Welcome to the Old Windsor Theatre Organ website.
The Windsor & District Theatre Organ Trust was created in 1969. It was formed after the organ from the ABC cinema in Old Kent Road was acquired by enthusiasts and installed at the Old Windsor Memorial Hall following two years of restoration.
The cinema was located in the South Bermondsey district of south London, at the corner of Old Kent Road and Gervase Street. Built for and operated by Associated British Cinemas (ABC), the Regal Super Cinema opened on 18th January 1937 and the design included a Compton organ. Please see our History page for more background.
Such organs were a major part of cinema during the 1920’s as they accompanied silent movies. When the ‘talkies’ arrived they become solo musical instruments entertaining between films and during interludes. Individual organists developed a large popular following as recordings were released and live broadcasts made.
The organ was originally a Compton 3 Manual / 6 Rank , with Melotone unit and an illuminated console but now has 11 ranks. More technical details are available on our Specifications page.
Regular concerts are held in Old Windsor through the year with visiting organists coming along to entertain and show what can be achieved with this wonderful old instrument. Please see our Forthcoming Events page for more details and come along to experience it yourself!