3/15 Griffith Beach Theatre Pipe Organ
Newark Symphony Hall

1030 Broad St. Newark, NJ 07012  (map) 

Newark Symphony Hall

Inside the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall
at Newark Symphony Hall

Newark Symphony Hall

Marr and Colton console connected
to the Griffith Beach organ
Photo: Tony Rustako - August, 2005

Newark Symphony Hall Griffith Beach Theatre Organ

The rededication concert for this organ was held on Saturday November 10, 2001 with 200 people in attendance. Organist Ralph Ringstad, Jr. accompanied the silent film, Steamboat Bill Jr., and presented a 1 hour concert.  This theatre pipe organ currently continues to be maintained by a volunteer group of GSTOS members. 

Other pictures and tour of organ work:

History

Newark Symphony Hall ™ was formerly the Mosque Theatre. This large beautiful building was built in 1925 by the Ancient Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (known as the Shriners). It is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The interior of the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall is very impressive, it contains 2,880 seats and a 3 manual 15 rank Griffith Beach Theatre Pipe Organ. Through the years, the theatre has been an art center and some of the greatest musicians, singers and dancers have and still are performing there. Acoustically, the building is considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the east coast.

Unfortunately some years ago, the 4 manual console cable was cut and the console removed. The pipes were left in the chambers. A picture of the original console appears on pg. 154 of Junchen's Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ Vol. 1 In the picture someone wrote "Save Me" with their finger in the dust on the console. The pipes were left in the chambers. We now have the privilege of restoring this instrument and installing a Marr and Colton console.
 

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New Organ Console (March, 2000)

Griffith Beach Relay (Original)

Griffith Beach Relay (Original)
Photo: Tony Rustako - August, 2005

The Organ

The Griffith Beach Organ Company built 10 Theatre Organs in theatres in North Eastern NJ between 1921 and 1925. Earle Beach had worked with Robert Hope-Jones at his factory in Elmira, NY. In the early 1920s Beach formed a partnership with the Griffith Piano Company of Newark NJ. The organ in Newark Symphony Hall ™ was installed in 1925. The Harmonic Tuba has H.J. (Hope-Jones) stamped on it.

Main Chamber  / pipes
16' Diaphonic Diapason / 85
8' Viole d' Orchestre / 85
8' Clarinet  / 61
8' Orchestral Oboe / 61 
8' Violin Celeste  / 73
16' Concert Flute / 101 
8' Tibia Plena / 73 
Marimba / 37
Metal Harp / 37

Griffith Beach E-P Relay +
Emutek Combination Action and multiplexer
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Blower: Kinetic, style 3JYSPEC (plus spare), 1750 rpm, 1700cpm at 8", 300cfm at 15"

Solo Chamber 
16' Harmonic Tuba (Hope Jones - H.J. stamped)  / 85
16' Tibia Clausa  / 101
8' French Horn / 61
8' Open Diapason / 73 
8' Vox Humana  / 61
8' Violin d' Gamba / 73 
8' Violin d' Gamba Celeste / 73 
8' Kinura / 61
Xylophone / 37
Orch. Bells / Glockenspiel / 37
Chimes / 25
All traps / sound effects

Piano - There may have also been a piano connected at one time. (Based on organist William Meeder's notes and a relay label)

Harmonic Tuba and Tibia Clausa

Solo chamber

A similar picture showing more of the chamber
taken by Tony Rustako August, 2005.

Clarinet, Orch Oboe, Strings, Concert Flute

Main chamber

      

Console Layout

Pedal Accomp Great Solo

32' Bourdon Resultant
16' Harmonic Tuba
16' Diaphonic Diapason
16' Tibia Clausa
16' Bourdon
8' Trumpet (prepared)
8' Harmonic Tuba
8' Diaphonic Diapason
8' Open Diapason
8' Tibia Plena
8' Tibia Clausa
8' Gamba Celeste II
8' Viole Celeste II
4' Diapason

8 Acc to Pedal
8 Great to Pedal
8 Solo to Pedal

Bass Drum
Kettle Drum
Cymbal
Triangle

16' Viole d' Orchestre
16' Viole Celeste
16' Bourdon Tibia
8' Diaphonic Diapason
8' Tibia Plena
8' Orchestral Oboe
8' Clarinet
8' Viole d' Orchestre
8' Viole Celeste
8' Concert Flute
4' Diaphonic Diapason
4' Tibia Plena
4' Viole d' Orchestre
4' Viole Celeste
4' Concert Flute

8' Metal Harp

4' Acc to Acc
8 Solo to Acc

Tom Tom
Woodblock
Tambourine
Castanets
Snare Drum Strike
Snare Drum Roll

16' Trumpet (prepared)
16' Harmonic Tuba
16' Diaphonic Diapason
16' Tibia Clausa
16 Gamba (T.C.)
16 Viole d' Orchestre (T.C.)
16' Bourdon
8' Trumpet (prepared)
8' Harmonic Tuba
8' Diaphonic Diapason
8' Open Diapason
8' Tibia Plena
8' Tibia Clausa
8' French Horn
8' Orchestral Oboe
8' Kinura
8' Clarinet
8' Gamba
8' Gamba Celeste
8' Viole d' Orchestre
8' Viole Celeste
8' Concert Flute
8' Vox Humana
4' Tuba Clarion
4' Diapason Octave
4' Open Diapason
4' Tibia Plena
4' Tibia Clausa
4' Gamba
4' Gamba Celeste
4' Viole d' Orchestre
4' Viole Celeste
4' Concert Flute
2 2/3' Flute Twelfth
2' Viole Fifteenth
2' Flute Piccolo
1 3/5 Flute Tierce

8' Marimba
4' Xylophone
4' Orch Bells
4' Glockenspiel

16' Great to Great
8' Great Unison Off
4' Great to Great
16' Solo to Great
8' Solo to Great
4' Solo to Great

16' Harmonic Tuba
16' Tibia Clausa
16' Gamba (T.C.)
16' Gamba Celeste (T.C.)
8' Trumpet (prepared)
8' Harmonic Tuba
8' Open Diapason
8' Tibia Clausa
8' French Horn
8' Kinura
8' Gamba
8' Gamba Celeste
8' Vox Humana
4' Tuba Clarion
4' Open Diapason
4' Tibia Clausa
4' Gamba
4' Gamba Celeste
3 1/5' Tibia Tenth
2 2/3' Tibia Twelfth
2' Tibia Picoolo
1 3/5' Tibia Tierce

8' Metal Harp
8' Marimba
8' Xylophone
4' Orch Bells
4' Glockenspiel
8' Chimes

16' Solo to Solo
4' Solo to Solo


Tremulants
Main
Solo
Harmonic Tuba

Combination Action
General: 1 2 3 4 5 0
Acc/Ped: 1 2 3 4 5
Gt/Solo: 1 2 3 4 5
Set

Expression Pedals
Main (with indicator)
Solo (with indicator)
Crescendo (14 stage with indicator)

Toe Studs
Bird
Boat Horn
Cow Bell
Triangle
Bass Drum
Crash Cymbal
Siren
Auto Horn
Great Sustain
Great Sostenuto
Sforzando
Tutti
Zymbelstern

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