February 2023 – “The Brattle Theatre introduces state-of-the-art sound system”: The Brattle Theatre – a beloved Cambridge, MA institution set in a historic building – hired Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) to design and install a custom audio system. Ned Hinkle, creative director for the Brattle Film Foundation, explained that the project was the “...Most significant technical upgrade since the early 2010s installation of a digital projector to serve alongside its 35mm- and 16mm-based film projectors. ‘We just wanted to be able to play as many different formats as possible, the same as when we put in the digital projector.’” BL&S’s Sean McKinnon discusses the project, which includes a 22-speaker surround sound system with 7.1 mix capabilities. Read the full article by Jake Mulligan from The Boston Globe.
November 2022 – “Celebrating Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at MIT”: The MIT campus in Cambridge, MA was abuzz for the recent screening of this sequel to the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, shot in part on the MIT campus. “While a number of students noted that they had already seen the film in theaters the previous week, many saw it for the first time at MIT. Students and staff members expressed a sense of pride at seeing the Institute portrayed in a film that celebrates racial and gender diversity in science.” Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) worked with the MIT Lecture Series Committee (LSC) to provide technical production on behalf of Disney for the screening,
held at the student-run 26-100 movie theater. Read the full article by Abby Abazorius from MIT News.
August 2022 – “Why New Yorkers Still ❤️ Film: Projectionists are busier than ever, as they serve a demand for obscure 35-millimeter titles, nostalgia and the quirks of analog.” Enjoy this tribute to cinephiles who come for rare titles, an experience, and the thrill of seeing a film in its original analog form, as well as the technicians and projectionists who make it all possible. Read the article by Ted Alcorn from The New York Times.
July 2022 – “The Speedway Project”: The Speedway, a former park headquarters site on the National Register of Historic Places, has new life as a multi-purpose complex along the Charles River. The distinctive name comes from the original horse and bicycle racetrack. Architects Bruner/Cott & Associates led the project. The Speedway hired BL&S to design and install a comprehensive audio system. Read more from architectmagazine.com.
June 2022 – “Film Festival Guide: 10 Film Festivals and Events to Check Out This Summer”: Opportunities to take in movies new and old abound at festivals and outdoor movie series this summer. This listing includes highlights in the Boston metro, the Cape and Islands, and further flung locations around New England. BL&S provides support and expertise to a number of the hosting arts organizations. Find full details in this post by Erin Trahan at wbur.org.
May 2022 – “The Coolidge Takes ‘Science On Screen’ Outdoors with Screening Series at The Greenway”: With support from BL&S, the beloved Coolidge Corner Theatre moves its science series outdoors to the Rose Kennedy Greenway this summer for “...Films and documentaries with lively presentations by experts from the world of science, technology, and medicine.” The Wednesday series will feature 35mm films The Birds, Tremors, and Fast Five. Get dates, times and full details in this post by Stephi Wild at broadwayworld.com.
April 2022 – “In Boston, the Craft of Film Projection is Staging a bit of a Cultural Comeback”: Check out this update on film projection at area theatres, featuring quotes from Larry Shaw and Chapin Cutler of BL&S. In the era of digital projection, “...in some theaters, celluloid is staging a bit of a cultural comeback. ‘Things on film are literally a selling point now,’ said Lazzaro. When director Quentin Tarantino released his film ‘The Hateful Eight’ in 2015, the 70mm screenings “were always sold out,’ said Cutler.” Read the full article by Dana Gerber from The Boston Globe.
Remembering Michael Schaffer
It is with sadness that we remember long-time employee Michael Schaffer who recently passed away unexpectedly. He was an integral part of our team for many years as a Senior Projection Engineer. A continuous source of technical information, Mike was a resource to BL&S who will be sorely missed. Our sympathies to Mike’s family and friends.
Remembering Jon Newlander
All of us at BL&S are very saddened to learn of the recent passing after a
long illness of Jon Newlander, our Production Manager. An AV industry veteran for almost 30 years, he joined us during a very challenging period and always maintained a very positive attitude about us as a company, and what he saw as our future. Our condolences to his family and friends.
August 2021 – “Small Towns, Big Screens, High Hopes: Taking a tour — and the temperatures — of the North’s vintage movie houses”: Check out this look at the state of audiences’ favorite northern movie theatres, which mentions the digital cinema installation by Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) at the recently renovated art deco Vogue Theatre of Manistee, MI. Read the full article by Ross Boissoneau from northernexpress.com.
July 2021 – “Historic Tampa Theatre moves forward on plans for microcinema” – BL&S collaborates on design: Following success in bringing digital cinema to the historic landmark Tampa Theatre, BL&S is working with a local architectural firm and design studio, Kreher/Barna, to design a new microcinema adjacent to the main theatre. Read the full article by Lauren Wong from 83degreesmedia.com here.
April 2021 – “Free outdoor movie showings offered this summer at ‘FilmScene in the Park’” – BL&S helps non-profit cinema FilmScene create drive-in in nearby Chauncy Swan Park: FilmScene launched their new drive-in season with the animated film, Wolfwalkers, to an enthusiastic audience. “‘Definitely have the experience of a movie theater with other people here,” University of Iowa student Rachel Vingg said. “‘Definitely different than just watching it on your laptop inside.’ Guests brought blankets and lawn chairs to sit in socially-distanced spaces on the grass, and unlike traditional movie theaters, they were even encouraged to bring their own snacks and food.” Check out BL&S’s Sean McKinnon, featured in the video. Watch the video and read the full article at kcrg.com - ABC9, Iowa City, IA.
November 2020 – Coolidge Corner Theatre and Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) team up to create a new drive-in movie series: When shutdowns hit the Boston area in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Coolidge Corner Theatre was looking for ways to continue to entertain audiences through film. Together with BL&S, they created a pop-up drive-in theatre in Medfield. In a matter of weeks, they were able to offer a drive-in movie series including new releases and classics, starting with Shutter Island. Additional screenings included Knives Out, Vertigo, E.T., The Thing and They Live. This gave moviegoers a way to enjoy films safely, and in style. Learn more about
socially-distanced, virtual, and hybrid events.
August 2020 – “Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen ‘Shutter Island’ on grounds of closed Medfield State Hospital:” With Boston Light & Sound's help, the Coolidge Corner Theatre “...will hold drive-in screenings of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 mystery/thriller ‘Shutter Island’ on Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, on the grounds of the now-closed Medfield State Hospital, where the movie was filmed.” Read the full article by Kevin Slane of Boston.com.
Get tickets at: https://coolidge.org/films/shutter-island-medfield-state-hospital
May 2020 – CONSUMER ALERT: Boston Light & Sound, Inc. announces instant rebate and upgrade incentives for Shure Digital 600 MHz wireless equipment: On July 13th, 2020, the FCC is instituting a complete stop of wireless mic operations in the 600 MHz spectrum to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services. The “600 MHz service band” refers to frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz that are currently used by many wireless microphones and in-ear monitors. These devices will become illegal to use and may stop functioning when the FCC rule change occurs. Affected equipment may also become less stable and experience interference in the weeks leading up to the change date as manufacturer preparations and testing begin. As a result of these FCC changes, organizations that currently use wireless devices in this range will need to upgrade their equipment.
Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) is supporting customers through this transition by facilitating upgrades, and by offering rebates, incentives and related services.
View FCC consumer announcement.
View complete program details – CONSUMER ALERT and FAQs from BL&S
March 2020 – “Boston Light & Sound helps clients transition from in-person to live streaming events”: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S), a specialty presentation firm, is supporting corporate and higher education clients seeking to keep their customers and employees engaged through live streaming. From public conventions to corporate meetings, stage presentations, and panel discussions, organizations are transitioning in-person events to live streaming. This is also a popular service among houses of worship who are looking to reach members across their extended community.
Learn more about live streaming services from BL&S.
Get the full media alert from BL&S [Download PDF]
February 2020 – “Tampa Theatre to screen black-and-white cut of Oscar-winning film Parasite”: In honor of the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, the Tampa Theatre screened a limited-run black-and-white version of the film from Director Bong Joon-Ho. Parasite also won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Director. Read the full article by Andrew Harlan from That'sSoTampa.com. Check out BL&S’s role in the recent theatre upgrades.
September 2019 – “FilmScene organizers are ‘kids in the candy store’ ahead of The Chauncey’s debut”: Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) helped Iowa City’s FilmScene create a quality theatre experience as they expand both their space and programming in a new location – The Chauncey, a new, high-end high-rise apartment building. “‘I’m quite confident that our partners from Boston are setting us up to have the best motion picture presentation in the entire state of Iowa,’” says Ross Meyer, FilmScene’s head projectionist and facilities manager, of BL&S. The theatre is due to open this month in what locals call “the greatest small city for the arts.” Read the full article by Hannah Bonner
January 2019 – Boston Light & Sound’s Chapin Cutler featured on Chronicle: Cutler, co-founder of Boston Light & Sound (BL&S), talks about the company’s passion for quality film presentation, and their experience restoring 120 70mm projectors for Quentin Tarantino’s nationwide premieres of The Hateful Eight.
View the “Turning Back Time” segment on WCVB ABC 5's Chronicle.