The National Archives, home to the United States’ most important documents underwent significant renovations that included the main rotunda and conference facilities, as well as the addition of a new theater.
The National Archives Theater is designed for musical and theatrical performances, lectures, and multimedia presentations. The design of the theater exemplifies flexibility and practicality through its diverse functionality. The stage includes a large front projection screen with a drapery masking system in order to accommodate various image formats.
A surround sound system, used for sound reinforcement, reproduces sound from all playback sources and ceiling speakers. Permanently installed video cameras provide monitoring and recording capabilities. A remote control system has been designed to control all audiovisual devices and is interfaced with the lighting and drapery systems.
An intercom system assures communication between the projection booth and stage and adjacent rooms. In addition, provisions are made for broadcasting of events to street level for further distribution of signals.