Molinare Opens New Dolby Atmos 4K HDR Theatre

HHB Communications consults, provides, and installs one of the largest mixing theatres  of its kind in London

Leading UK post-production facility, Molinare, today announces the opening of its Dolby Atmos 4K HDR theatre, The Jack Cardiff Theatre. The largest room of its kind in London, The Jack Cardiff offers premium sound mixing and grading in in the heart of Soho. The latest expansion of the facility is a continued demonstration of the company’s commitment to delivering the optimum audio and picture post-production experience in the UK.


The theatre, which was previously a grading theatre, has undergone structural changes to cater for the acoustic requirements of a Dolby Atmos room, making it completely built for purpose, with the mixer and colourist in mind. Molinare worked closely with acoustic architects Level Acoustic Design, cinema professionals Bell Theatre Services, and  audio experts HHB Communications and cinema  Bell Theatre Services, who provided the majority of the equipment.


HHB Communications advised on and provided the audio technology upgrade including two large 32-fader Avid Pro Tools |S6 consoles designed for dual operator use, configured in a 16ft wide, fully flexible furniture, custom built by audio design specialists, Soundz Fishy. To support the rooms technical needs, additional gear includes multiple Pro Tools HDX systems with the latest Avid MTRX and Sync X interfaces for audio routing and synchronisation as well as SPQ Processing for speaker calibration. An Adder KVM over IP matrix is used for all systems, with multiple adaptable mix and edit positions which provide comprehensive control of all systems.


The room is Dante Audio over IP enabled, integrating Molinare’s other Dolby Atmos theatre and audio endpoints allowing for true collaboration across the facility. These include Focusrite Remote Mic Preamps for use when recording foley, crowd & ADR, Glensound AD/DA & Headphone Amps, and Crown Dante amps feeding JBL Cinema Speakers. Ensuring that the room is futureproof and easily expandable for any future projects.


“The opportunity to work on a room like Jack Cardiff which has been designed to such a high technical and acoustic specification is always a pleasure,” says HHB Chief Technology Officer, John Johnson. “The sheer amount of structural work and technical infrastructure behind the scenes makes the theatre a great environment to work in.”

The launch of the post company’s newest room is the latest in a series of substantial investments over the last two years, making the facility a destination for Directors, Sound Mixers and Colourists working on the latest theatrical releases.


Nigel Bennett, CEO, Molinare comments on the opening of the theatre, “The UK has always been one of the number one destinations in the world for a Studio or Director to get their film made. We have the best creative talent and technical minds to deliver the very best, that’s why it’s such an exciting industry to work in. The re-opening of our Jack Cardiff Theatre is not only a personally proud achievement for the team and I, but is a testament to Molinare’s growth plans and a draw for the UK Creative Industries as a whole.”


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