Performing Arts Hall: Digital 3-D Mapping Technique Transforms Theater Into Immersive Experience

Located on the fifth floor, adjacent to the two-story atrium glass galley that overlooks the National Mall and U.S. Capitol, the 472-seat performing arts hall will provide a unique experience for museum guests. Inspired by the sacred tabernacle of Moses' time, the walls of the performing arts hall are curved in design, evoking an ancient tent flapping in the wind.

The performing arts hall will use a digital 3-D mapping technique to transform the theater into an immersive experience that brings the audience into the production unfolding around them. Using 17 high-output projectors and angle-compensating software, digital images are seamlessly woven together over varied surfaces to create a coherent environment—scene, landscape or background—for visitors.

Features of the performing arts hall include:

  • 8,000-square-foot hall with 30 rows and 472 seats
  • 17 floor-to-ceiling, state-of-the-art 4K projectors that turn the entire venue into a stunning and dynamic digital canvas
  • Ancient amphitheater style to improve the visual and acoustic experience for visitors taking in a variety of activities including live performances, scholarly lectures, presentations, Bible readings and musicals
  • 100-foot ceiling that accommodates grand visuals projected on walls
  • Oak stage measuring 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep, with a 60-foot red velvet curtain
  • Latest in audio, visual and lighting systems, including:
    • Meyer Audio's Constellation sound system that allows for electronically variable room acoustics
    • Yamaha digital mixing console
    • 21 motorized line sets
    • Theatrical lighting system with grandMA2 ultra-light console
    • Wired and wireless production intercom for ease with presentations and live productions