Garden State Theatre Organ Society


Loew's Jersey Theatre
4/23 Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe Organ

GSTOS moved the 4/23 Robert-Morton "Loew's Paradise Wonder Morton" into Loew's Jersey on Saturday July 26 1997.

Bob Balfour wipes 'some' dust off the blower
Bob Balfour wipes 'some' dust off the blower.
This huge Spencer blower supplies all the air that the organ requires for the pipes and other air operated parts. The blower's 25 H.P. motor's estimated weight is around 700 pounds.

Original Loews Jersey Console
Compare this picture of the console with the console we have from the Loew's Paradise Theatre in the Bronx (shown below)

Moving Day July 26 1997

"I can't believe it !!!!!" said Bob Balfour after over 78 volunteers from GSTOS and Friends of the Loew's worked from 10 AM to 4:30 PM July 26 1997 unloading a 65 ft moving van that was filled to capacity with the Wonder Morton Theatre Pipe Organ. The Wonder Morton dusted off and moved into the Loew's Jersey Theatre on Journal Square Jersey City NJ. There it is being stored and readied for an inspection, rebuilding, and installation in the theatre. The process of rebuilding and reinstalling the large 4 manual 23 rank theatre pipe organ is expected to take several years and a committee has already begun a fund raising drive for the project, estimated to cost around $50,000.00. Also on hand donating their services was Quality Fork Lift, not only to move the console and blower into the theatre, but also to lift the trays of pipes into the main chamber for storage. Thanks to Quality Fork Lift and also to ABC Movers/National Van Lines. Wonder Morton Console with Lid Off

The Wonder Morton moved in was one of the 5 Wonder Mortons originally installed in Loew's Wonder Theatres built around Manhattan in the late 1920's. This instrument, is an exact duplicate of the Wonder Morton that was removed from the Loew's Jersey Theatre some 25 years ago (and now in a theatre in Santa Barbara CA). The organ just moved into Loew's Jersey was originally in the Loew's Paradise Theatre in the Bronx and also was removed about 25 years ago and stored in a midwest warehouse until discovered by GSTOS.

It will probably take several years to have the new Wonder Morton sing in all its glory, but GSTOS now owns a Wonder Morton. All of the volunteers both now and in the future are thanked for this Hurculean effort !!! -- Bob Balfour

Wonder Morton Tuned Percussion
Xylophones and other tuned percussion
are all part of the organ. Here they sit on the
sidewalk outside the theatre on moving day.


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