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Farewell to the Hollywood - Final Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Show


Sun 30 Aug 2015, 2:00pm–4:45pm

Where: Hollywood Cinema, 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: James Duncan

We are devastated to have to bring you this news.

The Hollywood Cinema in Avondale that has been home to Auckland's historic 1926 Wurlitzer pipe organ for 32 years, is on the market to be sold as "land & buildings" only and we have been instructed to remove the Wurlitzer organ by September 30!!

If you have ever seen the Town Hall pipe organ, you will know that we are not talking about a keyboard and some loud speakers. The Wurlitzer is of a similar size but with the addition of a large percussion section of drums, cymbals, glockenspiels etc and will be a monumental task to dismantle, find storage for and then hunt for a new home. This has been heart-breaking news for the Trust that has cared for and promoted the instrument for so many years to 200-300 loyal supporters at each show.

So sadly, failing a miracle that saves the Hollywood, all our remaining 2015 shows are cancelled and this show will be the last at the Hollywood Cinema.

...and what a fine way to finish, with arguably the finest concert performer today and a frequent visitor to Auckland - the USA's Jelani Eddington.

Jelani Eddington is a true consummate musician and over the years, he has become a much-loved entertainer to Auckland audiences, since his first visit in 1996 at the age of twenty-two.

Enjoy a true "Pops" program of music from the Light Classics, the 30s and 40s, the Shows and right on up to today – “Pops on Pipes” this certainly is!

A great afternoon indeed is in store with this very popular international touring artist.

See "close up" on the giant screen, the organist making music on this unique pipe organ complete with its own percussion section of drums, cymbals, piano, harp, xylophone etc. All real "live" percussion instruments - truly a one-man unit orchestra.

This show has almost Sold Out - so a second show has been organised for Saturday August 29 at 1pm - see our "Save the Wurlitzer" show on Eventfinda for more details.

Presented with funding support from Foundation North.

For more info contact James on (09) 525 7067.

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