A splice of life in the projection booth [Stephens City, VA]

Via THS Publications Director Ken Bloom
By , Published: August 15
The Washington Post

The only thing more American dreamy than sitting in an aluminum lawn chair with polypropylene webbing in the bed of a pickup truck at a drive-in movie theater is operating a drive-in movie theater at which people sit in aluminum lawn chairs with polypropylene webbing in the beds of pickup trucks.

Jim and Megan Kopp operate two drive-ins.

Says Jim: “It’s a lot of fun.”

Says Megan: “It’s a lot of work.”

Jim caresses a spooling stream of 35mm film stock, his pudgy, smudged fingers feeling for splice tape as he dismantles the reel for the third “Transformers” movie in the hot, noisy projection booth at the Family Drive-In on Route 11 in Virginia’s northernmost county. Megan watches him like a hawk from her wheelchair. Two lumbering projectors throw 3,000-watt beams of light to a 60-by-80-foot screen, whereupon “Cars 2” plays for an audience of minivans and pickup trucks around 11:25 p.m. on a Thursday in August.

To read the full article and/or see the video, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/drive-in-theaters-are-a-kopp-family-affair/2011/08/15/gIQAKC7IHJ_story.html?hpid=z4

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