HVAC Goes to The Movies!

Movie Theater filled with PeopleAir Conditioning Systems Make the Movie Industry Boom!

The advent of the modern air conditioning system has significantly improved our quality of life at home and at work. But the power to cool things down, and even the way cool air flows through a building, has also greatly impacted movies – both the business of film and the films themselves.

In fact, the the movie industry was one of the first to directly benefit from the development of air conditioning when theaters began installing systems in the 1920s. Before that time movie theaters could get very uncomfortable in hot summer months.

The Rivoli Theater in New York City’s Times Square was the pioneer. Its management approached Willis Carrier, credited as the ‘father’ of air conditioning, to install the invention. People flocked to watch movies in cool comfort: some went more to chill than for the films. That’s why air conditioning systems are credited with fostering what we know as the ‘summer blockbuster.’

AC Systems Play Roles IN Movies

There are plenty of movies that feature elements of air conditioning systems as vehicles for plot or character development. For example:

  • In the 2007 movie Juno, Juno’s father, played by J.K. Simmons, works as an HVAC technician.
  • The 1987 animated film The Brave Little Toaster features actor Phil Hartman voicing a talking air conditioner who’s sick of being stuck in a wall.
  • Propane, a gas popularized by propane salesman Hank Hill from the animated television series “King of the Hill” is used in HVAC as a fuel, solvent, and refrigerant.

Also fun is that air conditioning ventilation ducts have become a very popular break-in or escape route in many movies and TV shows.

  • The first Alien film features the quintessential suspense scene where Sigourney Weaver, as Ripley, enters the spaceship’s air ducts to lure the alien to the airlock and eject it into space.
  • In Die Hard, John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, crawls around the ventilation system of an LA skyscrapers to save his wife and other hostages.
  • Even James Bond, as played by Sean Connery, manages to escape a holding cell through an air duct to crawl his way to Dr. No’s base of operations and kill the evil villain.

Can you think of more movies that feature air conditioners or air duct systems? Let Custom Climate Concepts know if you do. And be sure to call us for all your air conditioning and duct system needs at (941) 955-COOL (2665).