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Great BOSE sound and hot live action on stage at PE’s latest entertainment venue

The new-look Boardwalk Action Bar opened its doors at PE’s Boardwalk Casino in June.  As part of Sun International's Billion Rand upgrade to the Boardwalk, the old Supersport Bar was gutted and rebuilt to offer the community a stunning new live entertainment venue suitable for comedy nights, music groups, cabaret, karaoke and, of course, sport on the big screen.

The new Action Bar at the Boardwalk Casino

Local AV integration company, Avitech Systems, provided the design, supply and installation of the sound, lighting and audiovisual systems in the venue. In a coup for Port Elizabeth, the venue features the very first BOSE ROOMMATCH line array loudspeaker system installed in South Africa.

“The design brief was to provide a sound and AV solution that could be simply operated by day staff, but could also provide the sophistication and level of control required by live stage acts and sound engineers,” explained Lawrence Bricknell, project leader from Avitech Systems. “We have succeeded in providing this, and more, using a combination of products from BOSE, BIAMP, ALLEN & HEATH and CRESTRON.”


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An A&H iLive digital mixing desk provides control of the live sound, while a BIAMP Audiaflex digital signal processor allows automatic selection of preset audio configurations, and simple iPad-based control when a sound engineer is not on duty.Front of house sound is provided by six BOSE ROOMMATCH loudspeaker cabinets. ROOMMATCH is BOSE premier large venue loudspeaker system, and brings concert quality sound to fixed installations. Driving the loudspeakers are three 8 channel BOSE POWERMATCH amplifiers, providing a total of 12000 watts of audio power to the venue.



In addition to controlling house lighting from an iPad, Avitech Systems also installed a DMX based stage lighting rig, using LED fixtures and a PHILIPS STRAND lighting desk.



The Action Bar features 12 LCD TV sets and a large format EPSON data projector. With AV input facilities on stage and at the sound booth. For the sport lovers, a bank of DSTV decoders are fed from the Boardwalk central IPTV server.



Avitech Systems used a CRESTRON control processor to automate operations in the venue, and present a simple control interface on an Apple iPad. From this touch screen, staff canThe new Action Bar at the Boardwalk Casino

-          Open and close stage curtains

-          Control house lighting

-          Select and adjust music volume

-          Control the 12 LCD TV sets in the venue

-          Control the projector and motorised screen


Presets allow simple venue setup for the weekly bingo and draw events, and allow the venue staff to operate without relying on a sound engineer to do a setup for each event.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the project,” commented Lawrence . “It was great fun putting it all together, from FOH sound, stage lighting, projectors and screens, to the Crestron Control operated from an iPad. It’s a fantastic venue.”

Cheslyn Botha of CB Entertainment heads the casino’s audiovisual department and will run the AV, sound and lighting in the Action Bar. “The venue is very, very nice,” said Cheslyn. “It’s almost a replica of an action bar in Chilli. I am also excited about the new toys at my disposal!“

The up-market Boardwalk Action Bar comfortably seats an audience of 200 people and is set to become the centre of live entertainment in Port Elizabeth. We wish them everything of the best for the future.

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