Profile: The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

April 28, 2016

Electra Sign Winnipeg was pleased to work with Canad Inns on their new signage for The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street. The design challenge on this project was two-fold; capture the original look and feel of the theatre in its glory days but also use sustainable and dependable modern technology. The result as shown above really speaks for itself with an elegant design that utilizes the latest LED lighting, keeping it shining brightly for years to come.

“The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre is a unique food and beverage emporium and Multi-Purpose Event Centre. The state of the art conference, banquet and meeting facility can accommodate upward of 1,000 persons while retaining the original look, feel and grandeur of the historic theatre.

Designed by famed architect C. Howard Crane, the Allen Theatre first opened its doors 1919 to the arrival of the Golden Age of Cinema. Designed in the sumptuous style of the era, this “Movie Palace” offered films along with a variety of live entertainment. Opulently decorated lounges allowed patrons to gather and socialize, as well as be entertained. After 68 years of operation, the Movie Theatre was closed in 1987. In 2012 Canad Inns reopened the doors and revealed the new Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.”

Website: themetwinnipeg.com
Address: 281 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB R3C 5S4
Phone: (204) 594-9494

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LED Screen Sales, Permits and Installations

April 15, 2016

Sign Media Canada Magazine recently wrote a very informative article on LED Electronic Message Centres. Much of the work showcased in the article was designed and manufactured by Electra Sign Winnipeg and its sister company Prairie Sign Regina. The article covers quite a few a topics including… typical sales increases were seen when EMC’s are purchased, technical details as well as permits and installation considerations.

The full article can be found here in their online magazine.

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The HARDER the sign the SOFTER the sell?

February 5, 2016

For more than three decades Electra Sign has proven that signage and the technologies in this industry, continue to evolve. Our custom manufacturing of signs provides a personalized approach to each client we work with. One of the questions often considered is the materials that allow our LED lighting to better showcase your signage.

With the above said, let me break down the difference between a couple of the most widely used materials – Polycarbonate and Acrylic.

POLYCARBONATE is mostly referred to by the brand name – Lexan. It has high strength, toughness (up to 250 times more impact resistance than glass), heat resistance and provides enhanced color stability when paired with our digital paints and vinyl applications. One of the biggest advantages of polycarbonate is its impact strength. Known to be virtually indestructible, tests continue to show the strengths in comparison to products such as acrylic (Plexiglas). Polycarbonate is more flexible and can be easier to machine with milling, turning and sawing than acrylic because it can not shatter. However, not without its disadvantage polycarbonate will not diffuse back lighting as much as its signage partner – Acrylic.

ACRYLIC more commonly recognized as Plexiglas, has almost 20x the impact resistance of glass and can crack more easily than Polycarbonate based on less flexibility. It diffuses the light throughout the sign more effectively because of the type of material. For this reason, many signs that are cut into curves (Channel letters, contoured cabinets, specialized logo pieces, etc.) will be done with Acrylic. These are signs usually installed onto building interior and exteriors whereas pylon signage will employ Polycarbonate.

This video shows the physical natures of both materials being tested against extreme measures and provides a more detailed example…

Polycarbonate vs Acrylic Plastic

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