The data and diagrams on this website are intended as a record of information gained during the restoration of the Compton Theatrone originally installed in the Rex Cinema, Aberdare and now in the ownership of Bernie Brown at West Hay, Somerset. It is made available on the understanding that it may be inaccurate or incomplete and no responsibility can be accepted for any use to which it is put. As the restoration progresses and better knowledge is gained, the website will be updated.

Bernie Brown seated at the console. In the background is the generator cabinet

Theatrone Data

The Holophane Lighting Unit

Amplifier P.A. 352
(Destined to be the main amplifier for the Theatrone)


Transistor replacement amplifier for P.A.352
(In use on the Compton Melotone at the Curzon Cinema, Clevedon)


Amplifier (small domestic type)


Melotone unit


Pictures Taken During Restoration


Other websites of interest

The Compton List for everything to do with Compton organs

T.A.B. Components for top quality high voltage silver-mica capacitors

A.C. Belting for drive belts made-to-measure