Free to all!
Its an idea that I came up with in the fall of 2008. I do plan on
changing the name though. Any ideas? Galaxy Star Bright Drive-In
Why not have a drive in theater on the playa maybe one weekend a
month when its dry and the weather is good out...
As ideas roll out, I'll add them to this web page.
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|What we have so far...
Projector - Our
original was one from Tina who
loaned us her's but now we have our own! All 2700 lumen throw out
a ton of light, and this new Viewsonic is a DLP 3D capable unit!
Screen - I have a
9'x16' one we're using. Works GREAT but we need some framing for
it in *any* wind at all. Already have sewn in a 4" nylon border
on it. Also we have purchased a grommet press for adding grommets
to the screen border
Amp (Stereo) - We have a
pretty nice setup for outdoor sound.
FM transmitter -
95.7 is our station!
Computer - Duu.. I
Generator - I have a
military 30KW one, its massive, and loud from what I understand. (I
haven't run it yet)
We'll look into making it more quiet, and easier to transport.
The trailer its on is MASSIVE. We've been borrowing a 6500watt
one from Sunny and Gay, (Thanks!)
Popcorn machine - I just
acquired one last fall. Its a nice massive professional looking one.
Garbage cans - Not a
big deal, but handy for those beer bottles.
Audio mixer - Just got a
decent one from Ebay
Porta Potties! -
We have 2 now.. Just need a trailer for them.
Soda Dispenser: - We
have an 8 head dispenser, and a water tank, and ice machine.
Would love a trailer to mount these into.
|Stuff that would be nice to add:
A Kitchen trailer: or at least an office style trailer to mount
the popcorn machine and soda dispenser in.
Small Trailer: Something
I can permanently mount the porta potties to for ease of hauling them
Framing for screen -I'll
probably weld one for us this march/April.
Generator: It would be
nice to have a smaller own like a 6500 watt for small setups.
UPS: good to smooth out
Melters: Both a
dispenser, and a Nacho
Cheese dispenser. Ebay has em around ~$200
Cotton Candy Machine: Ebay
has decent ones for ~$300. Just need to save and get one.
What we have so far
the idea overall is to setup on a Saturday afternoon and play movies
night long once it gets dark out. Sunday morning we pack up and
home. I'm thinking we have 2 or 3 planned movies
a night. First movie always would be a G movie so people can
bring their kids, and feel ok to enjoy the movie. Second maybe a
PG movie. 3rd movie and on after that can be anything. G to
R ratings. No X stuff as that.s not the idea here.
Between movies I'd love to even show old commercials from the 70's or
even random short clips from the 50's-70's. People can pull
up,and stay in their car if they want, listen to the movie on the
radio & watch it from the comfort of their car. Or bring some
chairs and hang out with others on in the back's of pickup trucks and
listen over the outdoor
stereo. The whole idea is to keep it simple, and allow
everyone to come and enjoy the night at an old fashioned style drive in
theater. I may even pick up some old
style speakers for a
real authentic drive-in movie experience.
Originally I wanted to
keep the shows for people local to
Gerlach and Empire and friends of those that live here. I do not
think 400 people going to this would be very wise. But after
doing the shows for a year now, I've found that my friends in Reno come
more often the local people do. In fact I've had many nights were
we have no local people at all. It's a hell of a lot of work to
set all this up, and a pile of work to take it all down.
When you have a total of 2 people show up its just not worth it.
would be accepted, but not expected.. After all fuel, and hardware are
not free. Over time a build up of funds to purchase that
projector and a trailer.
What do you think about this? If I did this, would you go?
Do you think its a good idea? Bad idea? Please email
me back with your comments. Email to movies at torche dot com
Even though its free to go, it
does cost me $ to create the
If you like the
idea, and want to donate $ towards the cause, please
feel free to.
I'll have a tip box
at the shows, or you can use paypal.