Glenn Lipman's eyes light up when he talks about the potential of a giant outdoor movie theater at Adolfo Camarillo High School.
Lipman, the ACHS principal, said a $1.5million digital projection theater could be built by summer 2010and the school and Oxnard Union High School District wouldn't have to spend a dime constructing the facility.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for our school and our community," Lipman said. "To get a brand-new venue like this with the newest technology is very exciting . . . and it will provide much-needed money for different projects."
Schlosser Constellation Inc., a company based in Texas, and officials at Camarillo High have been discussing the possibility of constructing a theater on the campus for four months, Lipman said. The company would take on the expenses of building and providing security for the theater, which uses a Digital Light Processing chip technology created by Texas Instruments.
If the IMAX-like theater is approved by the board of educationand Lipman hopes it will be in the next two months the 1,000-seat venue would take 15 months to build. The facility would be behind the visitor football bleachers.
The projection could shoot two screens onto one big screen, and combined it would be approximately 200 feet wide and 50 feet tall.
Lipman said the school hopes to show two movies a day on the screens in the summer and use the space for educational purposes during the school year. The facility could be used for concerts, recitals and town hall meetings. The theater would have DirecTV access, and students could watch history or science shows.
Calls made to Andy Schlosser, chair of the media company, were not returned.
For essentially running Schlosser's business on the Camarillo campus, the school would share half of all the movie theater 's revenue with the Schlosser group.
The theater would generate $100,000 to $400,000 a year, the principal said.
Noise will not be a factor, since each of the 1,000 seats would have plugins for headphones. The facility will also include restrooms and concessions.
The principal said the Schlosser group selected ACHS in part because it's a California Distinguished School.
"They wanted a community that they thought would support a theater," he said, "and they chose it because of our location right next to a freeway.
"There's no outdoor theater in the United States quite like this."
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