Pictured below is the Anthology Film Archives’ “Invisible Cinema”, circa early 1970’s. Designed by the Avant Garde filmmaker/preservationist, Peter Kubelka, the concept featured stadium style seating and isolation barriers around each patron. Adding to the immersive experience, the auditorium was painted jet black and devoid of lighting; relying on a spotlight being cast on screen for pre/post show illumination (thus, ensuring the screen remained the center of focus).
While modern day public safety codes ultimately disallowed such a venue, the Anthology Film Archives lives on in New York City, as the world’s preeminent Avant Garde film center.
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