elektraLite Kings Theatre
elektraLite Kings Theatre

elektraLite Gives Kings Theatre the Royal Treatment

BROOKLYN, New York – July 2015 — Like a mythical phoenix reemerging from the ashes, Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, a glorious French-influenced baroque style movie palace that first opened in 1929 as the Loew’s Kings Theatre and closed in 1977, recently roared back to life with a majestic concert by Diana Ross in February.

Helping to illuminate the iconic singing diva’s every move and lift the aesthetic ambiance of the house were approximately one hundred new elektraLite 1018 Quad LED fixtures installed in January. “They look great and work well,” says Steven Ehrenberg, Kings Theatre’s director of production. “We use some as architectural toners, and a bunch in a front wash system plus a bunch in a back wash system. They’re mainly for color toning.”

Theatre planning/lighting design firm Schuler Shook selected the elektraLite fixtures for the Flatbush neighborhood venue, which is now on the US National Register of Historic Places and the largest venue of its type in Brooklyn. “We specified the fixtures for their versatility and flexibility, while being a cost-effective solution,” comments Michael DiBlassi, the Minneapolis-based Schuler Shook partner who oversaw the project.

Ehrenberg inspected the lights when they were initially delivered to the theatre in mid-January and installed by New York-based Barbizon Lighting shortly after. “They hung the majority; a few hadn’t been used yet,” says Ehrenberg, adding that they’re “a nice component in our lighting system.”

Kings Theatre’s new state-of-the-art lighting system was planned as part of the overall $95 million renovation project’s electrical upgrades. “The PARs were on the list,” Ehrenberg notes.

Whereas the original venue initially hosted vaudeville and then exclusively switched to showing films, the reborn Kings Theatre today offers a full array of performing arts events, including music concerts and theatrical productions.

The refurbishing project involved an authentic restoration of the 3,676-seat facility’s original 1929 design with restoration or recreation of original plaster, painting schemes, vintage carpet and seating. Some historic lighting fixtures even have been renovated and re-installed.

As for the new elektraLite 1018s, each fixture contains 18 powerful 12-watt quad LEDs consisting of a red, green, blue, and white component. To ensure long life and reliability, the LEDs are run at only 10 watts. The fixtures’ low power consumption “is always great,” Ehrenberg adds.

For more details on the Kings Theatre’s restoration and its upcoming events schedule, visit www.kingstheatre.com.

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a US importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, elektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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A powerful, well‐rounded stage light, the elektraLite 1018 is ready to bring rich vibrant color to a strong white fixture.

At the heart of the elektraLite 1018 are eighteen powerful 12‐watt quad LEDs, consisting of a red, green, blue, and white component.  To ensure long life and reliability, the 12 watt LED is run at only 10 watts. The quad LED uses diffraction lensing, eliminating “rainbow” color spots which are typical when individual LEDs are exposed in lighting a cyc or similar background.

The elektraLite 1018 is designed to deliver rich, vibrant colors you expect from an LED fixture, while still providing true, brilliant white.  By mixing color internally, the 1018’s sophisticated diffraction lensing system provide true, blended, single‐color output.  Because of this, the white is perfectly blended and balanced at 5,600K, so as not to emit a blue‐white so often seen in LED fixtures. 

By having true white built in to the LED emitter, the elektraLite 1018 is ideal for a wide variety of public spaces including stages, classrooms, galleries, worship spaces, studios, and event spaces.

A user‐friendly onboard control interface allows for multiple control options including master/slave, DMX, including RGB, strobe, and console‐free static operation.

The 1018 has 5‐pin XLR DMX connectors (both in and thru).   With a convenient, strong double‐yoke included standard, mounting options are limitless.

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