Mighty Wurlitzer roars Oct. 21st for Halloween warm-up

Ken Double

I am writing because it is an exciting time for the Long Center Theatre Organ Society and the Mighty Wurlitzer! We will have plenty to report in our next issue of Vox Wurlitzer, which will hit your mail boxes and emails soon. But in the meantime, here are some great opportunities for you to enjoy the Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center.

On Sunday, October 21st at 2:30 p.m., yours truly returns to provide a horror-filled preview to Halloween. The 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features the virtuoso touch of John Barrymore, then the finest actor in American theatre, making his mark in film. Tickets to hear the Mighty Wurlitzer and see “The Great Profile” in this piece of classic cinema are just $5 at the door. What a deal!! This is being done in full partnership with Long Center, and we say “Thanks” to Eric Van Cleave and the entire Long Center staff for these ventures that are so good for the continuing exposure of the Wurlitzer to the public. And thanks for all of the members of the LCTOS Board who commit so much time and effort for our one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer pipe organ!

There will be other special events after the New Year, and of course, on Saturday, June 8th, it’s the Ken Double Variety Show #37!

So mark your calendars for a spooky October 21st and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Bring the family and friends for holiday movie fun and the Mighty Wurlitzer. And look for your next issue of Vox Wurlitzer and lots more great news about our great theatre pipe organ.

See you soon!!

Ken Double

Steamboat Bill, Jr. with the Mighty Wurlitzer 1/26

Experience Buster Keaton’s silent film the way it was meant to be — with the sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ! Organist Ken Double returns to play his score for this classic comedy on Friday January 26th, 7:30 pm, Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets only $5 — if you’ve never seen silent film with Mighty Wurlitzer accompaniment, this is a great event to attend! Synopsis available on our Events page  and more info on Facebook.



Ken Double at the console of the Mighty Wurlitzer, Long Center.

Ken Double, President, LCTOS.

We at the Long Center Theatre Organ Society approach the final days of a most eventful 2017 with great anticipation for the New Year. Successful shows; significant upgrades to the Wurlitzer; and the foundation for funding long-term find us almost giddy with anticipation.

For our friends, patrons, and event attendees, our thanks to you, as always. We look forward to seeing you at our next event, January 26th and Buster Keaton’s hilarious silent film comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr.

And one final pitch. It’s interesting to note that statisticians who track such things tell us that more than 10% of charitable giving happens in the last three days of the year.

That’s a not-so-gentle reminder to please think of us at the LCTOS if you have any thoughts of financial support. There might be tax advantages for donors.

And more importantly, if a donation is earmarked for LCTOS via the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the LaNelle Geddes Matching Grant program could boost your gift by 50%! This is a great opportunity for donors and LCTOS alike.

I will see you January 26th, and again in June for our 36th annual variety show. Meanwhile, to all of you, I hope you and your families and friends have a joyous holiday season, a wonderful New Year’s celebration, and that 2018 is the best ever for all!

Ken Double