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Thalia Theatre Budapest is first with Robe DL7S

Budapest’s Thalia Theatre has recently invested in Robe’s DL7S LED Profiles and Spiider LED wash lights – which are the first to be installed in a Hungarian theatre venue. The luminaires were chosen by head of lighting Karoly Bodon and his team, and delivered by Robe’s Hungarian distributor, AVL Trade. The new fixtures are currently all in use on the main stage, and there are another six DL4S profiles on order which will be utilized for the second stage when its current refurbishment is complete. The decision to upgrade the main stage lighting came whilst work was being done on the Winter Garden second stage, which is having a complete makeover including a new sound system being supplied by AVL Trade and a complete technical refit. It was decided that the time was also right to replace the old main stage lighting with some newer and more efficient LED options. Previously, they had only conventional lighting in the main house, so it was a big decision to go for both LED and moving luminaires in one go! Karoly and his crew started looking at the options. Robe was a prominent one as they had seen them in action on some recent incoming shows and were impressed with the output and features. “The main issue was that any lights we invested in… had to be as quite as possible. That’s where both the DL7S and the Spiider scored well” he explained. They also like the fact that Robe is made in Europe, and that the factory at Valašské Meziříčí is only around a 6-hour drive away – not essential, but a nice touch! They love the intensity and brightness of the Spiider, and the accurate and refined colour mixing of the DL7S Profile.

He also commented that Robe was a “good” price, as they did have a budget cap! Many of the features haven’t yet been used day-to-day, like the gobos or pixel mapping, but they are proving great for “’general theatrical purposes, and we know there are plenty of additional possibilities when we need to step up”, Karoly stated. With the first DL7S Profiles and Spiiders in Hungarian theatre, Thalia is enjoying leading the way, and they are also the first with a grandMA 3 console! “Robe is taking theatre applications seriously” commented Csaba Csanádi from AVL Trade, “and that’s starting to have an impact… it’s important to listen to the needs and wants and develop the right tools for this specialist discipline”.


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