The Scottish Cinema Organ Trust (SCOT) is committed to the preservation and presentation of Scotland’s only functioning Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, housed in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall in the Southside of Glasgow.
What is a cinema/ theatre organ?
These instruments made quite a name for themselves throughout the 1920s & 30s as they appeared in the major picture houses of UK cities. Their purpose – to begin with – was to replace the too-quiet pianists and the too-expensive orchestras of cinemas in the accompaniment of silent films. Therefore, they were equipped to produce hauntingly similar sounds that an orchestra might produce, as well as many novelty sound effects to compliment the action on-screen. Sadly, as the grand picture palaces of this era were closed, repurposed or demolished, many of the organs too fell into disrepair. It was the work of committed volunteers who saved only a comparative handful of these instruments from scrap heaps, and gave them new leases of life in new venues. Today, there are dozens of instruments across the UK in locations such as town halls, vintage cinemas, private residences, purpose-built venues and even golf courses!
SCOT take pride in producing an exciting programme of concerts featuring world-class artistes, silent films, tea dances and more every year. SCOT is a registered Scottish Charity and all profits go back into the preservation of the instrument and the presentation of future events.