Projection Booth 

The projection room is the nerve center of the Drive-In. Over the years, we've continuously upgraded our equipment, so you get the brightest picture and best sound available. This is how the magic happens, including our conversion to digital projectors in 2013.

Highlight for Album: Digital Cinema Conversion
Album: Digital Cinema Conversion
Changed: Dec 19, 2012
Contains: 45 items.

Cheryl at the helm.  2000 was the last year we ran our classic Brenkert projectors, Strong X60 lamps and custom-built FM transmitters.  Major upgrades were soon to follow
Cheryl at the helm. 2000 was the last year we ran our classic Brenkert projectors, Strong X60 lamps and custom-built FM transmitters. Major upgrades were soon to follow

Threading up the film in Screen 2.  Most of this equipment was upgraded between 2000 and 2005
Threading up the film in Screen 2. Most of this equipment was upgraded between 2000 and 2005

Many of Cheryl's Senior pictures were taken here at the drive-in (1998).  The Brenkert projector (now retired) saw earlier use at the Fruitvale Drive-In, in Yakima, WA.  Each of their screens was named by its own color.  This projector once served
Many of Cheryl's Senior pictures were taken here at the drive-in (1998). The Brenkert projector (now retired) saw earlier use at the Fruitvale Drive-In, in Yakima, WA. Each of their screens was named by its own color. This projector once served "the blue screen".

We used to use these reels.  The big one can hold an entire night's show... 2 full movies!  The film is now loaded on these platters.  It's covered during the day to keep any dust off.
We used to use these reels. The big one can hold an entire night's show... 2 full movies! The film is now loaded on these platters. It's covered during the day to keep any dust off.

We started rebuilding the booth in 2002.  Years worth of holes needed to be patched, then the walls were retextured and painted
We started rebuilding the booth in 2002. Years worth of holes needed to be patched, then the walls were retextured and painted

All of our electronics had to be removed, then rewired.  It took a while to decide how to lay it all out
All of our electronics had to be removed, then rewired. It took a while to decide how to lay it all out

This is the digital sound playback equipment, used prior to our 2013 season. We featuree Dolby Digital sound in field 1, DTS Digital in fields 2 and 3, and Dolby SR analog stereo to back up the digital sound systems.
This is the digital sound playback equipment, used prior to our 2013 season. We featuree Dolby Digital sound in field 1, DTS Digital in fields 2 and 3, and Dolby SR analog stereo to back up the digital sound systems.

Transmitters and digital audio processing by Broadcast Warehouse, among the very best in the industry.
This equipment automatically equalizes the audio and maintains volume levels, then transmits the sound to your radio.
Transmitters and digital audio processing by Broadcast Warehouse, among the very best in the industry.
This equipment automatically equalizes the audio and maintains volume levels, then transmits the sound to your radio.

One of our Simplex film projectors with the sound system in the background.  All projectors were fitted with Kelmar film cleaners, using the Filmguard system
One of our Simplex film projectors with the sound system in the background. All projectors were fitted with Kelmar film cleaners, using the Filmguard system

An overall view of Screen 1's system, including our digital and analog sound systems, computer control and Big Sky 7,000 watt projection lamphouse.
An overall view of Screen 1's system, including our digital and analog sound systems, computer control and Big Sky 7,000 watt projection lamphouse.

A broadcast automation system controls our projectors and manages pre-show and intermission music programming, and various audio announcements that you hear at the drive-in. The software is developed by Broadcast Software International, of Eugene, Oregon.
A broadcast automation system controls our projectors and manages pre-show and intermission music programming, and various audio announcements that you hear at the drive-in. The software is developed by Broadcast Software International, of Eugene, Oregon.

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