With a glorious crescendo The Mighty Compton is officially re commissioned following extensive restoration
This evening has been one of the many highlights of the Restoration of Stockport’s 1932 Art Deco Super Cinema and Variety Theatre since the venue was saved by our team of dedicated volunteers who created The Stockport Plaza Trust in 2000 when The Mighty Compton, one of only a few remaining cinema organs still in their original location in the United Kingdom, was officially re commissioned with a cut of the red ribbon by Gary Trinder our Vice Chairman and Technical Director alongside Nigel Ogden known to music enthusiasts around the world not only as a musician but also for his presentation of The Organist Entertains on BBC Radio 2.
The Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre and The Cinema Organ Society proudly presented a silent screening of a film double bill accompanied by Mr Ogden on the Mighty Compton Organ and gave our audience a rare chance to see the stunning U certification black and white film classics ‘The General’ starring Buster Keaton and ‘Liberty’ featuring Laurel and Hardy.
As the gleaming lights of the console illuminated along with the changing light sequences in the glazed etched glass towers on the organ surround, the stirring crecendo of the newly restored Compton Organ brought the instrument to life and was a triumphal completion to the months of dedication shown by Gary and our Organ Team along with the chosen organ specialists who have been instrumental in the repair and complete restoration of The Compton which will now continue to entertain audiences for many more generations to come…
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