World’s Largest Pipe Organ Delights Pizza Lovers in Mesa
MESA – Organ Stop Pizza possesses all the ingredients of a great pizza parlor, yet people aren’t just drawn here for the Spicy Italian or Hawaiian pies. They are mesmerized by the melodies of The Mighty Wurlitzer – the world’s largest pipe organ.
This massive instrument boasts some 6,000 pipes and requires four huge turbine blowers to operate. The console sits on an 8,000-pound rotating hydraulic elevator. With 43-foot ceilings, you can rest assured the sweet sounds are audible from any seat in the house. Some of the world’s most acclaimed theater organists entertain the guests, managing a mere 276 keys and 798 stops and controls.
Many folks may remember the original Organ Stop Pizza, which was located in Phoenix on the corner of 7th Street and Missouri Avenue. Opening in 1972, this restaurant housed a Wurlitzer pipe organ that was originally built for Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theater. The original owner sold this location to a real estate developer in 1984, who in turn sold the pipe organ to an Illinois couple and built an office complex in its place.
The Mesa location opened in 1975. It moved to its current facility in 1995 on the corner of Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue. The owners of this location nabbed its Wurlitzer from the Denver Theater. It has been significantly rebuilt and enlarged throughout the years.
If You Go:
- Bring cash. No credit or debit cards accepted.
- Address: 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
- Hours: Opens at 3pm, 4pm or 5pm, depending on the day and season. Music begins 30 minutes after opening.
- More info: www.organstoppizza.com