Berkeley, CA (July 27, 2016)—Fantasy Studios has announced that its Fantasy Film Center mix theater in Berkeley, CA will relaunch with a new Meyer Sound cinema system and Avid Pro Tools | S6 modular control surface installed.
Situated on the third floor of the Zaentz Media Center, Fantasy Film Center has been completely revived and refurbished. The 1,820 sq.-ft. theater, first opened in 1981 and was known as The Saul Zaentz Film Center, seating over 50 guests. More than 200 films, including the Oscar-winning classics Amadeus, The English Patient and The Right Stuff, were mixed at Fantasy Film Center, which is often used by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for screenings.
The theater was originally designed by Jeff Cooper, whose work ranges from Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM), Dreamworks and NBC/Universal Studios to filmmakers such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. The renovation was overseen by Bay Area engineer Jim Austin along with Alberto Hernandez and James Gangwer from the Fantasy Studios staff, with key involvement from Meyer Sound and Avid.
The Meyer Sound cinema system was updated by adding to two previously installed 650-P subwoofers. The theater’s new 5.1/7.1 system comprises three Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers, 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 and one Galileo 616 processor for system drive and optimization.
Having used Avid Pro Tools dig in all its rooms since 1999, Fantasy Studios has installed the Avid Pro Tools | S6 modular control surface in the revived mix theater. Its modular design enables Fantasy Film Center to accommodate different kinds of projects.
The theater also boasts ISDN connectivity and is directly linked to the large reverb and chamber collection in Fantasy Studios on the first floor of the complex, where platinum recordings by Green Day, Journey, Aerosmith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana and countless others were recorded.