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Belmont Theatre, Chicago,  architects rendering, THS Archive

Belmont Theatre – Chicago Drawing

NEW ARCHIVE ACQUISITION

In late July THS was able to acquire by purchase architect Walter W. Ahlschlager’s original rendering of the lobby of the 3,200 seat Belmont Theatre, Chicago. (See Marquee Vol. 28 No. 3 for more on this building.) It opened in 1926, and preceded his Roxy, New York City but shows similarities. The 26” x 37” watercolor drawing, whose colors remain bright and has little damage, was acquired by a Wisconsin collector who purchased it at the same time he bought the Belmont’s Wurlitzer organ. The organ is the only intact Publix #1 model of seventeen shipped from the factory that has not had major alterations or additions of computers or digital control systems. As such it is a museum piece and the Ohio THS member who headed a group which just purchased the organ says they intend to keep it that way. This spectacular rendering joins others in the THS Archive, including Lamb’s Pitkin Theatre, NYC; Eberson’s Bronx NY Paradise; Rapp and Rapp’s Rialto Joliet, IL lobby; Rambusch Decorating Co’s. Roxy, NYC; and Edward Steinberg’s exterior of the Genesee, Waukegan, Illinois.

Richard Sklenar

Belmont Theatre, Chicago, architects rendering, THS Archive

 

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    What a beautiful artifact from the days when architects’ staffs actually knew how to draw and paint. Today’s CAD drawings may show all the necessary features to communicate the concept to the client, but they lack SOUL. I’ll look forward to seeing it in person at the THS Board meeting in January 2011.
    Kudos to the folks who intend to keep the Belmont’s Publix I as-is. I’m not a theatre organ luddite–I think there are times when adding ranks, and using the digital technology has enabled theatre organs to be more versatile in today’s market, and certainly, to enable organs to “play back” performances by great–soemtimes departed–organists “live” on the very instruments they played. But it is so important to preserve unaltered the remaining intact instruments that survive at this point.

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Belmont Theatre, Chicago,  architects rendering, THS Archive

Belmont Theatre – Chicago Drawing

NEW ARCHIVE ACQUISITION

In late July THS was able to acquire by purchase architect Walter W. Ahlschlager’s original rendering of the lobby of the 3,200 seat Belmont Theatre, Chicago. (See Marquee Vol. 28 No. 3 for more on this building.) It opened in 1926, and preceded his Roxy, New York City but shows similarities. The 26” x 37” watercolor drawing, whose colors remain bright and has little damage, was acquired by a Wisconsin collector who purchased it at the same time he bought the Belmont’s Wurlitzer organ. The organ is the only intact Publix #1 model of seventeen shipped from the factory that has not had major alterations or additions of computers or digital control systems. As such it is a museum piece and the Ohio THS member who headed a group which just purchased the organ says they intend to keep it that way. This spectacular rendering joins others in the THS Archive, including Lamb’s Pitkin Theatre, NYC; Eberson’s Bronx NY Paradise; Rapp and Rapp’s Rialto Joliet, IL lobby; Rambusch Decorating Co’s. Roxy, NYC; and Edward Steinberg’s exterior of the Genesee, Waukegan, Illinois.

Richard Sklenar

Belmont Theatre, Chicago, architects rendering, THS Archive

 

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    What a beautiful artifact from the days when architects’ staffs actually knew how to draw and paint. Today’s CAD drawings may show all the necessary features to communicate the concept to the client, but they lack SOUL. I’ll look forward to seeing it in person at the THS Board meeting in January 2011.
    Kudos to the folks who intend to keep the Belmont’s Publix I as-is. I’m not a theatre organ luddite–I think there are times when adding ranks, and using the digital technology has enabled theatre organs to be more versatile in today’s market, and certainly, to enable organs to “play back” performances by great–soemtimes departed–organists “live” on the very instruments they played. But it is so important to preserve unaltered the remaining intact instruments that survive at this point.

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