Wang Theatre, Boch Center :: Boston, MA

Doha Tribeca Film Festival :: Doha, Qatar

“Boston Light & Sound has been a true partner from the start.”
– Christine Walker, CEO, Provincetown Film Society
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You want to run a movie where? ::


Screening films in improbable locations

For more than 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to present festival quality movies in the most unusual locations around the world — from a wharf in Qatar to a boulevard outside the Colosseum in Rome to California’s Universal Amphitheatre. Festival managers, technical directors, film directors, and event producers trust Boston Light & Sound® (BL&S) to design and integrate screening spaces of all kinds to their exacting standards for movie premieres, film festivals, post-production review rooms, product reveals, and special screening events.


Imagination welcome

BL&S delivers world premiere quality presentation nearly anywhere you can imagine. When planning a movie premiere or festival screening in an unconventional locale, BL&S identifies and addresses the challenges inherent to the setting, handling everything from designing the systems to coordinating trades, installing equipment, and providing on-site support to ensure a flawless event. Our veteran staff can solve acoustical issues, adapt for ambient light, and provide technical solutions for any size location.


Thinking beyond the theatre

BL&S is known for finding inventive ways of transforming spaces of all types into world-class theatres. Our team designs, builds, and staffs specialized projection and sound systems for your unique location. We’ve screened films in everything from auditoriums and conference rooms to vineyards, ballparks, tents, and even on a boat. For decades, we’ve also worked in many historic locations, ensuring that our equipment preserves the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the venue.


Having presented hundreds of films around the world, we can also handle logistics if your location requires international travel or sensitive clearance. Our experience includes projects in Australia, the Middle East, Versailles, the Karl Marx Theatre in Cuba, the UN General Assembly, and the Shrine Auditorium.


Services for unique screening locations include:

  • Survey locations and advise on viability of any space
  • Consult with architects, engineers, consultants, owners, and clients
  • Provide complete design for location and technical details
  • Integrate designed systems with existing in-house equipment
  • Provide a complete technical crew for installation, operation, and removal of the provided system
  • Supply systems including:
      – D-Cinema playback
      – Multi-channel surround sound
      – 16, 35, and 70mm film
      – High-definition video from almost any playback format
      – Screens from 10 to 90 ft. wide
      – 3D presentation
      – Integrated seating, risers, lighting, and drapery
  • Provide and coordinate logistical support as needed
  • Consult on improving existing spaces and systems to correct issues, or improve presentation quality
  • Provide on-the-ground support during festivals and other events
  • Provide complete HI/VI ADA systems



Project highlights ::

Learn how BL&S helped clients present these high-profile events in unique locations:


View BL&S Unique Screening Locations with Project Highlights [PDF]



Other clients and facilities include:

  • Fishermen Hall, Provincetown Film Festival, Provincetown, MA
  • Dutmers Hall, Dennos Museum of Art, Traverse City, MI
  • Matterhorn Ballroom, Zermatt Resort, Art House Convergence, Midway, UT
  • Temple Theatre, Temple Har Shalom, Sundance Film Festival,
    Park City, UT
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway, outdoor film series,
    Coolidge Corner Foundation, Boston, MA
  • MARC/Racquet Club, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
  • Kirkbride Chapel, Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, MI
  • Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Film Festival, NYC, NY
  • Herzog Theatre, skating rink, Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO
  • Parrish Art Museum, Hamptons Film Festival, Southampton, NY
  • Ellis Island, premiere of Hitch, in tent, in February, Sony Pictures, NYC, NY
  • Miami Beach, screening of Moulin Rouge, Miami Film Festival, Miami, FL

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Stronger premiere at Spaulding Rehab before set-up


Stronger premiere at Spaulding Rehab during set-up


Stronger premiere at Spaulding Rehab screen, after set-up

Stronger premiere at Spaulding Rehab: before, during, and after set-up


Traverse City Film Festival’s “Movies on a Boat”

Traverse City Film Festival’s “Movies on a Boat” on the Nauti-Cat Catamaran in Lake Michigan


Provincetown FF Town Hall interior


Provincetown FF Town Hall exterior with banner

Provincetown Film Festival at the historic Provincetown Town Hall





For more information about services for unique screening locations, contact:
Chapin Cutler, Principal (Operations)
617.787.3131, ext. 105