July 2022 – “The Speedway Project”: The Speedway, a former park headquarters site on the National Register of Historic Places, has new life as a multi-purpose complex along the Charles River. The distinctive name comes from the original horse and bicycle racetrack. Architects Bruner/Cott & Associates led the project. The Speedway hired Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) to design and install a comprehensive audio system. Read more from architectmagazine.com.
June 2022 – “Film Festival Guide: 10 Film Festivals and Events to Check Out This Summer”: Opportunities to take in movies new and old abound at festivals and outdoor movie series this summer. This listing includes highlights in the Boston metro, the Cape and Islands, and further flung locations around New England. BL&S provides support and expertise to a number of the hosting arts organizations. Find full details in this post by Erin Trahan at wbur.org.
May 2022 – “The Coolidge Takes ‘Science On Screen’ Outdoors with Screening Series at The Greenway”: With support from BL&S, the beloved Coolidge Corner Theatre moves its science series outdoors to the Rose Kennedy Greenway this summer for “...Films and documentaries with lively presentations by experts from the world of science, technology, and medicine.” The Wednesday series will feature 35mm films The Birds, Tremors, and Fast Five. Get dates, times and full details in this post by Stephi Wild at broadwayworld.com.
April 2022 – “In Boston, the Craft of Film Projection is Staging a bit of a Cultural Comeback”: Check out this update on film projection at area theatres, featuring quotes from Larry Shaw and Chapin Cutler of BL&S. In the era of digital projection, “...in some theaters, celluloid is staging a bit of a cultural comeback. ‘Things on film are literally a selling point now,’ said Lazzaro. When director Quentin Tarantino released his film ‘The Hateful Eight’ in 2015, the 70mm screenings “were always sold out,’ said Cutler.” Read the full article by Dana Gerber from The Boston Globe.
Remembering Michael Schaffer
It is with sadness that we remember long-time employee Michael Schaffer who recently passed away unexpectedly. He was an integral part of our team for many years as a Senior Projection Engineer. A continuous source of technical information, Mike was a resource to BL&S who will be sorely missed. Our sympathies to Mike’s family and friends.
Remembering Jon Newlander
All of us at BL&S are very saddened to learn of the recent passing after a
long illness of Jon Newlander, our Production Manager. An AV industry veteran for almost 30 years, he joined us during a very challenging period and always maintained a very positive attitude about us as a company, and what he saw as our future. Our condolences to his family and friends.
August 2021 – “Small Towns, Big Screens, High Hopes: Taking a tour — and the temperatures — of the North’s vintage movie houses”: Check out this look at the state of audiences’ favorite northern movie theatres, which mentions the digital cinema installation by Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) at the recently renovated art deco Vogue Theatre of Manistee, MI. Read the full article by Ross Boissoneau from northernexpress.com.
July 2021 – “Historic Tampa Theatre moves forward on plans for microcinema” – BL&S collaborates on design: Following success in bringing digital cinema to the historic landmark Tampa Theatre, BL&S is working with a local architectural firm and design studio, Kreher/Barna, to design a new microcinema adjacent to the main theatre. Read the full article by Lauren Wong from 83degreesmedia.com here.
April 2021 – “Free outdoor movie showings offered this summer at ‘FilmScene in the Park’” – BL&S helps non-profit cinema FilmScene create drive-in in nearby Chauncy Swan Park: FilmScene launched their new drive-in season with the animated film, Wolfwalkers, to an enthusiastic audience. “‘Definitely have the experience of a movie theater with other people here,” University of Iowa student Rachel Vingg said. “‘Definitely different than just watching it on your laptop inside.’ Guests brought blankets and lawn chairs to sit in socially-distanced spaces on the grass, and unlike traditional movie theaters, they were even encouraged to bring their own snacks and food.” Check out BL&S’s Sean McKinnon, featured in the video. Watch the video and read the full article at kcrg.com - ABC9, Iowa City, IA.
November 2020 – Coolidge Corner Theatre and Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) team up to create a new drive-in movie series: When shutdowns hit the Boston area in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Coolidge Corner Theatre was looking for ways to continue to entertain audiences through film. Together with BL&S, they created a pop-up drive-in theatre in Medfield. In a matter of weeks, they were able to offer a drive-in movie series including new releases and classics, starting with Shutter Island. Additional screenings included Knives Out, Vertigo, E.T., The Thing and They Live. This gave moviegoers a way to enjoy films safely, and in style. Learn more about
August 2020 – “Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen ‘Shutter Island’ on grounds of closed Medfield State Hospital:” With Boston Light & Sound's help, the Coolidge Corner Theatre “...will hold drive-in screenings of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 mystery/thriller ‘Shutter Island’ on Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, on the grounds of the now-closed Medfield State Hospital, where the movie was filmed.” Read the full article by Kevin Slane of Boston.com.
Get tickets at: https://coolidge.org/films/shutter-island-medfield-state-hospital
May 2020 – CONSUMER ALERT: Boston Light & Sound, Inc. announces instant rebate and upgrade incentives for Shure Digital 600 MHz wireless equipment: On July 13th, 2020, the FCC is instituting a complete stop of wireless mic operations in the 600 MHz spectrum to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services. The “600 MHz service band” refers to frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz that are currently used by many wireless microphones and in-ear monitors. These devices will become illegal to use and may stop functioning when the FCC rule change occurs. Affected equipment may also become less stable and experience interference in the weeks leading up to the change date as manufacturer preparations and testing begin. As a result of these FCC changes, organizations that currently use wireless devices in this range will need to upgrade their equipment.
Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) is supporting customers through this transition by facilitating upgrades, and by offering rebates, incentives and related services.
View FCC consumer announcement.
View complete program details – CONSUMER ALERT and FAQs from BL&S
March 2020 – “Boston Light & Sound helps clients transition from in-person to live streaming events”: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S), a specialty presentation firm, is supporting corporate and higher education clients seeking to keep their customers and employees engaged through live streaming. From public conventions to corporate meetings, stage presentations, and panel discussions, organizations are transitioning in-person events to live streaming. This is also a popular service among houses of worship who are looking to reach members across their extended community.
Learn more about live streaming services from BL&S.
Get the full media alert from BL&S [Download PDF]
February 2020 – “Tampa Theatre to screen black-and-white cut of Oscar-winning film Parasite”: In honor of the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, the Tampa Theatre screened a limited-run black-and-white version of the film from Director Bong Joon-Ho. Parasite also won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Director. Read the full article by Andrew Harlan from That'sSoTampa.com. Check out BL&S’s role in the recent theatre upgrades.
September 2019 – “FilmScene organizers are ‘kids in the candy store’ ahead of The Chauncey’s debut”: Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) helped Iowa City’s FilmScene create a quality theatre experience as they expand both their space and programming in a new location – The Chauncey, a new, high-end high-rise apartment building. “‘I’m quite confident that our partners from Boston are setting us up to have the best motion picture presentation in the entire state of Iowa,’” says Ross Meyer, FilmScene’s head projectionist and facilities manager, of BL&S. The theatre is due to open this month in what locals call “the greatest small city for the arts.” Read the full article by Hannah Bonner
January 2019 – Boston Light & Sound’s Chapin Cutler featured on Chronicle: Cutler, co-founder of Boston Light & Sound (BL&S), talks about the company’s passion for quality film presentation, and their experience restoring 120 70mm projectors for Quentin Tarantino’s nationwide premieres of The Hateful Eight.
April 2018 – “The Sound of the Colosseum: QSC brings Dolby Atmos to the entire Caesars Palace theatre”: For years, Boston Light & Sound® has helped create the world’s largest annual motion picture exhibition convention at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “Converting the Colosseum at Caesars Palace into ‘the world’s largest movie theatre’ has always been a big job; this year, according to Mark Mayfield, director of global cinema marketing at QSC, the job was even more ‘colossal.’” Learn more in the full article by Bob Gibbons of FilmJournal.com.
April 2018 – Boston Light & Sound’s Matt Griffin Earns CTS credential:
CTS certification from AVIXA denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession. Griffin joins numerous other BL&S technical consultants with the certification.
February 2018 – Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) Celebrates Ruby Anniversary: Movie and tech aficionados BL&S have spent 40 years bringing exceptional cinematic experiences to audiences worldwide – and they’re just getting started. Always up for a challenge, the BL&S team delivers world premiere quality presentation and stellar sound nearly anywhere you can imagine.
Bringing together digital cinema, film, audio, and live event expertise, BL&S is trusted for their creativity and their commitment to their craft. The team is known for ingenuity, and is sought after for some of the most awe-inspiring projects, from screening films in improbable locations around the world to installing acoustics systems for world-class theatres. If the equipment doesn’t exist to get the job done, the team will often custom build it.
BL&S designs and installs equipment for some of the world’s most notable film festivals and movie premieres. They played a key role in providing equipment and technical expertise for the world’s largest temporary cinema at CinemaCon, the Boston premiere of the film Stronger, and the world premiere of Dunkirk in 70mm at more than 100 theatres across the country. BL&S helps create immersive experiences, with installations of the presentation systems at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the state-of-the art digital cinema system at the Harvard Art Museums, as well as the sound system at historic Fenway Park.
November 2017 – “Renovated Dundee Theater opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony”: The nearly 100-year-old Dundee Theatre reopened this month in Omaha, Nebraska, after a four-year closure for comprehensive renovations. “The original theater auditorium now seats 300 and features all new projection and sound equipment, installed by industry leader Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S). Classic, sloped-floor cinema seating (familiar Dundee blue!); 17x40 ft. screen; 35mm reel-to-reel, DCP, DVD and streaming projection capabilities.” Learn more in the full article by Lindsey Theis of 3 News Now (KMTV Omaha).
November 2017 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler on the art of 70mm film featured in “Dying arts can be saved — but is it worth it?”: “Is the way the movie is projected incidental to its artistry, or essential to it? ... (I)s saving the ‘2001’ experience, in all its original glory, really worth the effort it would require?” Find out what theatres, projectionists and industry specialists including BL&S’s Chapin Cutler have to say on the challenges and rewards of preserving 70mm film projection and skills. Read the full article by Alan Wirzbicki of The Boston Globe.
October 2017 – 35mm projection workshop hosted by AMIA and BL&S – Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at BL&S: “The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and Boston Light & Sound, in partnership with Martin Scorsese’s nonprofit organization The Film Foundation, will host a three-day, intermediate-level film projection workshop offering expert-led training in the proper handling and presentation of 35mm film in theatres. The hands-on educational event will take place Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Boston Light & Sound in Boston.” Read the full article at FilmJournal.com For more information, and to register, visit www.projectionworkshop.com.
October 2017 – “Boston Light & Sound Co-founder Chapin Cutler on Keeping 35mm Projectionists’ Skills Sharp”: Leading up to the AMIA and BL&S 35mm projection workshop, StudioDaily interviewed BL&S co-founder, Chapin Cutler, about theatrical presentation and the state of film projection today. Cutler explains, “‘[Co-founder] Larry and I believe that it is part of our mission to teach as many people as we can and pass on that legacy to as many people as possible, and that’s what this seminar is all about.’ We asked Cutler for some more info on who is still projecting 35mm film in the U.S., how the upcoming workshop will help experienced projectionists train up, and what’s so great about screening 35mm film in the first place.” Read the full interview with Bryant Frazer at StudioDaily.com
October 2017 – Q&A with ‘Dunkirk’ 70mm projectionist, Mark Davenport: Releasing the gripping WWII film ‘Dunkirk’ in 70mm took more than sourcing, refurbishing, and installing projection equipment. It also involved hiring projectionists to run the film at more than 125 theatres across the country and internationally. We sat down with one of the projectionists, Mark Davenport, to hear about his experience working on the ‘Dunkirk’ film premiere with BL&S. Read the full interview from BL&S. Read more about BL&S’s role in the 70mm screenings of ‘Dunkirk’.
September 2017 – ‘Stronger’ premiere at Spaulding Rehab, Boston: Inspired by the true story of Jeff Bauman – one Boston Marathon bombing survivor – the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal opens in Boston on September 22nd. Read more about BL&S’s role in the special premiere ‘Stronger’.
August 2017 – Behind-the-scenes DVD Extra of ‘Dunkirk’ on 70mm film: “70mm is the most incredible way to tell a large-scale story,” says ‘Dunkirk’ director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan. Watch footage of the movie and find out how the 70mm film moves through the print make-up, from processing to editing to the theatre.
August 2017 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler, ‘Dunkirk’ featured in “Dolby, 70 Millimeter or Imax? Our Critic Helps You Choose”: Find out why – and where – to enjoy these different screening formats this summer. Read the full article by Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times.
July 2017 – BL&S’s work for ‘Dunkirk’ on 70mm featured in “What's The Big Deal With Dunkirk on 70mm Film?” radio segment: “‘Technically speaking it’s the best way to see a motion picture that’s yet been invented,’ said David Kornfeld, head projectionist for the Somerville Theatre, who has worked with 70mm film for four decades.” “‘What I see represents thousands of man hours,’ said technician Rob Cejka, as he showed me the insides of a working projector at Boston Light & Sound. ‘Love and passion go into these to be able to bring them back from the dead to be able to carry on for another generation.’” Listen to or read the full story by Edgar B. Herwick III of WGBH News’s The Curiosity Desk.
July 2017 – BL&S, ‘Dunkirk,’ build on Hateful Eight success – “‘Dunkirk’ and the 70mm Experience: Why The Unlikely Comeback of the Big-Screen Format Has Hollywood’s Attention: How Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ is building upon what Tarantino started with the Hateful Eight and why it's important.” “BL&S’s co-founder Chapin Cutler told IndieWire that without the resources and energy put into the Hateful Eight roadshow it’s almost certain 70mm projection equipment would have continued its rapid path to extinction. But like other film lovers, Cutler thinks the effort was well worth it.” Read the full article by Chris O’Falt of IndieWire.com.
July 2017 – “‘Dunkirk’ Could Launch a 70mm Film Presentation Renaissance”: “‘There’s a lot of excitement based on how well Hateful Eight did,’ said Chapin Cutler, co-founder and principal of Boston Light & Sound, which is back on 70mm projection duty for Dunkirk. ‘We’ve been talking about this with Warner Bros. for the better part of a year. We got serious in January. We were asked to replicate what we did for Hateful Eight with some slight changes (since many of the projectors are still at the sites used for Tarantino’s release).’” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
July 2017 – BL&S featured in “How The Coolidge Corner Theatre Brings Its Mission To The Greenway”: “‘Boston Light & Sound donated the equipment to make the screenings happen. They knew that what would set these shows apart from all of the other outdoor summer films would be the fact that we're actually running film from the back of a truck,’” says the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation’s program manager, Mark Anastasio. Read more about BL&S’s part in the free outdoor – 35mm – screenings and how The Coolidge at the Greenway programming choices reflect the series’ unique setting: Full article by Sean Burns from The ARTery.
Get details and schedule for The Coolidge at the Greenway. All films will be screened in 35mm.
July 2017 – BL&S 70mm expertise tapped again – “Warner Bros. Prepping ‘Dunkirk’ for One of the Largest 70mm Releases of Last 25 Years”: “Current plans include roughly 100 standard 70mm installations plus 31 70mm Imax theaters. Christopher Nolan’s commitment to the film format will be on full display with the release of his World War II drama Dunkirk, whose July 21 release is expected to include roughly 100 70mm theater installations plus 31 Imax 70mm theaters — which would make it among the widest 70mm releases in the last quarter century.” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
February 2017 – BL&S, Strong/MDI installation at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre: “Belcourt Theatre, one of Nashville’s most vibrant arts organizations, needed large, motorized systems and framed projection screens to replace the screens in two auditoriums.” Boston Light & Sound teamed up with Strong/MDI to install “customized, cost-effective solutions.” Read the full case study from Strong/MDI.
February 2017 – Boston Light & Sound has been selected as a “Certified Rental Network Agent” by L’Acoustics: “As well as having provided sound for all of the usual major events since the advent of the WST® line sources in 1992, today L-Acoustics®’ systems add their sonic signature to numerous installations in theatres, convention centers, sport arenas, houses of worship and amusement parks. ... The Winter Olympic Games ceremonies in Sochi featured the new K2 line source system.” Learn more about L'Acoustics audio systems.
January 2017 – Department of Justice Final Rule on Movie Captioning and Audio Description Compliance with ADA: “On November 21, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule revising the Justice Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.”
“The Final Rule requires require movie theaters to: (1) have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description at a movie patron’s seat whenever showing a digital movie produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with these features; (2) provide notice to the public about the availability of these features; and (3) ensure that theater staff is available to assist patrons with the equipment before, during, and after the showing of a movie with these features. ... The Final Rule will take effect 45 days after publication, on January 17, 2017.”
Read the official version of the Final Rule, Press Release and Q&A from ADA.gov.
NOTE: An update is expected to Paragraph 8 of the DOJ's Q&A regarding minimum number of audio description devices required. Please contact BL&S with any questions about equipment needed for compliance.
January 2017 – BL&S’s Dan Beedy on PIX 270i Recorders and the Sundance Film Festival: Hear how BL&S helped Sundance switch from HDCAM digital playback format to PIX 270i, what it means for the festival and the industry. Dan Beedy explains one benefit of the change: “We’re finding that people are way, way more likely to provide something (in a format) that we can play back right out of the gate when we’re using the PIX 270i, because it’s following most of the industry standards with its support for FinalCut Pro® and Adobe®.” Read the full story from Sound Devices at VideoDevices.com.