Shipping Containers As Mobile Theaters

By Angela Watercutter

USA Network will show a series of eight shorts in these traveling mini theaters made from shipping containers.

Used shipping containers have been transformed into brightly colored miniature movie theaters for special screenings of eight short films.

The interior of one of the mini-theater shipping containers.
Images courtesy USA Network

The mini theaters, opened to the public Friday in New York, will be showing shorts commissioned as part of USA Network’s Character Project, a partnership with directors Ridley and Tony Scott.

The unique design of the 18-seat, air-conditioned “screening pods” complements the theme of the short films, which focus on interesting characters and personalities — some fictional and some real (like Jeff Dowd, who inspired The Dude character from The Big Lebowski).

The mini theaters are the latest novel use for shipping containers. The big, boxy steel transport units known as intermodal containers have been redeployed recently for purposes as varied as restaurants, art projects and high-end housing.

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