Theatre was born in June 1970 in a rehearsal studio/ blacklight
room designed by Richie T. and Jewell H. in Woodhaven NY.
Handpainted day-glo art, psychedelic posters and art deco designs
lined the flat black walls to give the room an infinite space.
The lightshow evolved from old movie projectors, overheads and
discarded lighted Christmas ornaments modified for that psychedelic
Loose Joints was the name of the
band, later called Mistress. We
did Max's Kansas City, The Ocean Club, Great Gildersleeves,
Coventry, The Forest Park Bandshell, Mickey Allens Showboat
, the NYC club scene from 1975 to 1979.
The Galactic Theatre used Sawyer Roto Scope Projectors, Kodak
Carousels, 3M overheads, 8mm film projection, strobes, fog,
GAF, Rollei and assorted homemade devices to dazzle the mind!!
Always on hand was plenty of duct tape and a fire extinguisher
to put out the flames. I remember it was so hot and bright behind
the projectors the joke was you didn't even have to go to the
beach the next day to get a suntan!!!
The Galactic Theatre was manned by Rich Timmann , Lou Bounecore
and EZ ED Korovitch.
By 1984 it was time to get a real paying job so I became a Garbologist
for the City of NY, still performing the occasional lightshow
for parties and reunions! On Sept.28, 1997 the original Galactic
Theatre Studio reopened after a 4 month restoration project,
blacklights, liquids and the addition of an original Lionel
Space and Military O Gauge Toy Train Layout from 1959!!!
The 175 Rocket Launcher, 463 Nuclear Reactor, Day-Glo trains
recently reissued by Lionel all bathed in blacklight and adornedwith
The Galactic Theatre still performs its psychedelic madness
into the 21st Century.
My main influences are Mick Brockett of Nektar
Sound and Light Theatre fame, The
Joshua Lightshow and Pink Floyd.
Thanks Mick for your inspiration and your visual sense of humor!!!
Rich Timmann - The Galactic Theatre -