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This page is maintained By CATOE members to share information about Chicago Area theatre pipe organs.

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We are the Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusisasts, Inc.

Our goals to preserve theatre organs and to encourage performance on them
  are culminated by our shows, which have been enjoyed by thousands of
persons.

We are the oldest and largest theatre organ club in Chicago, with the most
theatre organs to its credit, restored, and many still playing in their original
theatre locations.

The Chicago's Theatre famous landmark WurliTzer is just one of many
instruments   that has benefited from CATOE contributions.  At present
CATOE owns a theatre instrument, playing and being enjoyed in the
Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

Membership in CATOE brings you the opportunity and, if you desire, to PLAY
theatre pipe organs. It also entitles you to concert tickets at a discount; access
to hard to find records and books; and finally the VOX CATOE, the monthy club
publication  and newsletter. You'll also have opportunities for weekend CATOE
trips to visit other theatre organ clubs, and best of all, be informed of  future
theatre organ events of both CATOE and other organ groups.

CATOE OFFICERS FOR 2014-20154

David Rhodes     president
 Tim Charlton     vice president
Michael Garay        secretary
Greg Simanski          treasurer
    Taylor Trimby     publicity/membership director
 Joe Fisher     director
  Jerry Long     director

The  Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts, Inc. is a not for profit organization dedicated to the preservation of theatre pipe organs and promotion of organ events to showcase theatre pipe organ for the general public. CATOE actively supports the goals of organizations such as the American Theatre Organ and the Organ Historical Societies. CATOE is the Chicago Area Chapter of The American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS)

For additional Information email us at:

catoe_61@att.net

MEMBERSHIP  INFORMATION

             Information concerning CATOE and membership can be
             obtained by writing

          Taylor Trimby
CATOE Membership
2615 Inwood Drive
Joliet, Illinois 60435

click here to get printable copy of Membership Application

(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open)

WurliTzer OPUS 942 at Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, Il.
Wurlitzer Opus 942 was originally installed in the Indiana Theatre in Indiana Harbor, Indiana in 1924. It was relocated by CATOE and is now playing in the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Illlinois. The organ is owned by CATOE and maintained by CATOE member Gary Rickert.

Organ can heard each Friday and Saturday before the evening movie presentations. (see Calendar for additional information)

Remembering 

The Chicago Stadium Barton

6M console for Chicago Stadium Barton Organ
Although it is gone         THE CHICAGO
STADIUM AND ITS BARTON PIPE ORGAN ARE  NOT FORGOTTEN
This photo is from a 
CATOE  flyer trying to
promote landmark status for the Stadium and its pipe organ. Unfortunately the effort did not succed and most of the instrument was destroyed in a warehouse fire while in storage.

Click here for more Stadium Barton Organ memories

Chicago Stadium 6/51 BARTON ORGAN
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