Chicago Spotlight, Inc. is shedding some light on United Center, the largest arena in the U.S., with help from Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots. Home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NFL’s Chicago Blackhawks and a venue for top musical artists, the United Center has hosted over 40 million guests since it opened in 1994.
“The United Center is in the process of replacing their current followspots,” says Chicago Spotlight president Marty Lazarus. “Their existing fixtures have been there since the arena opened. Their goal is to replace two each year until 8 are replaced with Victors and 4 with Cyranos.”
Cyrano is a compact and efficient 2500-watt HMI followspot with a high-performance quartz condenser optical system. It features a 100% closing iris; 100% closing dimmer; B-size gobo holder , variable frost, dichroic blue filter; and 6-way boomerang color changer with removable filter frames.
Lazarus explains that Chicago Spotlight demo’d the Cyranos for the arena and staged a shoot out comparing them to the current fixtures. “The customer was impressed with the Cyranos’ features, the even field and the sturdy construction of the unit,” he reports. “The Cyrano’s light output was comparable to the spotlights it was replacing – we’re talking about 2,500W HMI vs 3,000W Xenon with a more even field. They felt that by purchasing two Cyranos they were getting a lot of value for their dollar.”
United Center organized a training session with 14 local stagehands to familiarize them with the new fixtures, the first of an expected dozen units. At United Center Rob Staverman is senior director of event operations and Bob Grmusich the house electrician.
About Robert Juliat
Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.
R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit