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Floating cinema sets sail in London for the summer season

Floating cinema sets sail in L...
The Floating Cinema projects films from the barge onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing Londoners to enjoy an open air motion picture experience
The Floating Cinema projects films from the barge onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing Londoners to enjoy an open air motion picture experience
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Powered by a hybrid engine which runs on biofuel, the new floating cinema is currently touring the London urban waterways
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Powered by a hybrid engine which runs on biofuel, the new floating cinema is currently touring the London urban waterways
The above-deck projection suite sits within a semi opaque cubic structure, which glows from the inside out during the evening film sessions
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The above-deck projection suite sits within a semi opaque cubic structure, which glows from the inside out during the evening film sessions
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The Duggan Morris Architects created an award winning design that saw the conversion of a barge into a floating cinematic facility
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The Duggan Morris Architects created an award winning design that saw the conversion of a barge into a floating cinematic facility
Duggan Morris Architects has joined forces with British public arts organization, UP Projects to launch this year’s ‘Floating Cinema’
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Duggan Morris Architects has joined forces with British public arts organization, UP Projects to launch this year’s ‘Floating Cinema’
This year’s ‘Floating Cinema’ will be gracing the waterways of East London until the end of September
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This year’s ‘Floating Cinema’ will be gracing the waterways of East London until the end of September
The new floating cinema is currently hosting a range of summer events, including outdoor screenings, canal tours, talks and workshops
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The new floating cinema is currently hosting a range of summer events, including outdoor screenings, canal tours, talks and workshops
The above-deck projection suite sits within a semi opaque cubic structure, which glows from the inside out during the evening film sessions
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The above-deck projection suite sits within a semi opaque cubic structure, which glows from the inside out during the evening film sessions
Archipelago Cinema located off the coast of Yao Noi, Thailand is a more exotic version of the floating outdoor cinema
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Archipelago Cinema located off the coast of Yao Noi, Thailand is a more exotic version of the floating outdoor cinema
Archipelago Cinema features a large floating projection screen and a floating raft made from recycled materials
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Archipelago Cinema features a large floating projection screen and a floating raft made from recycled materials
Archipelago Cinema could potentially be the world’s most panoramic movie theatre.
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Archipelago Cinema could potentially be the world’s most panoramic movie theatre.
Patrons are taken by boat to the romantic floating cinema which is located amid the calm waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon, Kudu Island
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Patrons are taken by boat to the romantic floating cinema which is located amid the calm waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon, Kudu Island
Patrons are taken by boat to the romantic floating cinema which is located amid the calm waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon, Kudu Island
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Patrons are taken by boat to the romantic floating cinema which is located amid the calm waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon, Kudu Island
London-based Floating Films is another film club which is located aboard the SB Repertor; a classic 1920’s Thames sailing barge
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London-based Floating Films is another film club which is located aboard the SB Repertor; a classic 1920’s Thames sailing barge
Floating Films is currently docked at the St Katherine’s Docks in London
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Floating Films is currently docked at the St Katherine’s Docks in London
Floating Films showcases a range of films in its intimate 40 seat indoor theatre
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Floating Films showcases a range of films in its intimate 40 seat indoor theatre
Duggan Morris created an award winning design that saw the conversion of a barge into a floating cinematic facility
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Duggan Morris created an award winning design that saw the conversion of a barge into a floating cinematic facility
The Floating Cinema projects films from the barge onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing Londoners to enjoy an open air motion picture experience
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The Floating Cinema projects films from the barge onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing Londoners to enjoy an open air motion picture experience
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Duggan Morris Architects has joined forces with British arts organization, UP Projects to launch this year’s "Floating Cinema," which will be gracing the waterways of East London until the end of September. For the project, Duggan Morris created an award winning design that converted a barge into a floating cinema.

This year’s Floating Cinema is an upgrade from UP Projects’ original floating movie house that was launched back in 2011 but took a break in 2012 for the Olympics. Powered by a hybrid engine that runs on biofuel, the new floating cinema is currently touring the London urban waterways while hosting a range of summer events, including outdoor screenings, canal tours, talks and workshops.

The above-deck projection suite sits within a semi opaque cubic structure and is illuminated during evening film sessions. In addition to a small onboard movie theater, films are also projected from within the cubic cabin onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing more Londoners to enjoy an open air motion picture experience while taking advantage of the warm summer evenings.

The onboard auditorium is equipped with the projection equipment, audio-visual systems and a small movie theater for intimate floating screenings or events. And if you can’t make it to a specific event, worry not, live broadcasting of certain events and screenings will be streamed live on the Floating Cinema website.

UP Projects’ Floating Cinema is not the only floating movie theater in action at the moment. London based Floating Films is a film club that is located aboard the SB Repertor, a classic 1920’s Thames sailing ship. Currently docked at the St Katherine’s Docks in London, the ship screens a range of films in its intimate 40-seat indoor theater.

Archipelago Cinema features a large floating projection screen and a floating raft made from recycled materials
Archipelago Cinema features a large floating projection screen and a floating raft made from recycled materials

Meanwhile, the Archipelago Cinema, located off the coast of Yao Noi, Thailand is a more exotic version of the floating outdoor cinema. The project was launched last year during the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival, combining a large floating projection screen and a floating raft. Lucky patrons are escorted by boat to the romantic floating cinema that could lay claim to being the most picturesque movie theater in the world.

Sources: Floating Cinema, UP Projects, Duggan Morris via The Telegraph

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