Christie Donates DCP Projector to California Community Center

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie has donated a digital cinema projector to help entertain the local community in the new Gianopulos Family Theater at the Wilson-Hanks Family Cultural Center  Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral California.  The theater is the latest addition to the Huffington Center  located in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter of Los Angeles.  A gala dedication ceremony took place last month  to unveil the new theater to the community and parishioners of St. Sophia and to celebrate all of the benefactors involved in the development of this new venue.  Christie will also be presented with a plaque that will be affixed to the theater in honor of its contribution to the center. “Christie is pleased to provide a truly meaningful gift that will assist the church in serving the community ” said Jack Kline president and COO Christie. “Movies offer a great medium for telling stories for sharing education culture and history and of course for entertaining. The Christie projector at the Wilson-Hanks Family Cultural Center is an integral part of the church and we feel it serves an important function because movies are also a great way to bring a community together under one roof to share in a magical experience.” A respected community institution Saint Sophia is a Greek Orthodox Cathedral committed to serving the needs of the people of Los Angeles. Its non-profit entity the Saint Sophia Foundation developed the Huffington Center as a dedicated place where community members can gather for celebrations meetings performances and special events.  Completed in February 2012 the new 53 000 square foot facility brings Los Angeles together in its banquet halls cultural center library museum basketball court and more. But there was one thing missing to fully complete the center as an all encompassing entertainment and events complex – a movie theater that could be used to host community events pre-release screenings and various third-party bookings. Blackstar Engineering worked with Christie’s Managed Services team to install the equipment for a new convertible movie theater for the Center. The installation included a Christie CP2230 digital cinema projector a Stewart Filmscreen projection screen and a new sound system – all of which were designed and integrated to fit flawlessly into the architecture of the Huffington Center’s gymnasium. “The idea to convert the gymnasium into a permanent fully-functional theater came later so the end goal was to allow for the gymnasium to host sports activities during the day and screen movies and other digital content in the evening and to make the transformation with a minimal need for any special technical assistance ” said Sean James vice president Managed Services Christie. “We had to do more than transform a basketball court complete with retractable baskets and bleachers into a dynamic and multipurpose venue. We also had to ensure that the room could be converted with as little effort as possible and that the theater would entertain an audience with the same degree of quality and comfort as a permanent theater.” According to Andrew G. Setos CEO of Blackstar Engineering and the lead designer who worked on the project Blackstar and Christie had to come up with solutions to overcome a number of technical and design challenges. This included adjusting the location of the retractable basketball supports to allow for enough room for the screen case and designing a projector pedestal that would keep the light path above the audience.  “The transformation of the venue required acoustic electrical sound system projection and other design disciplines to be brought to bear so that in the final result it would not sound and look like ‘a movie screen in a gym’ ” said Setos.  “Christie Managed Services took my team's design for the sound and picture aspects of the theater and realized it with top level professionalism. It has been a complete pleasure working with them to achieve this ambitious vision.” The installation was completed in January and the Christie DLP digital cinema projector is now lighting up a 36-foot-wide by 15-foot-high screen in brilliant color and high definition.  To convert the theater for screenings and events the bleachers are retracted theater flooring is placed over the hardwood court theater seating is installed the screen is lowered and the digital cinema equipment is powered on and ready to go.    “Everyone at the center is extremely happy with the final result and thoroughly impressed with the quality of the exhibition ” said Setos. “With all of the new upgrades we have developed a truly state-of-the-art facility.  This is a no-compromise 3D digital cinema and when the lights go down the experience of sound and picture is unsurpassed. This is owed in large part to the exceptional brightness afforded by the Christie projector which has been a central element to the systems’ performance.” At the dedication ceremonies a screening of the Oscar winning picture Life of Pi was shown in 3D to showcase the new abilities of the theater. Said George Preonas president of the St. Sophia Foundation: “We are very grateful for the generous donations we received for the theater from so many people; their vision and expertise has provided us a technological marvel.  The dedication ceremonies will be a time for us to show our deep appreciation for all of those involved in the project and to show off the theater’s potential for what it will offer to the community.  We are confident that it will be something our entire community can be proud of.”