The current 4 manual, 42 rank Wurlitzer was originally installed in 1931 in the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA as a 'Publix #1' (4/20). The Art Deco "waterfall" style console was originally finished gold in color.
The organ was sold and placed into storage in the late 1950s.
Around 1960 the instrument was installed in Ken's Melody Inn restaurant in Los Altos, CA.
In 1978 the instrument was enlarged to its present 42 ranks and installed in the Paramount Music Palace restaurant in Indianapolis, IN. The console color was changed to ebony with gold, copper, and silver leaf Art Deco highlights. The restaurant closed in 1995.
Plans fell through to sell the organ to a museum in Germany and the current owners acquired the instrument for installation in their new Ellenton, FL restaurant, the Roaring 20's Pizza and Pipes.
At this page's creation date, Dwight Thomas and Bill Vlasak preside at the console.
Current hours are: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm.