Thanks Moggie, JPA! I am trying to move forward on the theater, but fair warning - this weekend is reserved to get the nursery painted and in-order in case baby comes early we are ready. I don't like to leave things to the last minute, but a potential due date 7 weeks ahead of schedule has forced my hand.
As I said above, I had to travel to the West Coast for work the last 11 days during which time I made full use of my downtime / personal time to do a bit of R&D for my theater. After a very nice dinner with Chuck Back of Procella Audio one night, the next morning I had a few hours to kill before my flight left the next morning...time I was able to fill with a personal invite to QSC Audio, specifically to listen and audition their new Core 250i DSP that will be the replacement product for the older QSC DSP-322ua, 922 and other BASIS products. According to QSC, the new processor is the equivalent of a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia vs. an older 360 Modena - both are very competent but the new one has years of new engineering development on a completely new ultra-fast technology platform with unparalleled signal control. Admittedly, for my purposes some of the features are the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to open a walnut. But the new technology was clearly superior over their older technology in virtually every way. Now, if the *($&! thing wasn't nearly $9,000 as I would need it configured, it would be an easy choice to buy. But given the heavy price tag I will probably just have to play the lottery or hope for a bank error in my favor. All tolled I was at QSC headquarters for just under three hours and met a number of the technical folks while I was there. I had my camera and could take a few pictures, but most picture-taking was off-limits as you might imagine.
QSC World Headquarters
New Core 500i DSP with outboard i/o card frame
21" subwoofer with 6" voice coil and 4 folded horns. They said this beast is flat to 12Hz at 120db and is designed to replace dual 18s with better power handling and control. Quote "Why am I smiling?"
So after arriving in San Francisco that night, the next morning I headed to Oakland to visit the Paramount Theater in-person. The downside with my visit is that I only had my 4MP Canon point-and-shoot vs. my digital SLR, so the low-light pics are not the best. But I did my best with the manual controls to get the best low-light photos I could, especially considering I did not have a tripod with me. Some of the photos show a lack of focus because I was hand-steadying the camera during the exposures. I ended up taking over 200 pictures while I was there...many were of the overall theater as you can find in Google Images and the like while many, many more were of the "weird" pictures - light fixtures, moldings, up-close architectural details, etc.
Overall it was an extensive 2h 15m tour of the entire facility with the cost of admission as only $5 - you can't beat the value!!!
You will see in many of the pictures the compact fluorescent work lights were on because the cleaning crews were in the building cleaning up Friday night's mess. Incidentally, they still show movies and that Friday night's feature was Casablanca from the original film rolls. The cost of admission to the movie was just $5 and there were only 27 available seats out of the 3300+ seat theater. Almost a sold out show so you can see this theater's nostalgic popularity. You are literally watching film movies in an authentic deco theater on a period-correct projector. The only upgrade from original was the audio system.
For those of you who love pictures.....this is the post for you! Please be considerate to other members and do NOT quote this post so this huge list of pictures is not replicated and choking out everyone's browsers. If you would like to parse through the pictures and re-post a specific pic with a comment or question, then that is fine.Now, on to the pictures!!!!
Outside the Paramount
Underside of main entrance awning, complete with old-timey edison lights
RT ROSE - This Art Deco Secret Squirrel is for you...
Main lobby as seen from balcony steps
Main entrance doors
Main entrance Art Deco movie poster box
Looking straight up at main lobby ceiling
Steps leading to the balcony
The Light Waterfall in the main lobby
Decorative metalwork detail in main lobby
Main theater as seen from balcony
Left side of theater - gold leafed plaster
Right side of theater
I wanted to steal all of these light fixtures!
Side box office doors
Main ceiling as seen from stage - FYI all the fluorescent work lights were on as cleaning was taking place
Looking straight up at theater ceiling metalwork
Ceiling as seen from balcony
Projector viewports in balcony
Looking through balcony portal to main lobby ceiling
Side of seating with flash
Balcony concession area main ceiling
Our tour guide Lori beside the electronic usher stand
Metalwork between main lobby and balcony lounge
Other side of decorative metalwork
Basement lounge glass / nickel column detail
Balcony lounge door
Upstairs men's lounge / restroom
Corner light outside men's restroom
Coffered ceiling lighting in men's restroom lounge
Underside of soffit of men's restroom lounge - Hungarian Ash is the wood, fyi
I am sure all of these air grates measure under 250 fpm....
Main lobby nickel molding and black marble detailEdited by TMcG - 2/22/13 at 1:57am