Seattle (September 5, 2006)–The Paramount Theatre in Seattle first opened in 1926 as a showcase for ‘talkie’ films; needless to say, the audio has been upgraded in the venue a few times in the 80 years since opening night. Even after spending more than $5 million in restoration, remodeling and upgrading the venue in the 1990s, however, balcony coverage remained a serious problem. Head sound engineer Mark Anderson turned to McCauley loudspeakers to help stem the problem.
Seattle’s Paramount Theatre sports three In.Line N120 loudspeakers from McCauley for its house audio system”We needed to make sure that presentations like comedy performers and lectures, essentially one microphone shows, could be heard,” Anderson explained. To study the possibilities, Anderson contacted Michael Gardner of Seattle Pro Audio who made arrangements for a demonstration of McCauley Sound’s In.Line installation-grade line array modules.
“One of the greatest selling points was the compact size of the McCauley boxes,” explained Gardner. “We needed something that could both deliver the audio and be aesthetically pleasing. We didn’t want to hang any more big ugly speakers in such a beautiful venue.”
After Anderson heard the McCauley center cluster at the demo, he decided that a center hang of three In.Line N120s, two N90s and one N60 would solve the problem. “It seemed like a cool solution,” Anderson said. “The McCauley center hang improved balcony coverage dramatically. Our house manager is much happier because the coverage is now more even and uniform. The high frequency articulation is present from top to bottom, side to side and this has improved our patron experience, which was our goal.”