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Signal Hill, CA—Nov 7, 2015

Renovations Take Movie Exhibition at Audubon Nature Institute Above and Beyond

Entertainment Supply & Technologies, a cinema design and supply firm, along with their mounting and rigging solutions partner, Adaptive Technologies Group, has taken the exhibition experience at Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana to a whole new level - one even bigger and better than most traditional cinemas can boast.

ES&T's cinema engineers went all out redesigning and renovating the existing audio and visual experience at Audubon by specifying, coordinating and installing an entirely new, bigger-than-life, fully digital and immersive sound cinema auditorium. 

This transformation required a lot of technology and pre-planning.  They started by replacing the existing projector with the new Christie super high resolution Duo 4K digital projector because it delivers amazing clarity and realism. It needed power to project onto a 46-foot high by 76-foot wide Severtson silver screen, one of the largest operational screens nationwide.
 
Installing the Dolby Atmos immersive sound proved to be a much more complex challenge.  ES&T would have to safely install, wire and aim 24 wall mounted QSC surround speakers and 14 ceiling speakers, above the audience in a very large volume of space, certainly no small feat for Entertainment Supply to install.

The problem was how were they to install these speakers in precise locations throughout the huge domed auditorium and achieve the totally immersive sound they wanted without creating an acoustic installation and liability nightmare?

ES&T turned to Adaptive, who has already created installation solutions for thousands of cinema auditoriums as well as several IMAX auditoriums around the world.

"We saw that immersive sound would be a hit but, although our loudspeaker mounting systems already offered precision aiming for "tuning the room", extra precautions would be necessary to assure that ceiling and wall mounted speakers could be installed quickly and safely to eliminate the possibility of a liability issue", commented Olivier Frans, Global Sales Manager Cinema Solutions for Adaptive Technologies Group.  

Adaptive developed an installation system called StarGrid, which is essentially an overhead frame that floats above a dropped ceiling, out of view, and provides a safe way to install and aim this complex network of QSC speakers with a redundant back up safeties, precise 3-axis aiming and wire management.

Bruce Schneiter of ES&T commented, "Thanks to Adaptive's StarGrid system, ES&T installers were able to complete the installation of 14 ceiling and 24 walls surrounds in 14 days to meet their install deadline and allow Audubon to soft open on October 15th".

The digital transition allows us to continue to offer quality institutional movies, and maybe participate in alternative content such as live concert or theatrical events, speaking presentations, gaming events and movie festivals," says Audubon Director of Theater Operations Rodney Daniels of the potential of the renovated Entergy Giant Screen Theater.    

The $1.2 million Entergy Giant Screen Theater debuted with Disney's full-length feature The Little Mermaid in 3D.  A grand opening is planned for November 18th which will include the premiere of "Journey to Space," a documentary on the ongoing mission to Mars, narrated by Patrick Stewart and presented by the theater's sponsor, Giant Screen Films. 

About Entertainment Supply and Technologies, LLC.:
ES&T is a privately-held international firm that is a continuation of a supply organization that has been in cinema industry since 1926 for all cinema and drive-in theater needs, from digital projection and sound equipment, food service equipment and casework design, front-end screen systems, wall drapery and sound panels, auditorium seating, and related interior and exterior signage.  ES&T is also a provider and certified installer of large format extreme screen installations. 
Entertainment Supply and Technologies, LLC. Directory page About Adaptive Technologies Group: Adaptive Technologies is a global resource since 1987 for professionally installed audio and video installation solutions. Adaptive’ s rigging and mounting solutions are the answer to the pro A/V industry when it comes to safe, time-saving and accurate loudspeaker and digital signage installation. At Adaptive, designers create stress-test and manufacture a wide variety of wall mounted, ground supported and overhead suspension systems that make audio and video installations faster, safer and longer lasting. All Adaptive designs are structurally load-rated, certified and meet strict quality standards to assure that they speed installations, improve safety, reduce “inventing time”, and increase the bottom line. Adaptive Technologies Group Directory page

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