Replacing the screen - 1997



It looks like a giant white wall, but a theatre screen is actually made of cloth and coated with a special reflective surface and punched with thousands of tiny holes. Screens don't last forever -- they get dirty and eventually lose some of their reflective quality -- and sometimes they get vandalized. So most theatres, including the Roxy, replace their screens periodically.


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The screen is held in place in a frame with lacing spaced 6 inches apart around the entire screen. Here, Ray Deering works at cutting the old screen out of the frame.

John Eikhof of Northwest Theatre Equipment prepares to pull the old screen off the stage when Ray finishes cutting it down.

  That's a lot of material when it's laid out on the floor! Ray tries to figure out how to fold the old screen so we can get it out the door.

After the screen is removed, the speakers of our sound system are visible along with a gas furnace which has since been scrapped.

After removing the old screen, we installed an inch-thick sound blanket before putting the new screen up. This blanket, made of insulation material, was pink in color and needed to be painted black before the screen could be hung in front of it. Holes were cut in the blanket for the sound system speakers.

Notice the curtains in front of the stage, which matched the wall coverings at the time. The original stage front was restored again in early 2008.

John Eikhof adjusts the lacing to pull the screen taut in its frame.

In most theatres, the screen frame is a separate unit and is bolted into place. Not in the Roxy though...our frame consists of hooks mounted directly on the floor, ceiling and walls.

After masking is installed and the lights replaced on the stage, the job is done.

This is the sixth screen the Roxy has had in its lifetime, and will be replaced again, probably before 2010.