Monthly Archives: February 2014

Showtimes For Saturday, March 1st

Theatrical-Poster-2INEQUALITY FOR ALL

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

Saturday, March 1st:  3:30pm, 8:30pm

amex_fr_poster_v2.27x40_v2_72dpiFREEDOM RIDERS

Chronicles the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation of the American interstate transport and by traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they chose on the buses and trains to demand equal access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, and to bring racial segregation national attention.

Saturday, March 1st:  1:00pm, 6:00pm

Coming Soon! Movies to start on Saturday!

amex_fr_poster_v2.27x40_v2_72dpiCompact Cinema will start showing a selection of documentary films on Saturday, March 1st (the original opening on Wednesday has been pushed back).  The first show will be at 1:00pm, with a different film at 3:30pm and then the same two films repeated at 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

You are invited (and encouraged!) to do “Dinner and a Movie” by ordering a meal from any of the restaurants or food vendors in 16 West, and bringing the food into the theater to eat while you watch the movie and enjoy the big-screen experience!

The experience doesn’t end when the credits roll, either, as you are invited to participate in an audience discussion after each film, so everyone can share their thoughts and insights.

Check back here shortly for the full listings of titles and descriptions for our first week of thought-provoking films! And there may be one or more FREE showings… stay tuned!

Construction is almost complete

In the past week, I completed the most important and difficult parts of construction.  These involved hanging the screen from the drop ceiling, hanging the video projector from the ceiling, and running all the cabling through the ceiling to the appropriate places.

I started with the screen. With some tiles removed from the drop ceiling, I could see there was nothing to mount the screen to:IMG_20140131_124909148_HDR

So, to support the weight of the screen, I built a wooden truss that would span the width of the room and sit on top of the walls on each side:IMG_20140131_124856450

Then I lifted the truss up into the ceiling (with help from Aaron from RACXpress!), secured it into place, and hung the screen from it:IMG_20140201_013634263

Then, I replaced the drop ceiling:IMG_20140202_155311066

Then I mounted the video projector to the ceiling in the rear of the room, using a special mount kit that sits atop one of the ceiling tiles:IMG_20140206_222622372_HDR

I then cleared out most of the room to make space for the initial, temporary seating. Sometime soon I plan to build two rows of raised flooring in the very back:IMG_20140210_232830930_HDR

With the screen, projector, and temporary seating in place, the space is nearly ready to show movies.IMG_20140210_233103901

I created a Compact Cinema logo, made a banner from it, and hung it over the entrance to the theater:IMG_20140217_231732373

Then I started working on mounting a flat-panel TV into a window to show the upcoming movie listings.  First, I built a wooden frame to hold the TV:IMG_20140221_225435206

Then I lifted it up into place and secured it to the ceiling and the metal window frame:IMG_20140221_232118997

I will paint the frame sometime soon so it blends in better. But regardless of that, I now have a working digital signage display:IMG_20140222_013524514_HDR

If you happen to walk by, take a look at the screen to see what’s playing!