Opened in 1927, The Mosque was built as the ACCA Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and decorated lavishly with imported tiles, gold leaf and Saracenic designs. Sold to the City of Richmond, Virginia in 1940, it is now known as Richmondís Landmark Theater. The 3-17 Wurlitzer installed in the auditorium of the building is no longer playable but still rests intact in chambers high above the largest proscenium arch on the East Coast.
Reginald Foort, who said ďThe very name of the Mosque spells glamourÖĒ recorded twice at the Mosque Wurlitzer. Here he plays She Didnít Say Yes, She Didnít say No; Mood Indigo; Valencia; Laura; My Hero; Blue Moon; Canadian Capers; The Doll Dance; Lullaby of Broadway; and St. Louis Blues.
Eddie Weaver lived in Richmond from 1936 until his death in 2000. He played at the Loewís Theatre for over twenty years then moved to the cityís famous Byrd Theatre and continued, broadly smiling, to delight audiences until his retirement. In 1956, while the cavernous Mosque Theatre was temporarily without its draperies, upholstered seating, and carpeting he recorded the songs heard here: Dance of the Hours
Sweet Georgia Brown
Somewhere My Love
I Ainít Down Yet
Itís Alright With Me
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Iíll Go Home With Bonnie Jean / Coming Through The Rye
The Impossible Dream.