The Theatre at the Ace Hotel (formally The United Artists Theatre) in Los Angeles was looking to update its rigging system in a very fast turn around.
Richard Parks, iWeiss VP, traveled to Los Angeles with our draftsman to do a survey and drafting on site. The old j bar guide system did not have standard spacing and there were other challenges including the installation of a new projection screen. H & H Specialties, located in California worked with the iWeiss drawings to produce the equipment while the sewing shop back East produced all of the new soft goods for the theatre.
All in all, from contract to survey to manufacturing and installation of new counterweight equipment, projection screen and drapery, the project was completed in under 3 months.
The LA Register recently ran a great article about the recent changes in Los Angeles’ downtown Broadway Theater District
Check it out here: LA Register Article
As part of its new building refurbishment the Lyric Theatre on Broadway (formerly the Foxwoods Theatre) approached iWeiss about fabricating custom draperies and track systems in the patron Ambassador VIP Lounge. iWeiss always strives for customer excellence and are proud to give each individual project the special attention needed – so when it was requested that we aid in making the theatre guests’ experience a memorable one, it seemed a natural fit.
For additional package purchases with a show ticket, access will be granted to the VIP Lounge with its very own special coat check, restrooms, seating area, and bar – an entire red carpet treatment. This ticket option will begin with the venue’s production, On the Town, this theatre season. We’ve also begun building show items for this production as well, giving you an iWeiss experience onstage AND off!XXXXXXXXX
Being a huge fan of theatrical spaces and seeing shows around the country, Chris Layton made his way up North to meet our friends at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario Canada. While there, he was able see our work appear onstage in performance. The Stratford Festival is an enormous operation producing 12 different shows within 5 performance spaces this season, and we were excited to be part of many of them.
Find out more www.stratfordfestival.ca
He also had an opportunity to meet some new people, see a few Toronto sights, and continue the iWeiss journey northward. This is definitely a festival not to be missed!
Last month, our Chicago-based Russ Dusek (Doctor Dusek as we call him) and Northeast member Chris Layton pounded the pavement of Chicago with new plans of expanding the iWeiss territory. They had a number of meetings with some of the largest theatres and shops of the region, and plenty of exciting conversations with friends of the industry.
Have you seen work in any of these great venues lately?
You probably know by now that we have Russ Dusek heading up our new Chicago/Midwest office, but what you may not know is how far that has expanded our install reach! This time last year iWeiss was still completing the installation at DePaul University- just about 800 miles from our headquarters.
To date this year, between our two offices we have had crews in:
*Earlham College in Indiana: 650 miles
*Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky: 700 miles
*The Sun Theatre in Missouri: 1,200 miles
*The United Theatre in LA : 2,800 miles
..and that’s not to mention the jobs we have coming up in Massachusetts, Chicago, and Wyoming. No job too far for iWeiss- let us know when we should be heading your way!