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Community Theatre - 2/11 Wurlitzer-hybrid
Bremerton, Washington
599 Lebo Blvd
 
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Bremerton Community Theatre Wurlitzer console
 
The Bremerton Community Theatre (BCT) was built in 1976 to stage live productions. The organ was installed by the Bremerton Pipe Organ Society (BPOS) starting in 1976 and completed in 1979. Mel Retzlaff was president of BPOS for many years. Lew Wells and John Nafie supervised the project.
 
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Bremerton Community Theatre building, 2002
 

Two manual Wurlitzer console prior to installation
 
The BCT organ was previously owned by PSTOS member Dan Adamson. It is based around a 1921 Robert Morton organ from the Liberty Theatre in Pasco, Washington. It includes various additions of Wurlitzer, Kimball and Smith components. The Wurlitzer console was originally from the Liberty Theatre in Walla Walla.
 

Pipework and percussions awaiting installation.
 
Most of the BCT stage machinery was salvaged from the Seattle Orpheum Theatre. A scissor lift was built by retired machinist and BPOS member Earl Winters and others. The BPOS club dug a pit under the lift to allow it to lay flush with the orchestra pit floor.
 
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Tibia II, Clarinet & Bourdon
 
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Toy counter and percussions
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Tibia, Tibia II and Clarinet
 
According to BPOS member Robert Montgomery, the organ is played each week but has not been used publicly since October 1999 when John Nafie accompanied "Phantom of the Opera." Robert Montgomery, Mel Retzlaff and theatre members provide maintenance for the organ.
 

Visit the Bremerton Community Theatre's web site:
 
http://www.bremertoncommunitytheatre.org

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Console and chamber wall, July 2003
 
The organ is installed in a single, three-level chamber on the "house left" side of the auditorium. The blower and regulators are at the orchestra pit level. The second level (lower chamber) has the 4 rank Morton chest with Viola, Vox Humana, Diapason and Flute, plus a Tuba, Kinura and second Vox Humana. The third level (upper chamber) has Tibia, Clarinet, string celeste, and Tibia II. There are plans to install a second chamber on the right side of the house but construction has not yet begun.
 
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View from the stage
 
In 2003, a new stage electrical system was installed. This system provides 108 separate lighting circuits, each with its own dimmer.
 
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Color photos, courtesy Robert Montgomery 2003
 


 

Phantom of the Opera presentation - with organ accompaniment, 1977


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