National WWII Museum Victory Theater

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The Victory Theater is a new addition to the National WWII Museum located in New Orleans. Equipped with a 120 feet wide screen and 250 seats, the Victory Theater provides viewers with a truly immersive 4-D cinematic experience. The audience is able to witness the historic battles and stories of World War II with the dynamic effects of archival footage, animation, scenery, sound and sensory effects. Electrosonic Design Consulting worked with the Project Team led by The Hettema Group to develop the complex video and audio presentation.

As viewers step into the pre-show the audiovisual system includes eight large plasma displays playing back a synchronized introductory media piece. In the design, speakers were placed strategically above the displays and throughout the area to provide the relevant audio tracks for the video as well as additional sound effects and fills.

For the main theater, Electrosonic Design Consulting developed complex projection effects using a number of projectors, as well as the necessary video playback and processing for the edge-blended and warped video images. The main screen is a large curved scrim (102’ wide x 28’ tall) which is used for part of the show as an opaque projection surface by dropping a blackout curtain behind it. At other times in the show, the blackout is moved to allow the projected image to bleed through and appear on screens and scenery upstage of the scrim. Additional projectors were provided in the upstage area to produce smaller projected vignettes seen through the scrim. In the design, speakers were located in several areas throughout the theater to accommodate pre-recorded audio tracks being distributed through digital signal processors. A show control system was also designed to dictate startup and shut down of the show, as well as control over the video and audio content, playback, and routing.

The Victory Theater is a presentation and celebration of the brave men and women who took part in the historic war. Driven by the immersive audiovisual elements specified by Electrosonic Design Consulting, the Victory Theater tries to bring the drama and realism that was present during World War II to its visitors.


The US Air Force flying over Germany. The foreground “bomber” is a giant model within the auditorium. Notice the “exploding engine”.


The concentration camp sequence. Here both a “pit” screen and a model guard tower are in front of the main screen.


The scene depicting the bombing of Japan exploits the depth effect provided by the scrim and double screen arrangement, and is augmented with lighting and smoke effects.


The Victory Theater.