Community Cinema in North Devon

The Kingsley Hall Westward Ho! has served the village and surrounding area as a large Community Hall for over 100 years.

They wanted to venture out into providing a community cinema for the benefit of all ages within their local community and the neighbouring villages.

A HD resolution projection system with Dolby 7.1 surround sound was designed and installed by APi Communications.

The 4m electric screen when not in use is concealed behind the proscenium arch above the stage and gives a large widescreen image for the viewers.

The sound system was merged with the existing audio system for music playback. Slim line array loudspeakers coupled with 8″ two way compact loudspeakers provide the surround sound. They are installed to minimally impact the interior aesthetic of the hall.

An front input socket was fitted for computer based presentations.

A key aspect is that for ordinary sound reinforcement, such as meetings and bingo nights, only the front speakers are used, with a switch on for the cinema surround system, providing separate power control.

The new cinema system provides simple to operate modern facilities in a Victorian building, and as well as film nights will also be utilised to show live sporting events.