Thomaston Opera House, Thomaston

Broadway Shows, Theatre Organ Pre-Shows, Theatre Organ Pop Concerts

Built in 1884, the Thomaston Opera House (operated by the Landmark Community Theatre) serves as a cultural and educational center for the Town of Thomaston and its surrounding communities. Once inside one cannot help but admire the beautiful craftsmanship found throughout the auditorium. These are not the only attributes of the Thomaston Opera House though. Many of its recent accolades are for the community and regional-based theatre presented throughout the year. 

Part of enjoying a special evening at the Thomaston Opera House is listening to House Organist, Juan Cardona Jr, play a pre-show concert for the audience prior to the stage show on the Marr & Colton three-manual, 15-rank theatre pipe organ. Juan makes sure he blends a mix of music from the highlights both the golden era of the silent films with more popular Broadway tunes, all using the high-wind pressure pipe ranks and orchestra instruments pneumatically (and for the piano, digitally attached) controlled at the console.

The Connecticut Valley Theatre Organ Society (CVTOS), a member chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), maintains this instrument, as well as an Austin Theatre Pipe Organ currently undergoing a console rebuild that is housed at the Shelton High School. A number of fine AGO Concert Organists also are Pops Theatre Organists. CVTOS holds Pops Concerts usually 2 times a year at its venues at the Thomaston Opera House and at the Shelton High School, in Shelton, CT. 

The Greater Bridgeport AGO Chapter is pleased to have an association with CVTOS and has used the Thomaston theatre pipe organ for the 2010 Pipe Organ Encounter program.

AGO members can contact John Polo if they would like to visit and play the Thomaston Opera House Marr & Colton pipe organ. Click here for the  Marr & Colton stoplist.

Recent AGO Performances

Program:
June 7, 2010 - Pipe Organ Encounter - Demo/Silent Film

Photo Gallery:
June 7, 2010 - Pipe Organ Encounter - Demo/Silent Film

Videos:     
CVTOS YouTube Channel
December 11, 2012 - Big Business - Silent Film
December 11, 2012 - Winter Wonderland - Happy Holiday




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January

07
04:30 pm | January 07
Annual Epiphany Party 2018

What would it be without an annual Greater Bridgeport AGO social event? Join us for lots to eat, a chance to play and sing with fellow colleagues and toast the new year. Executive meeting starts at 3:30 pm - RSVP required.
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May

19
06:00 pm | May 19
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2018

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winner David von Behren (Yale Masters of Organ Performance student and Organ Associate at Trinity Episcopal New Haven) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to Carole Fanslow fanslow@juno.com by Monday, May 13.
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