With change comes adaptation.“It is not a failure to readjust my sails to fit the waters I find myself in.”
― Mackenzi Lee
Drive-in movie theaters were most popular in the 50s and 60s. Since then, they’ve become more nostalgic than anything, until now.
With social distancing in mind, drive-in theaters across the country have been booming. Coronavirus regulations have resulted in the shut down of local movie theaters, but Marcus Theatres wanted to find a way to keep showing movies to the community and keep staff employed.
A little closer to home, in Bellevue, Twin Creek Cinema is expected to open this weekend riding that wave. “They’ll be in their own cars, and their own environments, and be able to maintain distancing, and still enjoy a couple of films,” said Mark Gramz.
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
The outdoor cinema at 3909 Raynor Parkway will feature a 42-foot screen and appropriately distanced parking spots with a clear line of sight. On the night of the shows, staff will direct viewers where to go, with a designated area for big vehicles. There are enough spots for 120 cars.
Patrons can watch from inside their cars, from their truck beds or in chairs in front of their vehicles, and can tune into 89.1 FM to get audio for their silver screen showing.
Concessions will be offered as well, to try and normalize the movie-going experience and can be picked up at a table located by the theatre entrance vestibule. Restrooms can be accessed from within the cinema, but restroom capacity counts will be strictly enforced, some patrons may have to wait outside. hand sanitizers will be places outside the building for use and tickets are only $20 a carload and must be purchased online at marcustheatres.com or through the Marcus Theatres app.
While the Drive-in Movie experience is something that Marcus is offering due to the Covid-19 pandimict and are commited to entertaining their customers in a safe fashion, the Drive-in Movies could be something Marcus theatres keeps around as an attraction.
“Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation, and in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed.”
What is “Experiential Architecture” and how does it relate to the Cinema Industry?
WIKIPEDIA outlines Experience architecture (XA) as the art of articulating a clear user story or journey through information architecture, interaction design or experience design that an end-user navigates across products and services offered by the client or as intended by the designer.
If this is true, all cinemas could or maybe should be considered experiential architecture.
Cinema is defined as the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere through the use of recorded imagery and sound. If we expand the ideas of what is being portrayed on the screen to what could be experienced in your facility the potential to create experiences is limitless. We know architecture has an emotional impact on humans, the question is what kind of emotions do you want to create for your users? How can we collaborate to create memories? Experiential architecture is design that evolves and responds over time, the notion of a holistic approach to the design. If architecture can connect emotionally with its occupants, then the message can be felt more deeply thus more readily leaving a lasting impression on your customers.
Designing for the traditional senses: sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction) and touch (somatosensation). If you pay close attention while designing to sensory components the result will create an environment that is felt and memorable. Maybe memory is the other sense we need to capture? Perhaps it is out of these components that a great building can simply stimulate someone into making a decision. Consumers identify their needs and wants, collect information, evaluate options and make decisions to purchase all of which are influenced by environmental factors some of which we can influence through design. Customer experience from product, service, content, touchpoints, pricing, facility, sensory engagement which should all be considered and described in the design. Does the design express a coherent platform for the experience? Do the experiences complement and enhance each other or do they conflict and detract from each other?
Experience starts as you approach your destination and the approach forms the path of preparation for the customer. This can start as early as when patrons log on to your website or enter the parking lot of your facility. It all relates to the complete approach of creating a memorable experience for your guests. One that they want to choose again and again.
What kind of path do you want to create for your customers?
Straight path, path around spaces, free path, path through spaces, transitional path, changing vistas along a path – the path provides the opportunity for interaction between spaces. Knowing your preferences allows designers the ability to help create the correct path to better suit your business model and generate more revenue from the end-users. For instance, if we know your model is to capture revenue from the patrons in the lobby by passing a multitude of options one might create a layout that resembles a casino floor. However, if your goal is to get the patron in the theatre seat so they can begin ordering food and beverage, we might design a central corridor that leads directly to the auditorium door. Different design elements are needed along these paths to generate the intended experience.
Spatial experiences is the visual perception at the human eye level. Items placed above or below this level may be perceived differently. It is similar to a path, movement through horizontal space is very different than movement through vertical space. So it is very important for the design to keep the experience moving by shifting the visual axis along a horizontal path. The use of barriers or obstacles provides areas to rest or contemplate which may be essential for impulse purchasing. Architecture can compose the whole experience through the perception of space and the space becomes alive giving your customer a sense of presence in your facility.
Colors of interior walls can influence the imagination. Every color elicits a different and unique emotional response with its viewer (this is also very dependent on culture):
Yellow gives the impression of bright and intense, as people associate it with the sun.
Red evokes accuracy and attention to detail since people associate red with danger, which makes you more alert.
Blue creates a relaxed state allowing the imagination to roam since we associate blue with the ocean and sky.
Green suggests nature and organic quality, it is the most balanced color which equates to stability.
White expresses openness, with a message of purity and sterile.
*Each specific color can change when modified in their lightness factor and saturation (light to dark).
Ceiling heights also affect how we think, low ceilings help focus one’s thoughts while high ceiling promote free thinking. It’s the difference between “item-specific” versus “relational” processing.
Flooring materials impact how we navigate through spaces. Carpet can increase the duration of people’s gathering time.
Lighting (both natural and artificial) affects mood. Sunlight improves memory, dim lighting helps people relax.
Furniture impacts socialization. Furniture organized in small groupings encourages interaction. Semi-circle arrangements increase participation. Straight-line configurations encourage independence.
The spaces around us can influence and enhance our daily lives. Considering the design as a major component to enhance the overall experience thus creating memorable experiences will create a greater value for your users. Giving the customer more than expected through experiential architecture makes it easier to consume and spend at a higher price point. A similar model for coffee purchased from Starbucks versus McDonalds – atmosphere and creativity matter more than ever to consumers in today’s society obsessed with consumption.
Experiential architecture is on the rise and today’s consumers demand emotional connections. Movies are emotionally driven so leverage that cinematic experience on the screen to your facilities architecture to shape the customers’ experience. Human-centric design is paramount to your brand’s story, and good collaborative design will make your facility a preferred destination point.
Sustainability is a common theme
we hear repeatedly in the news and in our profession. As an architectural engineering design firm,
we enthusiastically promote the adaptive reuse of structures over a complete
teardown and starting over. For clients,
it is a romantic endeavor to bring an existing structure back to its original
glory. We see this everywhere in the US
including all around our office in downtown Kansas City, MO. From experience, the romance can be
oversimplified as the effort is a big investment in time, cost, and learning,
as each project is original with its own set of unique challenges.
in the redeveloping South Main Historic District near downtown Memphis, the new
Malco Powerhouse Cinema is a project that combines and incorporates a former 1914 railyard brick-clad power station into a unique gathering place that
includes a premium 7 screen boutique cinema. The original
power station was constructed by the Illinois Central railway to provide steam
and electric power to the central station located across the tracks. Restoration
of key historical elements of the existing
powerhouse was essential for the building’s historic preservation. Strict oversight
was provided by the State Historic Preservation Office to monitor and maintain
the look of the building. The old
historic 60’ tall smokestack was preserved. Hundreds
of small panes of glass were replaced in the existing steel windows. Tons of existing brick were
salvaged and reused repeatedly throughout the existing building. There
were two different types of brick: an unfinished brick for interior use and a
finished brick for the exterior.
Undoubtedly the beauty of the powerhouse was the
brick. The brick was unique not just in
color but also dimension and edge profile.
It had aged very well and the construction detailing 100 years ago was
beautiful. Malco wanted to keep or reuse
as much of the brick as possible. The
Memphis Historic Preservation Committee also wanted as much of the existing
brick and structure to remain to maintain the history and beauty of the past in
the gentrifying area. The challenge was
that the structure and configuration of the old building was not capable of
supporting a state-of-the-art auditorium-based layout. However, with some creative thinking the old
edifice was incorporated for ticketing, dining and as a gathering area.
TK worked with Malco to create an environment that
would meet the requirements of the historical committee for preservation, while
still fulfilling the needs of Malco as an operational space for the new
theatre. The decision was made to
emphasize the beauty of the powerhouse and have it as the main entry
point. A “lean-to parts shed” existed on
the south side of the building and was removed to expose the main structural
wall. This façade would become the new focal
point for blending old and new as people entered the building.
The brick from this lean-to was salvaged to be reused
at other locations in the project. Each
brick had to be removed by hand. Every
brick was going to be needed including the broken ones. Approximately 1,500 finished exterior brick and
1,500 unfinished interior brick were reused throughout the project. The new entrance to the lobby and the ticket
booth reused the finished brick while the unfinished brick was used around the
fireplace, entrances, and the transition space from the seating area to the concession
There are many unique and beautiful aspects to the
renovated powerhouse, but if you ever happen to visit, be sure to take a
special look at the rebuilt pilaster at the box office. With the removal of the south wall, which was
providing the load path in the event of a seismic event, a built-up steel portal
frame was created to resist the loading while still being minimal in size. This allowed the contractor to cover the
frame with the painstakingly salvaged brick, creating a beautiful backdrop for
the box office and entry to the lounge.
The new craftsmanship blends into the existing and you can’t tell where the
original building transitions to new.
As with any renovation, there were many challenges;
some expected and some not so much. A
lot of passionate people made this project happen. Now you can enjoy the experience that you
just can’t get except in a building that is more than a century old.
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All-University Career Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019: Recruiting majors in Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Health and Human Sciences Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019: Recruiting from all majors. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019: Recruiting majors in Engineering and Technology
Visit with over 300 employers for career, intern, and co-op positions. Bring multiple copies of your resume, dress professionally and visit on the days your major is being recruited!
Experience the glamour of Hollywood right here in the Midwest during the 2019 Geneva Convention September 17th – 19th, held at the luxurious Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Catch a sneak preview of new fall films. Learn about new equipment and products. All at an event where you can network with your fellow exhibitors, vendors and studio executives in an unrushed, casual atmosphere.