Don Bosco Technical College (Kurla) comprises Engineering, Hospitality and other such colleges. As a part of their expansion, they wanted to create a Media College for which an entire design and layout was created. As a part of this facility a preview theatre with the versatility for multipurpose use was to be built. This theatre was required to meet commercial cinema standards, complete with surround sound, yet it needed to have a stage to facilitate panel discussions and other such activities and also seminars which would be a slightly different format. So the 74-seater preview theatre was designed keeping this brief in mind.
The air conditioning was designed keeping in mind that it was an institution therefore enabling them to incrementally switch on the air-conditioning to keep the cost down and only use as much air conditioning as required. A stage facility was created. One of the challenges of the place was that it is longer than it is wide thus there would be a large number of steps that would be required to accommodate 74 chairs. The final height would therefore be quite a bit and there were low hanging beams that posed a limit to the maximum height that could be achieved both in terms of head clearance and visibility of the screen and stage so this was carefully calculated to arrive at a solution where head clearance was fine till the last row and visibility was achieved everywhere.
A separate PA system was installed to make the operation of the equipment easy, as the students would be using them. The whole system was kept simple. Connectivity was ensured at various points to keep it versatile. To maintain the cinematic experience seats used were the ones used in commercial cinemas. Keeping in mind the multi-use aspect the place was designed such that a speaker addressing the audience could walk in dramatically from the rear and appear from within the audience, climbing down the aisles of the theatre to get onto the stage. For more formal discussions they could enter in from a side door close to the stage.
Lights were designed to be versatile enough to dimly or brightly light the place. Feedback elimination systems were put in place to offer the speakers the ability to walk among the audience and for the audience participation to not hamper the sound reinforcement. The acoustic treatment was designed to replicate the experience in a commercial cinema. Acoustic doors were added to not disturb the rest of the college and the classrooms next door.