about us

about poindexters

Poindexter's is a community-minded company and a resource for architects, designers, builders and those with high expectations who appreciate quality and value. We collaborate well with others on challenging and specialized projects involving video and sound, light, acoustical needs and control systems. We offer consulting, acoustical testing, system evaluations and specifications, including sound system modeling providing accurate, easy to comprehend performance and coverage data for a space of almost any shape and size.

Our history: poindexter's was founded in 1987 by Bill Costigan, he began in this field working for R-Squared Installers of Santa Monica starting in 1982. The name "poindexter's" came to Bill as he was practicing the drums while attending the Musician's Institute of Technology in Hollywood. The name "poindexter's" was inspired by the optimistic and inventive cartoon character featured in the "Felix the Cat" comics TV series from the 1950's, the creation of Joseph Oriolo. Poindexter was known for his outrageous inventions and gadgets, his technical ability and spirited ways. Today, poindexter's is an equally optimistic and inventive leader in the world of audio-video systems.

Montana history: The Poindexter family name is famious within Montana as the first registered "brand" (square and compass), Poindexter and Orr. The Poindexter's did very well, they collected contempory art, most of the collection has been donated to the Yellowstone Museum of Art in Billings, MT. Our founder's mother is from Montana, born in Butte, raised in Billings.

What we do:  We do most things relating to the design, sales, installation, recording and delivery of sound, video, lighting and the controlling systems that tie things together making advanced technology easy to operate. We tend to attract clients and projects where sound and video are considered an important asset to the project. We strive to deliver high-resolution systems that reproduce recordings "uncolored", as was intended by the artist, recording/mastering engineer, sound designer and director. We're well vested in test equipment, and we own a large and versatile Meyer Sound PA system that we deploy for special events.

Throughout its 29 year history, poindexter's has completed many demanding and unique projects including several historic buildings such as Frank Lloyd Wright's own home and studio "Taliesin," as well as homes and businesses designed by other genius architects, some noted below. Commercial projects completed include museums, universities, churches, restaurants, gyms, hotels, nightclubs, movie theaters, yoga studios, a fire station and a volcano.

Some of our clients from our days in LA in here in MT include:  Stephen and Sandra Covey (writer), Peter and Joan Graves (actor), Harry Hamlin (actor), Mark Johnson (film producer) Robert and Elizabeth Kane (creator of Batman), Michael Keaton (Batman), Barry and Diane Levinson (film director), Gary Levinsohn (film producer), Alan Napier (Batman's Butler), Nick Nolte, Dan and Connie Petrie (screen writer), Tony and Jeanee Pritzker, Dennis Quaid, Thomas Schlamme (director & producer) and Christine Lahti (actor), Karen Voight (fitness genius).

Montana businesses we've worked for:  Barnard Companies, Bever Creek Brewing, Bitterroot Brewing, Blackbird Kitchen, Bozeman Food CooP both locations, Cafe' M, Copper Whisky Bar, Daily Coffee, Emerson Grill, Faultline North Music Venue, Feed Cafe, GranTree Hotel, MT Ale Works, Montana State University, Map Brewing, Moonlight Basin, Old Main Gallery, Over the Tapas Restaurant, Paradise Valley Fire Station, Red Chair, Riverside Country Club, the Scoop Bar, Sitka, White Dog Brewing, Wild Joes Coffee, the Yellowstone Club.

Bozeman houses of worship: First Church of Christ Science, Holy Rosary, Journey Church (event sound system rental), Saint James Church

Butte houses of worship: Saint Joseph's, Saint Patrick's - system tuning and repair for these churches -

Event help: American Prairie Reserve, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Eagle Mount, Bozeman Winters Farmers Market, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Museum of the Rocky's, Ronald McDonald House Missoula, Friends of the Story Mansion, The Traveling School, Yellowstone Forever.

Big companies: Global-Dining, Epson, Hollywood Vaults, MGM Studiosa, Universal Pictures, our U.S. Government, Zildjian Cymbal Co.

Concert and event sound/video:  Angella Ahn, Ken Burns, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Jack Nicklaus, Leann Rimes, President Reagan, Karen Voight, Stuart Weber, Wilco and some others.

Local architectural firms:  Frank Cikan, Comma-Q, CTA, Formation, Frog Rock Design, Faure Halvorsen, Intrinsik, JLF and Associates, Locati and Associates, Lyric, Candace Miller, Jim Meissner, Think1, ZimThor.

Architectual firms outside Montana:  Koning/Eizenberg, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Moore Ruble and Yudell, NonZero, Riccardo Maranzana, and Renzo Zecchetto. We've also worked on projects designed by architects Frank Israel, John Lautner, Cliff May, Charles Moore, Richard Neutra, Paul Williams, Frank Lloyd Wright and Lloyd Wright (son of FLW).