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Munich, 27.07.2020

The Amerikahaus is a listed building; it was opened in 1957. Photo: Herbert Stolz / Amerikahaus
After the 2nd World War Munich's Amerikahaus was one of the most important institutions of the reawakening cultural life. Photo: Herbert Stolz / Amerikahaus
The theatre has been transformed into a multifunctional hall with Dolby Surround Sound. Photo: Herbert Stolz / Amerikahaus
A new sound: cinema and sound technology for Munich's Amerikahaus

After a four-year construction period, the Amerikahaus at Munich's Karolinenplatz was reopened on 29 June.In the course of the general refurbishment, it was equipped with, among other things, new cinema and sound technology. OBERMEYER was responsible for the planning.

The “Amerikahäuser” in Germany, branches of the United States Information Agency, which were opened after the Second World War, pursued the purpose of communicating America's history and a solid understanding of democracy.

Since 1957, the Amerikhaus in Munich is located in the current building at the Karolinenplatz. Today it is a cultural institution in Bavaria, an open house with an extensive range of events, dedicated to the cultivation of transatlantic relations and America research.

No wonder, then, that during the general refurbishment measures of the last four years the technical equipment, especially the new cinema technology and the sourround sound system as well as the extended event sound system in the historically protected surroundings of the large theatre hall were of particular importance. OBERMEYER was commissioned by the Munich State Building Authority with the entire planning of these modalities, from the basic evaluation to the supervision of the project.

In particular the monument protection aspect was a great challenge: Instead of the usual large sound systems, the smallest possible systems had to be selected.

OBERMEYER's Video, Audio and Broadcast Technology department implemented a new sound reinforcement system based on "Beam Steering" technology, which allows sound to be directed and adapted to the respective acoustic and sound reinforcement situation as required: powerful for cinema operations, restrained but sound-transparent for music and clear in intelligibility for voice-based events.