Dryden Theatre Renovation Series: Cement, Lighting and Accessibility

Posted by on Jan 18 2013 | Motion Pictures

Here we are, week two. The theater is still looking bare, but major strides are under  way. Before I get started on what has been accomplished the past week and what to look forward to I’d like to take a moment to announce another sale. While clearing out the theater for renovation we cleared out a storage closet full of equipment and are now selling a great deal of this equipment. Incredibly cheap, still good, we want to get this off our hands and into the hands of someone who will put the equipment such as digital and film cameras to good use. If you’re at all interested please contact us.

Coming to work Monday morning, the first thing I saw was a cement truck sitting out front of the theater and every chance I’ve had to poke my head into the theatre this week I’ve seen the construction workers hard at work constructing the tiers in the balcony. This part of the renovation is highly labor intensive: Cement is dumped from the truck into wheelbarrows which are taken into the theatre. Then the cement is emptied into buckets which are then carried up into the balcony and emptied into a mold where it will take 1 week to cure. This is done repeatedly throughout the day until the mold is complete.

The cement is also being used on the ground floor. A platform is being created for Row K’s handicapped seating. The platform is designed to provide space for extended wheelchair accessibility—something we are very pleased to be offering our patrons.

With the installation of new lights in the ceiling and the replacement of lobby lights, every single light is now LED, making it possible for the theater to be much brighter than it has been in the past and also bringing the theatre to be as energy efficient as possible.

Plans for the installation of the Hearing Loop system have been finalized and the system will be installed next week. Don Bataille, architect and designer from SWBR Architects, with the help of a team of volunteers, will be directing the installation. Through the use of telecoil sensors in ear plugs and cochlear implants, or by the use of an external attachment, the hearing loop system magnetically transmits sound directly to those who need it. The loop itself will be attached to the floor and the carpeting will be put down over it. Although you will not be able to see this addition, it will make a world of difference for our hearing impaired patrons. This is a very exciting addition and we’re proud to be adding it to our list of capabilities.

More on the Dryden Theatre Renovation:
Part I, The Curtain Stays
Part II, Seatless
Part IV, Painting, Listening System and Digital Projection

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    Kolbe Resnick is the Theater Manager of the Dryden Theatre.

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