Way off topic, but I am having a very hard time answering this...and since you'll are out in the field and see thing....
Does any one know of any theaters out there that are still running a hemp (sandbags, pin rail, etc) rigging system? This is for historical reasons, nothing to do with trying to upgrade etc.
I currently know of only 1 space (Academy of music in Northampton MA) that is still running - everywhere else I know has been upgraded...or closed down/stripped out.
Any ideas anyone?
The Paramount Theater in Austin TX is still a hemp house - over 100 years old and going strong. www.austintheatre.org.