Seven years ago at Pomona’s Majestic Theatre, Ron West’s beloved theatre organ was damaged beyond repair when floodwaters rose above the floorboards. An SOS call went out to fellow organ enthusiast John Brooks, who summoned the expertise of Don Clark to assist him in assessing the damage. They both agreed it was a lost cause, however Don recalled there was a similar organ in Brisbane that may be looking for a new home.
Every (rain) cloud has a silver lining, and in this case, it was a rare, 1937 Compton Theatre Organ owned by the Linett family, who were keen to see its complex restoration completed before being permanently placed in a special venue such as the Majestic Theatre.
It was a huge job to dismantle the many parts of the organ and bring it to the Sunshine Coast where it would undergo a mammoth restoration of every component. For over six years, John and Don rebuilt and restored it to its former glory, sourcing parts from all around the country to ensure its authenticity. Every part was stripped down and rebuilt by these two dedicated volunteers and their skilled helpers.
Finally, the restoration is complete and The Majestic Theatre will be celebrating it’s rejuvenation on 6 July at 2pm with the legendary Ron West playing his favourites, followed by a concert by renowned Brisbane theatre organist David Bailey.
Adults $25, Concession $20, Students under 12 yrs $5.