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NewYorker, I think you are right about not having the big names in the show. Last year when Derek Hough took a day off, their was a clear audible moan from the audience. Also, the thought was that there would be more tourists in the summer.
On the projection side, we replaced the 11 digital projectors on the choral stairs and in the booth with 22 newer, brighter ones. They also replaced some of the LED walls and legs with newer ones and also added more.
I won’t comment on the quality of the show itself since I have seen every show so far and it wouldn’t be fair. I do have to say though that ticket sales are EXTREMELY bad. Attendance has been awful.
Not only are they not using the organs, but there will be a digital soundtrack to supplement the orchestra. Oy!!!
Didn’t miss it. Wasn’t allowed to talk about it. I will tomorrow if anyone wants to know about it.
1/6/65-1/27/65 Father Goose
1/28/65-3/3/65 36 Hours
¾/65-3/31/65 Dear Heart
4/1/65-5/12/65 Operation Crossbow
5/13/65-7/14/65 Yellow Rolls Royce
9/16/65-11/3/65 Great Race
11/4/65-12/1/65 Never Too Late
12/2/65-1/5/66 That Darn Cat
Sound Of Music did not play here in 1965. I have ALL the original books here that were used by the projectionist since the building opened.
The only Santa part that is on a track is the 3D flight from the North Pole. The rest of the show is all him. The other main characters say and sing there own vocals also. The rest of the ensemble pretty much runs off of tracks. I’m pretty sure the Rockettes are tracks too but I’ll check.
New opening date is May 2016. Seating lowered to around 100 per screen.
Not only did she use the front wall, but she used the sides also. It took 27 digital projectors to do it. It was a good show.
We did go back to linear 3D gels this year which is better than last year’s circular 3D gels because of less double image. This isn’t the reason for what you saw though. There are 2 vertical braces behind the screen which are right up against the screen itself. Each one is a third of the way in from each side. Because the screen is so big, there is some slack in it. When the house fans are turned on, the screen is blown back onto these braces. On bright scenes, the braces are very visible while watching from the front. The second problem is the silver screen. It is extremely reflective. So because the screen isn’t sitting perfectly flat now, it looks like 3 sections of different brightness. We complained enough over the last few years about the braces that they finally removed the diagonal ones so it wasn’t as noticeable.
BTW, that screen is not the new one. It’s the same one we have used for the Christmas show for the last 4 years. The new picture sheet, which is also a silver screen for some reason, is only used for movies.
I agree 100%. We still do use film from time to time also.
You are correct. 36.
They had no music at all before the shows which was strange. They will be used again for the Christmas show this year. They were actually working on one of them yesterday.
For the 30th anniversary of “Back to the Future”, they had 2 screenings 2 weeks ago. Thursday night and Friday night 8PM. Christopher Lloyd, James Tolkan, Alan Silvestri, and Bob Gale were at each screening.
We ran the dialogue track but the music track was cut and played live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on stage. They seated the entire house except for the 400 section of the first Mezz. We had 2 Christie digital projectors there for the movie. It’s the first time we used the new house picture sheet since it was installed in April.
The curtain operates as it always did. As for the other things you mentioned, maybe you should see the show first before commenting.
Not sure why you think the hall is lost. The curtain works fine and in any configuration needed. The proscenium is specifically for the Christmas and Spring shows only. We ran Back to the Future last week on the newly installed house picture sheet to 2 very large audiences. I think the Hall is doing just fine.
Closed for 8 months for massive renovations. Gutting the entire first floor. It will remain a quad. Dolby atmos in one theater. 16/35MM film on one screen. Digital on all 4.
We actually did just install a brand new house picture sheet this past Monday.
Nope. In fact, they are sealed up so you can’t even tell they’re there.
It’s not just you Mark. We see the seams and tile color differences from the booth. The wall is crap. Always was, always will be.
Was the theater running again since the last Indian owner?
Hey David. Is it possible that they renumbered the seats since then? The 2 seats house left of the console in BB are actually 412-413. They are definitely used as handicapped seats if needed. There was a wheelchair there yesterday for one of the shows. I looked at the ticket list and every show seems to be sold out for those seats till the end of the run. Sorry.
I’m not denying the fact that it looks bad. It also cut into the size of the 3-D image. We had to make the picture smaller.
The false proscenium was added for 2 reasons. First it hides the speakers used for the show. Remember how the speakers used to be hung from the ceiling in plain sight? Secondly, it added surface area for the digital projection elements used for the Christmas show and spring show so it actually didn’t save money at all.
As far as the organs go, they do sound great. The reason they do is because components that haven’t worked in years, were all fixed. They are now able to use the entire range of effect available to them.
Crowds have been decent. Remember, the official opening night is not until this Thursday. After that, attendance usually picks up.
The girls scouts were gone before our test so I was able to go down. Unfortunately, because of the angle the projectors shoot down at, the hotspot that you’re seeing is more prevalent in the front parts of the orchestra seats. The further back you go, the less the hot spotting seems. Curving the screen would lessen this, but there is just no room to fly a curved screen up. As Vito was saying, the 3D effect usually is lessened the further off center you go. The one good thing about the screen here not being curved is that it actually does not lessen the effect. I checked out the side seats last year during a test and there was very little drop off of light. I took a few pictures that I will post in a few minutes.
Thanks Mark. It’s good to know your exact seat. I will have to check it tomorrow. Girl Scouts are here today.
Vito mentioned how clean the equipment was. For a week and a half during load in this year, we completely torn down both 70MM projectors. Everything was cleaned and parts were replaced as needed. Very few parts. I will try and post some pictures later.