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[–] 8261634? 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

White walls, black technical panels, a smaller area dedicated to looking nice (see: Portal 1 ending room, Portal 2 starting room, Portal 2 underground 1970s reception area, Portal 2 AI central chamber, etc.).

All it is missing is some random blue or orange paint and someone turning themselves into a human-sized rail gun projectile by using gravity and portals to make an infinite fall.


[–] lord_nougat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

And also a crazed, but somehow rather likable AI.


[–] wheatstorm 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What they need to show is how high the stage area goes up. Older theaters with manually operated curtains have extremely tall pulley systems to assist with raising and lowering. The curtains are usually extremely heavy, and in some cases require multiple people to operate the pulley system.

In this one it looks like it has been converted to either a powered curtain system or none at all.


[–] 8263767? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Back in the day, they were called "Pin Rails."

The pipes that extend across the stage Left-Right (several visible in the picture) have multiple cables attached to them, all of which run up to the catwalk ("grid") at the top of the stage, then all off to (typically) the right side of the stage (side note - from this view, the right side of the stage is called 'stage right', but from the audience view it is referred to as 'house left' - keeps confusion to a minimum when setting up the stage, lights, sound, etc.) A typical theater would have 30 or so pipes.

The cables run down the right wall to a large cage which holds enough steel weights, in 20- or 40- pound slabs (In the movies, they usually show sand bags tied to ropes, but I honestly never saw a setup like that) to balance the pipe plus whatever lights or scenery or curtains are hung from it. The stage manager has a list of every required pipe, including the scenery weight.) There are several tons of the steel plates stored on the catwalk near the rail so that the weights can be added as the scenery is fixed to the pipe.

The theater I worked at had the movie screen attached to a set of three pipes just to get enough counter weights so the screen could be raised ("flown") to make way for stage plays and orchestra performances.

If everything is balanced just right, then each rail can be raised and lowered by one person, but generally we would have 2 or 3 people working the pin rail during performances just in case.

Older stages would still require multiple people, but that is simply because the pulleys get old and grimy and never operate as smoothly as when new.

Typically, the top of the stage is 2.5x the height of the main curtain; this allows the scenery to be flown high enough so it is not visible to the people in the front row.


[–] wesofx 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Not what I would have expected. I guess it makes sense to paint the non-visible parts white just so people can navigate in the dark.


[–] Readingnow 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Bath salts; not even once.


[–] Helios-Apollo 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

This is what the Washington swamp sees whenever they pretend to not be traitorous whore-sons.