Farewell to the last cinema organist

Farewell to the last cinema organist


norman lebrecht

October 09, 2016

Steve Tovey, organist at Birmingham’s enormous Odeon for 25 years, has died at 69.

He was a notable restorer of disused instruments.

Obit here.



  • Ravi Narasimhan says:

    There is at least one left.: Bill Field of El Segundo, California’s Old Town Music Hall and its Mighty Wurlitzer. Wonderful small theatre near LAX that shows classic films including organ-accompanied silents. Mr. Field plays the organ before each film, silent or spoken.


  • Dr Presume says:

    There’s a fine organist by the name of Richard Hills who regularly accompanies silent films at, i.a. London’s Regent Street Cinema – they’ve got a vintage 1936 Compton cinema organ there, and in recent months, Hills has accompanied Keaton shorts, Hitchcock’s The Lodger, and Murnau’s Sunrise.

  • John says:

    I want to think that at least in the US there’s still some strong interest among organists. http://www.atos.org