Warner Grand Theatre installs Artiste DaVinci
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
warner-grand-theatrenutcrackerThe San Pedro City Ballet production of The Nutcracker (photo: George Simian)
USA - The historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, is an opulent art deco venue that is moving into a new era of performance excellence with the help of Kinetic Lighting and Elation Professional’s theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head.
Originally opened in 1931 and listed on the National Historic Register, the 1500-seat theatre features a vaudeville-size proscenium stage with T-guided fly system that makes it an ideal venue for concerts, dance performances, multimedia presentations, film screenings or any cultural event.
Great strides have been made in recent years to restore the theatre, with a lighting upgrade the latest in a series of on-going improvements. Kinetic Lighting worked with the Warner Grand and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to convert the theatre from conventional lighting to an entirely LED-based system, assisted by Victor Prudeaux, master Electrician at the theatre.
Seeking to achieve the technical sophistication of a contemporary performing arts venue while maintaining its historic integrity, a highlight of the new lighting package are Artiste DaVinci LED moving heads, full-featured spot luminaires and the first moving lights the theatre has ever owned.
Spread across box booms, the deck and overhead electrics, the award-winning DaVinci is an energy efficient CMY and graphics luminaire with a 300W LED engine and 7° to 48° motorized zoom that powers out over 12,000 lumens. “They will be able to make more artistic choices now that they have not only the functionality of moving lights, but colour-changing and gobo options that they didn't have before. They don't have to dedicate static fixtures to specials for certain colours/gobos anymore,” says Green, adding: “They are thrilled with the results and so happy to have these new fixtures.”
The lighting upgrade was completed in late November with a San Pedro City Ballet performance of The Nutcracker this past holiday season the first performance using the new gear.
(Jim Evans)

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