Theatre Organist Still Has It

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    After playing for more than 30 years at San Francisco's famed Castro Theatre, organist David Hegarty still loves his job -- almost as much as the Wurlitzer organ he plays.

    After playing for more than 30 years at San Francisco's famed Castro Theatre, organist David Hegarty still loves his job -- almost as much as the Wurlitzer organ he plays.

    The restored organ is fully mechanical and doesn't even have speakers. All the sound comes straight from pipes in the wall. Hegarty said listening to it is like time traveling back to the 1920s.

    Video: Hegarty Plays Hollywood Classics

    [BAY] Video: Hegarty Plays Hollywood Classics
    The Castro Theatre's longtime organist, David Hegarty, plays a few of his favorite tunes on the Wurlitzer organ.

    "It's nearly a lost art," he said.

    Also a composer, arranger and instructor, Hegarty specializes in tunes from Hollywood's Golden Age. When he's not playing intermissions at the Castro, you can also catch him at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto or at the Legion of Honor in the city. Check out his website for more info.