Room to Grow
In 1996, with the 201 S. Victory building at capacity, Chace acquired the facilities of Director's Sound at 1150 West Olive Avenue, just around the corner from the main Chace building. This 7000 square foot site houses the Optical Sound Recording Department, the Rick Chace Theatre, and a 600 square foot ADR/Foley stage.
The Optical Sound Recording Department has the latest sound cameras for 35mm mono, stereo, Dolby Digital® (SR-D), and DTS® optical sound track negatives. The department also makes 16mm optical soundtrack negatives in the 35/32mm format.
The Rick Chace Theatre was dedicated in October 1997, nearly five years after the passing of Rick Chace. The THX® certified re-recording stage is the site of the company's theatrical restoration mixing as well as feature and documentary mixes. Lawrence of Arabia, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz are but a few of the hundreds of legendary titles that have been remixed for DVD and theatrical re-release in the theatre. Next Day Air, Voices of Iraq, and Kurt and Courtney are examples of features mixed at the 850 square foot stage.
The explosive growth in home entertainment, fueled by the introduction of the DVD format in the late 1990s, created the need for additional space. To accommodate the demand for high quality soundtrack re-mastering, Chace opened its 5000 square foot work-in-progress vault at 217 S. Victory Boulevard in 1999. This short-term vault provides the space to facilitate complete inventory inspection on a growing population of sound masters for preservation and re-mastering.
The current Chace campus was completed in August of 2000 with the opening of the multi-purpose “middle” building at 207 S. Victory Boulevard. The “middle building” houses production facilities supporting the burgeoning audio re-mastering market as well as space for project managers and coordinators. In addition to Chace Digital Stereo® sound design and Compression/QC suites for DVD and Blu-ray Disc® audio encoding, this building houses Studio R – a premiere 7.1 near field mastering suite designed to THX pm-3 specifications. Projects as varied as On the Waterfront, A Shot in the Dark, Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits, and Bad Religion: Live at the Palladium have been mixed for home entertainment release in Studio R.
To further accommodate the expanding sound re-mastering market, two Cube-Tec Restoration suites also occupy the “middle building.” Titles such as West Side Story, South Pacific, Red River, and Stand By Me have been restored to new levels of fidelity in these rooms.