The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA, which opened its doors in 1936 and several years ago came back to life with a multi-million-dollar renovation as a live music venue. The new house system includes an RCF dual-hang line array sound system, managed by a dbx DriveRack 4800 digital processor and mixed through an Avid SC48 VENUE front of house console.
There were a couple of challenges,” says Angelo Kokkinakos, who with his brother Lou owns and operates Baltimore-based Koko Brothers Entertainment. “It’s an old, landmarked building, so there’s not much you can do from an acoustics point of view, because the historical nature of the interior must be maintained. The owner wanted better sound. What had been in there was a ground-stacked system, which was good, but the coverage was uneven; it needed a number of under-balcony fills to make it work. We determined that a flown line array would be the best choice.”
A local relationship suggested they take a look at the RCF HDL20-A active line array as a solution.
“When we explored the different options and prices [for the P.A. system], the RCF came up as the right solution for the job,” he continues. “And once we had it installed, it really exceeded our high expectations.”
The system is comprised of four HDL20-A line array cabinets flown on either side of the stage, supplemented by two SUB8006-A double 18” active subwoofers. “We are tremendously pleased with the even coverage the system provided,” Kokkinakos notes.