Sony's

Cary Grant Theater

Culver City, California

Cary Grant Theater
Sony’s studio in Culver City, California

About the project

Westlake Design Group Upgrades the Historic Cary Grant Theater with Dolby Atmos

The historic Cary Grant Theater is the largest mixing stage in Sony’s Culver City lot. It’s been a go-to choice for Academy Award-winning sound engineers when mixing classic films like The Deer Hunter and War Games along with recent blockbusters like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Spiderman: Far from Home. The 344-seat, fully-functional theater boasts the largest Avid S6 installation in the world, made up of a Dual 48-Fader S6 Console System along with a 720-channel Avid Pro Tools HDX system.

Noting the increasing popularity in Immersive Audio, the team at Sony’s flagship mixing stage reached out to the Westlake Pro Studio Design Group to update the Cary Grant Theater with full support for Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D formats. 

Given the high channel count and strict specifications required, an Immersive Audio retrofit can be a daunting task, especially on large-scale projects like The Cary Grant Theater. That’s why top studios around the world trust Westlake Pro to handle the design and integration for all things Immersive Audio. With years of experience designing Immersive Audio facilities around the world, we work closely with Dolby to ensure each studio meets the highest standards for Dolby Atmos-certification while integrating smoothly with the needs and workflow of the client.
Cary Grant Theater
Cary Grant Theater
When Sony approached us to design and integrate a full Immersive Audio retrofit for The Cary Grant Theater, we understood that they needed a high-functioning, large-scale system that would perform flawlessly across a wide variety of formats, workflows, and projects. To do this, we utilized the theater’s massive Avid Dual 48-Fader S6 Console System to ensure total flexibility and hands-on control. Having installed more Avid S6 systems than any other dealer around the globe, it was a pleasure to design a multi-format Immersive Audio integration for the world’s largest Avid S6 installation.
Cary Grant Theater Avid S6
Cary Grant Theater Avid S6
Once the installation was complete and Dolby Atmos-certified, we knew the theater was ready to provide the highest quality Immersive Audio experience in the industry. Of course, that didn’t mean our work at The Cary Grant Theater was done. A mixing stage and screening room of this caliber needs to provide a cinema experience that looks as good as it sounds. To accomplish this, we outfitted the theater with a brand-new projector screen from Stewart Filmscreen. With over 70 years of experience making high-quality projection screens, Stewart Filmscreen was a natural choice for the historic room. Measuring 50′ x 20′, the screen is a perfect match for the room, ensuring razor-sharp fidelity in any of the theater’s 344 seats.
Cary Grant Theater
Cary Grant Theater Stewart Filmscreen Projector
The outstanding picture and sound quality of The Cary Grant Theater make it a go-to choice for top engineers working on high profile projects. We’re proud to have been chosen by Sony to update the historic theater with state-of-the-art Immersive Audio support for Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D.

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