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Technical Specifications

3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Loading Dock & Stage Door Address

950 Francis Street
Houston, TX 77002

Director of Production

Brian Walker
brian@matchouston.org
713-325-5371

 


General Venue Description


GALLERY

Approximately 3000 sq foot of gallery space with white walls, gallery style track lighting surrounding the full room and a finished natural wood floor. The Gallery does not have any theatrical lighting, or sound included as part of it's normal set up.

MATCHBOX 1

Seats 116 in the round, 86 straight on. Complete black box with moveable platforms for risers and gridded throughout for set up anywhere. Room has white walls behind black surround for use as a possible gallery space. Two curtain tracks surround entire room with black masking to enclose room.

MATCHBOX 2

Seats 161 with permanent seating on permanent risers. Stage is intended for dance and fully sprung with permanent dance floor.

MATCHBOX 3

Seats 144 in the round, 123 straight on. Complete black box with moveable platforms for risers and gridded throughout for set up anywhere. Curtain track surrounds room 4' from wall with black masking to enclose room.

MATCHBOX 4

Seats 323. Proscenium stage with permanent projector and screen.

 


Stage Specifications


Matchbox 1

Pipe Grid Height

18'

Dimensions

36'-8" x 36'-8'

Masking

2 black legs (12'x18') dedicated to room, not hung as part of rep set up

Curtains

Curtains black velour panels(no fullness) on track encircling the room

Curtain Track

Curtain track 4'-6" away from wall & 9" away from wall
Curtain track has a switch back to transfer goods from one track to the other located on the West wall

Walls

Lower portion: 12' of white sheetrock walls over plywood base (for gallery use)
Upper portion: black cinderblocks with acoustic cut outs

Floor

Masonite over 2 layers of plywood over stringers, painted black

 

Matchbox 2

Pipe Grid Height

18'

Dimensions

SL wall to SR wall: 65'
Proscenium line to back wall: 32'
Proscenium line to black scrim: 27'-9"

Masking

1 set of black velour torm legs hung on track
4 sets of black velour legs (no fullness), hung on curved track for masking.
With legs pulled fully closed, stage width is 30'

Soft Goods

1 full stage full black traveler
1 black scrim hung down stage of full black traveler
1 white FP vinyl bounce

Main Curtain

There is no front curtain in this space

Walls

Black cinderblocks with acoustic cut outs

Floor

Permanently installed, black Harlequin "Studio" vinyl floor over Harlequin "Activity" sub floor
Point load for floor is 337 lbs.

 

Matchbox 3

Pipe Grid Height

18'

Dimensions

45' x 53'

Masking

2 black legs (12'x18') dedicated to room, not hung as part of rep set up

Curtains

Black velour panels (no fullness) on track encircling the room

Curtain Track

4' away from walls

Walls

Black cinderblocks with acoustic cut outs

Floor

Masonite over 2 layers of plywood over stringers, painted black

 

Matchbox 4

Grid Height

There is no grid in this space
There are catwalks over the stage with lighting positions
Bottom of catwalks are 18' off the deck

Rigging

There are 4 hemp sets in the space with sandbag counterweights
Use of these sets is upon approval of MATCH Director of Production

Dimensions

Proscenium opening: 52'-10"
SL wall to SR wall: 65'
Plaster line/edge of stage to back wall: 30'
Plaster line/edge of stage to black scrim: 24'
Plaster line/edge of stage to cyc: 29'-3"

Masking

3 sets of black velour legs (no fullness) on track
3 sets side tabs on track
1 Mid-stage black traveler (no fullness)
black velour panels hung on 2 tracks to mask loading door

Soft Goods

1 full stage full black traveler
1 black scrim hung down stage of full black traveler
1 white FP vinyl bounce

Main Curtain

Blue velour curtain, controlled downstage right

Walls

Blue painted cinderblocks with acoustic architectural details

Acoustic Curtains

Blue velour curtains (with fullness) above audience chanber and along side walls of catwalks

Floor

Masonite over 2 layers of plywood over stringers, painted black

 

Misc. Soft Goods

MATCH has four sets of pipe and drape with 8' black velour panels. These are available upon request. Please confirm availability with MATCH Director of Production.

 


Loading Access


Location

The loading dock is located on Francis Street on the back side of the facility

Dimensions

21' wide from dumpsters to pedestrian ramp & 41' from loading dock to street
Loading dock is 2' off street level

 

Francis St. is a narrow street often with cars parked along both sides.
While it is possible to back a 24' box truck in to the dock, it often requires blocking off parking spaces.
Please be sure to communicate with Director of Production about your trucking plans.

Loading Door10'-4 1/2"h x 24'w
Roll Doors Off Staging10'h x 10'w
Loading Doors to Theaters
 Matchbox 1

7'-11"h x 6'w (double doors)

 Matchbox 2

10'5"h x 8'-6"w (sliding sound door)

 Matchbox 3

11'-3"h x 10'w (double swinging sound doors)

 Matchbox 4

11'-9"h x 8'-8"w (sliding sound door)

Low Clearance Outside Loading Doors to Theaters
 Matchbox 19'-10"
 Matchbox 210'
 Matchbox 311'-10"
 Matchbox 411'-3"

 


Orchestra & Pianos


Orchestra Pits

Matchboxes 1, 2 & 3 do not have an orchestra pit or area designated for use by an orchestra

Matchbox 4 does not have a dedicated orchestra pit, however the area between the stage and the first row of the seating may be used as an area for musicians. Advance approval is required, please contact Director of Production.

Pianos

  • 52" Yamaha upright on piano dolly
  • Steinway B grand piano on spider dolly
  • Bosendorfer 5' Baby Grand on spider dolly
  • Artis - Kurzweil 88-Key Stage Piano with stand and pedals

*MATCH requires tuning of any piano used prior to client use. Our preferred tuner Molly Mayfield (713.598.3277) who we can schedule on your behalf and expense. You are also welcome to schedule your own tuner. Tuning of piano should be scheduled at the beginning of your event period. Schedule should be confirmed with Director of Production.

Orchestra Shell

MATCH owns 8 Wenger Legacy Classic Acoustic Shell panels that can be used in any of the 4 spaces.

Each panel is 6' wide and can be raised to roughly 14' when canopy is in position.

Chairs / Stands / Lights

MATCH owns 10 Wenger orchestra chairs and stands. MATCH owns 15 Wenger conventional music stand lights.

*Chairs and stands are shared throughout the building by any client with music performance and may not be guaranteed for any one space. Please confirm your needs with Director of Production.

 


Dressing Rooms


Each Matchbox theater has two dedicated dressing rooms each with 5 – 7 permanent seating positions. Additional tables and chairs are available to add seating positions ranging from 3 – 6 depending on the size of the dressing room.

Matchbox 4 has one additional dressing room space with 5 – 7 seating positions and space for additional chairs and tables, however use of this dressing room requires advance approval.

Showers

The restroom facilities each have a single shower in them. The restrooms for Matchbox 3 & 4 are located in the hallway behind Matchbox 4. The restrooms for Matchbox 1 & 2 are located in the hallway beside Matchbox 2.

 


Other Facilities


Green Room

There is a shared break room space located in the hallway behind Matchbox 2 with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee machine. Vending machines with drinks and snacks are located outside the break room in the hallway .

MATCH does not provide coffee service.

Visiting Manager Office

There is a shared office space with 4 workstations, one for each Matchbox, located in the hallway behind Matchbox 2. There is a phone and there is guest WiFi in the building.

Wardrobe

There are two wardrobe rooms in the building. Each wardrobe room has two washers and 2 dryers as well as a steamer. The shared wardrobe room for Matchbox 1 & 2 is located in the hallway outside Matchbox 1 and the wardrobe room for Matchbox 3 & 4 is located in the hallway behind Matchbox 4. Washers require HE detergents. MATCH does not provide laundry detergent.

 


Audio


Each theater is equipped with a full sound system which includes a rep house speaker set up, amplifiers, microphones, Clear-Com connectivity, backstage paging and dressing room monitors.

Playback

Each theater has a Tascam CD-200IL CD player and Tascam SS-CDR200 CDR player/recorder

Each theater has an iMac running the basic audio and video license of Qlab3. These computers are connected directly to the sound consoles to allow for multiple channels of output.

  • Matchbox 2 & 4: 27" iMac Retina 5K 2015, 4 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB Ram
  • Matchbox 1 & 3: 21.5" iMac mid 2011, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB Ram

Sound Consoles

  • Matchbox 1, 2 & 3 each have a Soundcraft Expression 1 console
  • Matchbox 4 has a Yamaha QL5 console

Each theater is equipped with at MOTU Micro Lite Midi interface

Clear-Com

Each booth has a two channel belt pack for the light board op and a comm station with headset for the sound operator.

Additional one and two channel belt packs are available. These are shared with all 4 spaces and total quantity available depends on the number of clients in the facility. Best efforts will be made to ensure that all spaces have adequate numbers of Clear-Com belt packs and headsets.

Clear-com connectivity is available throughout each theater space.

Connectivity

Each theater has microphone jacks and audio tie-lines distributed throughout.

Wireless Microphones

Each theater has 2 wireless receivers and is equipped with a set of wireless handheld microphones and a set of lavaliere microphones.

Wireless Frequencies:

  • Matchbox 1: 590.475 & 573.175
  • Matchbox 2: 584.425 & 584.800
  • Matchbox 3: 580.925 & 586.875
  • Matchbox 4: 574.150 & 574.650

Rep Speaker Configurations

Matchbox 1

  • Stereo speakers in grid facing booth (EAW JF8)
  • Mono speakers in grid facing other 3 walls (EAW JB8)
  • Subwoofer above grid at center (Bag End IPD10E-R Infrasub)

Matchbox 2

  • LCR in grid facing audience/booth (EAW JB8) 
  • Two fold back speaker in grid facing stage (EAW JF8)
  • Subwoofer above grid at center (Bag End IPD12E-R Infrasub)

Matchbox 3

  • Stereo speakers facing booth (EAW JF8)
  • Mono speakers facing other 3 walls (EAW JF8)
  • Subwoofer above grid at center (Bag End IPD10E-R Infrasub)

Matchbox 4

  • LCR facing audience (Fulcrum Acoustics CX1277)
    • LR mounted to proscenium
    • C mounted in front of teaser
  • Stero subwoofers under front edge of stage (Bag End IPD12E-DA Infrasub)

*Matchbox 4 does not have 5.1 surround sound

Additional Audio Equipment

This inventory represents equipment shared between all 4 theater spaces and does not guarantee availability. Please confirm with Director of Production prior to your event to make your audio needs knows so that best efforts can be made to ensure that equipment is shared appropriately between each theater.

Loose Speakers

  • 7@ EAW JF8 speakers

Microphones

  • 8@ Shure SM58 Wireless handheld microphones (2 each Matchbox)
  • 8@ Shure WL184 Wireless Lavalier Condenser microphones (2 each Matchbox)
  • 8@ Shure ULXD1 Wireless Bodypack transmitters (2 each Matchbox)
  • 4@ Shure SM57-LC Dynamic Cardioid Instrument microphones
  • 10@ Shure SM58-LC Dynamic Cardioid Vocal microphones
  • 6@ Shure SM81-LC Condenser Cardioid Instrument microphones
  • 1@ Shure Beta 52A Dynamic Supercardioid Kick microphone
  • 4@ Shure Beta 56A Dynamic Supercardioid Drum/Instrument microphone
  • 4@ Sennheiser MD421 Dynamic Cardioid Studio microphones
  • 1@ C Ducer CPS-8P Piano Pickup Transducer
  • 4@ Shure MX153T Omnidirectional Earset, headworn microphone

Microphone Stands

  • 10@ Konig & Meyer 35-63" Microphone Stands
  • 10@ Konig & Meyer 18-30" Microphone Booms
  • 4@ Atlas Sound 8-13" Microphone Stands
  • 2@ Atlas Sound 14-26" Microphone Stands
  • 8@ Atlas Sound 34-62" Microphone Stands
  • 4@ Atlas Sound 37-66" Microphone Stands
  • 4@ Atlas Sound 16-24" Microphone Booms
  • 4@ Atlas Sound 25-38" Microphone Booms

Other

  • Ample microphone and speaker cables for all equipment available.
  • 8@ Whirlwind Direct Box Director
  • 6@ Behringer DI-100 Ultra Active DI box
  • 4@ Whirlwind Direct Box PCDI (one in each control booth)
  • 8@ Loudspeaker stands
  • 2@ 50' Whirlwind 8 XLR to 8 XLR snakes
  • 2@ 25' Whirlwind 8 XLR to 8 XLR snakes
  • 2@ 50' Whirlwind Medusa Connect Series 8 XLR send 4 XLR return

Matchbox 4 Ground Stack System

  • 2@ D&B Y10P Loudspeakers
  • 2@ D&B V-GSUB Subwoofer
  • 1@ D&B D80 Amplifier

Monitor package **

  • 8@ D&B Audiotechnik M6 monitor speakers
  • 1@ D&B Audiotechnic E15X monitor sub
  • 2@ D&B 10D 4 CH amplifier
  • 1@ D&B 30D 4 CH amplifier

**This monitor package is intended to be used in Matchbox 4. It may be available to clients in other spaces, but you must get approval from MATCH Director of Production.

Backline

  • 6@ Ultimate Support Genesis Series Guitar Stands (GS-1000 Pro)

Backstage paging

Each theater is equipped with a backstage paging system that addresses, the dressing rooms assigned to that theater as well as "common" areas like the break room and restrooms.

Portable Sound System

There are 2 portable sound systems available that include a CD player with iPod connectivity (Tascam CD-200IL) , a small mixer (PPM 1012), and 2 wireless belt-packs (Shure ULXS4) with head worn microphones (Shure SM35).

One of these racks lives in the rehearsal room, the other is available as needed throughout the facility.

Assisted Listening Devices and Descriptive Services

Each theater is equipped with a "LISTEN" system that distributes audio to receivers that can be checked out by patrons for performances. This system monitors the in room microphone that feeds backstage.

There is a portable system that may be used for descriptive services. MATCH does not itself offer or provide descriptive services, clients will need to engage the person directly who will be doing the descriptive service to the patrons.

Batteries

Each theater has 8 rechargeable batteries and charger for use with the wireless microphones provided. Please bring additional batteries if you plan to use more than the base microphones or have other battery needs.

 


Video Projection


Projectors

Each theater has a direct connection from the booth to the projector.

Matchbox 1

ViewSonic PJD7525W 4000-Lumen WXGA DLP Projector mounted from the grid near the west wall (specifications | product page).

Matchbox 2

ViewSonic PRO8450 4500 Lumen WXGA DLP Projector which mounted from the grid above the audience (specifications | product page).

Matchbox 3

Barco PGWU-62L DLP 6000 Lumen Laser Phosphor projector which is mounted from the grid near the east wall (specifications | product page). The projector is equipped with a 1.52-2.91:1 zoom lens.

Matchbox 4

Barco DP2K-10S Small DLP Cinema Projector located in the production booth (product page). It is a 9000 lumen projector with a native resolution of 2048x1080. It has a BME .69" DC2K 1.7-2.55 Lens. The projector has a 2200 watt lamp in it. This projector can handle DCP files, but the theater does not have a 5.1 speaker configuration. There is an audio processor that will downmix the 5.1 signal to stereo.

Screens

Matchbox 4 has an automated 22'w x 14'w screen permanently mounted on the downstage side of the first catwalk over stage. Control is located in the amp room.

A 16'w x 9'h portable projection screen available for use in any of the spaces. Time and manpower to install projection screen must be incorporated in to rental period as the screen does not stay intact when not in use.

A smaller approximately 7'w x 4'h portable projection screen is available that can be set up quickly by one person and is for board room style projection use.

The white cycloramas in Matchbox 2 and 4 can be used as projection screens. This requires the black scrim to be tied up. MATCH crew calls are required to tie up and then to restore the scrim.

The walls of Matchbox 1 are painted white and also may be used as a projection surface.

Monitors

MATCH has one confidence monitor (27" Samsung LED) available for use in any of the 4 theater spaces. Please coordinate use of the confidence monitor with MATCH Director of Production.

There is a 40" Samsung LED Television on a 65" mobile stand that may be used in any of the performance spaces or theater lobbies. Please confirm availability with MATCH Director of Production.

Playback & Control

Matchboxes 1, 2 & 3

Each theater is equipped with an iMac running the basic audio/video version of Qlab 3. The computer is connected to the sound console directly by USB and has 4 audio channels patched as part of the repertory sound plot. An HDMI cable provides video signal directly to the projector.

A Samsung BD-J5100 Blu-Ray player and a Roland V-1HD Video Switcher are also available for use. Please confirm availability with Director of Production

Matchbox 4

Matchbox 4 also has an iMac running the basic audio/video version of Qlab 3. The computer is connected to the sound console directly by USB and has 4 audio channels patched as part of the repertory sound plot.  An OPPO BDP-103 Blu-Ray player is also installed.

Video signals from the iMac and Blu-Ray player are patched to a matrix switcher, and from there to the projector.  Additional inputs to the switcher are available.

Distribution Amplifiers

Each theater rack has a DA system for component video and intended for distributing SD backstage video signals to the dressing rooms.

One Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI DA is available as needed for splitting and "amplifying" signal when using the HD-SDI infrastructure and the Blackmagic HD-SDI / HDMI encoder decoders.

Connectivity

Each theater is equipped with SDI tie lines as well as data tie lines that can be used to route video signals from the room to the booth. Match has limited video cables and adapters due to the variety of connection and output options. Please check with Director of Production about what you plan to bring in and confirm whether we have the parts to support you.Blackmagic Design Micro Converters are available to send video signal though the HD-SDI tie lines in each space.

MATCH owns and assortment of video adapters, please confirm with Director of Production about any equipment you plan to bring in to the building to confirm that the correct adapters are available.

A video-over-IP encoder and decoder are assigned to Matchbox 4 for use with PowerPoint presentations from the stage. Please check with MATCH Director of Production about options for use in other spaces.

Matchbox 4 is equipped with a Dolby Digital Cinema Processor CP750 to allow DCP files that include 5.1 audio, to be downmixed to a stereo signal.

 


Lighting


Each theater has a repertory lighting plot hung, focused and colored. Included in each rep plot are a number of "spares" that can be focused for specials as needed. The rep plot can be refocused and recolored by clients, but it must be returned to it's original condition including focus upon load out of client. Clients may request that MATCH hire staff to restore the plot which will be at the cost of the Client.

Control

Matchbox 1, 2 & 3 each have an ETC Element console

Matchbox 4 has an ETC Ion console

There is a ETC Net3 RFU unit that is shared between all 4 spaces.

There are 2 iPads available with the ETC aRFR app. iPads must be checked out from Director of Production and must be returned at the end of each work day.

Accessories

Ample amounts of color frames, drop-in irises, template holders and top hats

Assorted lengths of 3 pin cable, DMX cable and 2-fers

MATCH does not maintain a full stock of gel. Rep colors will be replaced and maintained by MATCH, but any color that is not part of the rep is the responsibility of the client.

MATCH does not maintain a stock of gobos outside of the ones used in the repertory plots.

All equipment is shared between all 4 spaces and is first come, first served. Please coordinate with Director of Production for special requests.

Dimming

Matchbox 1, 2 & 3 do not have permanent dimming aside from architectural dimmers in MB 2. There are ETC SmartBars and Strand S21 Dimmer bars set up throughout each space with assigned addresses. Additional dimmer bars can be added to the remaining power outlets in the room to expand dimmer capacity of the room.

Matchbox 4 has 192 ETC Sensor3 Dimmers as well as power distributed throughout the theater for using additional portable dimmers.

In addition to the permanent and portable dimming, each theater is equipped with relay circuits distributed throughout the space. Matchbox 1, 2 & 3 each have 12 of these circuits, Matchbox 4 has 24 of these circuits. They are controlled through the light board and are used to power the LED fixtures in the rep plots. Spare circuits can be used as needed for switched power or to power additional smart fixtures.

Moving Lights

Moving lights are included in the rep plots in Matchbox 2, 3 and 4. Moving lights in Matchbox 2 and 4 are not to be moved from their rep position. Moving lights in Matchbox 3 may be moved at clients request, but can only be moved by MATCH staff at the cost of the client. They must be restored to their rep position at the end of the rental, by MATCH staff at the cost of the client.

Other

Eight 18' tall pipes and associated lighting bases are available for setting up side light in each of the theaters as needed.

Limited additional lighting inventory is available that is not included as part of the repertory light plot. Please verify availability with MATCH Director of Production.

Repertory light plots

Light plots may be downloaded from the main Rental Information web page.