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Kinetic Lighting Revamps Historic Warner Grand Theater

PLSN Staff • News • December 30, 2019

LOS ANGELES – This historic Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro’s opulent Art Deco gem originally opened in 1931, is ready to move into a new era of spectacular events — with help from Kinetic Lighting.

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Kinetic worked with the Warner Grand and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs on the project that would convert the theater from conventional lighting to an entirely LED upgrade, assisted by Victor Prudeaux the Master Electrician at the theatre. The project is now complete — and the lighting upgrade provides numerous benefits for the theater as well as to the community.

First, the theater cuts its power costs dramatically. As well, the venue saves on both the labor and the cost of lamps. Plus, the Warner Grand cuts down on labor to change its lighting looks. The upgrade to color-changing fixtures eliminates the need to cut and use gel in fixtures; moving lights allow for fewer lights to be hung for specials; and motorized zoom on the pars means no need to change lenses.

For events, the overhaul also allows new creative options, including expanded color-changing abilities and moving lights. Outside renters booking events at the venue will no longer need to bring in their own rental gear to insure the use of top-end technology: It’s all on site. And for shoots, the new fixtures are all camera ready.

Highlights of the new gear at the Warner include Elation Artiste DaVinici compact LEDs, the first moving lights the theatre has ever owned; ETC Lustr 2 Source 4s, its first LED ellipsoidals; Chroma-Q Color Force II 72s, which produce rich, vibrant colors great for shows, concerts, and on-camera looks; Martin Rush Par 2 Zooms with motorized zoom; and Chauvet Professional Ovation SP-300CWs, LED followspots that allow for easier control for operator since they are small and cool to touch. As well, an ETC Ion Xe 20 console brings the theater into current control technology.

“The lighting brought a new life to our venue and we’re extremely grateful,” said the theater’s technical director Mark King Sr.



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