The Fox Theatre’s longtime organist-in-residence Larry-Douglas Embury died at his home on Friday, February 19th.
Since 2002, Embury carried on the tradition of those before him, playing the gold leaf plated “Mighty Mo” pipe organ before and during selected performances, productions and movie events at the Fox. His age was unknown.
The Moller Opus 5566 Theater Organ has 3,622 pipes ranging from the size of a straw to ones large enough for a person to fit in, and is known for the wild range of sound effects it can create. Organs were common in large movie theaters in the age of silent movies, which were already on the way out when the Fox opened in 1929. By the mid ‘50s the Fox’s organ was no longer being used and was falling into disrepair, but a major restoration was begun in the 1960s.