The Grosh and Tru-Roll Partnership

The Grosh and Tru-Roll Partnership

Mar 3, 2016

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In anticipation of the USITT conference and tradeshow coming up March 16th to the 19th, we wanted to feature our partner company, Tru-Roll. They specialize in theatrical rigging and hardware. They will be in booth #1827 with the Grosh backdrop hanging right next door on wall #5.  Below is a brief history of the many services they provide to the many businesses involved in our distinct industry.

Tru-Roll was created and run by Jack Grosh in 1947 to fill clients’ needs for tracks and rigging services.  Jack was so meticulous on how each system was made and adapted that Tru-Roll came to be known as “the Cadillac” of theatrical rigging in entertainment technology.  Being the best in the business, they expanded and in 1993 Tru-Roll opened up separate offices and is now a division of Advanced Entertainment Technology.  They have broadened the number of services they offer, but still specialize in designing and manufacturing standard and customized theatrical rigging systems for drapery.  Many of their clients include schools, universities, theatres, theme parks, casinos, event producers, film, and churches. They’ve worked with such names as Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, UCLA, and USC, to name a few.

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Grosh’s Eric Mueller meets Alice Cooper

Grosh’s Eric Mueller meets Alice Cooper

Oct 1, 2014

untitledAlice Cooper is described as the “architect of shock-rock,” performing fantastic and elaborate vaudeville horror concerts. His career of scare antics has spanned five decades; that’s a lot of boa constrictors, fake blood and guillotines! One would have wild ideas about the kind of conversation that would transpire with such an individual. But what if there were no cameras or screaming fans around? Grosh sat down with Eric Mueller, Warehouse Manager of Grosh Backdrops and Drapery, to ask about one of his first “Hollywood” encounters.

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A Paint Day at Grosh!

A Paint Day at Grosh!

Sep 5, 2014

You would figure that every day is a paint day at Grosh, but not for Backdrop Consultants. Today they got out of the office and into the studio! This was uncharted territory for them and probably for most. Not many people can say they helped paint a 22’ H x 50’ W backdrop! The Grosh scenic artists definitely looked worried. However, Greg, their fearless leader, and Scenic Creative Director, had full confidence…and the option to primer and paint over any mistakes.

Full painter's body suites!

Full painter’s body suites!

First we had to gear up! Adorning ourselves in old clothes, shoe covers and even a couple of full painter’s body suites, Greg gave us a tutorial on the ins and outs of the Grosh Hollywood Studio. There are six high ceiling frames that allow the backdrops to be lowered by a counterweight down two flights through openings in the floor. He went over a few safety caveats, like not falling through the openings, then showed us the tools of their trade. To begin with, the backdrop design is divided up into a grid and each section is drawn out on large sheets of paper. An electro pounce machine, which uses electricity, burns minute holes into the paper, creating a stencil. The stencil is then held up against the canvas and used to make an outline of the design.

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An Employee’s 35th Anniversary, and Counting!

An Employee’s 35th Anniversary, and Counting!

Jul 23, 2014

Not many people can say they have been with the same company for 35 years, but Eric Mueller, Warehouse Manager at Grosh Backdrops and Drapery can! Eric has been with Grosh Scenic Rentals since 1979. After college, Eric ventured into the Hollywood area in search of work. At the tender age of 19 he began his career at Grosh. In his time he has met celebrities, worked with myriad artist from big production companies (Warner Brother and Paramount, to name a few) and watched old Hollywood turn into what it is today. HA USE for sure

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What’s in a Backdrop?

What’s in a Backdrop?

Feb 4, 2014

We may be able to guess the most obvious answers, paint, cloth, brushes and a design – voila? Or Voila!

Grosh Backdrop LIFT Demo & Reception

Grosh Backdrop LIFT Demo & Reception

Oct 7, 2013

October 2, 2013 —LOS ANGELES, CA — Grosh Backdrops and Drapery rolled out the red carpet last week for a few select industry leaders to demonstrate its patented backdrop and drapery lifting system, the Backdrop LIFT.  Designed and developed by Grosh internally, the Backdrop LIFT caters to organizations that may not have the proper equipment needed to incorporate backdrops or drapery into their events. The telescoping system is simple to assemble and operate, needing only 15 minutes for a complete 17’h x 40’w set up with one or two people. Requiring no additional equipment, the system is easy to transport and can be utilized in almost any space.

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