Just thought of this - if movie theaters need some additional "thing" to get people into the theaters, just use the movie theater surround sound system and stream surround sound - say a 70s hour or 2, and 80s hour or 2 (similar to what our local FM station [KCMO FM] does) on slow nights, maybe in the middle of the week (charge a lower price than movies to get into the theater).
The movie screen could have color patterns sychronized to the music.
That’s a great idea. And not so far-fetched. In the late 70s, on the weekends for years, at one of San Francisco’s planetarium’s, there was a Quadraphonic show with psychedelic lazar lights blasted onto the dome screen on Friday’s and Saturday’s called “ Lazarium.” If I’m remembering everything right.
The shows were quite popular. I think people came to see the lazar light show, but the Quad music was an important factor as well to folks who came out to see it. Remember, at least out here in the Bay Area, if you asked anyone young or old what Quadraphonic was, people may not know, but they would tell you they heard about it. That’s because of all the advertising on radio, television and print media for stereo and Quad gear. From inexpensive 8 Tracks to expensive Amps and such. Anyone could afford Quadraphonic, even if it was just a Q8 player for the car.
It was advertised in the weekly Sunday San Francisco Chronicle’s entertainment section called “The Pink Section,” because for decades it was printed on actual pink newspaper. I bought the Sunday newspaper on Friday’s to get an edge on what new concerts or new movies were coming out the following week. The final edition of the paper was on Sunday morning. Heavy suckers, I once was a paper boy. You may ask, why would a Sunday newspaper come out on Friday? Because many people were working during the week, and only had time to relax and read on the weekends.
I finally made the trip over there with a girlfriend, to trip out on a Quadraphonic lazar show of “Dark Side of the Moon.” I think it was at the Morrison Planetarium in S.F. QQ member atrocity should remember the shows maybe. When I went, it was the late spring of 1979. If I remember right, they played some other Quad rock music when you were there, as part of the show. The shows were killer to say the least. But, as I said, it played there for years in the last 70s, so they might have alternated with a different Quad title for a time as the main attraction, to keep people coming. But it was mainly a Pink Floyd experience, with other Quad music to complete the show.
Since Quad stuff was so commonplace, I didn’t pay too much attention for what gear they used, but I’m fairly certain I saw a QRX type Amp. Maybe a QRX-5500 or 7500 model. Anyways, I had a lot of fun back then.