Sunrise Theatre Upgrades Front of House with Yamaha CL5 - AvNetwork.com

Sunrise Theatre Upgrades Front of House with Yamaha CL5

Author:
Publish date:

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce opened its doors in 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida's East Coast. Sixty years later, the theatre closed its doors due to the decline of the downtown area and refusal to convert to multi-screen operation.

Image placeholder title


In 1988, the Main Street Fort Pierce Association was established and began its effort to save the historic theatre, and in 1997, the St. Lucie Preservation Association, Inc purchased it. By 2006, the theatre had been completely renovated to its original splendor and is now owned and operated by the City of Fort Pierce. The 1,236-seat theatre hosts’ national Broadway touring companies, concerts and comedy acts, and ballet and opera companies with full orchestras.

This year, the Sunrise Theatre upgraded its front of house console to digital by installing a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D input/output boxes. Incoming engineers for Tony Bennett, Ziggy Marley, The Alan Parsons Project Live, and Hotel California have already gotten their hands on the theatre’s new console.

“John Wilkes, our executive director, announced in front an audience that we had two donors from our board of directors that wanted to donate money for a new FOH console,” said Eric Hatcher, front of house engineer. “I found out about that at the same time the audience did. It was very shocking and yet exciting at the same time. I was given the go ahead to research new boards within a specific budget and looked at a Yamaha PM5D, Avid Profile, Soundcraft Vi6, and several others. A visiting engineer told me about the CL Series, so I researched that as well. As I began to look into it, I immediately fell in love with the CL, and the rest is history. The demo I was given after the fact, was icing on the cake.”

Hatcher said he went on various online forums, and he and the theatre’s technical director, Marty Petlock, spoke with some of the engineers that were coming through to see if they were agreeable to use the CL even though Hatcher’s decision had already been made that the CL console was what he wanted.

“It sounds absolutely wonderful! I am an analog man but this was one of the few digital consoles out right now that really impressed me, especially with the updated VCMs and effects, iPad control, and, the Premium Rack.”

Hatcher says he is running Dante networking in redundant mode. “I've also hooked my computer up to the CL to use Nuendo Live—purely awesome! This was one of the best decisions I've ever made, thanks to our executives and donors.”

The theatre complex is also home to a 220-seat Black Box theatre, a state-of-the-art venue offering a variety of national, regional, local programming, completely outfitted with Yamaha products.

Related

Image placeholder title

Ridgewood HS Upgrades Theatre with NEXO GEO Arrays

Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ is a unique institution in that it has a long reputation of fine service to students providing many opportunities to further their performing arts interests. Founded in 1892, the school recently upgraded the audio system in its 250-seat intimate Little Theatre.

Image placeholder title

Restaurant Chain Upgrades to In-House Video with Harris

Bulgaria’s leading restaurant and hospitality group has implemented a second-generation digital signage system using Harris Digital Out-Of-Home technology. Happy Bar & Grill, and its sister brands Happy Sushi and Captain Cook, now benefit from full HD multi-zone content and messaging tailored to each restaurant, supplied as a managed service by specialist provider Digital Generation.

Image placeholder title

Historic Navy Chapel Upgrades Coverage and Intelligibility

The Naval Academy Chapel is a historic focal point for the U.S. Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis, Maryland. Dedicated in 1908 and remodeled in 1940, the Chapel underwent an extensive restoration in 2009. Its classic cruciform design centers on a 121-foot-high dome, seats 2500 worshipers and includes a 268-rank pipe organ.

Image placeholder title

Central Wesleyan Church Upgrades to L-Acoustics KUDO

When Holland, Michigan’s Central Wesleyan Church celebrated its 115th anniversary and paid off the mortgage on its current worship center, the church’s leadership team immediately knew what their first project should be: acoustic treatments and a new sound system for their 2,800-seat, fan-shaped main sanctuary.

Image placeholder title

SUNY Buffalo Upgrades Audio to Overcome Design Limits

SUNY College at Buffalo recently installed a Yamaha AFC (Active Field Control) system in its 200-seat Ciminelli Recital Hall. The recital hall, located within Rockwell Hall, has been designed to accommodate small ensemble and solo performances by students of the Music Department and research in multi-channel sound diffusion.