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Pop-Up Theater For Watching YouTube Videos Hooks Into Your iPhone

YouTube is usually a solitary experience. But not anymore, with Aaron Jones’s smart temporary pavilion that lets you hook in your iPhone.

Pop-Up Theater For Watching YouTube Videos Hooks Into Your iPhone

Few simple pleasures approach that of a makeshift outdoor theater — that is, a movie projected onto any available wall — on a summer evening. Imagine if you could have your own personal cinema and invite all your neurotic friends over for a Woody Allen love fest. Well, that could be insufferable, but at least you wouldn’t have to pay $8 for popcorn. That’s sort of the idea Aaron Jones’s YouTube, a kit of parts that can be erected into a guerrilla theater for spontaneous video watching. And here’s the mandatory twist: It runs off a smartphone.

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The project made its first appearance on the campus of Jones’s alma mater, Cranbrook Academy of Art, where it was constructed from an interlocking system of off-the-shelf galvanized-steel fence pipes, which the artist bent into a structure resembling the frame of a traditional, pitch-roofed house. Seen from afar, it could be mistaken for a sculpture made from giant drinking straws. According to the architect, it’s possible to put the whole thing together in about a day.

People can laze on the sloped floor and roll down the fabric screen to play videos, or soak up unobstructed views against the backdrop of an iTunes-generated soundtrack. The setup is straightforward: From its docking station, the phone connects to a high-end receiver, which then reroutes the information to the speakers and projector. According to Jones’s statement, “The project is based on the assumption that the Internet (Wi-Fi) can potentially deliver entertainment and information into any place, even a neighborhood that may be overlooked or discounted.” Come June, the theater will be installed in its permanent home — a garage in the often overlooked and discounted city of Detroit.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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