Seeing Stars On "Summer Nights"

Indianapolis, IN -- Each summer the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) celebrates the warm weather with its Summer Nights outdoor movie series. Throughout the season a cinematic schedule appeals to all ages, with children's films playing early in the evening and on weekends and adult fare later in the night. The museum's terrace is host to an outdoor amphitheater that draws about 350 attendees per show. As the popularity of the series grows each season, this year the museum staff decided the time was right for an upgrade from their ancient 16mm projector, with its poor image quality and unreliable brightness of display.

They chose the Sanyo PLC-XF45 digital projector with a Sanyo LNS-T02 lens from electronic evolutions, based in nearby Carmel, IN. The 10,000-lumens PLC-XF45 is a bright, high-quality projector and the ideal solution in an outdoor space at a great value. Additionally, the projector is housed in a portable, rolling cart with accompanying cables and a rack, which provides great versatility and plug-and-play ease of use.

In past years the museum had to begin screenings well after sundown to ensure good screen visibility. "Because of the brightness of the Sanyo projector, the museum is able to show the films earlier in the evening," said Jon Adkins, installer for electronic evolutions. "Families can go and have picnics and watch the movies together."

For the museum, the digital projector is in a completely different league than the old 16mm. "I'm extremely satisfied with the projector," said Brad Hasselbring of IMA's Media Services Department. "The image quality is beyond anything I expected."

Now that the Summer Nights series has upgraded its projection equipment, the obvious next step is an enhanced audio system. The IMA is preparing to install new outdoor speakers next summer.

Mary Bakija is a writer and editor with more than 15 years of storytelling experience. Bakija is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Library and Information Science to help others find and tell important stories that might otherwise be lost, and to ensure those stories are preserved for future generations to see.