San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre Center is a 75-year-old symbol of civic pride. When accepting work on an iconic venue, tremendous care must be given to preserve the integrity of the performance space. Stakeholders can be especially demanding—as they should be.
In updating and adding to the audio and video capabilities of the White Theatre—laid out in an intimate arena style—we faced some very specific and unique challenges.
Given its theater-in-the-round format, we designed temporary speaker locations for specific productions. We made it possible for audio coverage for a specific production to change as needed. A perimeter hallway around the house was outfitted to accommodate both lighting and audio ‘special effects’ to add depth and a surround sound experience for the audience.
Video upgrades were based on flexible CAT6 structured cabling, and provided an Ethernet interface for web-enabled monitoring of video cameras.
We also designed facility-wide intercom systems, including wireless RF and hardwired stations. In addition to house and lobby needs, the theater is situated on an open plaza that guests frequently use before a performance and during intermissions—this set up covers them all.
The design and performance criteria were to maintain and, if possible, improve upon the legacy of theatrical quality that has taken seventy-five years to create. We feel our work fit the bill to a tee.