Theatre Organist Still Has It

By Mike Anderson
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 6:55 PM PDT
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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.

Mike Anderson

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.

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The Castro Theatre's longtime organist, David Hegarty, plays a few of his favorite tunes on the Wurlitzer organ.
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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.

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.

"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.

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