• 29
    Aug 2021 Sunday

    City Theatrical Retires the AutoYoke®

    by Gary Fails | Aug 29, 2021
    City Theatrical has retired the iconic AutoYoke® after 22 years of production. The AutoYoke’s DMX control allowed users to pan, tilt, change the size and sharpness of the beam and to control popular color scrollers, then controlled LED ellipsoidals and washlights. The AutoYoke played an important part in hundreds of Broadway shows and tours and in permanent lighting installations all over the world.

  • 01
    Jul 2021 Thursday

  • 29
    Dec 2020 Tuesday

    Looking Back on 2020, Not Exactly the Year We Planned

    by Gary Fails | Dec 29, 2020
    Remember the planning and the goal setting you did as you entered 2020? Here at City Theatrical, we studied our strategic plan and optimistically set out to achieve a record year. What a shock we were in for.

  • 15
    Feb 2016 Monday

    Remembering Sonny Sonnenfeld, 1919-2016

    by Gary Fails | Feb 15, 2016
    The lighting industry lost a legend with the passing of Sonny Sonnenfeld. We send our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Sonny never stopped thinking about lighting, or working in our industry. Anyone who met him has some story of how Sonny influenced them. . . . and here are some of mine.

  • 08
    Dec 2015 Tuesday

    Wireless DMX Training for Local One in New York City

    by Gary Fails | Dec 08, 2015
    We recently provided our second full day training session in wireless DMX technology for the technicians of Local One, IATSE. These are the men and women who set up and operate some of the world’s most complex and demanding entertainment technology on Broadway shows. Local One has a very forward thinking approach to training and provides an ongoing series of training courses to its members in all areas of technology.

  • 28
    Aug 2015 Friday

    LED Lighting Crosses the Chasm

    by Gary Fails | Aug 28, 2015
    We were around in the dawn of the LED era when Color Kinetics produced the first commonly used fixtures for the architectural world. City Theatrical played a big part in introducing those fixtures to the entertainment world when we produced the power/data supplies that allowed the DMX control that users needed, and we added a large line of beam shaping accessories that lighting designers required.

  • 28
    Jul 2014 Monday

    Orange Is The New Black

    by Gary Fails | Jul 28, 2014
    When we were designing our SHoW DMX SHoW Baby wireless DMX transceiver, somewhere in the design process, we decided to be different. We decided to make it orange. If nothing else, we figured that it would get noticed by the color alone. The very next year, orange (actually “Tangerine Tango”) was voted the Pantone color of the year. I don’t imply that we started a trend, but we were definitely ahead of the design curve.

  • 13
    Apr 2014 Sunday

    Doug Wheeler Lighting Exhibit At The David Zwirner Gallery In NYC

    by Gary Fails | Apr 13, 2014
    I am fortunate to have been able to view the exhibit of Doug Wheeler’s work at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City recently. Mr. Wheeler is a member of the “light and space” art movement and uses light in mysterious and beautiful ways. “Light and space” artists like Mr. Weaver and James Turrell manipulate our perception and consciousness, causing us to think carefully and to pay full attention to what we are seeing, in order to see things in new ways.

  • 27
    Feb 2014 Thursday

    Where Were You When You First Saw A Source Four?

    by Gary Fails | Feb 27, 2014
    If you are new to the lighting you are used to a world of many lighting manufacturers producing hundreds of competing models, including many moving lights and LEDs. If you have been around for a while you can recall a much smaller lighting world with only a few manufacturers. And if you were around the lighting world in the early 1990s you may recall the exact moment you first saw a Source Four.

  • 24
    Jun 2013 Monday

    James Turrell At The Guggenheim Museum

    by Gary Fails | Jun 24, 2013
    I attended the James Turrell exhibit at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum today. It's a significant lighting/art installation that anyone interested in light will want to attend. My thoughts are my own, I’m not a critic, and I hold Mr. Turrell in the highest regard as an artist and innovator in the field of lighting. There are a number Mr. Turrell’s installations in the museum but the one that will capture the most attention and that I will discuss here is entitled Aten Reign.

  • 08
    Jun 2013 Saturday

    Great Local Lighting, And A Little Broadway History

    by Gary Fails | Jun 08, 2013
    I attended a local amateur dance concert in Rockland County, New York, and was impressed by the lighting. The quality of the lighting in smaller productions is often pretty uneven but in this one it was excellent and deserves a little recognition for a number of reasons.

  • 09
    May 2013 Thursday

    Software Demo Day

    by Gary Fails | May 09, 2013
    We organized a Professional Software Demo day at New York City's City Center Theatre. We had John McKernon and Jorge Arroyo representing Lightwright 5, Andy Voller of Moving Light Assistant, and Kevin Linzey of Vectorworks. It was great to see many lighting designers, users, students, and electricians from the New York lighting community. I had time for conversations with many friends and new acquaintances.