An amazing new organ is coming to the Castro Theatre

The Castro Symphonic Theatre Organ


When I realized we were facing the loss of the wonderful Castro Wurlitzer that I had the privilege of playing for over 30 years, I established a non-profit foundation—CODA—for the purpose of preserving this San Francisco tradition and expanding the instrument into a groundbreaking cultural and educational focal point for the City and for the distinctive Castro District. [READ MORE]

Preserving a long tradition of live organ music at the Castro Theatre

The Wurlitzer organ, on loan to the theatre since the early 1980s, has been removed from the theatre. It will be replaced by an impressive custom-designed organ that will faithfully preserve the musical tradition of the Castro Wurlitzer and significantly expand it with 21st-century technology.


This will be the largest hybrid (pipe/digital) organ in the world,

with seven keyboards and over 800 stops. It will retain the familiar Wurlitzer sound using wind-blown pipes, and the pipes will be supplemented with digitally sampled organ and orchestral sounds to create an instrument of unparalleled capability.


CODA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your contributions are tax-deductible.