After all, where else can you go and see vintage and silent films? Where else can you listen to a 2,600-pipe vintage organ called the Mighty Wurlitzer? And, where else would you be able to see this type of show in a cultural landmark, a quaint 188-seat theater originally built in 1921?
This all takes place at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. This historic theater has been showing vintage films and hosting live jazz, ragtime and old-time popular music concerts – specializing in the golden age of Hollywood – since it first opened its doors in the 1960s.
Stepping into Old Town Music Hall is as much stepping into a museum as a theater, representing a very real feeling step back in time. From the padded seats to the 9-foot concert grand piano and huge pair of chandeliers, you instantly become engrained in and entertained by the experience. All of the silent feature films are accompanied live by the Mighty Wurlitzer, just as they would have been when they were originally released. Purchased from the Fox West Theater in Long Beach, the organ has four keyboards, 260 switches to control an array of other instruments, and is powered by 10-horsepower engine to provide the air pressure.
Each show at Old Town Music Hall begins with an organ performance, followed by a sing-a-long and a comedy short, and then 15-minute intermission before the feature film. A different film is featured each weekend, and you’re likely to find the schedule filled by classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Shanghai Express” or “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Other nights are filled by organ or piano performances as well as popular music from eras gone by.
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Musicians Bill Coffman and Bill Field opened the doors of the Old Town Music Hall in 1968 as a non-profit venue, and Mr. Field has spent every weekend for 45 years running the theater, doing it on his own since 2001.
Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 322-2592
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