PACCAR IMAX Theater Marks 50th Anniversary With New Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer

Morgan Sound designs and installs secondary system fitting within historic architecture

By PSW Staff December 14, 2012

Jenn Bentz, projection staff supervisor at the Pacific Science Center, with the facility's new Allen & Heath GLD-80.

To celebrate 50 years of inspiring learning in the community, Seattle’s Pacific Science Center has enhanced the PACCAR IMAX Theater by installing a secondary sound system that includes an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixing console and AR24-12 audio rack.

Originally established during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair as the United States Science Pavilion, The Pacific Science Center’s historic Eames Theater is the creation of the iconic American designers Charles and Ray Eames. 

Last year, the Eames Theater underwent major reconstruction to incorporate capacity to screen both 2D and 3D films, two new digital sound systems, new seating and a complete refurbishment of the space, thanks to support from the Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation and design firm NNBJ. It was then given new life as the PACCAR IMAX Theater.

The theater is now a premier venue for hosting lectures, debates, multi-media presentations and other engaging programs that reflect the Pacific Science Center’s mission of inspiring its community about science. 

The theater’s new lecture sound system serving the 320-seat venue was designed and installed by Morgan Sound, an A/V integrator serving the Pacific Northwest for nearly 40 years. The project presented the challenge of preserving the architectural integrity of the historic building while bringing modern technology to the space.

“We chose the GLD-80 for its flexibility, versatility and value, and because we knew it could be installed in a noninvasive manner,” says Charlie Morgan, president of Morgan Sound. “Several components including the 48 channel count, Cat-5 snake, powerful EQ, intuitive nature and ability to expand at a future date made the Allen & Heath system the perfect fit for this venue.”

The AR24-12 is installed in the IMAX projection room and the GLD-80 can be moved anywhere in the room to fit the needs of the event.  Four wall plates were also added in the theater making it an easy to use “plug ‘n’ play” system.

Expansion and outreach are key to administrators of the PACCAR, who envision reaching out to every county in the state of Washington with provocative lectures, community discussions and classroom programs. 

“With this major addition of a dedicated sound system designed for lectures, forums and other multi-media presentations, PACCAR has become even more versatile for science related conversations for our community,” notes Diane Carlson, vice president of guest services & theaters. “The renovated facility is a great addition to the Science Center that could not have been possible without our generous supporters.”

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