Installations: Rocky Mountain Picture Show
Although I work as a producer and director in the film business, I live in communities with technologically challenged movie theaters. In Telluride, Colorado, the Nugget plays one movie a week on its single screen most of the year. Because of the Telluride Film Festival, it has decent projection and sound, but it's a bit dismal and long in the tooth seat- and comfort-wise. In East Hampton, New York, where I have my primary residence, the Regal Cinema Sixplex could be the worst-maintained theater in the United States, if not the entire planet. Perhaps there's a movie palace in Uzbekistan with drearier ambiance, but I doubt that it has worse equipment.
Several years ago, when we moved to East Hampton from nearby Amagansett, we put a dedicated digital high-def screening room in our basement (see My Digital Adventure). After 8 years of owning our second home in Telluride, we decided it was time to upgrade our electronics and finish our basement screening room there, which until then had been used as an ad hoc space for Christmas-present wrapping and a yearly Ping-Pong tournament.
The Telluride house presents a series of challenges, including lack of air and, in the summer, glorious lightning strikes that are both thrilling and dangerous. Recently, a tree exploded in our yard and took out a bunch of windows. It turns out that lightning instantaneously superheats the water inside a tree, and the only thing for the expanding water and steam to do is to blow up the tree. Lightning often takes us off the electrical grid, and even though we have a generator that could run a midsize city's hospital, the initial surge of power when it starts up plays havoc with our electronics.