Hi everyone, We just broke ground on a brand new black box theater that will be finished in about 2 years. I'm working on my shopping list for the lighting inventory. The theater's about 55 feet square. We will be using portable risers and seating so our audience seating configurations are only limited by our imagination. The architect did several sample seating configuration drawings. A theater in the round configuration results in the smallest "stage" at about 20' square. A Proscenium style configuration is our largest "stage" with a space of 35' X 55'. Thrust, Alley and a variety of corner seating configurations are somewhere in between these sizes. It's 17 feet from the floor to the bottom of the catwalks. The lighting system designer suggested an inventory of: 30 Source4s with a lens collection of: 4-19s, 12-26s, 12-36s, and 6-50s 6- 25-50 degree zooms 28 Fresnels 20 Source4 Pars 6- two cell cyc lights 6- 6’ strip lights He didn't know we already have 16- 25/50 degree zooms in stock. My feeling is that this inventory has too many 26 degree's and not enough 50's. It seems to me that I'm going to use the Fresnels, Pars, and strips for down, back, and side light. I'll rely on the ellipsoidals for front light and specials. If I'm trying for a good old McCandles 45 degree angle of elevation on my ellipsoidals, with a 17 foot ceiling, I will have throws of only about 20 feet. With a catwalk network that allows me to hang an instrument just about anywhere, It seems to me that 36's and 50's will be the instruments of choice most of the time. I’m thinking 26's and 19's will be used primarily just for specials. I'm going to try to get the money to bump the inventory up to 48 S4's, 30 fresnels, and 30 pars. I'm thinking of a lens break down of 24- 36's, 24- 50's, and spare lens collection of 12-26's, 6-19's, 4-70's, and 4-90's I’m also thinking about going with Selecon Rama PC’s instead of Source4 Pars. I saw a demo and they were amazing. I’ve ordered two to play with before making the final purchasing decision next year. Does anybody else have Rama PC’s? Great light quality, zoom and focus, with a well defined but very soft edge... What more could you ask for? It looks like the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Mine arrive in two weeks, I can’t wait to play with them. What do you think of my changes? I thought about going with 36- 50's but decided if I need more than 24 I can use my 16 zooms on full wide. Is that a wise choice? What about the 70’s and 90’s should I have a few more extra wide lenses?