Grand old machine on duty since Jazz Age

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By Kathleen Atkins

Luckily for Seattle silent-film and music enthusiasts, the local Paramount Theater has held on to its mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, first installed in 1927. Through those many years, the theater has kept the organ operating and in tune — no minor feat, given its size and complexity.

Even luckier, the Wurlitzer has a worthy organist to accompany the silent films regularly shown at the theater. Jim Riggs plays without the benefit of the original film scores — he improvises for every performance. Play the video




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