A. Yes, BL&S has 35 years of experience custom crafting equipment and providing technical direction for film festivals, previews, and world premieres. Our expertise includes digital cinema, interlock systems, film/live music events, specialty presentations (ex: Cinerama), and more. To quote BL&S co-owner Chapin Cutler, “We do anything that involves the projection of professional format motion picture, anywhere in the world.”
You can learn more about projects we’ve handled by viewing our portfolio.
A. Yes. Depending on your needs, any number of digital cinema sources can be integrated into your existing system. In many cases, we can utilize / upgrade existing screen masking, Dolby processing, and film sound playback systems. We can also enable the system to accommodate various “guest” sources (i.e., PC, HDCAM, DigiBeta, D5, etc.) We work closely with you to understand your goals and select a system and components best suited for your venue and programming needs.
A. No, BL&S consultants are accustomed to working in a wide variety of venues. We can turn a raw space into a fully functioning theatre setting. This includes sourcing, installing, and supporting screens, masking, and other theatre equipment.
Our design and installation projects can be found in museums, colleges, sports facilities, hotels, convention centers, corporate boardrooms, training facilities, historic destinations, film archives, houses of worship, and numerous other presentation spaces. You can learn more about projects we’ve handled by viewing our portfolio.
A. Much of what we know about film projection translates to video and digital cinema projection as well. BL&S is one of the leaders in digital cinema technology, large screen high-definition video, and areas where special attention is paid to video quality. Complex audio and video systems are a specialty for our company.
A. We have considerable expertise building systems that we can transport easily for doing premier and road show work. We believe that to setup and run venues as reliably as a cinema, each facility needs to be approached as a permanent installation, even though it is temporary. This involves prewiring all of the projection and sound components as an integrated system, just as if they were going to be installed permanently in real movie theatres. We then run the systems through a full battery of tests at our facility in Boston to ensure that they would work properly when installed.
A. Only experienced technical professionals may rent and operate film and digital cinema presentation systems independently, in which case BL&S will install and remove the system. We will be happy to ship projection accessories such as lenses for your use.
Similarly, you are welcome to use small audiovisual equipment and screens on your own, however BL&S technicians will be required for operating larger equipment.
A. Unlike other service companies working in the area, BL&S has extensive local facilities, including an in-house, full service machine shop and metal fabrication facility to produce anything that you may need. BL&S also maintains a huge inventory of parts for both current and older machines to keep our customers up and running.
A.Yes. We offer service on most major brands of film, video, digital cinema, and audio equipment. In addition to service provided on an as-needed basis, we offer complete preventive maintenance and service contracts with emergency priority service at preferred rates.
A. We have 35 years of expertise producing superb audiovisual experiences for theaters, stadiums, museums, houses of worship, corporate facilities, airports, and other venues. Our AV engineers have extensive experience designing complete sound, video, and control systems for new facilities as well as restoration projects. You can learn more about projects we’ve handled by viewing our portfolio.
A. Yes, BL&S consultants design and install AV systems for the unique reverberative challenges of houses of worship, ensuring full rich sound and quality video presence. We custom craft unobtrusive equipment that blends well with the existing aesthetics. Working within the confines of historic spaces is one of our specialties.
A. Although we carry and sell an extensive product line, we aren’t a retail outlet. We specialize in the custom design and installation of complete AV systems, and order the products that we need to fulfill specific project requirements. You can learn more about projects we’ve handled by viewing our portfolio.
A. Yes. We have an extensive rental department specializing in theatrical and stage sound equipment, video projectors, public address systems, and flat panel displays, ranging from small do-it-yourself systems to large-scale professional packages.
A. Although our projection department has extensive experience with touring attractions, we don’t tailor our inventory to DJs or rock musicians. If you are looking for that type of equipment and service, please try one of the other fine rental companies in the Boston area. We do provide projection equipment design, installation, and support for rock tours looking to display special visuals during their performances. We also install and support sound systems for orchestral and concert facilities.
A. Since we feel that proper system design is just as important as quality equipment, we only install systems when we have provided the equipment and where we or a reputable audio consultant has designed the system. We regularly collaborate with audiovisual consultants on the design of AV systems, including those within theatre restoration projects.
A. Unfortunately, BL&S audiovisual engineers are only available to operate AV systems sold by or rented through us. We are unable to provide staff to operate systems purchased or rented from our sources.
A. No. Fees are based upon daily and weekly rates.
A. Yes. We are glad to service AV systems and equipment that we have installed. We offer service on most major brands of audiovisual equipment. In addition to service provided on an as-needed basis, we offer complete preventive maintenance and service contracts with emergency priority service at preferred rates.
A. No, we do not rent or sell traditional service lighting equipment.
However, we now offer the Lighthouse 4000 searchlight for sale or rent.
Boston Light & Sound rents, sells, installs, and services video, film, and digital cinema projection equipment, and sound systems. The “Light” in our name refers to the light emanating from a projector, which we do sell, rent, install, and service.
A. Yes. Many of our installations are design-build projects. We can offer complete turn-key solutions or work with your existing architect / consulting engineer to develop a bid specification for your projection and sound needs.
A. Although we do not have a public showroom, we’re happy to provide tours of our extensive facility and demonstrate equipment by appointment.
A. We have service technicians on call at all times for our regular and contract service customers. Call our main phone number 617.787.3131 and follow the prompts and we will respond shortly.
A. Please call us at 617.787.3131.
A. Call us at 617.787.3131 or visit our manufacturers page for a list of links to product manufacturers.
A. Yes. Various BL&S technicians hold NICET and CTS certification and Massachusetts DPS projection licenses.
A. Yes. We are certified by InfoComm (CTS - Certified Technology Specialist), Barco Digital Cinema Installation, AMX, Sony Digital Cinema Installation, Crestron Digital Media, Dolby, DLP, BSS Soundweb, Intellix, and Extron.
A.Yes. Dolby, Kinoton, Doremi, and DPI have conducted classes for our technicians at our facility. In addition, various technicians have recently attended factory training by Barco Digital Cinema, Crestron Digital Media, Sony SRX-R320, EAW, Autopatch, JBL, Extron, VER Video Workshop, Electro-Voice Wireless Mic Systems, Line Array Speaker Systems, Telex Wireless Communication Systems, Barco Video Projection and LCD Panel, among others.
A. Yes, various technicians belong to AES, NSCA, BKSTS, and IATSE among others.
A. Yes, IAPPA, ICTA, NSCA, LHAT, AMIA, and APAP, among others.