Digital conversion under way at Hyart

The Hyart Theatre will go dark this weekend… but only this weekend, because it’s going digital. The long-awaited equipment has arrived.

Hyart Redevelopment Corp. board president Mike Steenbakkers and Theater Manager Jessica Carr said the new digital projector and a new screen arrived last Wednesday, March 13, a couple of weeks after the arrival of the sound equipment.

Board member Jerry Capellen has been coordinating preparation work including conduit and wiring run by Shane Kannard of Action Electric, and mounts and speaker brackets being constructed by Craig Walker. Now is the big moment, the installation of the digital equipment.

“The movie is cancelled this week,” Steenbakkers said, “to make sure everything is going to work right.”

Walker and Capellen had to adjust the spacing on the speakers, Steenbakkers and Carr said, in order to allow them to be spaced evenly along the length of the building. There are 27 speakers to be installed: eight down each side, four along the back row and seven behind the screen – four stacks and three sub-woofers.

Mark Gulbrandsen of General Theatrical Supply of Salt Lake City is in town to perform the installation work and will be working through the end of the week, then will work next week to work out the bugs, Steenbakkers said.

GTS will take the old equipment and sell it, with the Hyart to receive 50 percent of the proceeds.

Once the new equipment is installed, tested and adjusted, the first digital movie will be shown: “Warm Bodies,” likely on March 29-30.

By David Peck