McLaren Completes Work on ‘Fully Immersive’ Theater
McLaren Engineering Group Part of MGM Immersive Theater Project
McLaren Engineering Group’s design for the MGM Theater at COTAI yields Asia’s first completely adaptive venue and the world’s largest indoor LED screen.
Based on the design of Scéno Plus of Montreal, Quebec, the theater features a massive video wall with large moving parts that can reconfigure the showroom. This screen encompasses nearly 10,000 square feet and is suitable for dramas, musical theater, fashion shows, talk shows and more. The multi-axis video wall is the world’s most flexible Ultra-HD screen at 28 million pixels.
McLaren Engineering Group engineered the wall system using its in-depth knowledge of theatrical stage machinery, infrastructure and rigging systems. The 2,000-seat venue, with up to 10 configurations, can completely transform to an arena-style theater with its LED wall, giving audiences an unprecedented, multisensory experience, the company says.
“This is a magnificent venue, with adaptive theater space capable of transforming for a performance or program, offering first-rate HD viewing,” says William B. Gorlin, P.E., S.E., vice president and entertainment division chief at McLaren Engineering Group.
At 9,700 square feet – the size of three tennis courts – the 4K LED screen contains 12 independent, major axes of large, moving components with on-board video screens.
As the video wall design engineer, McLaren Engineering Group provided conceptual sketches, technical specifications, LED layouts and engineering design drawings. The firm also participated in acceptance testing for all the fabricated equipment. “The complex design includes seams between the moving and static LED screens that are just 2 mm thick, which allows for virtually seamless imagery,” continues Gorlin.