Friday, March 20, 2009 at 07:53AM
Dodd Vickers in magician

As the Amazing Johnathan mentioned during his interview with us on Halloween, he's running a VERY private and VERY special drive in theater which he has dubbed "The Amazing Underground." AJ's unusual private hobby is reported on in an article in the Las Vegas Sun with the title, "Amazing Johnathan: Presto change-o, it’s a drive-in replica." Modeled after a drive in that he worked in as a kid, AJ told us that the idea was initially inspired by his collection of antique cars and his first dead end job. “I thought it would be a great way to display the cars,” he says. The project took on a life of its own. At first he had artists paint murals on the walls inside the warehouse. Using old photographs, they re-created the drive-in filled with cars. He parked six of his own classic cars in the room. The rest are at his home in Green Valley. It turned out so well he decided to add a projector and screen to make it functional, he says. “So I could have movie nights with my crew and friends.” Then he added a few technical gadgets that allowed him to re-create the sun setting, the moon rising, a starlit night and even thunder and lightning. The sounds of crickets are real. “We caught a couple and put them in the building; now we’ve got like a hundred of them,” he says. There are speakers, but no mounds, so the front of the cars sit on an incline for a better view of the screen. All of his cars have air shocks so the front ends can be raised and lowered at will."

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