Above: Using material suspended from flagpoles, Val Selleck transformed the pool area of his West Palm Beach, Florida, cottage into an outdoor theater so popular that his friends now say, “Everybody comes to Val’s,” paraphrasing the title of the play that inspired the 1942 film Casablanca.
Six 15-foot flagpoles and a seven-by-12-foot movie screen were ordered on the Internet. A 100-yard bolt of lightweight curtain material strong enough for outdoor use was bought at a Dixie Highway fabric shop. A local sailmaker was enlisted to put seams, bindings and grommets in the appropriate places. Cables, shackles and bungee cords were selected at a hardware store. It all went up quickly and according to plan, to the amazement and delight of Val Selleck’s friends.