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Hot Tub Theatre

Combine the relaxation of a hot tub with the entertainment of the theatre.
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Since at least the roman times people have gathered in public bath houses. Today they are swimming pools that are mainly used for excercise and play, or small hot tubs that are used for relaxation. I propose we extend this beyond relaxation and into the arena of entertainment.

A large shallow hot tub can be built. Drained, it will resemble a modern movie theatre including comforatble chairs and aisles. Filled, customers (in bathing suits appropriate for the specific culture) file in and take their seats. Water comes up to your neck.

The lights dim, all that can be seen is a pale glow from under the water. The curtains open, and through the fog and mist you see a spectacular performance. What that performance is doesn't matter much - could be a comedy routine, an opera, ballet (water ballet?), etc. The point is you're relaxed in warm, bath-like water and enjoying yourself.

Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003

Wet'n' Wild Dive in movies http://www.wetnwild..._info/the_rides.cfm
And yes, apparently the pools are heated in the cooler months [madradish, Oct 14 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

"The Little Mermaid" coming soon!! http://www.big-telly.com/future.html
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       I have to raise the prolific public pool problem... what happens when someone pees?   

       intermission?
rahulb, Mar 26 2003
  

       Just so long as there's no interrupting intromission.
idyll, Mar 26 2003
  

       [rah] I thought of that (while trying to think up appropriate drink holders), and it's definately an issue. I guess it would be dealt with the same as in hot tubs by public pools. Generally there's a sign "No one under 18 allowed". I would hope adults can show some self-control. Intermission's a must.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       The Idea of the "hot tub theatre" sounds great(HENCE THE CROISSANT). You could have floating cupholders, and floating trays.......Would you hand out "waterwings" to the "non-swimmers? also would you have a sign at the door of the theater "YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO ENJOY THIS MOVIE"?
theThinker, Mar 26 2003
  

       Floating cupholders/trays - very nice. Waterwings, not frowned upon but not provided (no swimming necessary). Must be this tall - probably, though adjustable chair is possible.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       Wouldn’t you either need a separate tub for every row, or eliminate stadium seating?
Shz, Mar 26 2003
  

       Imagine all the prune-like wrinkled bodies after a 3 hour show...
Freelancer, Mar 26 2003
  

       I wouldn't want the job of cleaning the "Baby Ruth" out of the filter at night. But you would eliminate the need to sweep the floors at the end of the night.......
theThinker, Mar 26 2003
  

       This sounds like a lot of fun.   

       There is actually a cinema screen in Wet 'n Wild (a water slide theme park on the Gold Coast). It's in front of a huge shallow pool so people can sit or swim around lazily and watch a movie. Last time I was there nothing was showing, but it looked like a fun way to go to the movies.
madradish, Mar 26 2003
  

       [shz] I was thinking of eliminating the stadium seating concept, but I like your separate tub row idea. Perhaps one aisle can have stairs to enter and find your seat, the other side a water slide to exit.   

       [dish] That sounds great, but was it heated? I'd fear freezing my ass off but not wanting to leave and miss the ending.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       //isle// is probably a typo, but it makes a good pun.
FarmerJohn, Mar 26 2003
  

       Sadly I've been misspelling it for years. What an odd word, aisle. Perhaps from now on I'll pronounce it as it's spelled (try it) and if that catches on someday others won't have my problem.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       That's it! Combine this with one of those floating sushi restaurant concepts.
Worldgineer, Mar 27 2003
  

       Nice! Nice! Nice! Maybe you can fit the screen really high and have everyone lean back... pretty much like at a planeterium. Still, a (+) for the concept.
joker_of_the_deck, Mar 27 2003
  

       This rocks. I like the floating sushi bar thing, but what about something you could order on? You order on a water-resistant touchpad and a tray could be "aimed" at you. gah that's a bad idea. but i like the ordering part. help please?
igirl, Mar 27 2003
  

       I was thinking, for a film, it would be neat to have a larger pool so you could float on your back and have the screen directly overhead.
snarfyguy, Mar 27 2003
  

       I've been letting this one toss around in my head for a bit, and I've finally concluded that I don't think I care for it much. I like hot tubs, I love movies, but somehow the twain ought not to meet, in my view. When I watch a movie, I don't like to do anything else besides watch a movie.
waugsqueke, Mar 27 2003
  

       Well, I assume you like to sit in a nice chair, waugs. This could be seen as just a different kind of nice chair.
snarfyguy, Mar 27 2003
  

       [ig], I'm sure there's a thousand halfbaked ways to solve the ordering problem. Perhaps it's as simple as a vender walking down the aisle, pulling a long chain of floating food/drink. When someone wants one they raise their hand, and it's floated down the row. Wait, paying might be an issue. I guess make it like the movies - buy it on your way in, and take it to your seat.
Worldgineer, Mar 28 2003
  

       Heated? I dunno, could be I guess. It's located on the gold coast in Australia. It's generally pretty warm there so not as much of an issue. You might get a nasty sunburn if you forgot your sunblock though.
madradish, Mar 28 2003
  

       [mad] I like it. More of a splash-around pool idea than what I was thinking of. May be good for families that are already used to distractions, but I was thinking of a calmer environment.
Worldgineer, Mar 31 2003
  

       Yes worldie, I appreciate the difference. That's why I gave you a (+) instead of calling 'baked'.
madradish, Apr 01 2003
  

       a local theatre company in NorthernIreland is about to produce 'The Little Mermaid' for kids in the local swimming pool. I'll provide a link if I can.
etherman, Aug 25 2004
  

       My old college did a pool-in movie night. The first one was "Splash".   

       Aren't you supposed to get out of a hot tub after 15 minutes? That wouldn't even cover the trailers...
dbsousa, Jun 20 2005
  

       15 minutes is not nearly long enough for a hot tub soak. I agree that 2 hours may be too much though - especially if it's quite hot. Perhaps add temperature control to each seat using seperate cold and hot water lines?
Worldgineer, Jun 20 2005
  
      
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