Project Description

The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California is one of the most delightful movie theaters you'll ever see. The venue has shown silent films since 1967, accompanied by the live music of an antique, wind-powered pipe organ called the Mighty Wurlitzer. The organ, which was built in 1925, contains more than 2,600 pipes, four keyboards, drums, cymbals, a xylophone, and a marimba.

This short documentary profiles Bill Field, who has run the theater since its debut, and includes a lovely behind-the-scenes tour of the organ he plays. "When I get really engrossed in it, the audience is so quiet I feel like I'm playing alone. You don't hear a pin drop—and you know they're with it," Field says. "The organ is then united with the movie."

Additional Credits

Music:
"Sun Will Set" Zoe Keating
"Color Sky" Monster Rally
"Afterglow" Podington Bear