Following a wall-to-wall renovation, the building's 332-seat cinema re-opened this past summer.
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn. is considered one of the nation's
building's 332-seat cinema re-opened this past summer, and its new Meyer
Sound system was introduced to Twin Cities filmgoers during a showing of
independent feature "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with critical acclaim.
"The sound of the Meyer Sound system is fantastic," says Sheryl Mousley,
senior curator of film/video. "'Beasts' was the perfect film to experience
it with, as the quiet voice of the six-year-old main character held ground
against the music and varying location sounds. I've since heard action film
soundtracks on it, but this small indie film showcased how the Meyer Sound
system ideally complements all contributors to sound design, including
location sound recordists, sound mixers, and music composers."
The complete self-powered Meyer Sound system at the Walker Cinema is
designed and commissioned to SMPTE standards. The equipment comprises
AcheronR screen channel loudspeakers, X-800C cinema subwoofers, and HMS-10
cinema surround loudspeakers, all optimized and driven by a GalileoR
loudspeaker management system.
The cinema auditorium isn't the only Meyer Sound installation in the venue.
"We already had a UPA-1P system in our McGuire Theater, and I was personally
familiar with the quality of Meyer from my 20 years of experience in theatre
technology," says Ben Geffen, associate director of events and media
production and supervisor of the renovation project. "Also, after Mousley
heard Meyer Sound at last year's Telluride Film Festival, the decision was a
Recounting her experience at Telluride's Galaxy theatre (a middle school
gymnasium transformed into a 500-seat cinema for the festival run), Mousley
says, "I particularly recall three films-"Pina," "The Descendants," and "We
Need to Talk About Kevin"-for the complexity of sound design. The amazing
sound quality in this converted space really made me take notice of Meyer."
For Ben Geffen, the Meyer Sound system conforms perfectly to the cinema's
mission of presenting everything from vintage archival films to the latest
Hollywood 3D spectacles. "We need to be as flexible as possible," says
Geffen. "That fits in nicely with Meyer Sound's approach to linear
reproduction. It does not color or alter the sound; rather it reproduces
exactly what the filmmaker intends."
The cinema renovation included a Barco DP4K-32B 4K digital projector, a
Dolby 3D system, and a Kinoton dual 16/35 mm projector, with all systems
provided and installed by Boston Light & Sound. Auditorium design was by
John Cook of Minneapolis architecture firm HGA, and the project was made
possible by a generous grant from the Bentson Foundation.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.