November 2017 – “Renovated Dundee Theater opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony”: The nearly 100-year-old Dundee Theatre reopened this month in Omaha, Nebraska, after a four-year closure for comprehensive renovations. “The original theater auditorium now seats 300 and features all new projection and sound equipment, installed by industry leader Boston Light & Sound. Classic, sloped-floor cinema seating (familiar Dundee blue!); 17x40 ft. screen; 35mm reel-to-reel, DCP, DVD and streaming projection capabilities.” Learn more in the full article by Lindsey Theis of 3 News Now (KMTV Omaha).
November 2017 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler on the art of 70mm film featured in “Dying arts can be saved — but is it worth it?”: “Is the way the movie is projected incidental to its artistry, or essential to it? ... (I)s saving the ‘2001’ experience, in all its original glory, really worth the effort it would require?” Find out what theatres, projectionists and industry specialists including BL&S’s Chapin Cutler have to say on the challenges and rewards of preserving 70mm film projection and skills. Read the full article by Alan Wirzbicki of The Boston Globe.
October 2017 – 35mm projection workshop hosted by AMIA and BL&S – Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at BL&S: “The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and Boston Light & Sound, in partnership with Martin Scorsese’s nonprofit organization The Film Foundation, will host a three-day, intermediate-level film projection workshop offering expert-led training in the proper handling and presentation of 35mm film in theatres. The hands-on educational event will take place Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Boston Light & Sound in Boston.” Read the full article at FilmJournal.com For more information, and to register, visit www.projectionworkshop.com.
October 2017 – “Boston Light & Sound Co-founder Chapin Cutler on Keeping 35mm Projectionists’ Skills Sharp”: Leading up to the AMIA and BL&S 35mm projection workshop, StudioDaily interviewed BL&S co-founder, Chapin Cutler, about theatrical presentation and the state of film projection today. Cutler explains, “‘[Co-founder] Larry and I believe that it is part of our mission to teach as many people as we can and pass on that legacy to as many people as possible, and that’s what this seminar is all about.’ We asked Cutler for some more info on who is still projecting 35mm film in the U.S., how the upcoming workshop will help experienced projectionists train up, and what’s so great about screening 35mm film in the first place.” Read the full interview with Bryant Frazer at StudioDaily.com
October 2017 – Q&A with ‘Dunkirk’ 70mm projectionist, Mark Davenport: Releasing the gripping WWII film ‘Dunkirk’ in 70mm took more than sourcing, refurbishing, and installing projection equipment. It also involved hiring projectionists to run the film at more than 125 theatres across the country and internationally. We sat down with one of the projectionists, Mark Davenport, to hear about his experience working on the ‘Dunkirk’ film premiere with BL&S. Read the full interview from BL&S. Read more about BL&S’s role in the 70mm screenings of ‘Dunkirk’.
September 2017 – ‘Stronger’ premiere at Spaulding Rehab, Boston: View a timelapse video of BL&S’s set up for this Boston premiere in a highly unusual location. Inspired by the true story of Jeff Bauman – one Boston Marathon bombing survivor – the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal opens in Boston on September 22nd. WBZ-TV's Lisa Hughes reports.
August 2017 – Behind-the-scenes DVD Extra of ‘Dunkirk’ on 70mm film: “70mm is the most incredible way to tell a large-scale story,” says ‘Dunkirk’ director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan. Watch footage of the movie and find out how the 70mm film moves through the print make-up, from processing to editing to the theatre.
August 2017 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler, ‘Dunkirk’ featured in “Dolby, 70 Millimeter or Imax? Our Critic Helps You Choose”: Find out why – and where – to enjoy these different screening formats this summer. Read the full article by Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times.
July 2017 – BL&S’s work for ‘Dunkirk’ on 70mm featured in “What's The Big Deal With Dunkirk on 70mm Film?” radio segment: “‘Technically speaking it’s the best way to see a motion picture that’s yet been invented,’ said David Kornfeld, head projectionist for the Somerville Theatre, who has worked with 70mm film for four decades.” “‘What I see represents thousands of man hours,’ said technician Rob Cejka, as he showed me the insides of a working projector at Boston Light & Sound. ‘Love and passion go into these to be able to bring them back from the dead to be able to carry on for another generation.’” Listen to or read the full story by Edgar B. Herwick III of WGBH News’s The Curiosity Desk.
July 2017 – BL&S, ‘Dunkirk,’ build on Hateful Eight success – “‘Dunkirk’ and the 70mm Experience: Why The Unlikely Comeback of the Big-Screen Format Has Hollywood’s Attention: How Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ is building upon what Tarantino started with the Hateful Eight and why it's important.” “BL&S’s co-founder Chapin Cutler told IndieWire that without the resources and energy put into the Hateful Eight roadshow it’s almost certain 70mm projection equipment would have continued its rapid path to extinction. But like other film lovers, Cutler thinks the effort was well worth it.” Read the full article by Chris O’Falt of IndieWire.com.
July 2017 – “‘Dunkirk’ Could Launch a 70mm Film Presentation Renaissance”: “‘There’s a lot of excitement based on how well Hateful Eight did,’ said Chapin Cutler, co-founder and principal of Boston Light & Sound, which is back on 70mm projection duty for Dunkirk. ‘We’ve been talking about this with Warner Bros. for the better part of a year. We got serious in January. We were asked to replicate what we did for Hateful Eight with some slight changes (since many of the projectors are still at the sites used for Tarantino’s release).’” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
July 2017 – BL&S featured in “How The Coolidge Corner Theatre Brings Its Mission To The Greenway”: “‘Boston Light & Sound donated the equipment to make the screenings happen. They knew that what would set these shows apart from all of the other outdoor summer films would be the fact that we're actually running film from the back of a truck,’” says the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation’s program manager, Mark Anastasio. Read more about BL&S’s part in the free outdoor – 35mm – screenings and how The Coolidge at the Greenway programming choices reflect the series’ unique setting: Full article by Sean Burns from The ARTery.
Get details and schedule for The Coolidge at the Greenway. All films will be screened in 35mm.
July 2017 – BL&S 70mm expertise tapped again – “Warner Bros. Prepping ‘Dunkirk’ for One of the Largest 70mm Releases of Last 25 Years”: “Current plans include roughly 100 standard 70mm installations plus 31 70mm Imax theaters. Christopher Nolan’s commitment to the film format will be on full display with the release of his World War II drama Dunkirk, whose July 21 release is expected to include roughly 100 70mm theater installations plus 31 Imax 70mm theaters — which would make it among the widest 70mm releases in the last quarter century.” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
February 2017 – BL&S, Strong/MDI installation at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre: “Belcourt Theatre, one of Nashville’s most vibrant arts organizations, needed large, motorized systems and framed projection screens to replace the screens in two auditoriums.” Boston Light & Sound teamed up with Strong/MDI to install “customized, cost-effective solutions.” Read the full case study from Strong/MDI.
February 2017 – Boston Light & Sound has been selected as a “Certified Rental Network Agent” by L’Acoustics: “As well as having provided sound for all of the usual major events since the advent of the WST® line sources in 1992, today L-Acoustics®’ systems add their sonic signature to numerous installations in theatres, convention centers, sport arenas, houses of worship and amusement parks. ... The Winter Olympic Games ceremonies in Sochi featured the new K2 line source system.” Learn more about L'Acoustics audio systems.
January 2017 – Department of Justice Final Rule on Movie Captioning and Audio Description Compliance with ADA: “On November 21, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule revising the Justice Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.”
“The Final Rule requires require movie theaters to: (1) have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description at a movie patron’s seat whenever showing a digital movie produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with these features; (2) provide notice to the public about the availability of these features; and (3) ensure that theater staff is available to assist patrons with the equipment before, during, and after the showing of a movie with these features. ... The Final Rule will take effect 45 days after publication, on January 17, 2017.”
Read the official version of the Final Rule, Press Release and Q&A from ADA.gov.
NOTE: An update is expected to Paragraph 8 of the DOJ's Q&A regarding minimum number of audio description devices required. Please contact BL&S with any questions about equipment needed for compliance.
January 2017 – BL&S’s Dan Beedy on PIX 270i Recorders and the Sundance Film Festival: Hear how BL&S helped Sundance switch from HDCAM digital playback format to PIX 270i, what it means for the festival and the industry. Dan Beedy explains one benefit of the change: “We’re finding that people are way, way more likely to provide something (in a format) that we can play back right out of the gate when we’re using the PIX 270i, because it’s following most of the industry standards with its support for FinalCut Pro® and Adobe®.” Read the full story from Sound Devices at VideoDevices.com.
October 2016 – Podcast, photos and videos from BL&S presentations at AMIA Projection Workshop: The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) offered a three-day Projection Workshop in August 2016 for projectionists and staff presenting 35mm film in theaters. As a key sponsor, Boston Light & Sound shared industry expertise during projection and film preservation workshops and a panel discussion featuring BL&S’s Rob Cejka, as well as a special talk by BL&S principal, Chapin Cutler.
LISTEN: The Kodakery podcast featuring BL&S’s Rob Cejka, Antonella Bonfante from Canyon Cinema, and Jason Metcalfe from The Alamo Drafthouse. Recorded live at The Alamo Drafthouse.
WATCH: Peter Flynn, creator of the documentary The Dying of the Light, presents at the AMIA Projection Workshop.
(Photos: Bells & Whistles Productions)
September 2016 – “A Star is Reborn” as Northern Michigan’s Lyric Theatre Reopens: Boston Light & Sound created and installed a state-of-the-art audiovisual system for the “reincarnated” theatre, which reopened a block down the street from the original in July, 2016. Read the full story by Frank Beaver from University of Michigan’s Michigan Today.
August 2016 – “‘Jason Bourne’ premieres at Las Vegas’ Colosseum with QSC Sound”: Boston Light & Sound produced the Las Vegas premiere of Universal’s ‘Jason Bourne’ in the 4,000-seat Colosseum, a massive space that requires significant modification for cinema presentations. “Since Universal has relied on projection and sound specialists Boston Light & Sound for over 30 years for major premieres, they were the obvious choice to produce the event for Jason Bourne. And BL&S principal Chapin Cutler had no hesitation about who to recommend for the audio system: QSC.” Read the full story at FilmJournal.com.
August 2016 – BL&S partners with AMIA for Projection Workshop: The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is offering a three-day Projection Workshop beginning August 22, 2016 for projectionists and staff presenting 35mm film in theaters. Workshop partners include the Alamo Drafthouse, The Film Foundation, Boston Light & Sound and Kodak. Find event details and registration here.
July 2016 – BL&S and Coolidge at the Greenway: Boston Light & Sound is proud to be the presenting sponsor of another summer of “The Coolidge at the Greenway.” Screenings will take place at sunset at the Greenway's Wharf District Park (located between Milk and India Streets in Boston). All films will be screened in 35mm. Get details and schedule here.
July 2016 – “New Lyric Theatre in Harbor Springs will show first-run movies, classics and more”: Get details about the Lyric’s renovation and reopening in a new location on Main Street, with AV installation by Boston Light & Sound. Read the full story on pg. 62 in Emmet County’s 2016 Imagine Magazine, or view a PDF of the article.
July 2016 – “Lyric Theatre under construction in Harbor Springs”: Learn how Boston Light & Sound helped this renovate a former Packard dealership in Michigan prepare for a grand reopening as the theatre on Main Street after being closed since 1981. Read the full story by Jillian Fellows of Petoskey News.
July 2016 – BL&S instrumental in Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre’s return: “To remodel the building into a movie theater, Blaser [president of the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre in Michigan] is taking inspiration from Michael Moore and the people of the Traverse City Film Festival. ‘What Moore did in TC was nothing short of astonishing,’ he said. ‘ It’s amazing what a downtown theater, one that people can walk to, can do.’” Blaser hired Boston Light & Sound as the project’s audiovisual consultants. Read “Lyric Theatre to return” by Kristi Kates of NorthernExpress.com.
April 2016 – “‘The Dying of the Light’ is an elegy to the art of film projection”: Ty Burr reviews Peter Flynn’s documentary, The Dying of the Light, which chronicles the supposed fading art of film projection. During the past few years, Flynn spent countless hours interviewing people at BL&S along with many others, including The Hateful Eight team. Burr writes that the film “...Understands the rarity of its own occasion: a chance to talk with and celebrate a breed of artisans before they wink out altogether.” “‘There’s this kind of beautiful lineage of projectionists learning from projectionists learning from projectionists, all the way back to that guy in 1905 who bought his first Powers projector through a catalogue and had to learn from a manual,’” says Jack Theakston of the Capitol Theatre in Rome, NY. Read the full article by Ty Burr of The Boston Globe.
January 2016 – BL&S crew, behind-the-scenes photos in “‘Let There Be 70mm:’ The Real-life Cinematic Saga Behind Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ roadshow”: Hear technical details and perspective on the future of 70mm presentations from Chapin Cutler of BL&S, Panavision’s Jim Roudebush, and David Kornfeld, head projectionist at Massachusetts’ Somerville Theatre. See behind-the-scenes photos and read the full story by Peter Weed of MovieMaker.com.
January 2016 – “Everything Old Is New Again: Theatres go back to 70mm with ‘Hateful Eight’ roadshow” features BL&S’s Chapin Cutler, reports from theatres: Around North America, theatres screening the 70mm roadshow version of The Hateful Eight sold out showings, extended runs and ultimately staged a “...capital-E Event.” “‘In the second week of the run, the 70mm house was still producing three times the gross that the digital format was,’” said St. Louis area chain Wehrenberg Theatres president Bill Menke. Read the story by Rebecca Pahle of Film Journal.
January 2016 – One projectionist’s timelapse view of “The Hateful Eight” roadshow from the booth: Andrew Walker notes, “I was lucky enough to be one of the projectionists to work on the 70mm roadshow for The Hateful Eight and this is what I captured during the 59 showings the film over the course of 15 days. The whole thing was quite an experience and it made me appreciate film all over again. Shot with a Nikon D810 using the Kessler TLS system and a Second Shooter.” See the video by Andrew Walker of 599 Productions.
January 2016 – “How Tarantino’s Cinematic Gambit With 70mm Paid Off”: “I did anticipate a degree of greater richness, depth and warmth, but when I gathered up a seat for a crowded weekday showing at the Somerville Theatre, I really wasn’t prepared for the stark scrumptious pop that overwhelmed me in nearly every frame,” notes writer Tom Meeks in his review of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight 70mm road show version, screened at the Somerville Theatre, in Somerville, MA. See photos and get the full story by Tom Meeks of 90.9 WBUR’s The ARTery.
December 2015 – BL&S Brings Tarantino’s New Western to Theatres in Glorious Ultra Panavision 70mm: When Film Producer Shannon Macintosh approached Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) to provide 70mm film dailies for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, little did they know this would evolve into the largest project they’d ever tackled: Presenting a movie in the grandeur of 70mm film in 100 theatres across North America. Read the full story from BL&S on blsi.com.
December 2015 – Find out “What Six Chicago-area theaters had to do to show Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’”: Hear from projectionists at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and the BL&S team on the nuances of this 70mm experience. Get photos and the full story by Patrick M. O'Connell of The Chicago Tribune.
December 2015 – WIRED Magazine’s “How They Put Together ‘Hateful Eight’s’ 70mm Traveling ‘Roadshow’” includes more behind-the-scenes coverage of BL&S’s work to prepare for the film’s 70mm release: Read the story by Mark Yarm of WIRED.
December 2015 – “For Tarantino’s Latest, A Boston Company Resurrects Nearly Extinct Film Projectors” features interviews with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler and Larry Shaw: Hear the story by Andrea Shea and Erin Trahan of 90.9 WBUR’s The ARTery below, or read a transcript here.
December 2015 – “A road-ready ‘Hateful Eight’” covers BL&S’s months of preparation for the North American 70mm release: Read the article by Loren King of The Boston Globe.
December 2015 – “You'll Never Guess How Much Those Massive ‘The Hateful Eight’ 70mm Prints Weigh” with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler: Read the article by Zack Sharf of Indiewire.com.
December 2015 – BL&S featured in “How Weinstein Co. Distribution Chief Erik Lomis Rescued 70mm Cinema For Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’”: Learn about Weinstein’s plans for the estimated “60-70% of the world’s current supply of 70mm projectors” and how The Hateful Eight helps “remind us that the movie theater experience remains unmatched.” Read the full article by Anthony D'Alessandro of Deadline Hollywood.
December 2015 – Go behind-the-scenes with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler in “‘The Hateful Eight’: The boys behind the booth”: Get details about the roadshow and a look at photos of BL&S’s “platter farm” in Valencia, CA, as the team gears up for the North American The Hateful Eight release. Read the full article by David Bordwell of Website on Cinema.
December 2015 – BL&S, Communications Design Associates (CDA) team up on sound reinforcement system at Boston University: BL&S provided installation and integration services, and CDA led the design. Boston University selected Anya array columns with a single, center QX loudspeaker for the upgrades. “I can’t say enough about the quality, expertise and timeliness of that crew,” said Joe Patten, associate designer for CDA. “Zeke Zola led the effort and it was absolutely perfect. They are a really impressive group.” Read the full article, “Tsai Performance Center Upgrades With EAW Anya,” at ProSound Web.
November 2015 – “Boston Light & Sound Works On Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’”: Read the story by Jeff Brown of WBZ Channel 4, CBS Boston.
November 2015 – BL&S’s “The Hateful Eight” work profiled in The Boston Globe article “Big-screen experience of ‘The Hateful Eight’ built in Boston”: “‘We would like to feel that we’re opening the door to a trend — a trend that revitalizes the movie-going experience,’” BL&S’s Chapin Cutler said. The article outlines BL&S’s critical role in restoring 120 70mm Ultra Panavision projectors for the upcoming premiere of The Hateful Eight. Read the full article by Hiawatha Bray of The Boston Globe.
November 2015 – BL&S featured in The New York Times article “Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Resurrects Nearly Obsolete Technology”: “‘The charge that we got from Weinstein was that we needed to be prepared to do 100 screens,’” Chapin Cutler said of BL&S’s massive undertaking to prepare for the December premiere of the much anticipated The Hateful Eight in 70mm Ultra Panavision. Read the full article by Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times.
November 2015 – BL&S employees Dan Beedy and Leigh Downes are now Barco Certified Experts for Digital Cinema Installation, Troubleshooting and Maintenance Laser Projection. Learn more about BL&S certifications and training.
September 2015 – “35mm Isn't Dead Yet…” according to Leonard Maltin: Maltin shares nostalgia for 35mm, rekindled after viewing a second-run screening of Jurassic World. BL&S’s work on The Hateful Eight 70mm premiere is mentioned, along with other “signs of life” of film. Read the full article on Leonard Maltin’s blog at Indiewire.com.
July 2015 – BL&S screens The Birds for Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Greenway film series in Boston: Learn more about the free screenings here. Read about BL&S’s work for the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
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June 2015 – BL&S’s work at CinemaCon featured in “Converting the Colosseum” article: As Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon says in this month’s Film Journal article, “Let’s face it, CinemaCon lives or dies by the quality of the theatrical experience that we’re able to deliver in The Colosseum.” BL&S’s Chapin Cutler adds, “In many ways, this is the most complex production that we do over the period of a year. ... Basically, we have to install eight to ten cinemas’ worth of equipment in a booth 26 feet wide, and we have to do it in a day and a half.” Find out how BL&S teams up with equipment manufacturer partners to transform The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from a world-class live performance venue to a 4,300-seat, festival-quality movie theatre. Read the full article by Mark Mayfield of Film Journal [PDF]. Learn more about BL&S’s work at CinemaCon.
April 2015 – BL&S introduces BL&S Portable AV Solutions: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) has been developing presentation systems and solutions that improve accessibility for more than 40 years. BL&S's Portable AV Presentation System makes it easy to give presentations in spaces that lack built-in presentation capabilities or were designed for other uses. The new BL&S Portable Hearing Assist System gives people who are hard of hearing an opportunity to enhance their listening experience in venues with no sound system in place. Learn more about BL&S Portable AV Solutions.
March 2015 – Chapin Cutler of BL&S plays with 106-year-old hand-crank projector at the TCM Classic Film Festival: Projectionist Joe Rinaudo provided a special treat to festivalgoers at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival – a two-hour special presentation of silent movies called “Return of the Dream Machine: Hand-Cranked Films From 1902-1913.” He also brought the star of the show: his 1909 hand-crank Power’s Model 6 cameragraph motion picture machine. “The thing that was way cool about the early nickelodeon days is that the projectionist was a showman,” said Randy Haberkamp, managing director for programming, education and preservation for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which presented the program. While BL&S didn’t produce this special event, the company’s role in launching the TCM Classic Film Festival and providing ongoing technical direction gave Chapin Cutler behind-the-scenes access to the projection room, where he had a chance to imagine those nickelodeon days while testing the antique projector. Read more about the event in "TCM Classic Film Festival: Night of the hand-cranked 'Dream Machine'" by Susan King of the LA Times.
(Photo – Chas Phillips)
May 2014 – BL&S partners with Qube Cinema for Historic Screening of Digitally Restored Oklahoma!: This year's TCM Classic Film Festival featured a “landmark screening of the restored and digitally mastered” classic musical, Oklahoma! at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “‘Both Festival goers and industry pros in attendance were stunned and amazed at the sharpness, color saturation and brightness of Oklahoma! at this higher resolution and frame rate,’ said Christopher Reyna, co-technical director of the TCM Classic Film Festival. ... ‘It was the best digital film I’ve seen,’ agreed Chapin Cutler, who was also co-technical director of the TCM Classic
Film Festival. ‘The fact that we filled the 950-seat theater on a Thursday evening to see a movie made in 1955 is quite an accomplishment, and, thanks to Qube, the quality of the exhibition was stunning.’” Read the full article at qubecinema.com
February 2014 – BL&S selected for “Top Integrators”: Boston Light & Sound has been honored with a recognition by Systems Contractor News in its selection of “Top Integrators.” Zeke Zola from BL&S commented on the recognition: “This is quite an honor for us. The fact that Systems Contractor News included BL&S in its selection of ‘Top Integrators,’ signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition.”
January 2014 – BL&S featured in “Confessions Of A Sundance Juror” article by Leonard Maltin: Go behind the scenes at Sundance and hear about Leonard Maltin’s experience as a juror, as well as his backstage tour with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler, the longtime technical director at Sundance. “Chapin and his team at Boston Light & Sound have the benefit of experience behind them, as well as vast technical knowledge,” writes Maltin, “These highly dedicated people love what they do and perform daily miracles to make sure things go right throughout the festival.” Read the full article on Leonard Maltin’s blog at Indiewire.com
September 2013 – BL&S featured in “The Next Niche - A Theater Grows in Brooklyn” article: One of the largest screens in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s new Steinberg Screen at the Harvey Theater is capable of showing both 2D and 3D films on a single screen. It can also be completely retracted for the theater’s live music, drama and dance performances. Find out how the renovation project “...was brought to life by AV and cinema systems integrator Boston Light and Sound (BL&S). Careful coordination with manufacturer Stewart Filmscreen ensured the successful installation of the specified roll-up, 35-foot-wide screen that
is stored below the stage.” Read the full article at AVNetwork.com
August 2013 – Tampa Theatre and BL&S featured in “DCI or DIE: Classic movie houses make the move to digital” in Film Journal’s Digital Issue: John Bell of the Tampa Theatre tells Film Journal, “Our stage manager and projectionist worked it all out with Boston Light & Sound. I can’t sing their praises enough...Frankly, all we’ve gotten since debuting digital are rave reviews about the beautiful picture and the awesome sound.” Read the full article by Andreas Fuchs of Film Journal. Find out how BL&S helped the Tampa Theatre make the upgrade to digital here.
August 2013 – BL&S helps create “World’s Largest Temporary Cinema” at Caesar’s Palace Colosseum: BL&S was responsible for the sound and projection systems in the 4,298-seat Colosseum in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the cinema industry’s largest convention. Since the space “...was larger than any conventional cinema, QSC designed the system with a combination of professional installation, tour sound, and cinema loudspeakers.” Read the full article by Mark Mayfield of Sound & Video Contractor.
May 2013 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw earns CTS-D certification from InfoComm International: The Certified Technology Specialist-Design (CTS-D) credential from InfoComm International indicates “an AV system designer who assesses client needs; designs AV systems; prepares AV design documents; and coordinates and collaborates with other professionals to create AV systems that satisfy client requirements.” It builds on Shaw’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I) certifications. Boston Light & Sound’s Zeke Zola, CTS; Strider Slocum, CTS; Robert Harris, CTS; and Jan Jones, CTS, have earned the CTS credential. CTS certification denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
April 2013 - Boston Light & Sound was proud to stand with Boston during the Interfaith Service for the Boston Marathon victims, their families and the public on April 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. The event was broadcast on national television and attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; federal, state and local officials; and first responders. BL&S technicians provided technical assistance for the event’s sound.
April 2013 - BL&S’s Chapin Cutler quoted in Hollywood Reporter article,“CinemaCon: RealD to Showcase New Screen Technology” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
January 2013 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw earns CTS-I® certification from InfoComm International: The Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I®) credential from InfoComm International indicates AV system installation specialization, and builds on Shaw’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification. BL&S’s Zeke Zola, CTS®; Strider Slocum, CTS®; Robert Harris, CTS®; and Jan Jones, CTS®, have earned the CTS® credential. CTS® certification denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
November 2012 – BL&S and Meyer Sound “Bring Power and Subtlety to Refurbished Cinema at Walker Art Center” “‘The sound of the Meyer Sound system is fantastic,’ says Sheryl Mousley, senior curator of film/video. ‘‘Beasts’ was the perfect film to experience it with, as the quiet voice of the six-year-old main character held ground against the music and varying location sounds.’” Read the full article from Meyer Sound. Read more about BL&S’s involvement here.
October 2012 – “Vineyard haven: Island Film Society finally has a state-of-the-art home” with help from Boston Light & Sound: “‘Boston Light & Sound was phenomenal too, installing our Christie projector, Dolby d-cinema server and QSC Audio amplifiers, JBL speakers… They put it all together for us, perfectly.’
During the Festival, ‘I had filmmakers come up to me who have been at many, many film festivals, and say, ‘This is the best my movie has ever looked and sounded outside of L.A., perhaps.’ It was great to hear that they thought this highly of the presentation.’” Read the full article by Andreas Fuchs of Film Journal.
September 2012 – Telluride Film Festival Honors Boston Light & Sound’s Chapin Cutler’s Commitment to the SHOW: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) and its co-founder C. Chapin Cutler, Jr. join the ranks of Ted Turner, Leonard Maltin, UCLA, and HBO in receiving the Telluride Film Festival Special Silver Medallion. Telluride presented the award to Chapin on Sunday, September 2 at this year’s festival for his significant contribution to the world of cinema.
Chapin has long taken Telluride’s celebration of “The SHOW” to heart, perfecting the art of film and digital cinema exhibition. Since his company’s founding in 1977, he and BL&S have gained a reputation for achieving the impossible. View the full press release. View more details from the Telluride Film Festival.
September 2012 – “Lights, Sound, Action!” An interview with BL&S’s Larry Shaw in Wellesley Weston Magazine: “As Principal and Director of Engineering for Boston Light & Sound (BL&S)... Larry has worked on countless movie sets, personally collaborated with film directors, and even won an Oscar! He is just another one of my neighbors, but a neighbor with a great story to tell and – don't forget – an Oscar.” Read the full article by Laura Lamere of Wellesley Weston Magazine.
August 2012 – “Iconyx Helps St. Joseph Parish Focus the Message” “It’s a rectangular space with a flat ceiling and lots of right angles,” explains Zeke Zola, Install Manager at Boston Light & Sound, the company behind the design-build project. “The walls are all brick and there’s minimal acoustical dampening other than carpeting in the aisles. So it’s a rather reverberant space, and they’ve always struggled with intelligibility and coverage.”
The church’s sound system had evolved in piecemeal fashion over several years, and included a distributed system along the walls that created more problems than it solved. Find out what BL&S recommended and read the full article from Renkus-Heinz.
July 2012 – Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) celebrates 35th anniversary: What began as an unlikely partnership between a movie buff and a projectionist has grown into one of the most well respected service providers in the industry. From bringing phenomenal film and digital cinema presentation to the Sundance Film Festival to ensuring exceptional sound quality at Fenway Park, BL&S continues its quest to deliver the impossible. The firm designs, installs, and perfects digital cinema and film presentation systems as well as Pro-AV systems for theatres, museums, stadiums, houses of worship, corporate media rooms, film festivals, world premieres, and more.
Notable projects over the years include worldwide screenings of “Napoleon,” the Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre restoration, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, “The Town” movie premiere at Fenway Park, Martin Scorsese’s screening room, and more. BL&S’s passion for the craft will continue to serve the firm’s clients well into the future.
March 2012 – “‘Napoleon’s’ triumphant return” Abel Gance’s 5 ½ hour cinematic masterpiece screened this month at Oakland CA’s Paramount Theatre courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. BL&S has a long history with bringing the 1927 silent film with live orchestras to appreciative audiences around the world. Get details and how BL&S specialists built special booths to house the three synchronized projectors for the Polyvision triptych sequence in Oakland in the full article by By Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times.
March 2012 – “Sound Advice: How to Ensure Your Audio Playback Comes Through Loud and Clear” “What do filmmakers need to do prior to screening their work”... to ensure the soundtrack quality represents the filmmaker’s intentions in a variety of venues? BL&S’s Chapin Cutler answers this question and more in an interview on Documentary.org. Read the full article by Miriam Cutler (no relation to Chapin).
February 2012 – Boston Light & Sound earns InfoComm International’s Sapphire CAVSP® certification: The Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider designation recognizes that a percentage of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff have achieved and maintained individual InfoComm Certification and have completed relevant coursework from the InfoComm Academy. View the full press release.
January 2012 – Boston Light & Sound’s Zeke Zola earns CTS® certification: Zeke Zola, CTS® has earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification from InfoComm International. He joins BL&S’s Larry Shaw, CTS®, Strider Slocum, CTS®, and Robert Harris, CTS® in earning the credential. CTS® denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
January 2012 – BL&S upgrades Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic with EAW sound: “It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” says Mark Rowinski, Systems Design Engineer at Boston Light & Sound. “All the components matched perfectly,” noting that when they did final measurements of the system, every point in the room was within +/-2dB of each other, underscoring the system’s consistency. “The entire EAW system performs very, very well and the coverage is completely even throughout the house. And it sounds fantastic. It’s got that EAW sound that sounded great in 1999 and still sounds great today.” Read the full article by Jacob Coakley from Stage Directions.
January 2012 – BL&S’s Robert Harris earns certification from InfoComm International: Robert Harris, CTS® has earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification from InfoComm International. Harris joins Boston Light & Sound’s Larry Shaw, CTS® and Strider Slocum, CTS® in earning the credential. CTS® denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
September 2011 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler interviewed at the Telluride Film Festival:
Hollywood columnist Jeffrey Wells declares, “Cutler is like a NASA rocket scientist when it comes to theatrical projection. He adheres to standards that most commercial exhibitors avoid due to their cheapskate, nickel-and-dime attitudes about putting on a show with celluloid and digital.” Read more about BL&S’s contributions to the Telluride Film Festival.
September 2011 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw and Strider Slocum earn certification from InfoComm International: Larry Shaw, CTS® and Strider Slocum, CTS® of Boston Light & Sound, based in Boston, MA, have earned their certification from InfoComm International. The Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) credential is for audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession. View full press release [PDF].
May 2011 – “Misuse of 3-D digital lens leaves 2-D movies in the dark” from The Boston Globe.
What happens when theatres use 3-D lenses to show 2-D films? BL&S’s co-founder Chapin Cutler “...estimates that a film projected through a Sony with the 3-D lens in place and other adjustments not made can be as much as 85 percent darker than a properly projected film.” Read the full article by Ty Burr from The Boston Globe.
April 2011 – Alcorn McBride delivers for BL&S at numerous film festivals:
“For years, we have been looking for a device that could be encoded for screen washes, sponsor tags and trailers” says Chapin Cutler, President of Boston Light & Sound and Technical Director of the Sundance Film Festival. Find out how Alcorn McBride helped BL&S find what they were looking for here. From Projection, Lights and Staging News.
February 2011 – BL&S, SIA Acoustics upgrade Boston College’s Theater Arts Center:
Hear about how Boston Light & Sound teamed up with system design consultant SIA Acoustics to overhaul the sound system at the Robsham Theater Arts Center in “SIA Acoustics, BLS Upgrade Theater With JBL” from ProSound News.
January 2011 – Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s open air theatre:
Get behind-the-scenes details and see photos from the 2010 festival’s centerpiece – an open air theatre on the esplanade – from Projection, Lights and Staging News.
October 2010 – “A Reel Deal for Blind, Deaf: Prodded by attorney general, theaters offering more gear to help the disabled enjoy films” Read the full article by Johnny Diaz of The Boston Globe here.
September 2010 – BL&S screens “The Town” premiere in Fenway Park:
“We actually like going into places where people think you can’t do a good job showing a movie, and Fenway Park was one of those,” says BL&S’s Chapin Cutler. Get the technical details on how BL&S screened “The Town” at Boston’s own Fenway Park in “Electro-Voice Goes To Town in Fenway Park”
from ProSound News. Read more about how BL&S did it here.
Hear about the large screen on the visitor’s dugout and the star-filled evening in “Ben Affleck brings ‘The Town’ premiere home to Fenway,” from The LA Times. See the trailer here.
September 2010 – Another year of “The SHOW” at Telluride:
“Experience of Telluride still like no other,” writes Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post. BL&S has been involved with technical guidance for the Telluride Film Festival since 1982. Read more here.
September 2010 – BL&S receives Crestron DigitalMedia™ certification:
Strider Slocum, system designer at Boston Light & Sound, recently achieved the certification of Digital Media Certified Engineer through Crestron Electronics, Inc. of Rockleigh, NJ. BL&S is now fully equipped to design, install, commission, and troubleshoot Crestron DigitalMedia™ systems.
July 2010 – Theatre agreement increases accessibility for hearing and visually impaired: “As the nation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hearing and visually impaired residents of Massachusetts will gain greater accessibility to movie theaters through a settlement reached by Attorney General Martha Coakley with the three largest movie theater chains in Massachusetts.” View full press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office here. BL&S is an experienced system integrator for the Rear Window Captioning System and DVS Theatrical, providing theatres with complete system design, installation, and service.
July 2010 – From the Traverse City Film Festival:
Hear how “3-D techs keep movies on cutting edge,” in this article by Sheri McWhirter of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
January 2010 – Navigating the world of digital convergence:
View “The Art House and Digital Cinema” Presentation [PDF], presented by Robert Harris of BL&S to a conference of art house cinema owners.
October 2009 – BL&S designs specialty cinema sound for DOHA Tribeca Film Festival: Michael Rome of BL&S explains one of the nuances of film festival audio: “You’re not looking for the subjective, overwhelming power of a rock concert, but rather a precise match to a specification.” Read the full article from Meyer Sound, featuring Boston Light & Sound and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival here. Read more about BL&S’s involvement here.
October 2009 – BL&S selected for PRO AV 60:
We are pleased to announce that Boston Light & Sound was chosen as one of “The PRO AV 60” by Pro AV magazine. Find out how we answered the question “What’s Your Best Advice for Succeeding in Pro AV?” and get the full story here: http://www.svconline.com/proav/business_the-pro-av-60-17-bread-and-butter-integrators/