The Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts, CATOE, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is deeply committed to the public’s understanding and appreciation of the unique art form and historical value of theatre organs in the greater Chicagoland area. We do this through performances, educational efforts, and work to preserve and showcase these remarkable instruments.
In July of 2023, we are hosting the 65th annual American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) convention. This yearly event attracts theatre organ and music lovers from all over the United States and other countries to come to see and hear these magnificent instruments.
Our goal is to restore the magnificent 4 manual Wurlitzer console from the Oriental Theatre in Chicago and have it featured during the 4th of July gala. The console will be using digital theatre organ samples for the concert.
After the convention, the console will be used for other events and educational opportunities throughout the Chicagoland area.
Any donation is welcomed. We greatly appreciate you help in our restoration efforts.