Indianapolis Art Center Goes World Class with Klipsch

INDIANAPOLIS (July 8, 2008) — The Indianapolis Art Center’s Frank M. Basile Auditorium has long been a showcase for many of the Art Center’s events. Now, it has moved into an entirely different—and more technologically advanced—realm, thanks to a new state-of-the-art cinema surround speaker system from Klipsch, an Indianapolis-based, global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for the home and commercial markets.

According to Tammy Bowman, major gifts officer for the Indianapolis Art Center and the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art, “Before the installation, the one glaring drawback in the auditorium was its sound system; this help from Klipsch takes us from second class to world class. The system sounds wonderful!”

A wide variety of Klipsch professional cinema speakers fill the 220-seat Basile Auditorium with powerful and detailed audio, including several KPT-325-N behind-the-screen systems and a KPT-418-SW subwoofer. But more notably, this is one of the first sound installations in the world to use Klipsch’s new wide coverage cinema surround speaker, the KPT-12-VB.

Featuring exclusive Virtual Boundary Array Technology, or VBAT, the KPT-12-VB is a high-output design with ultra-wide coverage, meaning that one of these surround speakers can replace two conventional units. VBAT also reduces the number of amplifier channels required for a typical cinema installation, as well as cuts labor costs and additional wiring. 

Indianapolis-based Advanced Residential & Commercial Electronics installed the entire sound system. According to Joe Monfort, president of Advanced, the Art Center wanted a system that was easy to use and flexible enough to accommodate future upgrades. “With the help of Klipsch engineers as well as input from the folks at the Art Center, we were able to design a state-of-the-art cinema audio system that can accommodate the auditorium’s many uses.”

Overall, this new equipment will allow the Art Center to add more film entertainment to its traditional mix of presentations and demonstrations.

“We’re really pleased that we were able to install our latest cinema sound technology in a venue so close to our headquarters,” said Mark Kauffman, Klipsch cinema technician. “It represents a great opportunity for the Indianapolis Art Center and for Klipsch.”

To celebrate the arrival of the new speakers and as part of Two Worlds, One Language Through Art, the Art Center, in conjunction with Klipsch, will present the Klipsch Chinese Film Festival. The free, four-part film series provides a range of insights into China and Chinese people from historic to contemporary times. This summer celebration runs now through August 23, 2008.

The films, shown on select Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through the run of Two Worlds, One Language Through Art, include “Raise the Red Lantern,” to be screened on July 8; “Farewell My Concubine” on July 22; “Still Life” on August 5 and “Be There or be Square,” which will be shown on August 19.

The Art Center isn’t the only place in the Indianapolis area that relies on high-performance Klipsch speakers. The company’s products can also be experienced at: the Dinosphere Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; the NCAA Hall of Champions; the Junior Achievement building; the Eiteljorg Museum; the Keystone Art Cinema, owned by Landmark Theatres; the Galaxy Stadium 14; Regal Village Park Cinema 17; Clay Terrace outdoor shopping mall and the Jazz Kitchen, as well as several other restaurants and retail locations.

Globally, Klipsch is a leader in the professional cinema sound market. The world’s largest cinema chains, including Regal Cinemas and Malco Theatres, turn to Klipsch to provide the power, detail and emotion of today’s complex film soundtracks. In fact, 50 percent of all new theaters in North and South America, as well as Korea and Australasia install Klipsch products.

About the Indianapolis Art Center
As one of the foremost art centers in the Midwest, the Indianapolis Art Center designs programs and provides an environment to inspire and advance the creative process. Art classes in all media—from life drawing to glass blowing—are available to all ages and levels of experience. Designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves, the Indianapolis Art Center is located in Broad Ripple Village along the banks of the White River. Web site: www.IndplsArtCenter.org

About Advanced Residential & Commercial Electronics
Established in 1992, Advanced Electronics is a Professional Contracting company principally engaged in the design, sales, installation, and service of electronics systems for residential and commercial applications. Systems consist of Audio, Video, Corporate Boardrooms, Hospitality & Nightclub A/V, Sports Bars, Security, Closed Circuit Surveillance, Home Theatre, Lighting Control, Telephone, and related products and services. Advanced Electronics has extensive experience in systems automation and integration. Web site: http://www.avdesigners.com