and is acoustically transparent to allow the sound to emanate from the
screen. For live shows the speakers are unplugged and rolled off to the
stage left wing area and stored.
To raise and lower scenery, lights, or the movie screen, the theatre has a “fly tower”, which is a structure above the stage that equals the height of the proscenium arch with extra room for the mechanical rigging. The “fly system” consists of ropes attached to pipe battens, and counterbalanced with heavy weights to make raising and lowering items easy. It essentially works like a manual elevator. The three grayish photos are taken from the very top of the fly system, 65 feet above the ground. The color photo is from the stage looking up at the light battens and the bottom of the screen which is flown in this photo.
or, “Don’t Look Down”
One of the light battens on stagehung with Lekos, Fresnels, LED washes, LED moving beam lights, cables, and dust. Lots of dust.
Scenery & Props loaded in for a play
A tormentor lighting position, 14 feet high. Note the ropes that are a part of the fly system.