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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The Nutcracker: Then and Now

The Nutcracker: Then and Now

Dec 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Soldier

The Nutcracker Soldier

            The Nutcracker is such an important part of the holiday season both as the lovable toy and the gorgeous ballet.  For Grosh and our clients The Nutcracker tends to keep us focusing more on the ballet.  However, it is interesting to think about what the toy’s meaning and history is and how it inspired the ballet.

            According to German tradition, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to the family and protect the home.  The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength, guarding the family from danger.  A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of luck and goodwill.  Since the 15th century, Nutcrackers have existed in the form of wooden carvings and have traditionally been formed into the shape of a soldier, knight, or king.

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Grosh is 80 Years Old!

Grosh is 80 Years Old!

Feb 17, 2012

What makes Grosh special? We believe our unique history plays a part.

In 1932, Robert Louis Grosh founded R.L. Grosh and Sons Scenic Studios in Hollywood California.


Years before, Robert Grosh had an interest in the Theater and began his career cleaning paint brushes and buckets for Armbruster Studios in Columbus Ohio.  Beginning in his teens, he learned the trade, became a painter, and advanced to journeyman scenic artist.

( Photo Right:  Robert Grosh, his partner, Ralph Blow and the “Rag Man” outside Grosh Studios)

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