Castle Cinema, Hackney

dBx Acoustics were the acoustic consultants for the resurrection of Hackney’s Castle Cinema. Originally opened in 1913, the cinema operated until 1958 since when it has been a bingo hall, a snooker hall, and a warehouse. Our involvement began in 2014 when we visited the space to measure sound insulation of the separating walls and floor, and the roof, as well as to carry out an environmental noise survey against which to assess future entertainment and building services noise emissions.

Working with the design team, we created an acoustic model of the space to optimise the placement of acoustically absorptive finishes within the space, particularly to control unwanted sound focusing from the ornate curved ceiling.

Given the historic nature of the space and the original ornate plasterwork, the acoustic treatments included acoustic plaster as well as more traditional fabric panels.

The space opened in March 2017 and is a firm favourite with Team dBx whenever we find ourselves in the area!