Coronado Theatre, Rockford, Illinois. Hear the organ! See the theatre!

Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society will present organist Glenn Tallar in an hour program on the original installation 4 manual, 17 rank Barton theatre pipe organ in the Coronado Theatre, 312 North Main St. in Rockford, Illinois on Saturday February 12 at 10 a.m. Free. Guests welcome.

Glenn Tallar is staff organist at Beggar’s Pizza in Lansing, Illinois where he plays the 3 manual 17 rank Barton pipe organ which originated in the Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee in 1927.  He plays Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 pm.  Beggar’s is the former Lans Theatre, opened in 1947. It did not originally have an organ. Beggar’s is one of only three theatre organ  equipped restaurants remaining in the U.S. There used to be scores of them.
Glenn Tallar at the Beggar’s organ. Only the Coronado,
Oriental Milwaukee, and Redford Detroit Barton’s had this
dragon design

One Comment

  1. Faith Wendt Koch

    Grew up in Rockford – many good memories there! Does anyone remember what the organist played as the organ came up from below the stage? No one seems to remember the song…


    Faith (Wendt) Koch
    Spring Hill, FL

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