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Black Light brings theatrical magic to Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema

UK - Black Light has used its theatrical expertise to help revamp a classic Newcastle cinema. The Edinburgh-based company installed AV, sound and lighting systems to create a new, flexible entertainment space for the Tyneside Cinema, the city’s only full-time independent picture house.

"We drew on our expertise and experience in the worlds of theatre and conference venues to come up the right mix of equipment to suit the client’s technical requirements, creative vision and budget," explains Phil Haldane who led the team that carried out the installation. "In particular we used Q-Sys to manage all the AV and lighting systems. We also installed Selecon LED theatrical lights onto Prolyte Truss to allow a wide range of lighting schemes to be easily set up and implemented. These were recalled via a eCUe replay unit over rs232 from the Q-Sys Core."

The solutions Black Light’s team employed allow the venue's new entertainment space to be used as either a full, high quality cinema or as a space for live music, meetings and other functions. The success of the project shows that the company’s expertise with technology traditionally used for theatrical spaces can bring added value to other types of venue.

The brief for the project was to install a flexible entertainment space with two 7.2 surround sound systems, which could also act as a single 7.2 system in different orientations, plus projection equipment. The work was part of a recent refurbishment of the cinema, which included the creation of a new café and entrance.

Black Light won the tender for the project because its proposed technical solution exceeded the client’s expectations and offered significant benefits in terms of user friendliness, cost-effectiveness, flexibility and the quality of the sound, light and projection it provided.

The main challenge of this project was to install a system that could easily be used in various cinematic orientations and live music set-ups. A key element of this system was the Christie LHD700 projector. This projector is easy to set up and use, with motorized lenses and 3D Keystone™ capabilities. It brings full HD resolution in a single-lamp, portable design that’s affordable and maintains high performance for medium-sized applications. Apart Speakers were also selected for their quality and flexibility.

The Tyneside Cinema is an historic and much-loved independent cinema located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It specializes in the screening of independent, world cinema and archive newsreel footage. Following its recent renovation, the venue now boasts four screens, digital projection facilities and 3D capabilities.

13th October 2014

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