communications technology consultants
Theaters and Performance Spaces
The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum is a versatile, state-of-the-art facility, capable of presenting a range of materials, from early silent films up to current digital media. The nitrate rated projection booth is equipped with four Kinoton projectors to present 16mm, 35mm and 70mm film, as well as a multiformat HD digital/video projector. The THX compliant sound system includes 7.1 channel playback with Dolby analog and both Dolby and DTS digital decoding.


The Theater also contains an automated audio-visual system, including multimedia presentation, sound reinforcement and recording, and broadcast camera interconnect panels for live productions. Receptacles for external AV sources (PC's, etc.) are also located on stage and in selected areas of the room.  The systems can be operated via a digital control network that integrates projection, sound, lighting, and curtain control. Control panels are located in the booth, at stage podia, and from a portable control console in the theater.

BFA was tasked with the design, specification and construction oversight of the projection, sound, audio-visual, broadcast interface and control systems, as well as interfacing with the City and County agencies to obtain the necessary clearances for nitrate projection.

Hammer Museum, Owner

UCLA Film & Television Archive, Operator

Michael Maltzan Architecture

John A. Martin & Associates, Structural engineer

Innovative Engineering Group, MEP engineer

Rolf Jensen & Associates , Code consultant

BFA, AV, Projection and Nitrate compliance consultant

Lam Partners, Lighting designer

Charles Salter & Associates, Acoustical engineer

Matt Construction, General contractor

Spinitar, AV contractor

Additional Theaters and Performance Spaces

Artisan Entertainment Screening Theater, Santa Monica, California
Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA/Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
Directors' Guild of America, Hollywood, California
DreamWorks Animation Campanille Theater, Glendale, California
DreamWorks Interactive Screening Room, Bel Air, California
DreamWorks Records Screening Room, Beverly Hills, California
Folino Theater, Chapman University, Orange California
MCA/MEI High Definition Research Center, Universal City, California
Oakley Corporation Headquarters, Foothill Ranch, California
Palmdale Performing Arts Center, Palmdale, California
Stallion Springs Resort Screening Theaters, Tehachapi, California
Twentieth Century Fox Screening Room, New York
Wells Fargo Theater, Los Angeles