Generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Cohen transforms the space with a dramatic design into the Academy’s East Coast home

New York, November 15, 2010... Lighthouse International, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will unveil the new Academy Theater at Lighthouse International. Featuring 3D capability and other state-of-the-art film and video technology, the Academy Theater is home to the Academy’s weekly screenings and events on the East Coast, as well as Lighthouse events.

The renovation was made possible by a grant from Charles S. Cohen, board member of Lighthouse International and his wife Clo. The Academy upgraded the sound and projection equipment according to latest industry standards. “We are deeply grateful to the generosity of Charles Cohen, and his wife Clo,” said Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International. “Their vision transformed our facility into a stunning architectural design. We are also very grateful to the Academy for providing state-of-the-art technology so that we are one of the only nonprofit theaters in Manhattan providing film, digital cinema and 3D technology.”

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The Academy Theater’s new look was created by the internationally renowned pioneer and expert in theater design, Theodore Kalomirakis. “From the sleek, gray and black design to the neon marquis and silver curtain, the Theater restores the elegance and glamour of movie and Broadway theaters of another era,” said Mr. Kalomirakis, President of TK Theaters.

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Highlights of Technical Screening Features


  • Century 35MM Film Projectors
  • Large Matte White Mini Perf Screen - 25’-5” W x 10’-8” H
  • Dolby Digital SRD 5.1 and Dolby Digital EX 6.1 Digital Film Sound


  • 7000 watt JBL Subwoofer System and 4000 watt M&K Surround System
  • Total Sound System wattage 23,000 Watts
  • Dolby True HD, DTS Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus Playback all with Blu-Ray


  • Digital Cinema 2K DLP Video Projection.
  • Dolby 3D Projected Images
  • Dolby Cinema Server (DCP) Playback Storage
  • Blu-Ray Playback or DVD Upconverted 1080P Playback
  • HD-CAM SR, D5, HD CAM, DV CAM and DIGI-BETA playback upon special request.


  • Assisted Listening Headset System for people who are hearing impaired
  • Live Descriptive Listening for selected features for people who are visually impaired

Highlights of architectural features:

  • Neon Theater marquee
  • 220 seating capacity
  • Silver House Curtain and a Sheer Title Curtain
  • New seating and carpeting
  • Enhanced computerized light presentation
  • Handicapped accessibility and seating areas
  • Lobby area with stainless steel bar for receptions or breaks
  • Spacious and completely renovated tiled bathrooms

According to Bud Rosenthal, Chairman of the Academy’s New York Events Committee, “We are delighted with the renovations at the Academy Theater. The theater is beautiful, comfortable and technologically advanced. It is the ideal place for the Academy’s weekly screenings of first-run films, Monday Nights with Oscar® monthly public film series, Annual Student Academy Awards® program, tributes and other events.” Last year Lighthouse International and the Academy announced a 10 year contract that extended the relationship they have had since 2002.

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The Theater is available for rental to outside groups, organizations and film festivals. Proceeds benefit Lighthouse International’s mission to fight vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

About Lighthouse International

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit

About the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards — in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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