CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
A name that stands for quality, durability, pride, and excellence… a name synonymous with tradition, dedication, and design innovation… a family name. For over sixty years, the Altman™ name has stood true as one of the leading innovators of theatrical, architectural, film and video lighting available on the market today.
Charles Altman, the patriarch and founder, whose spirit is still alive in the company today, founded the company based on the ideals of a top quality product available at an affordable price. Ronald Altman, whose memory still inspires loyalty and will always live on as the company grows. Robert Altman, a son who leads the company in the 21st century with state of the art innovations and high quality product with his father Charlie’s philosophy of maintaining a family pride in excellence. As the generations continue through the constant pursuit of excellence, these individuals as well as other family members and the complete staff of employees (who are all treated as family members) strive to keep the family philosophy alive with customer satisfaction, personal service, and a quality product that has proved to last through the test of time.
Born in London’s theatreland district in 1914 at the start of World War 1, Strand was famous for its lighting by the 1920s, pioneered controls in the 1930s, grew internationally in the 1940s and moved into television lighting in the 1950s.
By the 1970s Strand was making big technological leaps – shifting into automation and rewriting the rules for consoles, while the 1980s saw major advances in dimming and controls.
The revolution in computing in 1990s saw a time of rapid technological growth. Strand created its first digital consoles and software based control systems – direct descendants of those that control today’s highly-evolved, energy-efficient LED luminaires.
Proud of our past but driven by today, we continue to develop high-quality products that help you to meet the demands of modern theatre, film and TV, as well as themed environments and architecture.
MOVING AUDIENCES SINCE 1981
Originators of the moving light, Vari-Lite is synonymous with spectacle. And for good reason. For over three decades, our luminaires have helped to create unforgettable rock and roll shows and events.
But what’s behind it all? Technical and creative passion.
Since 1981, we’ve combined innovative engineering with a love of performance to bring the dreams and talents of creative people to life. That same spirit lives on today. We provide lighting designers with the tools they need to create moments to remember.
With advanced optics, superior mechanics and unparalleled color mixing, our luminaires can add subtle nuances or breath-taking effects to a wide range of applications. It’s all driven by the desire to explore new techniques and technologies to create inspirational shows all over the world.