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 11 
 on: Yesterday at 06:15:21 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by movieman
Well when my screen was damaged by Sandy  (I mean damaged) it took the wind out of me. (HA!) I wasn't sure what to do. Once the area was cleaned up I used one of my OAC screens.
I'm still not sure what I plan on doing.

On the up side taking the show on the road keeps me feeling that I'm still a Drive-in operator.  I love watching people enjoy my set ups.
I guess thats the Show Biz in me.

 12 
 on: September 19, 2014, 11:27:10 pm 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by SirRobyn0
I am going to echo Sparge a little bit.  2010 was easily my best year.  We started in 2006 and each year it seemed like more and more people would show up, until 2010, after that it has been in a slow but steady decline. 

This year has been the best weather wise for us in a lot of years despite a rainy spring that caused us a late start.  The rest of the summer was super warm and dry.  The latest we have EVER been able to stay open in to the fall is this weekend, the 3rd weekend of September.  Right now there is no rain in the forecast for next week so I am currently planning to be open next weekend which would break the record.  However people showing up to see the movies have been fewer this year.  In some ways that kind of makes me feel like I am failing in some way.  This could also be the first year that I close for the season not because the weather has turned rainy, but because no one is coming out to see them other than me.  I don't expect a huge crowd, but it's more fun to have at least a few people to share the movie with.   

As you all know by now the other catch for me is my landlord wanting to shut me down for his new building.  Typically by now I know what his plans are for next year, this year I don't, I have been given a maybe, maybe not to the building going in this winter, which means any equipment (FM transmitter) I want to buy,  repairs (painting the screen, repairing the frame) I have to hold off on until I know if we will even have the option of a 2015 season.  That is the biggest and hardest thing for me to deal with where it comes to the theater.  It's not knowing.  ARGH.  I hate not having a plan.

As far as other backyard theaters in my area is concerned (pacific NW), I only know two other people in the general area with BYTs of there own.  One was about 30 miles south of me, he posts on this forum once in a blue moon.  I think he called his place the 244th theatre.  2012 was his last year.  The other guy is about 40 miles north of me.  He is barely still in the game.  He is not on this forum that I know of.  Last time I talked to him was mid-August he had shown only 3 movies this year.  I'm sure there are others that I am unaware of though.

Now I am curious, I have also noticed a sharp drop in the number of people that show up to the movies after Labor day weekend, (has always been that way) does anyone else experience this?

 13 
 on: September 19, 2014, 11:07:14 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by Sparge
I really want to get a sealed inflatable for next year. Blowers are starting to annoy me.

The problem I've seen with sealed inflatables is the air goes in hot (heated by the blower).  Then later cools, especially in the chilly night air.  After being inflated for awhile the screen starts to exhibit "performance issues" if you know what I mean.  Wink

-Sparge-

Sparge I have never used one of these screen & this may be silly but could you us a freeze pack to chill the air as it goes in?

Um, no, don't think that would help much.  My friend with the sealed inflatable would just top off the screen to firm it up right before show time.

-Sparge-

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 on: September 19, 2014, 09:01:59 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by genesis76
For me the last couple of years have been full of family illness. Also,  night swimming, & lack of funds does not help. Most of my friends have lost interest & with my family (kids) they don't want to help.   

This year we joined a yacht club & that is a lot of fun with people that care about boating. There is almost a party every weekend.  I may try to do a movie night there next year.


I do love it but the work has become old for me......As I write this I am getting excited again for picking it up next year I only hope it does not go away over the winter LOL

I wish I had twenty + people coming over each week like some of you but people here are just so busy in the north east


Randy some of this may be due to the lack of activity on here. At one time it felt like a club but sometimes it feels like a ghost town here....Please don't take this wrong as it is not your fault but when I came here I fed off of the others. Everyone was excited......& it was a fun time talking about things like popcorn & food.


Maybe this is all me Shocked


Hey,make up you mind  Smiley


LOL Well I had four tickets to Jets games so the time (on Sunday) was good for BYT but no one was going from the family so I traded that in for a Yacht club that costs much less per year & all four can enjoy It is a win win except for BYT.

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 on: September 19, 2014, 08:49:10 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by cecilb
For me the last couple of years have been full of family illness. Also,  night swimming, & lack of funds does not help. Most of my friends have lost interest & with my family (kids) they don't want to help.   

This year we joined a yacht club & that is a lot of fun with people that care about boating. There is almost a party every weekend.  I may try to do a movie night there next year.


I do love it but the work has become old for me......As I write this I am getting excited again for picking it up next year I only hope it does not go away over the winter LOL

I wish I had twenty + people coming over each week like some of you but people here are just so busy in the north east


Randy some of this may be due to the lack of activity on here. At one time it felt like a club but sometimes it feels like a ghost town here....Please don't take this wrong as it is not your fault but when I came here I fed off of the others. Everyone was excited......& it was a fun time talking about things like popcorn & food.


Maybe this is all me Shocked


Hey,make up you mind  Smiley

 16 
 on: September 19, 2014, 08:46:55 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by cecilb
I forgot to mention when I first posted here, I didn't know the difference between lumens and lemonade, but thanks to folks like sparge who is always willing to solve a problem or guide the novice I've really learned alot here. The creativity blew me away in my early days with great ideas, screens, settings, events etc. Many of the old guard have dropped off as happens on sites.

I don't think I'll ever leave here, but just not visit as often perhaps.

For me,the payoff when having a night is the sheer enjoyment everyone is having.

 17 
 on: September 19, 2014, 08:42:07 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by genesis76
I really want to get a sealed inflatable for next year. Blowers are starting to annoy me.

The problem I've seen with sealed inflatables is the air goes in hot (heated by the blower).  Then later cools, especially in the chilly night air.  After being inflated for awhile the screen starts to exhibit "performance issues" if you know what I mean.  Wink

-Sparge-

Sparge I have never used one of these screen & this may be silly but could you us a freeze pack to chill the air as it goes in?

 18 
 on: September 19, 2014, 06:42:20 am 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by Oldalgebra
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It is so much work

Yes, I suppose it is. Or don't you really mean, "It is TOO much work."   

You must know me well enough by now to realize , that for me, it is a Labor of Love. I'm not really content unless I have a project to be working on.

My granddaughter (age 11) is so excited about this movie party that she can hardly stand it. I love that! She and a couple of her friends at school ("They're my friends, and they're boys, grandma, but they're not my boy friends!") have been working on some sort of crazy act to perform before the movie. They're arriving one hour early to put the final touches on the act. She's asked about every last detail, requesting this and that. And I've been happy to oblige.

I know I could get away with the movie and some popcorn, but I'M having so much fun, I just can't quit. Grin

 19 
 on: September 18, 2014, 11:37:01 pm 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by Sparge
I really want to get a sealed inflatable for next year. Blowers are starting to annoy me.

The problem I've seen with sealed inflatables is the air goes in hot (heated by the blower).  Then later cools, especially in the chilly night air.  After being inflated for awhile the screen starts to exhibit "performance issues" if you know what I mean.  Wink

-Sparge-

 20 
 on: September 18, 2014, 09:44:24 pm 
Started by genesis76 - Last post by genesis76
Well, we're slowing down, but we're definitely not stuck in neutral.

This will be our last movie of the season.
Haven't completed all the plans yet, but here's where we are so far:

http://www.crackerjacktheater.com/p/movie-title-theme-nights_1.html#BADNEWSBEARS

I just had a couple ask me about my BYT this last weekend, as they want to purchase the necessary equipment for their daughter's family. Apparently the daughter lives in a neighborhood that is full of small children and the neighbors often get together over the weekend.  Maybe we just have to agree that it is time to "pass the torch."
The old fogies on this forum now have children who are involved in more serious team sports and have other obligations that demand a clear head early Saturday or Sunday morning ( and so too their friends), so it is getting more and more difficult to schedule movie nights.


I will  quote the kid that spoke to Joe Jackson "say it ain't so OA Wink


You do such a great job. It is so much work

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