Drift away! at the movies, with ‘Floating Cinema’

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You know how your attention drifts away when you’re at the movies? And you find yourself thinking about how bad the film is, or how much you rather be sitting at a lunch counter eating a hamburger? Well … now your entire body can drift away — cuz … you’re gonna be watching a movie in a boat.

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Americans are desperate to watch flickering images projected on a really big screen during COVID social-distance time. Luckily, there are all kinds of entrepreneurs out there are ready to help us do that. Borrowing from the “one if by land, two if by sea” paradigm, comes a sea-faring Australian firm, Beyond Cinema whose ingenuity led to ‘Floating Cinema.”

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Hey, they’re doing it in Paris — only there it’s called Cinema Sur L’eau (which, naturally, sounds better). Floating Cinema is planning to swim by your eyes in Miami, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Pittsburgh as well as Los Angeles.

Too Late for Tears (1949)

But here’s the rub. We don’t really have big bodies of dunk-worthy contained liquid in Los Angeles to easily achieve this strategy. We have an ocean, but that’s no good. We have two honking huge ports (where China delivers all our consumer goods, so they’re busy being ports.) Then we have a few marinas … ditto. Filled to the brim by yachts of millionaires. So we made like Jake Gittes looking for water and uncovered, through film noir location shooting, the rinky-dink ponds like those of Echo Park or MacArthur Park.

Chinatown (1974)

The best news about Floating Cinema is you do not have to BYOB. They bring the boat for you — as well as free popcorn.

Floating Cinema in Los Angeles | Sept 2 – 6 | Pre-registration here

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