First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
Westbury National Show Systems
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Opened in 2015, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is a 95,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art cultural and education facility, located in the Canadian city of St Catharines. It includes the Film House Screen & Stage, a 199-seat digital movie screening room which features an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor System.
As well as the Film House Screen & Stage, PAC features two large theatres and a studio theatre. Situated next to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, part of the city’s Brock University, PAC attracts 125,000 visitors every year and 500 university students daily, many of whom attend lectures in the Film House Screen & Stage.
As it is used for both public screenings and education, high audio quality in the Film House was a key requirement. The audio system was designed by Connecticut-based acoustic consultants Jaffe Holden and installed by Ontario-based Westbury National Show Systems.
“The initial design was for a different system, but this was changed to an Alcons pro-ribbon solution for a number of reasons, a key one being that the sound quality of the CRMS is fantastic,” said Ben Bausher, Associate Principal, Audio/Video at Jaffe Holden. “Our aim is to deliver systems where every component is as good and as well-suited to the environment as it can possibly be. We felt that this is a space which really played to the strengths of the CRMS technology.”
The system comprises three Alcons CRMS mkII Cinema Reference Monitor Systems and a pair of CB362 high-output full-size subwoofer systems mounted behind the screen. A pair of CB181sl shallow subwoofer systems and eight CRMS-SR reference surrounds are mounted on the ceiling, firing down. The system is powered and controlled by three Alcons Sentinel3 and one Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
The system proved very straightforward to tune and has helped to make the space one of the city’s favourite movie theatres.
“The client has been extremely happy with the system from day one,” said Ben. “There have been no requests for any changes since it was set up and it has immediately become one of St Catharines most popular movie houses.”