The Joy Theater, located on popular Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, has been through it all. The theater was closed for a brief time in 1978 and closed permanently in 2003. After Hurricane Katrina, the owners of the building wanted to completely renovate it back to its original state. The Joy Theater now marks part of a theatrical renaissance on Canal Street, bringing hope during the rebuilding of the community.
For the main PA system, PSX flew a total of 18 VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array loudspeakers, nine per side, along with two VT4881ADP-DA powered subwoofers on each side and a VT4882DP-DA powered subwoofer.
Four AM7212/95 loudspeakers are used for upper balcony fill, along with 12 VP7212MDP powered floor monitors, four SRX728S ground-stacked subwoofers and two VP7215/95DPDA powered loudspeakers for side fill. An additional 25 Control 26CT ceiling speakers were also installed to cover the restrooms and lobbies.
PSX installed Crown IT 5000HD amplifiers to power the ceiling speakers and SRX subs and the system also features BSS audio processing.
When deciding on a new system for the Joy Theater, PSX wanted to provide as much flexibility as possible to accommodate a variety of world-class performers. "HARMAN and JBL are widely accepted across the country and we were confident that it would be a perfect fit for the venue. Anyone would be thrilled to play in this historic theater," stated Jeff Borne, President at PSX.
"The biggest challenge of the whole project was time," Borne continued. "The renovation process was designed to return the building back to its original design." Construction started in November 2011, with the first show scheduled for December, so there was no time to spare and PSX had to work within the framework of the design.
The reliable performance of the VERTEC line arrays allowed PSX to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying about glitches. "There was limited space for racks, so having the powered VERTEC line arrays was a great fix. The whole system fit together perfectly with the BSS processing and overall everyone was extremely satisfied with the results," Borne stated.
"The support of HARMAN is always great, they make our job easier and we always come away with a great outcome," Borne summed up. "The first show, which featured Irma Thomas just before the New Year, went off without a hitch. It was a great experience for all of us and it's great to see the theater back up and running."
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