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Guerrilla Drive-Ins

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the all-the-rage dept.

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An anonymous reader submits "A NY Times story yesterday talked about a new fad sweeping the underground: guerrilla drive-ins. Essentially, someone sets up a DVD player, LCD projector, and wireless transmitter next to any blank wall (preferably on someone else's property - to make it more fun), and people come to watch movies. As you would expect, the movie studios aren't too thrilled." The idea that this is a notable fad reminds of when the residents of Doonesbury's Walden jokingly informed intrepid reporter Roland Burton Hedley, Jr. ("Rollie") about imaginary trends in the college drug scene. On the other hand, anything that knocks down the price of projectors is fine with me!

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road trips (5, Funny)

RyanHatch (214110) | about 10 years ago | (#9853678)

Drive about 30' behind a semi....now thats road trippin'

Isn't this illegal? (3, Funny)

Sheetrock (152993) | about 10 years ago | (#9853680)

I thought most (if not all) DVDs come with a warning about not being used for public performances.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | about 10 years ago | (#9853706)

I heard a rumor that people who lose their licenses are still physically able to turn on and operate vehicles. If that's true, then I suppose it's possible that an LCD projector could project an image against the intentions of the studios.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

kingkade (584184) | about 10 years ago | (#9853710)

I thought most (if not all) DVDs come with a warning about not being used for public performances.

Get ready to hear some interesting justifications *for* this. Present the same argument except with a software program and violating its distribution license and notice the difference. I think it's called self-reinforcing dillusion.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (3, Insightful)

Colonel Cholling (715787) | about 10 years ago | (#9853768)

sigh. Every time slashdot runs an article dealing, however tangentially, with questions of piracy, digital rights management, etc., we go through the same cycle. Someone defends the pirates, someone makes the same cynical retort that "you'd be against this if it was software licenses instead of music/movies/whatever," then the radical information freedom crowd has to come back by saying that no, in fact, software licenses are just as evil as DVD restrictions. Can we just take it as read, and maybe throw in a good Soviet Russia joke for good measure?

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853790)

In Soviet Russia, DVD watches you!

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853800)

Can we just take it as read, and maybe throw in a good Soviet Russia joke for good measure?

No. I've researched this thoroughly and have found that nobody here can come up with a good Soviet Russia joke. Hope that isn't too big a disapointment for you.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

name773 (696972) | about 10 years ago | (#9853875)

In Soviet Russia, joke comes up with you.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 10 years ago | (#9853886)

In Soviet Russia, you get American jokes.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (4, Interesting)

jhoger (519683) | about 10 years ago | (#9853799)

Copying and use are different things. You need to understand the difference.

Your typical slashdotter is FOR copyable, changeable software, and for licenses which allow that. Your typical slashdotter ABIDES by licenses that prevent copying and changing but allow normal use, usually by avoiding the software altogether since there are usually Free alternatives.

Apply this line of thinking to movies: this is a license that prevents copying but also attempts to prevent normal use, that is, displaying that damn movie any way you like. Not copying or in any other way making multiple instances... but just the normal action of displaying it is somehow to be controlled.

This is what is offensive about such overly restrictive licenses. When I buy something I expect to get some fair use rights too. But restrictive licensing, encrpytion, drm, etc have the effect of preventing you getting even normal use out of the things you buy.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

name773 (696972) | about 10 years ago | (#9853894)

does that make it right?

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

Dr Reducto (665121) | about 10 years ago | (#9853711)

Who's really going to stop you?

Police don't really care about copyright infringement. If you aren't bothering anyone, or trespassing, or being a jerk, I couldn't see them caring about your "public performance" of copyrighted work at all.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (4, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | about 10 years ago | (#9853722)

Define "public".

If I watch a DVD at home in the living room alone, it's legal.

If I watch that same DVD at home with friends, it's legal.

If I have a private party, set up a huge freakin' projection system, and watch the DVD with my friends in the yard, it's still legal.

Now if we all get together and drive out to a field, a parking lot, a park, or wherever else to watch that same DVD, why would it suddenly be "illegal"?

The only think "illegal" is if you a) charge to see the movie or b) set it up for a bunch of strangers to watch instead of friends (i.e., it's just you and your projector, there never were the group of friends, so no one but you and a group of strangers are watching.)

Re:Isn't this illegal? (3, Interesting)

TheGavster (774657) | about 10 years ago | (#9853795)

Lets carry this further. Suppose that I have a giant television facing a window, and an ear-shattering sound system that can be heard a mile away. If a group of people were to congregate on my lawn, they could see the image and hear the sound, but are they actually spectators? What about someone stuck in traffic outside the house? The line between a public and private performance seems rather fuzzy, and fuzziness is rarely the catalyst for sane legislation ... (what next, televisions with IR cameras and computer vision software that demand a DVD be inserted by each person in the room before playing?)

Re:Isn't this illegal? (5, Funny)

caino59 (313096) | about 10 years ago | (#9853884)

what next, televisions with IR cameras and computer vision software that demand a DVD be inserted by each person in the room before playing?

You may want to patent that...shit, then at least no one else could use it

Re:Isn't this illegal? (5, Funny)

AceCaseOR (594637) | about 10 years ago | (#9853905)

As an alternative. Would Frank get in trouble for his watching movies with his friends on his 2000" TV (IIRC approx. the size of a Drive-in movie theater screen, or so I was told by a friend), that can be seen from 7 blocks away?

Re:Isn't this illegal? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853808)

So by your b) definition, all these electronics store (or stores that has an electronics department) would be illegally showing movies.

I've actually seen it... they're sometimes showing full version of Ice Age, RotK, Shrek 2, etc. Now whether they've already paid the royalty to do it, I don't know, but they are showing it to a bunch of "strangers".

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853851)

Yeah, they probably have a license granting public viewing. I'm sure they get some sort of license like that for being a distributor of the movies.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | about 10 years ago | (#9853827)

Actually, I've seen at least one DVD that warned it was only meant for viewing with "close family members" or somesuch. I lended it to everyone I could think of, of course.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0, Flamebait)

October_30th (531777) | about 10 years ago | (#9853867)

I think both sides are playing fast and loose in this game.

P2P users tend to justify their actions by saying that they're just sharing music and video with their friends (whom they've never met and who number in tens of thousands) or that there's some legitimate P2P traffic (most of it is illegal, though, which led to all-out ban on P2P at our university).

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | about 10 years ago | (#9853862)

If you broadcast it on privately owned property, that's okay. If your broadcast it on public property, such as the sidewalk or other publicly owned property, that's against the agreement.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853872)

so then you would need to have sex with the bunch of strangers and then it is perfectly legal because you wouldnt be strangers anymore.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (4, Informative)

sql*kitten (1359) | about 10 years ago | (#9853882)

why would it suddenly be "illegal"?

From the article:
Michael Bergman, a Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer, said the fact that Mr. Modes does not charge admission does not diminish his basic violation of copyright law. "The copyright proprietor for the film has the exclusive right to publicly perform the work," he said in a telephone interview. "Projecting a rented DVD onto the side of a building, where anybody who wants to can come and watch it, is certainly a violation of the copyright act."

Re:Isn't this illegal? (5, Interesting)

markxz (669696) | about 10 years ago | (#9853889)

If I have a private party, set up a huge freakin' projection system, and watch the DVD with my friends in the yard, it's still legal.

DVDs are usually licenced for Home use, a private party would not count as home use (even if it takes place in your home).

I have heard of a figure of 12 to 15 people being the limit of home use, although if the DVD is being shown in a public place or for commercial gain (including extra bar sales) then this would definately not be counted as home use.

Even the NY Times Article Violates INDUCE Act (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853740)

According to "The Importance Of..." which has been tracking the INDUCE Act relentlessly, the NY Times article violates the INDUCE Act itself: Hatch's Hit List #16 - The New York Times [corante.com]

Re:Isn't this illegal? (5, Interesting)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | about 10 years ago | (#9853771)

I'm sure when the police find a bunch of people tresspassing on someone elses property, teens drinking, people smoking pot and watching DVDs, they'll be real upset at the copyright violations.

I think the whole thrill for the participants is that most of the activity is illegal...

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853802)

Illegal does not mean "wrong" (some things that are wrong are not illegal, some things that are illegal are not wrong).

Re:Isn't this illegal? - RTFA? (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | about 10 years ago | (#9853843)

Yes.

Yes, it's illegal, and the article states that it's illegal.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853845)

How is that insightful, the story already said:

> As you would expect, the movie studios aren't too thrilled

besides plenty of people project movies at home privately with large groups of friends which is perfectly legal so strictly speaking this might not even be a public performance.

Re:Isn't this illegal? (1)

pHatidic (163975) | about 10 years ago | (#9853874)

Here is what he should do. He should rent a stack of whatever movie he is showing and then charge each car four bucks or however much each rental costs. That way it wouldn't be a violation of copyright laws for displaying it in public since it would be like each person had rented the DVD on their own but are just by coincidence now watching it together. Now for a buck or two a person per movie the industry isnt able to bitch about being deprived of money and would have very week grounds for a lawsuit. Of couse its still illegal to trespass, but thats a different story entirely.

yay! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853682)

first!

cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853686)

so when can i see, catwoman..

Re:cool (1)

bob670 (645306) | about 10 years ago | (#9853829)

From what I have heard that should hit the $1 theaters next week and DVD Sept. 1st.

Nothing new (5, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | about 10 years ago | (#9853687)

Hurmph. When I was a kid, we watched shadows on cave walls and we LIKED it.

Re:Nothing new (1)

boredMDer (640516) | about 10 years ago | (#9853714)

'Hurmph. When I was a kid, we watched shadows on cave walls and we LIKED it.'

In the snow. Uphill both wa- wait...what?

Re:Nothing new (1)

rhetoric (735114) | about 10 years ago | (#9853804)

some have wandered from the cave only to find new shadows...

Re:Nothing new (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853868)

.. And just think, in another 25 years, those shadows will be in the public domain!

this is really common at college (3, Interesting)

spacerodent (790183) | about 10 years ago | (#9853691)

this was really common with me and my friends while i was at Texas A&m university. One of my friends who went to a Naval Academy said they even did it there. (they even put porn on the side of a building and only got in mild trouble for it) I guess if it's so well known it means my friends and I aren't as nerdy as we thought. Yay?

Re:this is really common at college (1)

chuckfucter (703084) | about 10 years ago | (#9853718)

I'm not gonna name my school, but our engineering club does this all the time, in one of our lecture halls, with permission of the school.

Projecting onto large public surfaces (5, Funny)

DarthVeda (569302) | about 10 years ago | (#9853694)

It's done best with the Yatta video

Re:Projecting onto large public surfaces (0, Offtopic)

cdf12345 (412812) | about 10 years ago | (#9853783)

G R DOUBLE E N!
LEAFS!

Which "Yatta!" video? (1)

tepples (727027) | about 10 years ago | (#9853923)

There are two well-known music videos for "Yatta!" by Happatai: the official live-action music video, and the "Irrational Exuberance" Flash video by Veloso.

man, this is cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853696)

Who is doing this in the Toronto Ontario area, I'll fucking crash a movie, especially in some old ladies back yard!

wow, i've done this! (2, Informative)

wintermute1000 (731750) | about 10 years ago | (#9853699)

I feel like a member of the trendy youth of tomorrow. This is how I saw the Matrix for the first time...wall of a dorm at MIT, couple of years ago.

Truly, the revolution has succeeded (5, Funny)

Billobob (532161) | about 10 years ago | (#9853701)

Che would be proud of all us guerilla drive-in commandos.

Re:Truly, the revolution has succeeded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853786)

Best sarcastic reply for this thread. +10 if it were possible.

Re:Truly, the revolution has succeeded (1)

Rick.C (626083) | about 10 years ago | (#9853830)

Then I guess Che would have been even prouder of Robert Redford [indiewire.com] if he'd projected it on a wall.

Well. (2, Insightful)

Renraku (518261) | about 10 years ago | (#9853703)

According to the RIAA, if you rent or buy a movie, its for you only. Not your family, or your friends, but yours. If you let someone borrow it, or someone else watches it with you, its illegal. Of course they're pissed off. I think this is a great idea though. I'd do it if I were rich and had the $$ to bribe the police to sit down and shut up, because they'd bust the gathering thinking it was some kind of bizarre ritual.

Re:Well. (1)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | about 10 years ago | (#9853737)

i think you mean the MPAA. equally as bad though ...

Re:Well. (1)

Eudial (590661) | about 10 years ago | (#9853779)

ccording to the RIAA, if you rent or buy a movie, its for you only.
What does the RIAA have to say about that? Thought they only cared about music.

Re:Well. (1)

Coke in a Can (577836) | about 10 years ago | (#9853839)

*looks through the catalogs of various RIAA members*

Music?

Re:Well. (1)

Eudial (590661) | about 10 years ago | (#9853879)

You kinda thought that the Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) would care more than the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA)....

RIAA cares about the soundtrack (1)

tepples (727027) | about 10 years ago | (#9853880)

True, the MPAA most directly cares about movies published by major American studios, but last time I checked, the RIAA also cared about those movies whose soundtrack contains a recording licensed from an RIAA label, which is a rather large fraction of them.

Re:Well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853835)

bribe the police to sit down and shut up, because they'd bust the gathering thinking it was some kind of bizarre ritual.

That's odd, because they have more right to be breaking up an unsanctioned public performance of a copyrighted work than they do a bizarre ritual (which sounds a lot like protected expression and/or religion).

Re:Well. (0, Flamebait)

Zebbers (134389) | about 10 years ago | (#9853859)

wow...i hate the riaa too but i didnt think they cared too much of movies

not to mention your post is full of crap...

Re: My thieving family (1)

klubkid79 (792253) | about 10 years ago | (#9853869)

Personally I insist that my entire family be blindfolded and have ear plugs inserted while I sit down for a movie (as to not break any copyright laws) seems fair doesn't it?

Oh please (3, Insightful)

geek (5680) | about 10 years ago | (#9853712)

What next, playing your stereo at a party at a friends house will be illegal? What the hell is the world coming to?

Re:Oh please (1)

MedHead (795006) | about 10 years ago | (#9853776)

Actually, I think it is as well. Most businesses have to pay a license fee to play music in the overhead speakers, don't they? Same would be for personal use, I would think.

Endorphine vendor (1)

DarthVeda (569302) | about 10 years ago | (#9853784)

People of the future will have their endorphine production glands removed by RIAA/MPAA agents. Then you will have to buy endorphine from a vending machine. But no sharing.

Err my bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853793)

That should read "endorphin"

Taxis and churches (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853807)

In Finland taxies have to pay a tribute to the local RIAA equivalent if they want to have a car radio installed: it's considered public playing.

Furthermore, a few years ago they tried to force the churches and kindergartens to pay a fee for singing hymns and children songs. The public furor forced them to back off, but now they're trying it again and in certain parts of Finland they've already succeeded.

What about the surface? (4, Insightful)

Myrmi (730278) | about 10 years ago | (#9853715)

I have difficulty seeing my projector sometimes on my cream, flat, wall. Are there that many buildings kicking around that have surfaces suitable for a projector to throw a visible picture on?

Re:What about the surface? (3, Informative)

jhoger (519683) | about 10 years ago | (#9853766)

You probably just need a better projector. It's all about the Lumens.

Re:What about the surface? (1)

Secrity (742221) | about 10 years ago | (#9853810)

You need to use a projector that you didn't get at a store that uses smiley faces in their advertising.

I suspect that a decent projector that would be OK for this use would cost at least a couple thousand dollars (US) and a good one would probably cost over ten grand.

Re:What about the surface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853855)

get a real projector.

your junk 100 lumen projector is useless you need one of the new High end ($800.00) 2000 lumen or higher projectors.

Now at work we have a 14,000 lumen professional stadium projector that is a real blast to play with.

It's fun to set up in a movie theatre and be able to blast out the movie that is playing.

Can you imagine (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853725)

how difficult it must be to be an MPAA executive?

Just imagine how difficult it must be, laying awake at night, haunted by the thought that someone, somewhere out there, might be enjoying themselves.

Re:Can you imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853907)

Just imagine how difficult it must be, laying awake at night, haunted by the thought that someone, somewhere out there, might be enjoying themselves without paying you for the privilege. That's the key.

Jump-Ins (4, Insightful)

Exiler (589908) | about 10 years ago | (#9853726)

Sounds similar to what I do when I throw a party. Set up a large screen in my backyard, directly behind an old trampoline, and watch it whilst hanging out and bouncing around with friends. Trampolines are only mildly less fun with over a dozen people.

Re:Jump-Ins (1)

sinnfeiner1916 (793749) | about 10 years ago | (#9853733)

you have a dozen friends? share some!

Re:Jump-Ins (1)

Myrmi (730278) | about 10 years ago | (#9853755)

Trampolines are second only to bouncy castles. And they both come into their own when put together (trampolining really high and flipping over the bouncy castle wall). Running up the outside of the bouncy castle, as well as collapsing the castle when people are inside are also great fun.

The be all and end all of bouncy games is bulldog on a bouncy castle, however.

Re:Jump-Ins (1)

foidulus (743482) | about 10 years ago | (#9853909)

The be all and end all of bouncy games is bulldog on a bouncy castle, however.
I was thinking something very different, but it still had the word "dog" in it.......

Re:Jump-Ins (1)

Teddy Beartuzzi (727169) | about 10 years ago | (#9853761)

Sure, it's all fun and games until someone bounces an eye out.

Re:Jump-Ins (1)

Exiler (589908) | about 10 years ago | (#9853773)

"and then it's hilarious?"

Anyone... (1)

suyashs (645036) | about 10 years ago | (#9853727)

currently doing it in houston?

Re:Anyone... (1)

GlassUser (190787) | about 10 years ago | (#9853744)

I was seriously considering it, but the initial cost is steep (eg the projector). Might be doing it for movies at a friend's house soon though.

Re:Anyone... (1)

Exiler (589908) | about 10 years ago | (#9853745)

Isn't it like 1PM in Houston right now? Would be kinda hard to see...

Re:Anyone... (1)

TykeClone (668449) | about 10 years ago | (#9853796)

You'd just need a really bright projector

Technology in general becomes illegal when... (2, Insightful)

FusionDragon2099 (799857) | about 10 years ago | (#9853729)

the consuming public doesn't pay the big bad Corporations for the "privilege".

Old news with a new twist (4, Funny)

toetagger1 (795806) | about 10 years ago | (#9853730)

We used to draw things on slides, and then project them with a slide projector out of our windows, when I was a kid.

We would draw swirfly ligns and project them onto the road at night to confuse cars driving by.

We would also draw funny faces and project it on our neighbours house. He would always open his window and yell at us. We drew the pictures such that him opening the window would be the "animated" part of our picture. I'll leave the themes we chose up to your immagination.

Why get mad? (1)

Grant29 (701796) | about 10 years ago | (#9853734)

I assume that this is pretty rare. Even if you do set up this think on the side of a house, etc, how many people do you expect to show up? A drive in? How many cars can most people get in thier yard anyway?

I bet it's pretty hard to set this up for a large scale operation.

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Wow. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853736)

Hip new fads! Wowowo. On Slashdot I feel like I'm in on all the underground action (and not just mom's basement!)

Mmm... (3, Insightful)

iamdrscience (541136) | about 10 years ago | (#9853742)

I'm not sure I understand why the movie studios would have a problem with this. Since it's kind of roving movie theater, almost all the people that are going to be there are going to be invited. This means that you're probably not going to have any more people watching the movie than you might invite to your house to watch a movie some night.

Of course, if you remember your history you might know that when the idea of home video was first proposed it was rejected by most studios (despite the fact that it only allowed you to watch a movie once) because they wouldn't be able to control how many people would watch it.

Drive by watching? (3, Funny)

lurwas (518856) | about 10 years ago | (#9853749)

I've always wondered what a drive by shooting is.
I guess it's the opposite to a drive by screening like this one?

How serendiptious (1)

Deanasc (201050) | about 10 years ago | (#9853756)

I'm going to one of these shows tonight. To make it even more gorilla it's a film festival of old WWII anti-german and anti-japanese propaganda cartoons and the movie Outfoxed.

Re:How serendiptious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853837)

To make it even more gorilla

It isn't suprising that a poorly educated person such as yourself would be an anti-german/japanese racist.

Licensing terms (2, Insightful)

mbstone (457308) | about 10 years ago | (#9853760)

My DVDs are licensed for "noncommercial home use only." If you are projecting on the side of a home, and you don't charge admission, seems to me you are in total compliance with the license terms as written by the studios' high-priced lawyers. (Yes, it is a public performance, but the license trumps copyright law.) If the studios don't like it, how about tearing down some Wal-Marts and resurrecting the drive-ins that were torn down to build the Wal-Marts? Or how about building drive-ins atop the roofs of the Wal-Marts?

I'm buying Fahrenheit 9/11 the day it comes out... (1, Interesting)

MsGeek (162936) | about 10 years ago | (#9853797)

...then I'm going to throw F9/11 watching parties up until the election. I waived my boycott of the MPAA to go see the movie, and I will waive my boycott of them to buy a DVD of it.

Unfortunately I don't have access to a SVGA projector. If I did, I have a DVD player (a player, not a computer with a DVD drive, simplicity rules) that is currently set up to output video out its SVGA port.

Hopefully someone with an SVGA projector and a copy of F9/11 might get inspired to set up guerilla drive in showings between the September release date and November 2nd. Which, as you can read from my .SIG, is Official Regime Change Day in the US. That is, if it's not postponed...ugh...

Re:I'm buying Fahrenheit 9/11 the day it comes out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853826)

I'm sitting here looking at a DVD of F9/11. Beautiful projector rip from what I understand (and see :)...

Re:I'm buying Fahrenheit 9/11 the day it comes out (-1, Flamebait)

Billobob (532161) | about 10 years ago | (#9853877)

It's not really regime change if you believe in the Republicrat party, but it's better than Bush I suppose...

This Harkens back to the History of Film (3, Informative)

GoPlayGo (541427) | about 10 years ago | (#9853798)

When film was very new (1900's, 1910's, even into 1920's), projectionists would travel from town to town and show films this way, outdoors.

There is a semi-regularly scheduled monthly movie showing like this in the San Francisco Bay area these days.

Re:This Harkens back to the History of Film (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853897)

here in Santa Cruz, there was a story in the paper last week about gurillia movies.
The police attitude is that you can't hang around under bridge overpasses, so they move everyone along.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2004/Ju ly /20/local/stories/02local.htm

Greenpeace did this here in the Netherlands (4, Interesting)

Jacco de Leeuw (4646) | about 10 years ago | (#9853815)

Greenpeace projected the movie "The Day After Tomorrow [imdb.com] " on the wall of a power plant [greenpeace.nl] running on coal here in Amsterdam.

The Dutch equivalent of the MPAA didn't like it, but I don't think the makers of the film would have objected much. Looks like great publicity for the movie.

Wireless Transmitter (1)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | about 10 years ago | (#9853816)

forgive me for reading not reading the article as I don't want to bother with registration, but whats the wireless transmitter for? Audio?

Re:Wireless Transmitter (1)

WoKKiee (238523) | about 10 years ago | (#9853838)

It's just a POFMST (plain old FM Stereo) transmitter. Don't know what's up with the neo-retro nomenclature...

Re:Wireless Transmitter (1)

infofreako (194212) | about 10 years ago | (#9853870)

People coming to the movie bring their little radios or FM headphones with them and tune in to the frequency which the movie is being broadcast on. This keeps the movie dude from having to bring large speakers and getting arrested for disturbing the peace. Also makes it a little easier to pack-up quickly if needed.

Anyone project on their garage door every? Seems ideal for a widescreen 16x9 and is somewhat reflective white surface. Now if I could just do something about those windows...

-nfo

Gorilla drive-ins??? (1, Offtopic)

chcorey (801648) | about 10 years ago | (#9853824)

Banana flavoured popcorn anybody?

I'm not the only one who had to re-read the headline am I?

Not real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853852)

This isn't a real geek thread until you show me how to make my own friggin' projector!

An opportunity... (3, Insightful)

raytracer (51035) | about 10 years ago | (#9853861)

Here's a kooky idea: why not use such a setup to promote knowledge of copyrights and the public domain? Show films that are in the public domain [archive.org] , and include a short bit to explain why such showings are legal, while showing other films is not. Besides showing good classic movies, or providing an opportunity for impromptu MST3K participation, you could actually educate people and make them more aware of how intellectual property issues affect them. Just an idea.

haahaaa (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9853900)

isnt a gorilla simply an ape nosed nigger?

Not illegal? (2, Insightful)

Elithris (789957) | about 10 years ago | (#9853918)

If it's not illegal now, you can bet that the RIAA will fix that very quickly. I imagine that the easiest way to do that would be to limit the number of people who can legally watch one DVD to 1. Then blockbuster will have an excuse to bump of their prices. So when you go to the cash register they'll ask you "how many people will be viewing this movie today" and charge you accordingly. I'm so used to being screwed by the RIAA that I can see it coming.
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