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Arlington, TX, USA

A 9 screen ground up dinner and a movie build.

On January 15, 2007 Studio Movie Grill opened their newest theater.

This theater has 9 screens.

The lobby.

The box office, complete with an ecstatic woman showing off the menu.

The fully loaded bar.

Back hallway towards theaters 1-5.

This theater only has 3 auditorium sizes. This is the largest.

The screen is a little over 60 feet wide.

Large auditorium with preshow running as people are arriving.

Reverse shot of the large auditorium. You can't quite see it in this picture, but there is a projectionist/AV balcony to the right of the port windows.

This is one of the medium sized auditoriums. That's Jeremy Spracklen humor on the screen there.

A medium sized auditorium with a movie running.

Reverse shot of a medium auditorium. The projectionist/AV balcony is more easily seen in this photo.

Shot of a small auditorium.

Reverse shot of a small auditorium. Again you can see the projectionist/AV balcony to the right of the port windows.

The kitchen.

Grills, fryers, etc.

Dishwashing station.

More grills and food prep area. This kitchen can crank out meals in excess of 1000 an hour.

The projection booth by the far end looking east.

The projection booth as viewed from approximately the center point looking east.

The latest incarnation of the platter array.

As before, Kinoton PK60 projectors are mated with Christie SLC consoles and MiT circulator/radiators. Schneider lenses are used in all of the small auditoriums, with Schneider Premiere lenses used in the largest auditoriums. All screens are Harkness. We did not have the luxury of using pre-wired systems due to various delays and situations. All of the projection equipment was assembled, aligned and wired piece by piece on-site.

A Kelmar dimmer is seen at the far right. The controls underneath the dimmer are for manual aspect ratio and input control of the video projector for AV events.

Projection system for auditorium 2, a medium size house. The wireway up by the drop ceiling is dedicated to carry low voltage control, ethernet and audio/video wiring and it extends around the entire perimeter of the projection booth.

The films threaded up and ready to run the first show of the day.

Shot from the ceiling at the east end looking west.

Reverse shot of the films threaded with one already running.

Auditoriums 7, 8 and 9 on the east side. If you look closely you can see where the projectionist/AV balcony is accessed behind #9 on the right beside the ladder to the roof hatch.

Reverse shot at the same position.

This time we have 5 slidebars in front of each platter. This is to facilitate the dual payout capability, as well as the new dual takeup capability. Any platter system can feed up to 2 films out to any 2 projectors at one time, and any platter can take up 2 different films from any 2 projectors at one time. The fifth bar on the bottom is used for jumper roller purposes.

Wide shot of the booth with all films running.

The sound rack for the large auditorium. Dolby CP650s with Dolby Digital EX are used in every auditorium. Everything about these Pennywise CA21 automations is custom. They control EVERYTHING from the overhead threading lights to the auditorium door closers and in this location they were expanded further to be utilized as an energy management system that is far smarter than any other system designed specifically for the cause. Key points of it's energy management related tasks are automated powering on and off of each auditorium 60 minutes prior to the first showtime and 15 minutes after the last showtime as well as controlling the HVAC systems. (It knows when to execute these commands based upon the showtime info pulled from the ticketing system.) A DVD player and AV switcher is built into each rack for light AV rentals. Amps and speakers are QSC top to bottom in the building. Each sound rack also has it's own UPS battery backup. The monitor at the top of the rack is a scrolling CA21 timeline.

This is the same rack, but with the rolling AV rack hooked up for an event. The AV rack has a 12 channel mixer, a 4 selector video switch, 2 DVD players, an S-VHS deck, monitor and 2 wireless microphones all prewired and ready to go. It can be plugged up to any auditorium and ready to go in less than one minute and the top surface provides a place for the clients to set their own equipment that they want tied into the system

This is the central AV distribution rack. From here an audio and video signal is distributed to every sound rack. It can feed a DVD player, an S-VHS deck, a DirecTV satellite signal, or an external input. This rack also houses the USL music distribution amp for the Sirius intermission music, as well as a 4 channel QSC DCA amplifier for the various downstairs zones. Below that is the ethernet wiring going to every sound rack for networking purposes as well as the internet jack on the side of each sound rack. A UPS for this rack sits on top of three more which are wired under the slab to the platters.

This is a sound rack for one of the small auditoriums.

As mentioned before, one of the new features of this platter array is dual takeup. This picture demonstrates a movie paying off of the top deck to a projector and the bottom two decks receiving two different films from other projectors.

The lighting makes this difficult to see, but this is a shot from behind the screen in one of the auditoriums.

Due to construction delays, Brad Miller and Chris Hipp built, wired and pre-tested the sound racks off site in mid-November. General contractors started working on the building in October and opening VIP night was January 13th, 2007 with everything running. The projection install team was not able to start squeezing into the building to start with the initial pulling of wires until the last week of November. From left to right Chris Hipp (projectionist and assistant install), Dwayne Caldwell (projectionist and assistant install), Darren Crimmins (projectionist), Brad Miller (install and service technician), Cory Thornton (AV event operator), Brian Schultz (owner of Studio Movie Grill) and Jeremy Spracklen (projectionist and creator of the SMG preshow entertainment for all locations).

Photos from the Brad Miller collection.

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