5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre’s Morton Organ

July 28th, 2015 by CAPASMM

If you are Ohio Theatre-goer at CAPA’s Summer Movie Series, you know of the marvelous partnership between the Morton theatre organ and organist Clark Wilson, but you may not know of the incredible history behind the pair. Here are five interesting facts about the “Mighty Morton” and organist Clark Wilson.

1) The organ is nicknamed the “Mighty Morton.” Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. Comprised of more than 2,500 pipes, the organ is mighty indeed!

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2) The “Mighty Morton” has lived in the Ohio Theatre since the building opened in 1928! Many forget that the Ohio Theatre was originally a movie palace, and the organ was installed to accompany the silent films of the day.

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3) Last of its kind. The “Mighty Morton” is one of four identical organs created for theatres in the US. However, it is the only one still in its original home.

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4) Disney is a fan! If you’ve ever ridden Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, you’ve heard a Morton organ, as it plays throughout the attraction’s audio.

5) Clark Wilson and the “Mighty Morton” have history! Clark attended the 1969 Farewell Concert when the Ohio Theatre was in danger of being torn down, and was inspired to learn the organ. “The sound of the theater organ was just really something. It was such a dynamic sound,” he said. In 2015, Clark celebrates his 24th season as resident organist for the Ohio Theatre.

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“Anything that’s old enough is new again.” -Clark Wilson

by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series will continue at the Ohio Theatre through August 9. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

The new CAPA Ticket Center is now open!

August 13th, 2012 by admin

CAPA has just opened a brand new ticket center as a tool to serve you better. Located just a few feet from its previous location, the new-and-improved CAPA Ticket Center now occupies the former Ohio Theatre gift shop space, so we have moved from the east side of the Ohio Theatre marquee to the west side. While the sleek, modern design simply looks AMAZING, the redesign of the space was custom-made for just one thing—better serving you!

Features of the new CAPA Ticket Center:

– We have increased our customer service stations from two to five (one of which is wheelchair accessible) and equipped each station with a monitor on a swivel arm. Now we can simply turn the monitor to face you, making it comfortable for you to view and choose available seats from a venue’s seating chart.

– Monitors in the front window and behind the counter will make sure you know about all the great events coming to CAPA venues.

– While you’re there, check out the autographed Ohio Theatre stage door on display in the lobby. Joe Worman, Ohio Theatre stage manager from 1955-95, asked all the big stars who performed at the theatre to sign the stage door, amassing an impressive autograph collection spanning seven doors. Now you can check them out one at a time as we periodically rotate them into the space.

It’s all about YOU, Columbus! So, come check us out!

 

CAPA Summer Movie Series: There’s an app for that

June 25th, 2010 by CAPASMM

By Joe Cortez, Web & Social Media Coordinator

Everywhere we look, we’re bombarded by mobile applications. There’s an app to listen to music, find restaurants, connect to our networks, play board games…the list goes on and on. This is something that we have paid attention to – after all, the more advanced mobile devices get, the more we expect from them. In that spirit, CAPA has developed its first mobile application for iPhone and Android-based phone users—the 2010 Summer Movie Series app, presented by PNC.

From this app, you can check out what movies are coming to the Ohio Theatre, call the CAPA ticket office to purchase movie ticket strips, and get directions to the Ohio Theatre. You can also connect to us on Facebook and Twitter from your mobile device (if you haven’t already done so).

The CAPA Summer Movie Series mobile app is a step towards the continued fusion of arts and technology. It allows us to better serve our audiences (you) by providing information and convenience no matter where you are.

Take some time to check out the new CAPA Summer Movie Series mobile app by visiting http://www.capasummermovies.com/ with your iPhone or Android-based phone. Add it to your home screen so you can have it with you no matter where you go!