approved... more
Pasadena 5/28 MollerPrepare now for the 2018 Pasadena Convention June 29 (Friday) - July 3 (Tuesday) After-Glow Registration information and venue/artist information appears in the January/February 2018 issue of Theatre Organ Journal. Online registration and hotel reservations are now open. Convention Information more
The 2017 ATOS Chapter Showcase highlights ATOS chapters’ activities and achievements from the past year. Participating chapters in 2017 are: Great Lakes Bay Chapter NorCal Theatre Organ Society Red River Chapter River City Theatre Organ Society Theatre Organ Society of San Diego Saint Louis Theatre Organ Society Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley... more
Seven years ago, the American Theatre Organ Society entered into a partnership agreement with the University of Oklahoma which established the Theatre Organ Archive and Library at the American Organ Institute. What was the collection of historical material, recordings, letters and more thus found not only a new home, but received the benefit of serious archival attention. The ongoing care,... more