Case Study: Ko Shan Theater New Wing, Hong Kong

The Ko Shan Theater in Hong Kong has unveiled a newly constructed wing on its premises. Hurrairah bin Sohail takes a look at the audio visual equipment installed by Audio System Consultants that will be used to provide patrons and visitors their performance experience.

Hong Kong is known on a global scale as a financial center of Asia Pacific, its high-rise office sky-scrapers serving notice to all about the importance of the territory to both regional and global markets. But the islands are not all about corporate life. In fact Hong Kong has a long tradition of supporting and nurturing the performing arts. International superstars, the most notable being Jackie Chan, received their artistic grounding in Hong Kong’s performing arts schools and got their first breaks in its theaters.

The performing arts scene on the island is still as strong as ever if the Ko Shan Theater is to be taken as an example. First opened in 1983, the Ko Shan Theater was designed as 3,000 seat semi-open air venue. It was refurbished and improved over the course of two years, reopening in 1996. Now, in September 2014 the Ko Shan Theater has unveiled a new wing to further serve its patrons and providing proof that the Hong Kong arts scene is still in robust health. The New Wing provides an additional seating capacity of 600 and is suitable for Cantonese opera, drama and dance performances.

Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, responsible for the operation of the Ko Shan Theater, employed the services of Audio System Consultants to handle the project and the installation of the audio visual equipment in the New Wing. The new wing is full of modern audio visual equipment to give patrons the best possible experience.

The most impressive technology can be found in the auditorium of the New Wing. Visuals are handled by a Panasonic PT-EX16K video projector accompanied by a Panasonic ET-ELS03 video projector lens. The combination provides 16,000 lumens of brightness with the help of four lamps that are housed in the projector itself. Paul Ho, who is the technical director at ASCL, says regarding the choice of the projector: “The tender specified for 15,000 ANSI lumen projector for visuals. The Panasonic projector has comparable features and provides enough brightness for the desired application and it was chosen to do the job.” It is also important to note that the Panasonic projector has been mounted with the help of an SVS Mini 7EX-7 video projector lift.

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