Many people have had the experience of sitting in the back of a large auditorium and being able to hear what is spoken on stage even when there is little, if any, sound amplification. Others have been in much smaller spaces, seated much closer to a speaker or performer, and yet have been unable to hear what is going on up front. Why this difference? The answer lies in the acoustics of each space.

A theater or other building with good acoustics allows sound to travel naturally for long distances, enabling people to hear music, a play, or something else even if they are sitting far away from the stage. On the other hand, buildings with poor acoustics do not allow the sound to travel very well from one side of the space to another. No matter how loud a performance or other event happens to be, people who are attending it will have trouble hearing it if the acoustics are bad.


Ideally in the theatre covering the whole ceiling in a seamless product such as Wood Wool would be the best first step. The walls will then need to be addressed. Since the focus will be on the stage, you will want the walls to blend into the background so choose a muted colour and introduce interest with texture. A product from Anne Kyyros Quinn’s delightful collection such as Pleat in grey would suit perfectly.

Alternatively our Diesis panel in a sand colour will give a beautiful textured wall. Installing Floorsorba under the floor covering will deaden the sound of foot fall.

Contact us now to discover how Primacoustics can help in the design of your theatre.

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