Ann Arbor, Mich. – When the 86-year-old Barton Organ was pulled from the Michigan Theater historic auditorium in late June, it was anything but a sad good-bye. Teams from Ann Arbor-based Renaissance Pipe Organ and Littlefield & Sons Furniture Service began the slow, painstaking process of restoring the Barton to her original 1928 state. After three months of hard work, including rebuilding electrical components and mechanical parts, installing a new solid-state relay system, and cleaning and retouching the console, the restoration is almost complete. The mighty Barton will return for a special screening of Nosferatu, the original vampire film, on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 PM.

As in previous years, organist Stephen Warner will accompany the film with a performance of his original score, which enhances the spookiness of the 1922 classic. To celebrate the Barton's return, a special pre-show reception featuring drinks and hors d'oeuvres is open to VIP ticketholders from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Advance tickets are available at ticketweb.com. Tickets are $15 (general), $12 (students, seniors, veterans, kids 12 and under), and $10 (Michigan Theater members). VIP tickets are $50 for the general public and $25 for Towsley Society, Gold Card, and A2Y Chamber members. In addition to the reception, VIP tickets also include reserved seating for the film.

About the Michigan Theater: Now celebrating its 87th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's award-winning non-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. The Michigan Theater welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its art house films, concerts, lectures, live theater, and special programs such as Sundance Film Festival USA and Cinetopia International Film Festival. The Michigan Theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. Visit michtheater.org or call the 24-hour information line at (734) 668-TIME for schedule and ticket information.


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