Transforming a 1926 Theater Into a State-of-the-Art Venue
Knox County Memorial Theater
Converting a nearly 100-year-old theater into a venue that meets the needs of today’s touring artists and theatrical productions is no small task. Completing it in 16 weeks seems downright impossible. However, that’s exactly what Live AV did for Knox County Memorial Theater.
Live AV was charged with coordinating the entire project. Our analysis determined the theater needed new electrical service, as well as a new sound system, lighting, rigging, and communication system, along with multiple infrastructure improvements.
A century-old building brought multiple challenges. First, there were no electrical drawings for the original building. Most of the existing electric conduit was buried in the walls and floors. Additionally, the theater wasn’t constructed with the capability for a counterweight system.
Live AV replaced the existing sound system (that was installed in 2002), with a Yamaha mixing console and Meyer speakers, which are among the best audio systems in the world. We selected a combination of four different speakers to provide the best sound coverage.
This resulted in an experience in which no matter where someone is seated, there is no more than a 2-decibel difference between what you hear and what someone on the other side of the theater hears. We also installed a Listen Technologies Assisted Listening System to overcome the challenges of noise, distance, and hearing loss.
Live AV replaced the project screen with not just one, but two motorized screens. Also, the 1960’s incandescent light fixtures were replaced with a new LED theatrical lighting system. We installed a new motorized rigging system that allows performers to fly through the air, bringing a thrilling dimension to performances. A state-of-the-art control system and an innovative intercom system ensures smooth and flawless production.
To complete the project, we replaced the existing electrical service, installed new drapery and pit cover, made structural improvements to the stage, added a new sound booth, and repaired aging walls and floors.