The Geneva-Marr & Colton Organ 
ARCADA THEATRE St. Charles, Illinois Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois
Arcada Geneva-Marr & Colton theatre pipe organ console
Arcada Theatre 3/16 Geneva-Marr & Colton pipe organ
The Arcada Theatre opened in 1926 with a 3/10 Marr and Colton Organ. The instrument was later rebuilt by the Geneva Organ Company, a local Fox Valley organ firm, into a 3/16, including an echo division. In its heydey, radio station WJJD carried a live half hour broadcast featuring Howard Peterson, Arcada's staff organist, at the console.

This organ is one of several Chicago area Theatre pipe organs maintained by CATOE

Arcada Theatre Geneva 3/16 organ console
Another view of the 3/16 Geneva console at the Arcada
CHAMBER ANALYSIS
MAIN SOLO (original Marr & Colton) Facing stage on right
Posthorn
Diapason w/Diaphone Ext
Tibia
ECHO
Melodia
Oboe
Vox
Chimes (mounted externally in ornate decorative bell towers)
Flute
Clarinet
Kinura
Tuba
French Horn
Tibia
Vox
Gamba
Violin
Violin Celeste
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Castanets
Tambourine
Wood Block
Bird Whistle

Click here for a pdf history of the Arcada Theatre provided by former Arcada Organist Les Hickory.

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