AbelCine Opens Sales and Training Facility at Cinespace Chicago
Thursday, 06 August 2015
Learning Point Features Hands-on Showroom, Training Center with 4K Theater
CHICAGO, IL – August 6, 2015 – AbelCine, the noted production equipment and service provider, has opened a new facility on the lot at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Combining an interactive sales showroom with classroom and community space, this AbelCine Learning Point is the first of its kind in the region.
The new facility features a fully appointed sales floor offering camera, audio, and lighting gear from every major production equipment manufacturer.
“What makes our showroom so incredibly useful for customers is the fact that the gear is live, like an active set, with the ability to send signals to any device you want,” says Kari Hess, Head of Production Sales at AbelCine Chicago. “When you combine this capability with the range of products on hand, it translates into a great environment for evaluating gear.”
In addition, the sales floor offers a comprehensive inventory of production supplies and consumables, servicing the ongoing needs on the Cinespace lot, as well as the local Chicago community.
The space also features a multi-use, 90-seat training center designed for classroom style or hands-on workshops, presentations and events.
“Our experience in the NY and LA markets has taught us that working production folks need an efficient way to keep up with the latest technology,” says Megan Donnelly, Camera Technology Specialist. “The type of education that we offer is practical and immersive, and our training center has been designed to support this method. We also designed our café area to be convenient for informal gatherings, and a place for people to share ideas with colleagues”.
AbelCine has maintained a presence in the Chicago area since 2008, with their former regional sales office located in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. The new facility is an extension of their commitment to the midwestern production community.
AbelCine’s new Chicago location is now open for business, with workshops already underway. An Open House with seminars and other special events is planned for the fall.
AbelCine, established in 1989, is a full service equipment and technology provider to the broadcast, production and new media industries, with facilities in New York City, Burbank, CA and Chicago, IL. Core services include equipment sales, financing, training, rental and tech services. The company is the North American agent for Phantom high-speed cameras, as well as an Arri digital camera reseller, Sony Solutions Reseller, Panasonic Specialty Reseller, and Canon Professional Production System Reseller. They are also the first Carl Zeiss Authorized Service Partner in North America, as well as an Authorized Angenieux Service Center, and a Canon Cinema Lens Service Partner. For more information, visit www.abelcine.com.