Midland Drive-In Theatre
Midland, Ontario, Canada

Outside view of the projection booth (left) and concession area (right).  The concession area has very large windows so you don't miss the show while inside.

View of the tower and screen from the booth.  The screen features a full 2.35:1 ratio.  No cropping here!
A pair of sharply filed flat apertures provide razor sharp edges for 1.85 films.

The projectionist gets the best parking spot -- right beside the booth door.  Note the old poles that still remain to aid in car spacing for those busy nights.
One of many carefully lit exit signs can be seen in the distance.

View from the booth door on the right.

View from the left.

Super Lume-X Lamphouses and 2000 Watt xenon lamps provide light.

Kni-Tron Rectifiers (previously used with carbon arc)...

...in conjunction with Kneisley Konverters provide power to the lamphouses.
(Where better to keep lighters and batteries than atop a rectifier?)

Century DAW's are the projector of choice at the Midland Drive-In Theatre.
In case you didn't notice, this is the left projector.

This here would be the right projector.  Well, it's the Ultra Panatar anamorphic lens of the right projector.
Amazingly both of these lenses are still clear... no yellowing has occurred, yet.

You guessed it!  This is the other side of the right projector's Ultra Panatar anamorphic lens.
You can also see the front of the right projector, a Century DAW.

Shot of the left projector running.  Almost looks clean from here doesn't it.

Close up of the left projector running.  Note the piping on the left, beside the intermittent loop, for the water cooled head.

Kelmar stereo pickup.  Soundtrack is illuminated by an exciter lamp.

General Sound exciter lamp power supply.  Features AC backup AND a protection fuse!
Notice spider webs and cobwebs.  These are intentionally left in tact -- mosquitoes get trapped in them and you go home with only 80 billion and not 90 billion mosquito bites.

Top to bottom: Handy dandy NOMA surge protector purchased at Canadian Tire.
FM Transmitter.  Transmits clearly for a couple miles -- if that's legal.  If it's not, it doesn't transmit that far.
Mixer / Pre-amp for making announcements and adjusting the film sound volume.
Another pre-amp and sound source selector.
Main film sound pre-amp and backup pre-amp.

AM audio system and field distribution box.  Neither are used anymore.
Public washrooms, seen to the left, are located behind the projection booth.  Customers regularly peek into the booth on their way by.
Many are amazed to watch the projectionist scurry to get the next machine threaded while a trailer plays on the other during intermission.
Once the first show starts the screen never goes blank.

Here's the make-up table and rewind.
You can see the screen out the window while working on film.  The portable radio serves as the booth monitor.

Special Thanks to Daryl C. W. O'Shea for the pictures.