The Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, is an architectural jewel and one of only a few examples anywhere in Canada of pre-war theatres that have been authentically and historically restored.
The 800-seat facility recently added a Yamaha PM5D digital audio console for front of house, joining the previously-installed LS9 digital console used as the house monitor console.
Purchased by the city of Moncton in 1991, the theatre hosts over 200 events per year ranging from local graduations to full theatre productions, regional and national touring companies—musical events counting for 80 percent of the hall’s performances. The venue’s Capitol School of Performing Arts offers various programs for children as well as adults on a continual basis.
“We knew we wanted go to digital,” states Eric Hache, technical director of the Capitol Theatre. “We looked at what products were available on the market and were given demonstrations of various products. We spoke with the touring staff coming into the theatre and knew the product we wanted had to be user friendly, and that within minutes, the engineer would be able to control the board even if they had never experienced it previously. The console also had to sound good and be reliable.”
Hache adds that although there were newer consoles on the market, it became clear that the Yamaha PM5D was the logical choice. “Installing and using it for the past six months in the Capitol Theatre confirmed our decision. I didn’t want a console that was overly computerized, and I wanted it to be much like analog in its operational aspect.”
The Capitol Theatre has a wide range of microphones consisting of AKG, Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser. The theatre also added a new Christie DHD700 projector, with three screens to choose from, the latest being a 13x21 DaLite Series 300. The lighting system consists of an ETC ION with two universal 20 fader wings, six Mac250 Entour movers, 12 SGM Palco 3s, 15 LumiLED700s, and 96 ETC conventional fixtures.
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