Spectators at the Byron Theater will be in for a treat when the ban on live events is finally lifted, as the venue has just undergone a major sound and lighting overhaul.
The cinema spent $ 200,000 on a new cinema screen and speaker system, supported by the latest digital audio and visual equipment.
Funded by a grant from the Government of New South Wales, the installation was carried out by local company North Coast Events, a longtime collaborator with the theater.
“This grant gave the theater an urgent technical upgrade,” says Jamie Hunter, the new technical director of the Byron Theater.
“I am very excited about what the future holds for the theater, now that the level of our technical production has dramatically improved.
“This grant has given the Byron Shire community, its visitors and our performers and artists the modern theater experience they deserve and is raising the bar for regional arts,” he adds.
It took nearly two and a half years for the management of the Byron Theater to research, purchase and complete the project due to the intimate nature of the space and the complex and delicate sonic issues that the technicians faced.
Theater manager Tanja Greulich said the need to replace the cinema screen with an acoustically transparent screen was unexpected, but made a huge difference in the sound experience.
“The Byron Theater is now acceptable to national and international artists and touring companies,” Ms. Greulich said.
“We hope the new crystal-clear audio and visual experience will drive more bookings in the future to entertain our local audience and generate funds for our community outreach projects.
“I hope we’ll see the space buzzing with entertainment again very soon.”