Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors are bringing “bright, vivid colours” to the performance spaces at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Recently installed as part of a projection upgrade, the new projectors are helping performers, speakers, and musicians engage audiences.
The Smith Center opened 11 years ago in downtown Las Vegas and provides Southern Nevada with a cultural foundation, presenting music, dance, Broadway, and theatre performances outside of the Las Vegas Strip. The centre houses three performance venues: Reynolds Hall, touting 2050 seats, Myron’s with 248 seats, and Troesh Studio Theater, which can host an average of 220 seats depending on the configuration.
In 2021, The Smith Center embarked on a path to upgrade its projection technology throughout the venue. R. Warren Bishop, head video engineer, worked closely with Ian Billings at PRG Gear on the procurement process, and compared solutions from three manufacturers, including Christie.
Bishop selected three Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors – two for its largest performance space, Reynolds Hall, and one for Myron’s, a cabaret-style space – which have proved to be a versatile solution. “The M 4K25s are much smaller at almost half the size of our previous projectors. It makes life so much easier if we have to move them to accommodate a performance,” he said.
With the M 4K25 RGB projectors the colour performance is noticeable, he adds, and presenters have noticed this as well. Astronaut Terry Verts, a speaker with National Geographic Live, recently gave a talk about his time as the commander of the International Space Station and showed images using the projectors. “Terry said that this is the best screen in the country,” recalled Bishop. “He was adamant, in front of the audience, that this is the best screen for the colour and clarity.”
The venue has also recently acquired a Pandoras Box Server, Player, and Pandoras Box Software Version 8, which opens up new opportunities for content playback and even projection mapping. “We’re in the beginning phases of determining what we can do with Pandoras Box,” said Bishop. “There are a lot of possibilities.”
“We’re thrilled that The Smith Center selected Christie projectors to light up its performance spaces,” concluded Paul Dumpel, senior sales manager, Christie. “Our M 4K RGB Series projectors provide an excellent combination of colour performance, reliability, and brightness in a compact form factor, delivering memorable visual experiences for audiences and performers alike.”