Seven years ago Ron West’s beloved organ was damaged beyond repair when floods ripped through the Majestic Theatre at Pomona. A SOS call went out to organ enthusiast John Brooks, who summoned the expertise of Don Clarke to assist him in assessing the damage. They both agreed it was a lost cause, but luckily Don recalled there was an organ in Brisbane that may be looking for a new home.
Every (rain) cloud has a silver lining, and in this case, it was a rare 1937 Compton Theatre Organ which the Linnett family generously offered to donate to the Majestic Theatre. It was a huge job to dismantle the organ and bring it to the Sunshine Coast, and for six years, John and Don worked tirelessly rebuilding and restoring it to it’s former glory. Every part was stripped down and rebuilt with tender loving care by these two dedicated volunteers, and other skilled helpers.
Finally, the restoration is complete and The Majestic Theatre will be celebrating in style on the 6th July. The legendary Ron West will be playing his favourites, followed by a concert by renowned Brisbane organist David Bailey. Local pianists James Warner and Chris Rose will be tickling the ivories during the interval, while complimentary afternoon tea is served.
In true majestic style, David will perform to a short silent film as a tribute to the Majestic Theatre – the longest running authentic silent movie theatre in the world. This event is a must for all music lovers and organ enthusiasts.
Tickets are $25 or $20 concession / members. $5 for children under 12 tickets on line now www.themajestictheatre.com.au. Bar open 1.30 pm.