Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer

  • Lexington, KY
  • www.kywurlitzer.com

Mission Statement

Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer's mission is to conduct regular performances of this historic cinematic treasure, now a 3/18 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ; by reinstalling this instrument in its original Kentucky Theatre home located in downtown Lexington, KY. This will be accomplished by ensuring the preservation through celebration of the historic tradition of the era of silent motion pictures, including the establishment of a regionally recognized Silent Film Festival, with live theatre organ accompaniment and public subscription concerts by local, regional and internationally recognized theatre organists for the enjoyment, education and cultural enrichment of the citizens of Lexington and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Main Programs

  1. The Golden Age of the Kentucky Theatre
  2. Kentucky Theatre's 79th Anniversary Celebration
  3. Kentucky Theatre's 80th Anniversary Celebration
  4. Kentucky Theatre's 81st Anniversary Celebration
  5. Kentucky Theatre's 83rd Anniversary Celebration
  6. Wings Celebration

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Service Areas

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Kentucky

Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer has demonstrated educational and entertainment support via the various programs conducted at the Kentucky Theatre (15 program events) and UK Singletary Center for the Arts (1 program event), drawing students and educators from surrounding metro counties of Lexington and Central Kentucky for the Middle School Programs (public and private school systems) offered at no charge during the morning October Kentucky Theatre Anniversary Programs; and the paid evening programs attended by visitors from surrounding communities; including Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Huntington and Lousiville.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 1994

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H. Steven Brown

Co Principal Officer since 1994

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David A. Bottom

Keywords

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KMW-TOP, Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer, Kentucky Theatre, Wurlitzer, Haden Read

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EIN

61-1258918

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Overview

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer (KMW) is a unique coalition of the University of Kentucky, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, and the Kentucky Theatre Group, Inc; under the leadership and management of KMW. Kentucky's Sole-Surviving Theatre Pipe Organ from a theatre is unique to this Mighty Wurlitzer. National Historical Significance for this Wurlitzer theatre organ was ensured when it was designated as an "Official Project" of Save America's Treasures and is the only listed theatre organ project. National Project Significance was achieved by returning an original theatre pipe organ to its original theatre home! The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, the world's most prestigious theatre organ company, manufactured 2,234 theatre pipe organs (1910-34); of this total, approximately 46 original Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs remain in their original locations. Official Theatre Pipe Organ of The Commonwealth of Kentucky was achieved in 2005, when it was designated as such by the Kentucky Legislature. Kentucky Theatre's Summer Classics Movie Series provides pre-movie concerts, featuring the temporary use of a Conn Theatre organ, which significantly enhances patron's experience. Educational Benefits provides a demonstrated history of educational programs presented to public and private middle school students and educators. Education Plan is available for educators. GOALSFamily Friendly Programs will be presented showcasing popular music and silent film, offering distinctively unique entertainment to all generations and ages. Subscription Concert Series will be established with a prestigious and affordable public concert series with the Wurlitzer theatre organ and nationally recognized organists. The Festival of Silents will establish a silent film festival, featuring Wurlitzer theatre organ accompaniment; which will be the premier event for the Kentucky Theatre's Anniversary Celebration.

Programs

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Program 1

The Golden Age of the Kentucky Theatre

April 27, 2000 Program: KMW established its first annual program called The Golden Age of the Kentucky Theater, honoring the 1922 historic theater in downtown Lexington. Organist Jim Barton provided silent picture accompaniments and concerts during the daylong celebration. Approximately 1,100 middle school students enjoyed two morning programs featuring a technical demonstration of Pipework and Toy Counter, followed by the hilarious silent classic starring Laurel & Hardy in Liberty and a short theatre organ concert at no cost to the students and educators. Later that evening, theatre patrons were entertained by Jim Barton performing a concert of popular music followed by D. W. Griffith's classic Broken Blossoms with live theatre organ accompaniment. A George Wright "Signature Series" GW319 Allen digital theatre organ was rented for the programs. This program was made possible, in part, by funds ($2,500) from the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council Community Arts Development Program.

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$10,440.00

Program 2

Kentucky Theatre's 79th Anniversary Celebration

October 31, 2001 Program: KMW continued its annual program with a79th Anniversary Celebration honoring the historic Kentucky Theatre with a series of events featuring Jim Barton at the newly installed Rodgers Trio electronic theatre organ. Approximately 1,200 middle school students and educators enjoyed two morning programs featuring a short theatre organ concert followed by Buster Keaton starring in The Haunted House. Later that evening, theatre patrons were entertained by Jim Barton performing a concert of popular and show tunes, followed by F.W. Murnau's silent classic Nosferatu, with live theatre organ accompaniment. This program was made possible, in part, by funds ($1,000) from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. The Rodgers theatre organ was made possible by a generous stock donation (sale) from Fred Wightman, KMW Treasurer and Jay Wightman, Board Director.

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$6,386.00

Program 3

Kentucky Theatre's 80th Anniversary Celebration

October 31, 2002 Program: KMW continued its annual program with an 80Th Anniversary Celebration honoring the historic Kentucky Theatre with Jim Barton at the Rodgers Trio electronic theatre organ. Approximately 975 middle school students and educators enjoyed two morning programs featuring a short theatre organ concert followed by Charlie Chaplin starring in his hilarious silent film The Fireman. Later that evening, theatre patrons were entertained by Jim Barton in a short concert of popular and show tunes, followed by Lon Chaney starring in Phantom of the Opera, with live theatre organ accompaniment. After the Anniversary Celebration Event, a series of Friday evening pre-movie mini-concerts were offered by Woody Crouch and Dr. John W. Landon at the Rodgers Trio electronic theatre organ. The anniversary program was made possible, in part, by funds ($1,000) from the W. T. Young Family Foundation.

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$9,688.00

Program 4

Kentucky Theatre's 81st Anniversary Celebration

October 30, 2003 Program: KMW continued its annual program with an 81st Anniversary Celebration honoring the historic Kentucky Theatre with Jim Barton at the Rodgers Trio electronic theatre organ. Mr. Barton entertained middle school students and educators with a single program featuring a short theatre organ concert, demonstrations of actual theatre pipework and equipment, followed by Buster Keaton starring in The Haunted House. Later that evening, theatre patrons were entertained by Jim Barton performing a short concert of popular music and show tunes, followed by a double-feature of classic silents featuring Buster Keaton starring in The Haunted House, and Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford starring in The Unknown. Subsequent to this event, mini-concerts continued each Friday evening by KMW Board Member's Woody Crouch, Tim Jones and Dean McCleese at Kentucky Theatre. This program received no program underwriting, with the exception of in-kind donations ($300) from KMW Board Members.

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$5,250.00

Program 5

Kentucky Theatre's 83rd Anniversary Celebration

October 4, 2005 Program: KMW continued its annual program with aspecial evening 83rd Anniversary Celebration of the Kentucky Theatre with Jim Barton accompanying Harold Lloyd starring in An Eastern Westerner and Buster Keaton starring in The General. KMW Board Members Tim Jones and Dean McCleese provided 30-minute prelude and postlude concert programs. David Bottom, Vice-President and Tim Jones provided technical demonstrations of the 1922 Wurlitzer Toy Counter's traps and effects, and various Wurlitzer pipework. The evening was truly an exceptional evening of family entertainment featuring two fabulous silent pictures, presented the way they were meant to be, with live theatre organ accompaniment. Unfortunately, due to the threat of a pending strike by educators and the uncertainty of availability or articipation by students and educators, the planned Middle School programs were cancelled. This was the last of the Middle School Programs due to increased transportation costs. Program underwriting was limited to donations ($350) received from KMW Board of Directors.

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$5,250.00

Program 6

Wings Celebration

Wings was the 1927 First Academy Award for "Best Picture" and remains as one of the very best silent pictures of all time. Clark Wilson, the house organist at the Ohio Theatre (Columbus, Ohio) was the organist, who accompanied this silent picture on October 4, 2012 at the Kentucky Theatre. KMW installed a 3-manual Conn Theatre organ and two Leslie Tone cabinets for this event. The musical accompaniment was superb, as the aducdience celebrated this performance with a standing ovation at the conclusion of the silent picture. This was the finest silent picture presentation in the Kentucky Theatre since the end of the golden age of the movie palace and silent pictures in 1930. Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer obtained 16-program sponsors, a LexArts Grant ($2,500) and total ticket sales raising $9,057 in income with net expenses of $7,617; providing a net profit of $1,440.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer's goal to complete Phase B: Kentucky Theatre Renovation and Construction ($360,000) by the end of the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre's (FOKT) expected shut-down of the theatre from February to May 2014. Unfortunately, FOKT's executive committee excluded Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer from any disucssions, considerations or participation in their funding campaign strategy. So an additional shut-down is likely if Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer is not able to sequence the two projects into a signle construction period. Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer has demonstrated a 20-year history of dedicated fundraising and continues this commitment to ensure this project is completed with or without FOKT's support.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer is in the process of exploring and consideration of using FoundationSource's national fundraising resources to ensure fundraising success is achieved within the time restraints of 1 to 2 years to achieve our fundraising goals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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Kentucky

Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer has demonstrated educational and entertainment support via the various programs conducted at the Kentucky Theatre (15 program events) and UK Singletary Center for the Arts (1 program event), drawing students and educators from surrounding metro counties of Lexington and Central Kentucky for the Middle School Programs (public and private school systems) offered at no charge during the morning October Kentucky Theatre Anniversary Programs; and the paid evening programs attended by visitors from surrounding communities; including Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Huntington and Lousiville.

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Funding Needs

KMW-TOP, Inc completed theWurlitzer Console Restoration and Rebuilding ($85,000) portion of the overall Phase "A" Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ Restoration and Rebuilding ($338,900). The remaining $253,900 of the scope of work will be funded by match-grant resources to be sought in 2014. Critical funding for the remainder of this scope of work is needed. Over the years KMW-TOP, Inc has submitted six (6) Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant applications in recent years and only the last FY2010 Grant Application received favorable review and supplemental committee comments, suitable for a follow-up SAT grant application FY2011. Unfortunately, SAT was cancelled by Tea & Republican Congressional parties! Phase "B" Kentucky Theatre Renovation & Construction ($360,000.00) grant writing will be started in Late November 2013. In a perfect world, our goal would be to have the Kentucky Theatre scope of work funds raised and the work completed to coincide with the planned shut-down of the Kentucky Theatre in spring of 2014. This sequencing overlap of Phase "A" and Phase "B" would minimize shuttered downtime of operations by the Kentucky Theatre Group, Inc.

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Principal Officer

H. Steven Brown

Co Principal Officer

David A. Bottom

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H. Steven Brown President

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Term: Apr 1994 - June 2014

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