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Brief Published: 14 Sep 2011

Plug and Play


The YouTube Theatre, by American artist Aaron Jones, allows visitors to stream internet videos from their smartphones and watch them on the big screen.

Originally installed on the Cranbrook Academy of Art campus in Michigan in the US, the pop-up has taken on a more permanent fixture on the site of an old garage in Detroit – a place currently brimming with artistic and community-driven interventions.

Measuring 500 sq ft, the galvanised steel structure can be constructed and disassembled in a day. Those wishing to use the cinema simply plug their smartphone into a receiver that projects the image onto a display screen. “The theatre is based on the assumption that the internet can potentially deliver entertainment and information into any place, even a neighbourhood that may be overlooked or discounted,” says Jones.

For more Detroit interventions, see Detroit: A Blank Canvas for Creativity.