Friday, September 13, 2013

Northern Nights Drive-in theater

Lancaster, New Hampshire

Super recent new-build theater, just six years old. Phone poles to support a mylar screen on a metal frame. Brilliant solution to the wind problem, that plagues theaters everywhere. Metal support and flexible mylar should survive most any windstorm. I have to find out  the silly name of the mountains (mountain names tend to be silly) you see as blue lumps over on the left of this shot, which mimics the 7x17" negatives I made. Presidential range, maybe.

5 comments:

John said...

Is that looking kinda east? Then it's Hutchins Mountain, Mount Cabot, Terrace Mountain.

Carl said...

Yes, pretty much east, maybe a little bit north of due east.

lyle said...

flexible mylar? does that mean they drop it when weather comes in (kinda like a window shade?)

Carl said...

Lyle, they told me it's been up with no maintenance for six seasons now. Also, while it looks quite good in the daytime, it "snaps" tighter in cool evening air. One of the frustrations is that they have an excellent picture, even with a long 300+ foot throw, so a digital projector will cost at least $80,000 and likely won't make a visible improvement in the picture thrown on the screen. The screen faces north, which means the prevalent west to east wind pattern hits it edge-on. Of course a severe storm with swirling winds could take it out, but I suspect it's much more hardy than a screen of plywood sheets, which would have been their likely alternative construction method.

Anonymous said...

hi its me Annette, owner, its Kilkenny Range. Great picture!!!