The Big Screen Moves to the Little Camper: Portable Movie Theater

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The Big Screen Moves to the Little Camper: Portable Movie Theater

Forget long lines and popcorn priced like it's gold-plated, The Sol Cinema brings the movies to you. The retro-fitted camper has a solar-powered screen and enough space to seat 8-12 people.

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Design, cinema, sol, theater, camper, solar powered, uk

The non-profit project, developed by Undercurrents, shows 1-10 minute videos mostly at public events and festivals in the UK. The original camper was a 1972 Euro Camper that the group gutted and refitted with recycled and new materials in a cinematic design that captures all the small details we come to expect at the movies, right down to the emergency exit sign.

Design, cinema, sol, theater, camper, solar powered, uk
Design, cinema, sol, theater, camper, solar powered, uk
Design, cinema, sol, theater, camper, solar powered, uk
Design, cinema, sol, theater, camper, solar powered, uk

Though the Sol Cinema shows short films, I could see this idea being developed for the party/entertainment business, like the photobooth rentals that are so popular right now. Kids (/my friends) would love piling in to watch a movie at a birthday party, and the rolling cinema could show video or slideshows at weddings.

How do you feel about the mini theater? Would you rather go out to the movies, or have the movies come to you?

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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