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September 8th, 2005 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Sep. 8th, 2005

05:35 am - Guerrilla Drive Ins

Via BoingBoing. See the Santa Cruz Guerrilla Drive In website for info on how to start your own.

By CHRIS THOMPSON

Published: July 29, 2004

ANTA CRUZ, Calif.

LIKE most cities in Silicon Valley's outer stratosphere, Santa Cruz has a district dedicated to an odd marriage of high and low tech, where lumber mills and cement factories squat beside gleaming software business parks. But the geeks and hipsters who parked their bikes on this slab of broken land and sneaked past the "no trespassing" sign were not here on business. They were going to the movies.

Few theaters consist of dead weeds and a mound of gray slag squeezed between a laboratory and an alloy manufacturing firm. But these movie buffs have brought their own theater with them. For three years, cult-movie buffs have been organizing "guerrilla drive-ins" in a number of cities, rigging together a nest of digital projectors, DVD players, and radio transmitters or stereo speakers, spreading the word online, and assembling on parking lots or fields to watch obscure films beneath the stars.

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