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Update: Pensacola Pipe Organ Restoration

The project to restore the pipe organ in Pensacola's Saenger Theatre is about halfway done.

The pipes for the organ are inside the walls of the historic theatre. They've been there since 1924.

They've all been removed from the walls and about half of them have been cleaned, repaired, and re-installed.

Organ expert Tom Helms says the work should be complete by late this year or early next year.

Helms says the organ "can shake the floor. It can be soft as a whisper, or it can be a mighty flood. It's a tremendous, thrilling sound."

The Friends of the Saenger have raised nearly 750-thousand dollars to pay for the restoration.

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is already planning to use the organ in its concert next April.

More information can be found on the Friends of the Saenger web page.