Audica Professional MICROseries Installed at The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square,
Father and son team Jimmy and Simon Thomas have invested more than £40 million transforming
the former Hippodrome Theatre in Leicester Square, London, into a high-end, opulent
casino, blending theatrical history with contemporary, luxurious furnishings. The
complex comprises three floors of gaming with the main gaming floor based in the
original 60-foot theatre atrium, but what really sets this venue apart is its other
facilities; a 180-seat cabaret theatre, an impressive restaurant, four private dining
rooms, five bars and a number of lounges and events spaces.
Audica Professional MICROseries have provided a number of unique solutions for the
outstanding audio installation, designed and installed by Willow SoundVision, a specialist
integrator of audio visual systems and digital media solutions. With around 40 networked
zones, every audio product was carefully selected to be the best solution for the
building and the multi-purpose way it is used.
In the main casino area, Audica Professional loudspeakers provide a unique architectural
solution alongside the Community main system. Creating intimate audio for the gaming
tables, Audica MICROdot loudspeakers are built in to the stunning giant 'Dandelion
Clock' light structures which provide the aesthetic near-field lighting of the tables.
The dandelions are formed using clusters of spotlights, with MICROdots intermittently
taking the place of spotlights. The effect of the dandelions is not only visually
striking, but places light and sound exactly at the proximity and level it's needed.
Slim Audica MICROlines are installed around the main casino bar, merging perfectly
with the available space and aesthetic lines of the bar's design. Again this places
them close to people using the bar, providing just the right ambience and sound level
required. Audica MICROzone amplifier/controllers and MICROplus 4-channel power amplifiers
provide the processing and power for the Audica loudspeakers in the main casino and
The Matcham Room is an intimate 180-seat cabaret theatre, located behind the original
Hippodrome stage, which fronts the main gaming floor. To meet the standards of the
world-class performers the venue attracts, the front-of-house is a Clair Bros constant
curvature array system. Around the edge of the Matcham Room are private booths, each
of which uses two Audica MICROdot ceiling loudspeakers mounted in the booth canopy,
providing high quality near-field sound.