Mayfair Theater
3/4 Kilgen Theatre Organ
West New York, NJ

This instrument was originally installed as a 2 manual, 4 rank organ in the Rivoli Theatre, Hastings, Nebraska (Installed 1926)
Kilgen Opus 3677 style UG11.

The Rivoli Theatre in Hastings opened March 25, 1927 and seated 1100. After movies with sound came to the theatre in 1929 the organ was used in short concerts during the 1930s and 1940s before the featured movie. The Rivoli closed in 1984, and reopened in 1995 with two additional auditoriums added where a hotel had been next door. The original theatre remains virtually unchanged.

The Kilgen was the first theatre pipe organ owned (not just maintained) by GSTOS in its 27 year history.  It was purchased from a family, the Oschmanns, who had it playing in their private residence in White House Station, N.J.

A previous owner had added a third manual, but the stoprail had not been completely rearranged to match. As of 2013, the unconventional stop locations on the rail still have not been addressed.

Update:

1998:  All four original ranks of our Kilgen are now installed and playing. On Sunday, August 9, 1998 Jinny Vanore played the Kilgen for the first time to the public at the house opening to the surprise of the audience.

1999: The first concert (a miniconcert) was played by Ralph Ringstad, Jr. on March 21,1999. The Kilgen was also featured in a couple of concerts and open console around that time. Pictures of Ralph Ringstad and Ashley Miller are shown below.

2013:  Operation of the new electronic relay which we purchased for this organ has been problematic. The relay was acquired to enable playing of the tuned percussions (which the Kilgen relay could not do).
 
The fate of the venue is now uncertain since the theatre closed several years ago.  However, the owner of the building was the theatre operator, and lives in an upstairs apartment, so the organ is safe for the time being.

November 15, 2000 Kilgen Chamber Pictures


Ralph Ringstad made
the organ sound like 10 ranks


The Kilgen Konsole


Ashley Miller - "Man of a Million Registrations"


The Pipes

Ranks: Vox Humana, Viol D' Orchestre, Flute, Tuba

Pedal

32 Resultant
16 Bourdon
8 Tuba
8 Cello
8 Bass Flute
4 Clarion
Bass Drum
Cymbal
Tympani
Accomp to Pedal

Accomp 

16 Bourdon
8 Tuba
8 Viol D' Orchestre
8 Quint
8 Flute
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
4 Salicet
4 Flute
4 Vox Humana
2 Piccolo
Xylophone
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Castanets
Accomp to Accomp 4
Solo to Accomp 8

Great 

16 Tuba (TC)
16 Contra Viol (TC)
16 Bourdon
16 Vox Humana (TC)
8 Tuba
8 Oboe
8 Viol D' Orchestre
8 Quint
8 Flute
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
4 Salicet
4 Vox Humana
2 Piccolo
Xylophone
Great to Great 16
Great to Great 4
Solo to Great 8
Solo to Great 4

Solo 

16 Bourdon
8 Tuba
8 Viol D' Orchestre
8 Quint
8 Flute
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
4 Flute
2 Piccolo
Harp
Chimes
Solo to Solo 16
Unison off
Solo to Solo 4

Tremolo 

Tibia Tremolo
Main Tremolo

2nd Touch 

8 Tuba
4 Clarion

Console 

3 61 note manuals
1 32 note pedal board
5 Combination Pistons on Solo
5 Combination Pistons on Great
5 Combination Pistons on Accomp
10 General Combination Pistons
1 Balanced Expression Pedal
1 Balanced Crescendo Pedal