To outshine its competition with the most impeccable movie experience in Wyoming, Studio City Mesa in Casper has made technology the centerpiece of its beloved roadhouse theatre, the Cooper Auditorium. The theatre now boasts a 7.1 Meyer Sound cinema system, 4K projection, and a curved, 64-foot, premium large-format (PLF) screen which is the state's largest.
"With the Cooper, we decided to go beyond what anybody else was doing in our region," states Randy Pryde, president of Movie Palace, Inc., operator of Studio City Mesa. "When it came to audio, we didn't want to compromise. As one of my partners remarked, 'You never have to apologize for quality.' So we decided to move out in front of all the competition with Meyer Sound."
The auditorium's new system comprises three Acheron 100 screen channel loudspeakers, 16 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and six X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and one Galileo 408 processor enables precise optimization of each loudspeaker, tailoring response to the unique shape of the auditorium.
"Some other PLF screens try to crank the sound and blast you out of your seat, and the results are often less than ideal," Pryde says. "With the Meyer Sound system, we get the full impact and the wide dynamic range, but without distortion. The sound is clean, clear, and natural."
The Cooper Auditorium is the first to offer Movie Palace, Inc.'s proprietary ARQ curved screen format. It also features a Christie CP4230 DLP digital cinema projector and electronically reclining leather seats.
The Cooper's curved screen pays homage to the Cooper Theatre in Denver, Colo., renowned for decades as the Rocky Mountain region's most technologically advanced cinema.
Movie Palace, Inc. operates 52 screens throughout Wyoming, with 11 more under construction.