If You Build it (with Klipsch), They Will Come
By Sarah Knight
Putting a fresh spin on the phrase "a night at the movies," 37-year-old, lawyer turned cinema entrepreneur Rudyard Coltman has found new ways to add luxury and pizzazz to one of the nation's leading pastimes.
Using the best of everything - including Klipsch professional cinema systems - Coltman poured nearly $10 million into the design of Cinetopia. This combination film complex features a gourmet restaurant, a 105-selection wine bar with indoor and tropical garden seating, an art gallery and a state-of-the-art business conferencing facility - to give people a new reason to come back to the silver screen.
Located in Vancouver, Wash., this 50,000-square-foot complex has eight auditoriums consisting of a grand 300-seat theater with 50-foot screen, two 180-seat theaters, two 100-seat theaters and three unique "living room" theaters that offer food and wine service and accommodate 65 viewers each. All of these auditoriums utilize advanced technologies that enhance the look and sound of the films, comfy leather chairs, greater space between rows and higher stadium seating for uninterrupted viewing.
"In order to create the ideal place to watch films, I believe it's necessary to provide customers with a luxurious and artistic environment that utilizes the industry's best technology," Coltman said.
While the grand auditorium features Klipsch KPT-MCM-4-T Grand behind-the-screen systems (the first and only fully horn-loaded, THX®-Certified four-way cinema design), KPT-1201 surrounds and dual KPT-684 subwoofers, the smaller theaters are outfitted with a variety of other Klipsch products. Inside the cozy, more intimate living room theaters, the Klipsch speakers do more than just deliver lifelike sounding movie presentations; they also support the live musicians who perform during intermissions.
According to Coltman, he hired experts to ensure the highest level of sound quality inside his complex. "My designers and I uniformly agreed that Klipsch offered the finest sound presentation in the industry so it was a clear choice who we would go with," he said.
Scott Hicks of American Cinema Equipment Inc., the company responsible for handling Cinetopia's A/V installations, said he has received several compliments regarding the cinema's amazing sound capabilities. "I've gotten calls from patrons who are so impressed with the sound that they ask where they can buy Klipsch for their homes." Hicks also mentioned that Klipsch is by far, the number one speaker brand in sales volume at his company.
Guests from all over the country visit Cinetopia, including employees of major movie studios and film companies in L.A. Coltman said Cinetopia's success couldn't be better and that it is getting tons of great press and support from the local community. Holding future cinema plans, Coltman hopes to keep an on-going relationship with Klipsch so that he can always offer "the best in sound" to his customers.