Residents in the seaside town of Bridlington can now enjoy some of the country’s greatest shows thanks to a new projector.
The installation of the Optoma EH7700 projector means that the Spotlight Theatre can broadcast live streamed performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the National Theatre (NT), bringing the world’s finest drama to the small Yorkshire stage.
The choice of projector was not taken lightly – the upgrade had to meet the stringent requirements for live streamed performances by the RSC and NT, which ensure the audience get the best experience possible.
Spotlight eventually opted for the Optoma ProScene EH7700 with a short throw lens which features a brightness of 7,000 lumens and incorporates BrilliantColor technology to create incredibly bright images with lifelike colours.
Mike Sheldon, chairman of Spotlight Theatre, said: “Being a smaller venue, visitors sit close to the stage/screen. This makes the improved resolution really obvious. The picture quality is spot-on.”
The strict regulations from the RSC and NT require theatres and cinemas to have a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080, that is capable of displaying a 50i 16×9 image format with no less than 7,000 lumens brightness. The venue must also invest in satellite equipment capable of outputting this format, including digital 5.1 and stereo sound.
The Yorkshire theatre will continue to host visiting drama companies and musicals as well as stage productions by Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, alongside regular live broadcasts of ballet, opera and theatre from around the world.
To create the flexibility needed to host both live and screened performances, it was essential that the theatre installed a retractable screen. It also means the projector can be used just before the live shows as an advertising vehicle for upcoming performances.