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.
Pipe Organ Concert
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Artist: Jonas Nordwall
First Presbyterian Church 4300 Main Street Vancouver, WA
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The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
Saturday, September 21, 2:00 PM:
Dean Lemire at the console.
This 1920 German silent horror film is considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders.
Roger Ebert: "A case can be made that "Caligari" was the first true horror film... "Caligari" creates a mindscape, a subjective psychological fantasy. In this world, unspeakable horror becomes possible."
While previous events at the Hollywood have featured live organ accompaniment, the organ sound itself was digital, powered by large speakers backstage. Now, the sound will once again come from the theater's pipes. The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society has spent thousands of volunteer hours meticulously refurbishing the theater organ, tracking down vintage organ parts and pipes, restoring the original Hollywood organ chamber, and installing electrical lines, wind lines, and a mammoth 15hp organ blower in the basement.
The Hollywood is located at: 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212.
Free parking for theatre patrons at the Broadway Medical Parking lot (located behind the theatre) during the clinic's non-office hours.
The Hollywood MAX station is two blocks from the theatre.
Pipe Organ Pictures Series
Each of these films presented as they were meant to be experienced - with live organ accompaniment! Every film in this series is complemented by an original score, created and performed live by a professional musician.
The Hollywood organ is dedicated to the memory of Beverly Ruth Nelson and is the result of a partnership between the Hollywood Theatre and the nonprofit Columbia River Theatre Organ Society. It is the only such instrument in a public theatre in Portland.