Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
The Brewery Arts Centre is a Cinema, Arts and Live music venue in the heart of Kendal, Cumbria. It has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment by Cortex Services. As a former school nursery, this project was a complex task that required several different elements. Charlie Stock of Cortex Services was asked to design and build a boutique ‘Digital Lounge’. This brand new Digital Space aimed to screen films and function as a smaller entertaining space for private parties, family film nights, gaming sessions, and corporate events.
The Digital Lounge
The Digital Lounge has an immersive 4K cinema system installed. To get the absolute best performance possible from the Sony projector, Charlie needed a high quality acoustically transparent screen that came within his budget and had a different form factor to the larger screens in the main cinema complex. The brief was to create a multi-use Audio Visual space rather than just another cinema, and the Display Technologies Contempo screen was the perfect solution. The Contempo screen has a micro-bezel surround that resembles a large TV or videowall but with no drawbacks of those technologies and all the attributes of a high-quality projection system. A Display Technologies Acoustic Transparent Professional Image Surface (AT Pro) was used, made from a knitted, non-odorous acrylic material that delivers perfect flatness and consistent spectral response. AT Pro is supplied as a system with a separate identical black backing layer for enhanced contrast, no light transfer to the surface behind the screen and a near-perfect audio pass through.
Charlie stock commented, ‘‘The Contempo Screen was easy to install as it is built on the wall and the screen material is installed once a deep clean of the room has taken place. This meant that we didn’t have to worry about workmens’ footprints or dust if we were to build it on the floor, and it was delivered in robust wooden packaging that easily fitted into the van.”
‘’It was an ideal solution for us when creating a more boutique-style used for multiple applications such as private parties and football screenings or presentations. The AT Pro image surface allowed the Sony projector to perform at its best whilst the front three loudspeakers sounded amazing. It is a great quality UK made product from a factory an hour’s drive away, and they also serve a great cup of coffee!’