Peekskill, NY (March 16, 2010)—The historic Paramount Center for the Performing Arts in Peekskill, NY has installed a new audio system based around Adamson SpekTrix speakers.
Originally built as a 1,500-seat movie palace owned by Paramount Pictures, the Peekskill Paramount Theatre first opened its doors with great fanfare on June 27, 1930. The Inaugural program featured an overture by the Paramount Symphony Orchestra, an appearance by the village mayor, and “A Paramount All-Talking Picture," The Big Pond.
The Paramount prospered for decades despite the Depression and World War II. However, it was the advent of shopping malls and television that brought on its demise as a movie theatre. Paramount sold the building in 1973. In the late 1970’s, a thrust stage was added in front of the original, which was just 13 feet deep. A series of major renovations and a historic restoration project have been completed over the past three years; presently the total seating sits 1,024 in 2 levels of orchestra seating and a balcony.
Today the nonprofit Paramount Center for the Arts operates as a year-round multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions.
Technical upgrades to the theatre include a brand-new speaker system and a a 24-channel Allen & Heath GL2400 mixing console.
The speaker systems is a two-in-one set-up, where the main arrays consist of 12 Adamson SpekTrix and two Adamson SpekTrix Sub enclosures per side. There are also five Adamson CB1 near fills present. The operating options are a Stereo 4-way with near fills, and a Stereo 3-way with subs being fed by their own signal with near fills, as a secondary option. The system is powered by Lab.gruppen amplifiers and XTA DP6-i processors.
Adamson Systems Engineering