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WSDG and Blaze Audio design new Hudson Valley screening room

WSDG and Blaze Audio design new Hudson Valley screening room
WSDG and Blaze Audio design new Hudson Valley screening room

Upstate Films will celebrate the opening of The Mark, its new screening room, beginning on March 15, 2024. Located upstairs at the Orpheum Theatre in Saugerties, New York, The Mark is an intimate 99-seat space housing cinema audio and live sound systems. The theater was designed by the acoustic consulting and architectural design firm WSDG, based in Highland, New York.


The Mark features a Dolby Atmos sound system, engineered with WSDG and cinema specialist Dave Berti. The live sound system has been designed by WSDG in partnership with Blaze Audio. The Mark’s Grand Opening celebration runs March 15 through March 20, with a special program exploring the room’s acoustics on April 10. The festivities include three open house events featuring Atmos short films, a silent film with live accompaniment, comedy, the launch of “All Singing, All Dancing” (a new series of classic musicals), and new and classic Atmos films.


On April 10, The Mark hosts a special event specifically highlighting the theater’s acoustics and Atmos sound system. “The Magic of the Mark: An Evening with John Storyk and Elliot Scheiner” features the eight-time Grammy-winning producer and engineer Scheiner and WSDG founding partner and award-winning architect and acoustician Storyk hosting discussion on immersive sound mixing for Atmos. The program will include examples from Scheiner’s work on the “History of the Eagles” documentary.


The theater is named in honor of the late Mark Braunstein, the founder of Markertek, member of the mid-Hudson Valley arts community and generous philanthropist. “We are immensely proud to be part of this project”, says John Storyk. “Communities need theaters more than ever, and this theater will rival professional executive screening rooms anywhere in the nation. This is a project my dear friend Mark Braunstein would have loved to have supported - he understood the importance of gathering together to celebrate the arts and culture. It is an honor to dedicate our work to Mark.”


(Photos: WSDG/Blaze Audio/Upstate Films/Orpheum Theatre)






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