Originally built by the John Compton Organ Co. in 1937 and installed in the Birmingham Paramount Theatre, "The Showcase of England", this monument to the craftsmen of the Art Deco era has had a chequered history. For almost thirty years it thrilled and entertained audiences under the skills of such organists as Al Bollington, Charles Saxby and Gerald Shaw. Following its removal for modernisation in 1965 it lay disused until 1988 when it was bought by a private cinema owner and installed into the Regal, Oswestry. After a short and unsuccesful period it was bought by Blackpool Organist, Kevin Grunill who, along with a team of helpers installed it into the Paramount newly named to mark the occasion. The mighty sound of the four-manual organ is produced by mechanical means, using electrical relays to drive compressed air through ranks of full size pipes and instruments in a large chamber below the stage. Nothing can compare to the sound of this shining example of entertainment from a bygone age.
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed