Movies in the Park
Brooklyn, New York
Celebrate Brooklyn is in it's 20th year. All summer long,
live shows are presented in the Prospect Park Bandshell. Three
years ago Cinema was made part of the Festival. This year,
we installed our own system rather than renting and the film schedule is
expanded. Next year it is anticipated that there will be a film showing
every Thursday with possibly a Wednesday added throughout the summer.
This picture shows the 2000 seating area, the three story booth structure
in the center of the picture and the Right Channel speaker cluster in the
foreground. The "Lawn People" bring their lawn chairs and blankets
and populate the area behind the seating area. This venue can accomodate
over 3000 people.
A view from one of the lighting scaffolds on the stage.
At the top of the picture is the lighting trusses and the screen rigging.
The booth houses the sound mixer on the ground floor, the lighting
console on the second floor and the projection system on the top floor.
The two blue cylindars at either corner on the top level are the water
tanks for the circulation system.
Back shot of the projector and the area below.
Screen set at Academy ar for the silent film STEAMBOAT WILLY -- with
the Alloy Orchestra playing live. The instruments are just
visible to the left side of the screen, or for the theatre people
who know such stuff -- Stage Right. Visible is the blue water
tank, the Century Film Stabilizer turbine (nothing but an air blower) and
the old time foot switch for picture change-over -- sound change-over is
acomplished with a pushbutton on the single gang electrical box just visible
at the top left corner of the picture.
Notice that there is nothing at all, not even a small lip at the end
of the floor to separate the projectionist from the booth and the 30 foot
drop off the edge to the ground below.
Projectionist's view of the audience from Projector #2.
Techs making final adjustments to the equipment preparing for the show.
Another view looking out at the seating area. Visible are both
projectors and the large (and somewhat anoying) lighting instruments that
are hung very close to the projectors.
Air hose from "Century Film Stabilzer" turbine which sits on the floor
and enters projector head just to the right of the lens; note the high
tech green garbage bag tie holding the hose in a position so that it will
not interfere with the threading knob shaft.
Interior of the projector head.
The soundhead has been modified with a Kelmar led reverse scan.
Crew preping the screen frame. Screen span is 55 feet.
Note the speaker clusters right, center and left. Additional subbass
bins are behind the screen.
Screen set at 1.66, ready for the presentation.
View of the back of the booth as seen from the area populated by the
Special thanks to Frank Angel for the pics.