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The Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American History Warner Brothers Auditorium
When the Smithsonian Institute begun renovation of the Carmichael Auditorium, being renamed the Warner Brothers Auditorium, RCI Systems was contracted to transform the audiovisual and film portions into a state of the art facility. The entire auditorium was gutted and completed rebuilt from the shell up. The technology RCI was responsible for included Studio Grade Film Projection, 3D Digital Cinema, and Presentation Systems. A new 32’ wide projection screen installation is intended for film and digital cinema, and another 15’ wide projection screen is installed for presentations.
The film formats supported include 35mm and 16mm, with a wide variety of lenses, and includes line 21 recovery and rear window captioning to allow closed captioning without displaying it on the screen distracting other patrons.
The 3D Digital Cinema includes a cinema server, complete Dolby cinema processing, 3D Color Processing equipment, 3D Conversion equipment and 600 pairs of 3D glasses for patrons. The system also includes playback of BluRay, BetaCam, and HD Cam formats.
The presentation system includes multiple inputs for customer furnished computers and inputs from a multimedia lectern on stage with a built in AMX controller. Wireless and hardwired microphones are provided as well.
The extensive audio systems include left, center, right, surround and subwoofers for the film and digital cinema, as well as speakers for main and delay, subwoofers and stage monitors for the presentation system. A digital console and digital signal processing are provided in addition to the cinema and film audio processing.
A custom programmed AMX control system includes multiple touch screens, and allows simple control of most components and switching for the non-technical users.
Wireless infrared hearing assistive transmitters and receivers are also installed for the hearing impaired.
An intercom system, audio booth monitors and video booth monitors provide communication and monitoring of the programs and presentations.