Going to the movie these days is a big production – not only is there the age-old decision of whether to get popcorn or not, but now it’s about what type of experience you’re eager to take on as well. Mexico’s Cineapolis broke into American shores with serious success, selling their model of recliners and a full scale restaurant to audiences across the nation (servers can be chimed upon request with a simple button attached to every leather chair).
Even drive-ins are seeing a resurgence – but never have we heard of a boat-thru theater….until now.
As a way to capture the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Film Festival in Thailand, producers created a movie theater on the water. Archipelago Cinema was constructed in a calm lagoon engulfed by skyscraping rocks and foliage, where a life size screen is heavily secured to the bottom of the bay and guests sit atop floating rafts constructed to ease into sea living.
The anchored rafts devised for seating were created from recycled wood and gently rock with the motion of the ocean throughout the evening festivities. Film festival creators also secured special lighting to enhance the local scenery, as well as capturing the heavily anchored silver screen (that also houses all the electrical equipment). Would you be able to simply keep your eye on the film screen?
Though films can only be played in the evenings, the creation of the Archipelago Cinema marked the inaugural year of what will become an internationally renowned Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Film Festival.