O'Brien Theatre

334 Raglan Street South,
Renfrew, ON K7V 1RS

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Architects: Werner Knoffke

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: O'Brien's Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 613.432.0866

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O'Brien Theatre

Originally built in 1929 as a mixed use live theatre/movie theatre, it had seating in orchestra and balcony levels. It later went over to movies full time and is listed in the 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as O'Brien’s Theatre.

This beautiful cinema was restored in 1993 and reopened the following year on January 7th. It contains the only working theatre organ installed in a vintage theatre in Canada.

Contributed by Tommy

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PGlenat on June 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Contrary to the statement in the opening paragraph, the organ in the O'Brien Theatre is not the only working theatre organ installed in a vintage theatre in Canada. The Wurlitzer organ in the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver BC holds that distinction and is also the only organ still in it’s original location. The organ in the O'Brien was made up from salvaged parts from at least three organs that had been originally installed elsewhere and was installed many years after the theatre was built.

gordonmcleod on January 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

The organ is made up of the Warren Organs from the Starland and Capitol in Winnipeg, the Capitol Ottawa (bits) and a Robert Morton from Glendale CA

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