Based in Sydney, Australia, The PA People is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier audio vendors and has installed new audio, AV, communications and theatre systems into the refurbished Rathmines Theatre on behalf of Lake Macquarie City Council. Rathmines Theatre is located in the former RAAF Station Rathmines, constructed in the 1940s and used as a picture theatre and gymnasium to provide a recreation for hundreds of men stationed there. The council took over management in the 1960s, initially using the building as the Rathmines Community Hall.
“The historic nature of the project is something that interested our team, given our experience with heritage and culturally significant venues over the years” said The PA People managing director, Chris Dodds. “The end result is a credit to all involved and the new systems will support the council’s plan for a wide range of uses.”
The refurbished theatre needed to accommodate a range of events including theatre productions, presentations, functions and community activity. An audio system consisting of active loudspeakers and subwoofers has been installed into the venue, together with a Yamaha TF5 32-channel mixer with Tio1608-D stage box and MTX5-D processor. Microphones include handhelds and lapel mics from the Sennheiser EW 100 G4 wireless system as well as Shure SM57s, SM58s and MX418/Cs. Comms is provided for with a Jands Ezicom intercom system.
Audio has been provided in two modes. Basic is controlled from a side-of-stage touch panel and a main bio box location, giving the user control of three radio mics, video and lighting. Advanced mode controls the Yamaha TF5 console, patch points throughout the venue and four radio mics.