Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

3439 N.E. Sandy Blvd., #259
Portland, OR 97232


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CRTOS is dedicated to theatre organ preservation and promotion of this uniquely American instrument. We sponsor theatre organ concerts, silent films screenings, music workshops and theatre organ restoration projects in Oregon and Southern Washington. Click here for more information.

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Hollywood Theatre Presenting The General with live organ accompaniment by Dean Lemire

To celebrate the installation of their new marquee, the Hollywood Theatre is presenting a 35mm screening of Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL with live organ accompaniment by Dean Lemire! (Thanks to the Columbia River Theater Organ Society.)

Johnnie (Buster Keaton) loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves.

This evening will give you a chance to come out and marvel at the new marquee as well as experience an amazing film that was shot in Oregon and made the same year as the theatre was built, 1926! THE GENERAL is considered by critics to be one of the greatest films ever made - and a live organ soundtrack will make it a cinematic experience not to be missed!

This event is:

  • $10 for the general public
  • $8 for students & seniors
  • $5 for marquee donors under $75
  • Free for marquee donors over $75
  • Free for Hollywood Theatre Members

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Dean Lemire Bio

Dean Lemire is a native of Portland, Oregon. He started playing the piano at the age of five. His training in classical piano was with Mary Dunlap, Music Department Chair, at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Dean is a staff organist at Oaks Park Roller Rink , Portland, Oregon, where, for over 40 years, holds forth at the console of the mighty 4/18 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

He also played the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at the Imperial Roller RInk in Portland for many years until it closed.

Dean was also a staff organist at two famous restaurants, both centered around the theatre pipe organ.... including The Organ Grinder restaurant 4/51 Wurlitzer in Portland and Uncle Milt’s Pipe Organ Pizza in Vancouver, WA.

He was organist for both the Portland Trailblazer’s and Portland Winterhawks at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum, as well as organist for the Portland Beavers baseball team at Civic Stadium/PGE Park for many years.

Dean has traveled extensively as a keyboard artist with various USO tour groups, including The New Oregon Singers.

He has performed with such names as Bob Hope, and Lawrence Welk......Entertaining US troops worldwide, from remote military bases, to the wards of Tripler Army Hospital to the carrier deck of the USS Enterprise.

Dean was selected as a featured artist for the 2010 National Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society, performing on the Oaks Park Wurlitzer, in Portland, Oregon, as well as the 1988 ATOS Portland, Oregon convention on the same instrument.

BPOE State Organist for the Oregon State Elks Association. Dean can be heard playing the Oaks Park Wurlitzer on the last Sunday night of each month as well as performing jazz piano and various venues and events in the Portland area.

Dean's theatre organ arrangements are fresh, innovative and exciting; even familiar standards are given new life. His impeccable keyboard technique, large repertoire of music coupled with his own style and personality, combine to provide a delightful program.

Home Needed for Organ

Beaverton Masonic lodge is discussing sending this beautiful instrument to the dump. An organ specialist told them that while there is no value to the organ, there is a sound box in it that would sell for $1,500.00 on ebay. They have tried other Masonic organizations, but have been unable to find a home for it. The instrument still works. For more information, contact Dan Gray at WM Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100.