Improvements at Orinda Theatre

(Courtesy of Orinda Theatre)
Star of television, film and Broadway, Marilu Henner, performed with her band in Theatre 2 at the Orinda Theatre March 6. Theater staff hope to soon have a new sound system installed to enhance both movie and concert attendees' experience.

    All three theaters at the Orinda Theatre now boast state-of-the-art screens, including a larger screen in Theatre 2 (180 seats). This marks the first time the screens have been replaced since 1989. New curtains were also installed in Theatre 2 and 3.
    “We are working with a designer to closely match the curtain in the main auditorium,” said owner Derek Zemrak. “We also purchased a new lens and installed a brighter bulb in the projector, which truly makes the picture on the screen come to life. If you have not already seen a movie in the main auditorium, please come soon and see the difference.”
    For the past six months, Zemrak and his staff have been working to improve the sound experience at the iconic theater complex.
    “We’ve also negotiated with a world-renowned sound engineer, but the deal is not yet completed. So, keep your fingers crossed. If all goes as planned, the historic Orinda Theatre will have the premier sound in the area,” Zemrak added.
    Zemrak plans to begin installation of the new sound system in Theatre 2, where the Live At the Orinda concert series performs. Special fundraising events to pay for the new system are taking place. The first one, an Oscar Preview Brunch, took place March 20, hosted by film critics Matias Bombal and Zemrak.
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