El Capitan Organist Honored

This might not be big news to animation fans everywhere, but Angelinos may be interested to know that Rob Richards, house organist at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre, was named 2005 Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society. Richards has played the “Mighty Wurlitzer” at Disney’s landmark movie palace since 1999, and has been the opening act for many Mouse House animated features.

Richards has logged more than 3500 performances to date, touring the U.S., Japan, Australia and the U.K. He has also recorded numerous solo CDs, including the 2003 release Now Playing, performed at the El Capitan.

Though his musical performances and showmanship, Richards takes audiences back to a time when the moviegoing experience was something special and pre-show entertainment meant more than commercials for Coke and Old Navy. We at the magazine have enjoyed his work for years and just wanted to congratulate him on this award.