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Outline sets the standard at Cinema Teatro Lolek

Located in Rezzato, on the outskirts of Brescia, Cinema Teatro Lolek is part of Italy’s first NZEB (nearly zero-energy building) oratory. At the centre of the structure is a multi-function hall, the project’s key element – an oval-shaped space conceived for use as a theatre and cinema, but also to host exhibitions, events and conferences.

A unique feature of this hall is that, thanks to a special shutter system, it opens outwards, enabling to hold events with the stage used in the opposite direction, looking out over the rear outdoor audience area. In a context in which great care has been taken over every aspect of its operation, top-grade audio was a must.

Cipiesse, a ‘full-service’ company established in 1979 to specialise in concert production and system integration, was called in to install an Outline systems.

For the oval theatre’s sound system, three Outline Vegas 15 CX enclosures are set above the proscenium with two Eidos 118 S subwoofers below the stage, powered by three Outline M2008-4 amplifiers.

Behind the screen, there are three Outline Movie MV2CX enclosures, specifically designed for cinema applications. The installation is completed by eight surround Movie FX 101 speakers distributed along the room’s walls, and powered by the same M2008-4 amplifiers used for the theatre’s system.

To support live concerts and other events mainly held outdoors, the venue is equipped with an Outline line array consisting of 12 Eidos 265 modules and four FlySub 15 (companion subwoofers), powered by three Outline T-Five power amplifiers with onboard DSP and Ethernet port.

‘Cinema Teatro Lolek wanted to install audio systems with top-grade performance in order to avoid having to rely on external sound rental firms,’ Cipiesse Manager and partner Marco Riva explains. ‘Outline systems were chosen as they ensure certainty as far as performance is concerned, and they last for decades without any deterioration, in spite of the intensive use they undergo – and we can bear witness to this personally, here at Cipiesse. Judging by the comments made by the management and technical staff responsible for the audio systems, we are particularly satisfied with the work done.’

The loudspeaker system’s configuration was prepared by Giancarlo Paladini of GP Tecnologie with OpenArray3D, Outline’s famous acoustic simulation and modelling software – used by PA engineers worldwide – which, with a few clicks, enables to accurately simulate the rig’s response before installing it in the venue.

‘The quality of the sound in the hall is exemplary from the front seats to the very last row, coherent for the entire audience and, as well as ensuring a perfectly linear response, the system has an important reserve of headroom – energy one wouldn’t expect considering the dimensions of the enclosures, particularly the subs with their single 18-inch,’ says Teatro Lolek Technical Manager, Davide Bolchi.

‘The rig for live events [Eidos 265] is set up rapidly and easily, an indispensable requisite considering the mobile use we make of it. We generally stack the array on the ground, on its frame, but have also flown it on several occasions, always with great satisfaction in terms of SPL and balanced tone. As the venue’s audio manager and a habitual user of these products, I believe Outline is always a guarantee.’