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Wow
Bravo you guys
I dig all your screens
Post more pics with movie screenshots
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Funky K, that is amazing. What a cool setup you have man. Talk about a cool outdoor theatre. And it's attached to such a nice house too! Rockin!
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I live in a very high wind city, any ideas for the screen?

My screen doesn't appear to be going anywhere. In under six months, it has survived the remnants of a hurricane as well as a nearby tornado that downed power lines less than two miles from my house. The lattice panels are attached between twelve foot four by fours concreted about three foot into the ground every four feet. The plywood panels sit in a u-channel aluminum moulding on a two by four holding up the bottom and are hooked with bungee cords to eye-bolts mounted to the back of the panels near the top and strapped to the fence. The screen actually rises above the top of the fence a foot or two. I screwed the eye bolts right through the back of the screen and through the front, then ground them off and painted.

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The screen can be removed with two guys, a ladder and a half hour. It hasn't been removed since I put it up, and if I was really serious about taking it down and putting it up a lot, I probably would use a lighter screen material than plywood or maybe a thinner variety.

If I couldn't or didn't have a ruggedly built fence on which to solidly hang my heavy screen,, and I wanted something that could take the wind, I probably would have gone with one of the conduit/tubing framed tarps I see are popular, but at a minimum I'd have prebuilt concrete bases to slip the supports into. I tried a tarp early on (can still be seen hanging on back of lattice in picture), attached directly (hanging on) the from of the lattice fence. It worked OK, but I didn't like the 'look' of it. Perhaps if I'd properly framed it in conduit I might have been satisfied, but a happy coincidence of deciding on the plywood is that it actually looks pretty good left up, and reinforces the notion of a dedicated outdoor theater (my goal at the outset). I suppose I was lucky. I started with a blank slate and built from scratch in an area ideal for the purposes to which it has evolved. I didn't have to cram an "outdoor home theater" into my driveway or repurpose an existing patio for same. Property is much cheaper in the ghetto. There are still SIXTEEN feet of my property BEHIND the lattice back panels that hold my screen.

The air inflatable screens can be a problem in the wind from what I read, so you might want to stay away from that option.

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Here is our outdoor theater - Nova Scotia Canada :-)

Screen is about 9 X 16 feet - wrinkles got worked out and screen looks great!



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wow, i want one!!!!!!!! Ver Nice
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I feel this thread needed a bump.

Same 165" screen just different (finished putting together) frame.

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Ridewithme38, is the frame in the above pic a kit or did you purchase the pieces separatly on line? I really like that design.
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Ridewithme38, is the frame in the above pic a kit or did you purchase the pieces separatly on line? I really like that design.
A kit, from http://www.carlofet.com/fixed-frame-...reen-kits.html
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My rooftop movie theater:





And one of my dog while I was putting it all together:

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these are some great setups!
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Typically we watch movies on a 120" diagonal pull down mounted to the side of the house, but I had an opportunity to borrow a 9'X16' inflatable from work so why not. The monster just barely fit across the side yard. I built a multi-compartment hush box for the blower assembly which made it acceptably quiet, though you can still hear the thing whirling away when the movie is silent.

I upgraded speakers in my home theater recently so the old ones have come out to serve admirably in the yard setup. Coupled with a 10" Paradigm sub (DSP3100 I believe) the sound is surprisingly clear and dynamic. An old amplifier from the '70's completes the audio end of things.

The projector is my BenQ W1070 drug out of the home theater. Even though I just installed a new lamp it could have used a few more lumens for that monster screen. The picture was still very watchable.

Zero gravity chairs are perfect; comfortable and just the right angle.

A friend brought over San Andreas. Not my favorite but a fun outdoor popcorn flick all the same. It's a good thing I have tolerant neighbors because that movie is noisy mayhem from start to finish. Helps that I gave them a heads up before hand and shut it down by 11:00 on a Friday.

It is a lot of work setting up and taking down an outdoor theater but worth it. Watching a movie outside just has an entirely different feel.
There are down sides of course; the potential of annoying neighbors, up here in Canada it gets dark late (9:00 to 10:00) in the summer, and in my yard at least, the freaking crickets make such a racket that they compete with all but the loudest scenes.





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Here is my outdoor setup. a 9' x 16' screen made from billboard vinyl on an EMT frame. A lot like ridewithme38's
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Just finished, Brixham Theater.

165" pool side.



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Just finished, Brixham Theater.

165" pool side.



WOW! What a sweet setup.
Dive-In Theater!
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I've had an outdoor tv/screen deal for a few years, but decided it's time to upgrade. I ordered a 20ft x 8ft white tarp to act as my screen. I mounted wire rope between two trees. It is a long run of wire rope - 100ft, but hopefully it works out! I just attached the tarp yesterday and hope to try it out this weekend (weather permitting). I just bought some stakes and waiting for some bungee ties. The wind can be pretty rough where I am. I attached a picture of it wrapped up for now and hope to post again once I have everything set up. It's up high about 10-11' on the tree. I wanted to go higher but my ladder is only 6ft. I "think" the image should be ok on it. Heres hoping! I also like that fact that it is waterproof so that I don't have to remove it off the wire for the season.
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I had this as a idea for about a year and now I have put the plan in motion

AVR....................Pioneer Elite VSX 01THX

Front Speakers....Presidon outdoor speakers

Center Speaker...PolkAudio CS1

Surrounds..........Optimus LS3 outdoor speakers

Subs.................2 PolkAudio PSW10's

Projector...........BenQ MP626

BD Player..........Pioneer BDP 120

Screen.............. 12' inflatable gemmy
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Where are people getting there blow up projector screens from? Do they use the same type of blower as a small bounce house or inflatable slides
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Projector people told me you can hear the blower....

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NOT STARTED - Theater (Sim2 HT380, CIH 13ft wide).
IN PROGRESS (10%) - Home LAN (4 PCs).

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Epson 5040UBE, Denon S920W, Philips BDP7501, NVidia Shield TV, PS4 Pro, SI 110"
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Projector people told me you can hear the blower....
You can hear the blower....but honestly it disappears once the audio form the movie kicks in.

As for where, I got my Gemmy Jumbo Tron from target (online).






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Here is my screen. So as you can see, the screen is not as smooth as I hoped it would be. As you are watching a film, the creases really show on the image. I made a PVC frame 3/4" to help stretch it out, but overall, it still isn't perfect. The PVC frame is bending as I have some good tension between the ground stakes and the wire rope to prevent the wind from blowing it all over the place. Looking for advice on how to improve on this....
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Here is my screen. So as you can see, the screen is not as smooth as I hoped it would be. As you are watching a film, the creases really show on the image. I made a PVC frame 3/4" to help stretch it out, but overall, it still isn't perfect. The PVC frame is bending as I have some good tension between the ground stakes and the wire rope to prevent the wind from blowing it all over the place. Looking for advice on how to improve on this....
If you haven't already looked at some steel conduit at the hardware store/HomeDepot, it can definitely be worth checking out. The extra weight and strength might be a big help for your problems and the rest of the setup stays practically the same...even the price doesn't increase a ton.

I did run into an issue with a local hardware store not carrying a particular connector I wanted, so I'd also recommend making sure you can find/buy all the pieces you'll want before starting. Plan what you'll need, do some dry-fitting in the store to make sure pieces fit how you'd like them..things like that.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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If you haven't already looked at some steel conduit at the hardware store/HomeDepot, it can definitely be worth checking out. The extra weight and strength might be a big help for your problems and the rest of the setup stays practically the same...even the price doesn't increase a ton.

I did run into an issue with a local hardware store not carrying a particular connector I wanted, so I'd also recommend making sure you can find/buy all the pieces you'll want before starting. Plan what you'll need, do some dry-fitting in the store to make sure pieces fit how you'd like them..things like that.
Yea, that might be a better frame option. The EMT would be stronger and not have as much give to it.

We tried out the screen yesterday. So the tarp may not be the best screen option as it is not as smooth as say a canvas or other screen material. I like the fact that the tarp is waterproof. I went around and tightened up the bungees and it helped a little bit, but overall, not the desired results I was looking for. I may check out Carlofet screens and see if they have a better option.
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Some of the tarp imperfections might be extra noticeable because most tarps are pretty shiny/glossy...so a coating of inexpensive flat exterior LightBase paint might tame it enough to help hide some imperfections.
I'm just not sure how long an exterior paint will hold on a tarp or if a bright white primer would be better since either option can make practically anything into a really nice white screen for ~$10/gallon.

I do plan to eventually try this myself (painting a tarp) because it gives some larger size options at prices that I won't feel guilty about spending toward a project that'll realistically see minimal use.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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Some of the tarp imperfections might be extra noticeable because most tarps are pretty shiny/glossy...so a coating of inexpensive flat exterior LightBase paint might tame it enough to help hide some imperfections.
I'm just not sure how long an exterior paint will hold on a tarp or if a bright white primer would be better since either option can make practically anything into a really nice white screen for ~$10/gallon.

I do plan to eventually try this myself (painting a tarp) because it gives some larger size options at prices that I won't feel guilty about spending toward a project that'll realistically see minimal use.


Agreed. The paint may help, but I think the key is to have a strong frame and stretch it as far as it can go over a correct sized EMT frame. I just bought some EMT, but also opted to go with the 16x9 blackout screen from Carls. They include the fittings in the kit and seemed like a good buy. I agree though, it will have minimal use some its hard to justify spending crazy $ on it.
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I'd like to give praise to Carlofet screens! Super fast shipping! I precut the EMT this week and built it yesterday. Overall, it is way better than my prior setup. The screen quality is excellent. The blackout screen is awesome! I love it! We've had a dryspell here in NY for weeks, so of course, after I build it and set it up yesterday, today we get crazy thunderstorms/rain....there goes my viewing party tonight......
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I'd like to give praise to Carlofet screens! Super fast shipping! I precut the EMT this week and built it yesterday. Overall, it is way better than my prior setup. The screen quality is excellent. The blackout screen is awesome! I love it! We've had a dryspell here in NY for weeks, so of course, after I build it and set it up yesterday, today we get crazy thunderstorms/rain....there goes my viewing party tonight......
Congratulations on the new screen, I think you'll like it a lot.

Just an FYI for you... Carl's recommends (and I agree it works) what they call their "4 inch rule". The rule says, assuming you're using 6" bungees and 1" EMT, that you should add 4" to the top/bottom and each side screen dimensions to size the EMT frame. In other words, an additional 8" to the length and height of the frame which will in turn increase the tension from the bungees on the screen material.

I see from your picture that you have some wrinkling/puckering on the edges. If they don't fall out or they bother you, increasing the EMT frame dimensions using the "4 inch rule" should take care of it.
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Agreed. This build was kind of rushed unfortunately. I agree on the 4" rule. For now, I will probably leave it as is... it's wrinkled a little bit on top. When I re install the screen next year, I will measure out and adjust accordingly. Thanks for the feedback! The blackout screen is great so my neighbors behind me aren't distracted by the glowing screen.
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