This Vintage Bus is Also a Mobile Cinema, and its For Sale

I fell into a research hole on this one. The hardest part was deciding what to cut. The Supercompressor stuff is typically a 200-300 word bit, but my first draft had over 1000 words

http://www.supercompressor.com/rides/classic-mobile-cinema-on-ebay

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In the late 1960s, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Technology commissioned seven custom mobile theaters, built with a plexiglass bubble at the front and a Dr. Who-like interior (it’s bigger on the inside) complete with 26 seats. They toured the country as a promotional stunt until being sold off in 1974, and over time they were all destroyed.

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Well, all but this one. And now it’s for sale for £120,000 (roughly $182,000) at, you guessed it, eBay.

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Restoring the rolling cinema took half a decade to complete, and for the past five years it’s been touring the British countryside showing film screenings at festivals, schools, and villages. Not just a boring display, the bus has been retrofitted with a modern engine, brakes, transmission, and air ride suspension.

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The film projector once housed in the stargazer dome over the driver has been upgraded to a modern unit, just like your local multiplex’s. For the audio- and video-philles, the projection kit is full HD, with 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, complemented by soundproofing fitted to “limit external disturbances.”
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In addition to the bus, the buyer will also get the unrestored trailer that was used for industrial demonstrations along with the mobile cinema. The current owner got the trailer after a random call from someone who knew where the bus’s trailer had ended up 25 years following its cinematic use; it was being used as a woodwork shop and was formally recognized as belonging to the cinema.
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And that’s it, really. In addition to being one of the coolest RVs ever, it is just one HDMI cable away from the best HALO party you could imagine.
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