Farewell to the last cinema organist

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.

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  • 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.

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