We didn't care - it was just fun to be there.
So my last post to this thread was almost 2 years ago. Since then I have started helping out older friend of mine in the next town from us that has been doing BYT for more years I can count. He broke his hip last winter and has been left with very limited mobility. Last year I showed a handful of movies for him in his BYT, the Night-Sky, mostly for his friends. This year I'm doing a whole season for him, since Jake, my partner in the Sit & Vue is now more than capable of handling things over there on his own.
The reason I bring this up. The Night-Sky ( the old mans BYT) is quite honestly in bad shape. The 9 X 12 plywood screen is streaked with green from mildew. There is some delamination of the plywood so I wouldn't dare try to pressure wash and paint it, for fear that pieces might start to come off. Because he buried his speaker cabling, I'm guessing 20 years ago there is problems with that so half of the speakers are now fed from a radio the I'm broadcasting to using the old AM transmitter that I had previously retired from my BYT due to constant humming issues. He's got a small wooden building that houses the projector, the mixer, my crappy transmitter, and a VHS machine. Other than my transmitter it's all incased in a neat wood rack that he built when he was in better health. The roof was leaking on the building, though I think I've got that sealed up at least for now.
It's actually a really neat BYT in the respect that he built so much of it himself when he was in better health, but it's suffered from more than a few years of lack of maintenance in recent years. This is the thing that amazes me about the place. His friends and now some of mine come to see the movies there. Now one ever seems to care that a scene with venetians blinds in it creates sort of a checkerboard effect because of mold streaks on the screen, or the humming of the mono sound in the speakers in the quieter scenes or that dark scenes in a movie can be difficult to make out because the bulb in his PJ is way over due for replacement.
I'm trying to help him out as much as I can but you all know I don't have much free time or money. Most of the time I do spend at his place besides on movie nights involved trying to get his lawn mower to run so I can cut the grass for him, and just doing the best I can to keep it going for him.
My whole point is that despite all of the problems and things that are less than ideal, people come and have a great time anyway.
Oh by the way, I love the steel poles welded to the truck wheel idea. Though it seems unlikely at this point that I will ever need to build another screen frame I will definitely keep that one in mind and file in the "why didn't I think of that" folder.