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Get to Know Us

While we do offer the best quality products and services, what really makes New England Theatre Service great is our incredible team. Passionate, experienced, talented and friendly, we truly have the best of the best. Get to know the people behind the business, who are dedicated to making sure your needs are not only met, but exceeded.



Robert C. Peterson is the president and founder of New England Theatre Service, Inc. (NETS) located in Beacon Falls, CT. Bob’s electronics background was developed early on in life when he obtained a FCC general class radio license. While attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Bob worked as a union projectionist in one of the local Amherst movie theatres. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree and serving a four-year commitment with the US Air Force, Bob took a position with the RCA Service Company based out of Jersey City, NJ. His responsibilities included installation and service of projection and sound equipment throughout the Northeast. Bob later went on to work for the Translux Corporation out of Norwalk, CT, where he served as the Director of Technical Services.

In July of 1983, Bob started NETS which specialized in the repair and overhaul of 35mm projection equipment and provided component level repair of all electronic equipment associated with the movie industry. Most recently, NETS has transitioned its business model to align with the changing trends in the industry by becoming a full-service D-Cinema dealer.

NETS has had the pleasure of working with all of the major theatre circuits both past and present: Loews, Regal, AMC, National Amusements, GCC and Bow Tie, among others. Some of NETS’ more notable installations include the opening of 48 screens for Loews theatres in the same night: 25 screens located in Cherry Hill, NJ and 23 screens at the Liberty Tree Mall in Boston.  NETS was also responsible for the design and installation of the presidential screening room at Camp David. NETS previously maintained Paul Newman’s personal screening room and currently maintains Barry Diller’s personal screening room.



Vice President -

After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Business, Mike joined NETS to help out with advertising, marketing, and running the everyday operations in the office. Computers and audio are a passion for him and with the tutelage of Bob and Matt, he explored the possibilities of becoming a technician as well. In 2007, Mike attended the Barco D-Cine Premiere Digital Cinema Training Course and has been hooked ever since. He is now Barco, Christie, NEC, Dolby, GDC, Cinedigm and Technicolor 3D certified for service and installations.

In Mike's spare time he often enjoys going to Patriots games, playing a round of golf and enjoying spending time with his wife Jenn and daughter Zoey.



Senior Technician/Sound Engineer -

After several years as an electronics repair technician serving the needs of audio enthusiasts, music production companies, and Studio engineers, Matt came to New England Theatre Service in 1997 with a strong background in component level electronics and audio technology. During his time at New England, Matt expanded his skill set to include all of the skills necessary to be a well-rounded cinema technician working in the 35mm realm. His understanding of electronics, optics, mechanics, electrical, acoustics, and automation, as well as top-notch troubleshooting methods have made him into one of the most sought after and respected technicians in the area.

Over the last 20 years, Matt has also worked in the recording industry as an engineer, producer, acoustics consultant, musician, and owner of a recording studio in central Connecticut. Through these ventures, Matt has honed his audio skills and become a well-respected engineer and musician. He has worked with Dickey Betts, The Blues Brothers, Jazz is Dead, Melvin Sparks, and many, many others in several capacities ranging from audio engineer to touring musician. He has brought his extensive background in acoustics, hardware integration, and digital audio to bear on hundreds of Cinemas from Bermuda to Chicago to Northern Maine.

In light of the emerging digital cinema technologies, Matt has placed himself on the forefront of all developing technologies, and over the last 4 years has specified, installed and worked with every major brand of D-cinema equipment currently on the market. Coupled with his years of experience and hundreds of installs under his belt, Matt’s unique combination of skills and experience has allowed him to seamlessly coordinate digital retrofits in operating cinemas across the country for dozens of our customers with no downtime whatsoever.

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