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  Academy Theater at Lighthouse InternationalAcademy Theater at Lighthouse International

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator

Trogon Construction Management, Inc.
70 Oakwood Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
www.trogoncorp.com

Design Architect

TK Theaters
247 West 35th Street, 4th Floor #403, New York, NY 10001
www.tktheaters.com

General Description

Location: New York City, New York
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Sep 2010
Total Square Feet: 4,593 Site:Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Auditorium, 2,267; stage, 509; projection room, 183; lobby, 1,216; public restrooms, 418; total, 4,593 square feet.
Building Height: Floor slopes down to the front of the auditorium, height varies between 16’ (back/lobby) to 20’ +/-.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: n/a. Exterior Walls: n/a. Roof: n/a. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: DPM Architecture P.C. - 15 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Acoustics Consultant: Acoustic Dimensions - 145 Huguenot Street, #406, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Architectural Lighting Designers: Texlights, Inc. - 203 Lakeridge Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
and
Penumbra Architectural Illumination
5225 Wilshire Boulevard, #315, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Jack Sotnikow Consultants, Inc. - 241 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
A/V Consultant: Digital Media Systems - 248 West 35th Street, #1203, New York, NY 10001


The Academy Theater restores the elegance and glamour of movie and Broadway Theaters with its slick, gray and black design to the LED marquis and silver curtain. Located on the lower level of Lighthouse International, the theater can be accessed from the main lobby either by elevators or by the stairs.

Shared by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and Lighthouse International the new theatre is used for live performances, presentations and film screenings. The theater is designed to be a state-of-the-art East Coast venue for AMPAS’ members to use for general film programs, screenings, and enable Lighthouse International to attract studio and other screenings, exhibits, receptions and other events.

The project scope included upgrading and enhancing the existing 236-seat theater and lobby area with furnishings, carpets and wall coverings, new seating, stage modifications, acoustical wall treatment, decorative ceiling, and new interior finishes. Four key technical considerations were addressed in order to improve the venue:

  1. Room Proportions: Work to ensure maximum enjoyment for patrons within an existing auditorium, with minimal impact to improve the patron experience by comparing the room's capacity against the desire for best presentation and cost implications.
  2. Seating Arrangement: Improve patrons viewing comfort to ensure that all patrons are within a comfortable viewing angle to help focus patrons towards the screen, and increase back-to-back row spacing to improve comfort and enhance patron's visility from all positions.
  3. Sightlines: Adjust chair layout to improve sightlines and eye level clearance from row to row in line with the focal point on the screen throughout the auditorium, and adjust the screen height to raise the image bottom.
  4. Acoustical Design: Improve acoustic factors to achieve the best possible environment for performances.

The new design achieves all key technical considerations. The design team improved the existing 2-row vision configurations with a new seat count of 220 working within the room proportions. This new seating arrangement significantly improved sightlines giving every viewer an unobstructed vertical and horizontal sightline to the image of the screen. An adjustment to the bottom and top of the image height was also done further improving the sightlines.

To ensure the esthetics of the auditorium were attractive and flexible; a middle ground solution was developed between music and film screenings. This solution included fixed sound absorptive treatments while providing flexibility and adaptation in the room’s reverberance. This was accomplished by utilizing 2-inch thick sound absorptive on 40% of the sidewalls and 75% of the rear wall. The auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment.

Completed in September 2010, the Academy Theater is the only nonprofit theater in Manhattan providing film, digital cinema and 3D technology.
 

Highlights of architectural features:
Theater LED illuminated marquee w/ electronic programmable message board
220 seating capacity
Silver House Curtain and a Sheer Title Curtain
New upholstered rocking loveseats chairs and armrests
Full carpeting throughout auditorium
Enhanced programmable multi color light presentation
Handicapped accessibility and seating areas
Lobby area with stainless steel bar for receptions or breaks
Spacious and completely renovated tiled public bathrooms

Product Information
Seating: Irwin Seating Co.
Carpet: Bloomsburg, Royalty Carpet Mills
Lighting: Traxon, Ecue, Tokistar, Zumtobel, Halo, Iris, Tivoli, Dreamscape, IO Lighting, Litelab, Colorkinetics, RSA, Gammalux, Urban Archaeology, Encore
Signage: Daktronics
Doors, Frames, & Hardware: Ace Fire Door, LCN, Stanley, Rockwood, Zero, Rixon

 

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