Breen Electrical Contractors Inc. is proud of its seventeen year relationship with Lighthouse International.  When the Lighthouse asked if we would be interested in working with Cohen Bros. Realty to help construct the new Academy Theatre, we were excited!  Lighthouse International, the premier non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, unveiled the new Academy Theatre.  The theatre is a state of the art facility, featuring 3D capability and other state-of-the-art film and video technology, the Academy Theatre is home to the Academy’s weekly screenings and events on the east coast, as well as Lighthouse International events.

According to Bud Rosenthal, Chairman of the Academy’s New York Events Committee, “We are delighted with the renovations at the Academy Theater. The theater is beautiful, comfortable and technologically advanced. It is the ideal place for the Academy’s weekly screenings of first-run films, Monday Nights with Oscar® monthly public film series, Annual Student Academy Awards® program, tributes and other events.” Last year Lighthouse International and the Academy announced a 10 year contract that extended the relationship they have had since 2002.

Breen Electrical Contractors Inc. scope of work encompassed all facets of wiring and installation for the theatre:
  • – Power panels and distribution
  • – LED and color changing LED Lighting
  • – Dimming System
  • – Complete Fire System and Smoke Purge for public assembly requirements
  • – Emergency Lighting for public assembly requirements
  • – Sound wiring and controls
  • – Projection and Sound Booth wiring
  • – HVAC power and controls
Highlights of Technical Screening Features35MM FILM PROJECTION includes:
  • ·         Century 35MM Film Projectors
  • ·         Large Matte White Mini Perf Screen – 25’-5” W x 10’-8” H
  • ·         Dolby Digital SRD 5.1 and Dolby Digital EX 6.1 Digital Film Sound
  • ·         7000 watt JBL Subwoofer System and 4000 watt M&K Surround System
  • ·         Total Sound System wattage 23,000 Watts
  • ·         Dolby True HD, DTS Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus Playback all with Blu-Ray
  • ·         Digital Cinema 2K DLP Video Projection.
  • ·         Dolby 3D Projected Images
  • ·         Dolby Cinema Server (DCP) Playback Storage
  • ·         Blu-Ray Playback or DVD Upconverted 1080P Playback
  • ·         HD-CAM SR, D5, HD CAM, DV CAM and DIGI-BETA playback upon special request.
  • ·         Assisted Listening Headset System for people who are hearing impaired
  • ·         Live Descriptive Listening for selected features for people who are visually impaired
Highlights of architectural features:
  • ·         Neon Theater marquee
  • ·         220 seating capacity
  • ·         Silver House Curtain and a Sheer Title Curtain
  • ·         New seating and carpeting
  • ·         Enhanced computerized light presentation
  • ·         Handicapped accessibility and seating areas
  • ·         Lobby area with stainless steel bar for receptions or breaks
  •       Aisle and seating lights
  • ·         Spacious and completely renovated tiled bathrooms


Color changing LED fixtures were installed horiziontally and vertical white LED’s installed in each of the pilasters.  In the ceiling, recessed LED fixtures illuminated the ceiling coves and recessed downlights provide general lighting throughout.  All lighting is controlled from the control booth at the rear of the theatre.



Color changing LED’s from blue to red.  Installation of the dimmable aisle lights recessed into the concrete deck along with the dimmable seat lights



Academy Theatre marquis with scrolling message board that is programmed via a network connection to the building’s LAN


Elevator lobby with recessed track fixtures utilizing halogen lamps.  Lighting illuminates Oscar, symbol for AMPAS