During a typical summer evening, large stadium lights perch on the top of the MetLife Building at 1095 Sixth Avenue to light the park from above. However, bright lights and cinema do not mix. During the Film Fest, we turn them off to provide an optimal viewing experience. Read more about the process of darkening the park.
|The MetLife building is the green building located on the northwest corner of the park. The light in question are on the top left hand side of the building and look like birds on a telephone wire.|
|This photo was taken from the top of the MetLife Building. The stadium lights are the black cubes; in this photo they are flipped away from the park (toward the roof) for maintenance.|
It's hard to believe, but each of the 12 stadium light atop the MetLife Building have only one very small-but-powerful bulb. The bulbs are 2000 watts each, which is just enough to get the light beams to travel the 700 feet down to ground level in the park. When you consider that a typical street light is 250 watts, the stadium lights have the combined power of about 96 street lights!
|Left: a lightbulb from the stadium lights atop the MetLife Building; just 12 of these little guys provide 96 street lights' worth of light! Right, the decommissioned remote that used to control the lights.|
Join us tomorrow evening for A Soldier's Story, a tense murder mystery set on a Louisiana miliary base in the 1940s. This film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards.
Mondays, June 16 through August 18
Lawn opens at 5pm
Films start 30 minutes after sundown