The Lensic Announces Closure for Capital Improvements, June 15-July 5

Editor | - May 23, 2012

Improvements include safety equipment and new sound system

From a Lensic press release...

The Lensic Performing Arts Center announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close for essential capital improvements from June 15-July 5. The Lensic will reopen on July 6 with comedians Hal Sparks and John Fugelsang’s Politics, Sex and Religion Tour.  The improvements will provide additional safety equipment for Lensic technical staff and a new speaker system. Klinger Constructors, LLC, the company that successfully renovated the Lensic Theater in 2000 into the state of the art Lensic Performing Arts Center, has been hired to manage the project.

“The Lensic is special because of its long history in the Santa Fe community and as a unique performing arts center that serves more than 100,000 people every year,” said Executive Director Bob Martin. “Because of the professionalism of our staff and the first-rate technical capabilities of the venue, we are in demand by national touring companies. We are committed to keeping The Lensic a four-star venue and a jewel of Santa Fe.”

The installation of two 4 x 10 inch steel beams above the theater balcony will increase the safety of Lensic staff responsible for hanging or focusing lights. The beams include fall protection as well as a fixed rescue point in the case of a fall. The Lensic is proud of its safety record and is committed to creating the safest work environment possible for its exceptional technical staff as well as visiting technical crews.

A new line array speaker system will be installed to the left and right of the proscenium. The speakers will be hung according to the most current safety technical specifications.  The new system will ensure The Lensic remains at the forefront of theater sound technology; line array speaker systems send sound waves farther and with more even distribution than traditional loudspeakers.

The line array system will be manufactured by D and B Audiotechnik, a German company with a factory in the U.S. The Lensic is donating its current speakers, amplifiers and sound processors to the James A. Little Theater.

The cost of the project is approximately $115,000. Funding is provided through the $3 million Fund the Future capital campaign. The campaign’s goal is to preserve the theater building and to safeguard the quality of The Lensic experience, its role as a community resource and its diverse programming.

Since the creation of the nonprofit performing arts center in 2001, the theater’s capital improvement needs have been modest. However, 2010 marked the beginning of an annual investment of approximately $100,000 to maintain and replace equipment. $1.5 million of the funds raised from the Fund the Future Campaign will be allocated to capital improvements and theater preservation. The remaining $1.5 million will be allocated to providing continued support for Lensic performance, education and community programs.

The Lensic thanks those donors who have contributed to the initial phase of the Fund the Future Campaign.

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