Credit: Joseph Hilliard



We talked to theater design wiz Donny Hackett about slick ways he adds motorization to his theater projects.
Rotating Theater -- Seeing Stars
Rotating Theater -- Fanned Entryway
Rotating Theater -- Open Sesame
Rotating Theater -- Inside the Theater
Rotating Theater -- Hold Onto Your Seat
Rotating Theater - A Grand Entrance
Rotating Theater -- Lighting Control
Rotating Theater -- Controlling It All
Paris Theater -- Before
Paris Theater -- Before, Side
Paris Theater -- Transformed View
Paris Theater -- Big Screen
Paris Theater -- Seating View
Paris Theater -- Hidden Equipment
Paris Theater -- Snack at the Bistro
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Paris Theater -- Big Screen

Hackett used acoustically transparent woven material with a 1.0 gain and a curved shape to maximize the superwide CinemaScope projection (without those black bars showing on the screen). “The curve allows the image to stay in focus, even on the far corners of the screen, and I noticed from the first one that I built that brightness and contrast are hugely amplified,” Hackett says. “Because of the parabolic nature of the screen, the light doesn’t bounce back in all directions but comes back toward our eyes instead.”

Original article: Paris Theme Illuminates Home Theater

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