The Tribeca Film Festival teamed up with Hudson Yards to create an unforgettable outdoor movie experience, Backyard Big Screen. This event running from September 14th to October 31st offers socially distant ‘pods’ with cabana-style seating, picnic boxes with seasonal delicacies and beverages for up to 2 or 4 guests for rental in front of a huge 20 x 20 foot LED Screen with the iconic Vessel at Hudson Yards in the background. Movies are shown every Thursday through Sunday and feature a short film curated by the Tribeca Film Festival followed by classics like Ghostbusters, Sleepless in Seattle, Wonder Woman, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and many more.
McLaren provided structural engineering for this temporary Hudson Yards LED Screen. Working with BNW Rigging INC the team engineered a reusable and adaptable LED screen supported by box truss, chain hoists and steel wire ropes with rigging hardware – all of which can be assembled in a short amount of time with in-house or easily rented materials. Assemblies like these are constructed by experienced rigging companies that work with these materials to create a seemingly unlimited number of exhibits, each with varying effects, sizes, and purposes to meet the demands of clients within the entertainment industry. A shipping container is located behind the screen providing ballast for stability as well as a shelter for the tech crew.
Backyard Big Screen also included showtimes for sporting events where in-person attendance was not permitted. The innovative theater space hosted the US Open, and currently has tickets available for the NY Giants, Formula 1 and the NY Yankees. Preferred seating is reserved for essential workers and the ticket price includes a local charity donation.