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.

Six Quotes from the “Silent” Charlie Chaplin

July 15th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Charlie Chaplin was Hollywood’s first celebrity. He paved the way for many great actors, comedians, and directors. He made history by being the first actor on the cover of Time Magazine, and became one of the most recognized faces in cinema. Here are six quotes from the cane-wielding icon.

1) “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”

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2) “I have many problems in my life, but my lips don’t know that, they always smile.”

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3) “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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4) “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”

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5) “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”

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6) “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

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by Anna Schaeffer

 

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series The Kid will play the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.