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Facilities

Theatre Facilities

Stage

The performance area is 8.0m wide and 5m deep with a horseshoe frontage between two areas of side seating. The extreme side seat areas shown on the diagram have now been converted into rigid platforms either side which can be used for performance – for example to accommodate musicians or a narrator.

The main stage has full black backing drapes to three sides which can be opened or closed according to requirements, and there are accessible wings to each side, as well as a large backstage area.

The main stage has recently been raised by approximately 300mm (excluding the extreme front end of the horseshoe) and this area has black ‘joelmat’ stage flooring in an area 8.0m wide by 5m deep.

Rehearsal Space

We already welcome several of Cornwall’s best known theatre and dance companies who rehearse here and use the Tolmen Centre as a space to launch new shows. Subject to availability we are happy to allow the venue to be used by all groups – amateur and professional – and our charges are kept modest to encourage this.

Phone us or email <a href=”mailto:tolmen@constantinecornwall.com”>tolmen@constantinecornwall.com</a> to find out more.

Access

The theatre space is on the first floor and is accessed up staircases on either side of the building. There is disabled access in the form of a stairlift. Changing, toilet and shower facilities are on the ground floor.  We do not have a hearing loop.

Lighting

The lighting rig now includes about 25 mixed Fresnel Parcan and Profile lanterns mountable on bars A-B and C-D with some extension bars. These are all controlled from a Zero88 Jester 12/24 channel programmable desk at the rear of the auditorium, with 12 dimmer channels feeding two sets of 6 15A sockets in the centre of AB and CD.   There are dimmable houselights and a series of fixed floodlights controlled separately. There are also two portable tripod lighting rigs with their own dimmers ( Zero88 Alphapacks with a total of 6 channels) to allow lights to be mounted in alternative sites and linked by DMX to the light desk (or for use downstairs if needed).

Sound

There are two active RCF 312 Mk3  PA speakers with stands, which run from a large Allen and Heath mixer. A multicore cable of 16 channels links the sound desk at the rear of the auditorium to a feed point in the lefthand wing.   We have a number of stage monitors, a separate large subwoofer, and several medium grade microphones. There are two sets of inexpensive radio mics (VHF) with optional headsets (not high quality and of variable reliability) There is also a Peavey 3000 Escort portable PA with its own passive speakers which can be sited anywhere. We retain the services of a professional sound engineer for events which need specialist expertise and/or equipment.

Projection/Screening

We have a powerful NEC 5200 lumen HD projector and several screens including a large (12’x 9’) portable screen and two retractable screens fixed in the downstairs spaces. The downstairs screening area has 5:1 surround sound.   This allows the screening of movies from DVD and also provides facilities for mixed media productions.

Facilities for Hire

Rooms and Spaces

Downstairs the main area (usually in the format of a comfortable Café and seating area) can be divided by large sliding doors into two areas, and these may be hired either separately or together according to requirements at modest rents.

Regular uses for the smaller spaces vary from Dance  and Fitness classes, Childrens groups, meetings, educational classes, and receptions – as well as weddings and parties using the whole of the downstairs.    Numbers up to 100 can be comfortably seated  for parties and receptions, and more can be accommodated if full seating/food service is not required.    There is a small raised stage at one end and lighting and sound equipment is available if required.

The Tolmen Centre is fully licensed for the sale of alchoholic refreshments at any time, and for all sorts of music, dance and entertainment.   However,  there is a time limit on the licence and events always have to end  by 11.30pm unless a special licence is obtained.

The kitchen and catering facility includes a large state-of-the-art electric  range cooker, commercial dishwasher, fridges and freezer.   There is crockery, glassware  and cutlery to catering standard for up to 100.

Indoor/outdoor events can be organised to use the garden area to the rear of the building.

Printing

We have a well equipped print facility in the building with its own office.  This includes two high volume black and white A4 printers,   Mac and PC  computers with full publishing software (Indesign, Photoshop, MS Publisher, Powerpoint etc).    These facilities are available on a cost-plus basis for volume printing.  We also have A3 and colour printers for small volumes.

Heritage

The Constantine Heritage Centre and Museum occupies its own space adjacent to the main building, and is run by a well qualified team of volunteer curators who are happy to help with matters of local heritage, family records and so on.

Gallery and Display

The rear part of the downstairs area (The Guildroom) is very suitable for the display of artworks and paintings.   It has been equipped with hanging rails and good lighting  and we welcome displays and exhibitions professional or amateur (wall hanging only, not suitable for sculpture or other three dimensional work).  We charge a very low commission rate on any work sold.