• Back in the saddle, the trade show season is BACK!

    Jun 28, 2022, 12:46 PM by Al Crawford
    City Theatrical General Manager just returned from three weeks of trade shows during June 2022, including Cine Gear LA Expo in Los Angeles, California, USA, 4Wall NY Vendor Showcase/BBQ in Moonachie, New Jersey, USA, and ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom. He shared his thoughts and emotions on returning to trade shows and the future of the industry.
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  • City Theatrical Retires the AutoYoke®

    May 18, 2022, 17:39 PM by Gary Fails
    City Theatrical retired the iconic AutoYoke® after 22 years of production in August 2021. City Theatrical brought the AutoYoke to market in 1999 by marrying the ETC Source Four ellipsoidal with a precision pan/tilt yoke, and it was the first hard edge incandescent automated lighting solution designed especially for theatrical use.
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  • Bibiena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection at the Morgan Library and Museum

    May 18, 2022, 17:38 PM by Gary Fails
    We had the wonderful opportunity to view the Bibiena theatrical drawings from Jules Fisher’s collection at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City in July 2021. This was a great experience for a number of reasons.
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  • Looking Back on 2020, Not Exactly the Year We Planned

    Dec 29, 2020, 13:36 PM by Gary Fails
    Remember the planning and the goal setting you did as you entered 2020? Here at City Theatrical, we studied our strategic plan and optimistically set out to achieve a record year. What a shock we were in for.
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  • Remembering Sonny Sonnenfeld, 1919-2016

    Feb 15, 2016, 11:09 AM by Gary Fails
    The lighting industry lost a legend with the passing of Sonny Sonnenfeld. We send our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Sonny never stopped thinking about lighting, or working in our industry. Anyone who met him has some story of how Sonny influenced them. . . . and here are some of mine.
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  • Wireless DMX Training for Local One in New York City

    Dec 8, 2015, 09:28 AM by Gary Fails
    We recently provided our second full day training session in wireless DMX technology for the technicians of Local One, IATSE. These are the men and women who set up and operate some of the world’s most complex and demanding entertainment technology on Broadway shows. Local One has a very forward thinking approach to training and provides an ongoing series of training courses to its members in all areas of technology.
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  • LED Lighting Crosses the Chasm

    Aug 28, 2015, 16:43 PM by Gary Fails
    We were around in the dawn of the LED era when Color Kinetics produced the first commonly used fixtures for the architectural world. City Theatrical played a big part in introducing those fixtures to the entertainment world when we produced the power/data supplies that allowed the DMX control that users needed, and we added a large line of beam shaping accessories that lighting designers required.
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  • Orange Is The New Black

    Jul 28, 2014, 17:12 PM by Gary Fails
    When we were designing our SHoW DMX SHoW Baby wireless DMX transceiver, somewhere in the design process, we decided to be different. We decided to make it orange. If nothing else, we figured that it would get noticed by the color alone. The very next year, orange (actually “Tangerine Tango”) was voted the Pantone color of the year. I don’t imply that we started a trend, but we were definitely ahead of the design curve.
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  • Doug Wheeler Lighting Exhibit At The David Zwirner Gallery In NYC

    Apr 13, 2014, 17:52 PM by Gary Fails
    I am fortunate to have been able to view the exhibit of Doug Wheeler’s work at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City recently. Mr. Wheeler is a member of the “light and space” art movement and uses light in mysterious and beautiful ways. “Light and space” artists like Mr. Weaver and James Turrell manipulate our perception and consciousness, causing us to think carefully and to pay full attention to what we are seeing, in order to see things in new ways.
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  • Where Were You When You First Saw A Source Four?

    Feb 27, 2014, 07:42 AM by Gary Fails
    If you are new to the lighting you are used to a world of many lighting manufacturers producing hundreds of competing models, including many moving lights and LEDs. If you have been around for a while you can recall a much smaller lighting world with only a few manufacturers. And if you were around the lighting world in the early 1990s you may recall the exact moment you first saw a Source Four.
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  • James Turrell At The Guggenheim Museum

    Jun 24, 2013, 09:25 AM by Gary Fails
    I attended the James Turrell exhibit at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum today. It's a significant lighting/art installation that anyone interested in light will want to attend. My thoughts are my own, I’m not a critic, and I hold Mr. Turrell in the highest regard as an artist and innovator in the field of lighting. There are a number Mr. Turrell’s installations in the museum but the one that will capture the most attention and that I will discuss here is entitled Aten Reign.
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  • Great Local Lighting, And A Little Broadway History

    Jun 8, 2013, 20:23 PM by Gary Fails
    I attended a local amateur dance concert in Rockland County, New York, and was impressed by the lighting. The quality of the lighting in smaller productions is often pretty uneven but in this one it was excellent and deserves a little recognition for a number of reasons.
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  • Software Demo Day

    May 9, 2013, 17:10 PM by Gary Fails
    We organized a Professional Software Demo day at New York City's City Center Theatre. We had John McKernon and Jorge Arroyo representing Lightwright 5, Andy Voller of Moving Light Assistant, and Kevin Linzey of Vectorworks. It was great to see many lighting designers, users, students, and electricians from the New York lighting community. I had time for conversations with many friends and new acquaintances.
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