Only at Meridian’s historic Temple Theatre can you share a bit of nostalgia in Mississippi’s grandest and largest movie palace when the curtain rises on another Silent Movie Sunday, sponsored by the Magnolia Theatre Organ Society. As the lights dim, the Mighty Morton Theatre Organ will rise and come to life with guest artist Dolton McAlpin at the console. Come experience the way motion pictures were first viewed, silent, with a live theatre organist playing the score as the action and story unfolds. Be sure to bring the kids and grandkids to experience a bit of history.
Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and needed to continue maintenance on the Mighty Morton. The recent and unexpected demise of the original 1927 blower motor necessitated a complete rebuild at considerable expense. No blower, no organ! Donations are especially needed at this time to cover the nearly $2000 cost to rebuild and reinstall the motor. All donations are tax deductible.
About Our Guest Organist – Dolton McAlpin
The program will consist of a pair of silent silent film classics accompanied by Jackson, MS native Dolton McAlpin of Starkville, MS. Dolton’s interest in the pipe organ dates from early childhood, when he would climb into the choir loft every Sunday at First Baptist Church in Jackson to watch the organist play the postlude on the large E. M. Skinner pipe organ.
When Dolton was a student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, he discovered a recently-restored six rank Robert Morton theater pipe organ in the Paramount Theater, and beginning in 1966 he played the Paramount’s Robert Morton organ regularly for intermission performances. During his years as house organist for the Paramount Theater he recorded two record albums on the Paramount Robert Morton: “Thoroughly Modern Morton” and “Hey Look!”
A lawyer by trade, Dolton has traveled widely, performing on theater pipe organs in the Southeast, including the Fox Theater in Atlanta, the Saenger Theater in Pensacola, the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, the Saenger Theater in Mobile, the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont, TX, the Excelsior Mill in Atlanta, the Saenger Theater in New Orleans, the Jeff B. Seale Studio in Laurel, MS, the Garner residence in Jackson, MS, the Temple Theatre in Meridian, MS, the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg, MS, and the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, AL.