“Theatre design is one of the most complex and challenging tasks faced by contemporary architects. It combines the need to create a technically perfect space with the necessity of allowing fantasy and dreams to unfold.”
-Theatre Builders by James Steele, Academy Press; 1 edition (September 12, 1996)
Barbizon understands the unique needs of a theater facility. We know it’s not just a big space in a building. Theater lighting and rigging must be precise in order to create the right atmosphere. From the lighting console to the cyclorama, we have vast knowledge and resources through numerous manufacturers and our talented staff in product and expendables, system integrators, project managers and technicians.
Live performances require a reliable theater lighting and rigging system. You need to have confidence that stage lighting will work well for every performance. Trust our skilled team members to design dependable theater lighting for your space.
We can provide conventional and automated fixtures and accessories. We also are certified ETCP riggers that can install grand drapes, track, travelers, cycloramas as well as motorized and manual rigging systems. At Barbizon we don’t just sell equipment -- we understand it. We make sure you have the right product for the right application.
We design theater lighting and rigging systems for a wide variety of facilities. Our portfolio demonstrates a keen ability to focus our expertise on a specific application. We handle a wide variety of professional theater lighting and rigging installations. Examples of our work are spread across the country in performing arts centers, theatres and museums. This extensive experience prepares us for a number of complex and intricate situations that occur in theater lighting or rigging.
Barbizon experts are flexible. They use a creative approach for every individual theater lighting and rigging application. Every theater is a unique space that deserves a custom lighting and rigging system. To ensure that your project meets all of your specifications, our team partners with yours to design and oversee the project. We'll ensure that every custom solution is executed with unmatched attention to detail.
Starlight Theatre - Rockford, IL
The Bengt Sjostrom theatre was a design / build project by architect Studio Gang Architects. The ingenuity that characterizes live performance is on display in this theater that dissolves the boundary between stage and sky. A copper-clad steel frame proscenium and a cast-concrete ticket building face each other across an open-air seating bowl for an audience of 1100. The key to the project's success, however, is a kinetic roof that opens the theater to the sky. Six wooden panels set within slender steel frames were prefabricated on the ground and hoisted into place. Choreographed to open helically over 12 minutes, the roof forms a star-like pattern and recalls traditional hoist technology used in theaters for centuries. Barbizon provided an Electronic Theatre Controls dimming and control system and a DMX control that can be easily upgraded to an Ethernet based control system in the future.