So I meet up with a small group of people to celebrate a friend’s birthday at the Cat and Fiddle on Sunset Blvd. My friend having the birthday plays lead guitar in a band (with several very “downloadable” singles) named “Gualberto,” which is the name of its lead singer and lyricist. When the birthday dinner thing is done, I tag along with my friend and his bandmates to a warehouse which has been converted to loft apartments near downtown LA. We arrive at one of the apartments currently occupied by one of the friends of the band and his girlfriend. The apartment is one of these places with ceilings that are about 20 feet high and the only apparent room, apart from the main area serving as bedroom, living room and kitchen, is a bathroom. Very trendy, artsy, cool place.
Anyway, it’s a Friday night and people including me are sitting around in the main area doing whatever. The band’s friend hits a switch on one of the concrete pillars that supports the high ceiling. Down from one of the walls slowly unrolls this gigantic Projection screen, a screen which seemed like it was about 20 feet across diagonally. I’m impressed with the size of the screen; it seems like it is about twice the size of any roll-type projection screen that I had ever seen, say in elementary school, that kind of thing. But, as I think about the last time I had seen a roll-type projection screen (like I said, elementary school), I’m made to recall the dirty, grainy films I’d have to watch on them. Not particularly appealing. Sure, I’d seen projection TV screens in bars that were showing sporting events, etc. And the video resolution on those was, “hmm…ok” or at least better than the aforementioned elementary school fare. But, still nothing that made me go, “…AM SEEING STATE OF THE ART…MUST FIND A WAY TO BUY, EVEN IF HAVE TO SELL EITHER SOUL OR FIRST BORN(!)” like I did when I saw this one.
A DVD is popped in to a player connected to the video projector, a projector which is about 25 or so feet from the screen. The room’s dark and then the video hits the screen; And, I couldn’t take my eyes off it; resolution better than any big-screen multiplex movie theatre I had ever paid 30 bucks to take a date to, whether digital projector, 70mm film, whatever. Literally a 20 foot diagonal window in to another world. My respect for video projectors spiked upward like the Washington Monument! And, the crazy thing was, I don’t even think this projector was one of the expensive, $3000 Video Projectors or crazy-expensive Runco projectors I had vaguely heard of at $300,000 a crack. I think that what we were all looking at was a garden-variety product from a nice, big-name Japanese company. Needless to say, I was awestruck by this 20 foot screen and the glorious resolution of the video displayed upon it. At the night’s end, I sincerely felt that I owed the screen’s owner $11.50 for the time I spent viewing. So, I am a definite fan of the modern video projector; if you have the living space, you can literally have your own movie theater.Powered by Sidelines