Temporary enclosing courtyard?
I'm putting an outdoor theatre in my side yard/courtyard area. I'm waiting for my landscaping to be completed but even throwing it up against the stucco is pretty awesome. Anyway, what I'm trying to devise is a way to enclose the whole area so that:
1) I can start movies earlier
2) contain the sound a bit more/reduce disruption to neighbors
3) reduce wind on the screen
4) watch sports during the morning/day
...the last one is probably a dream but is anyone doing something like this? Logistically, I don't think it would be terribly hard to have an awning that covered the entire theatre area of the courtyard (roughly 24x16) -- from the top and the side (the house contributes the other 3 walls).
Would a dark sun shade fabric provide enough darkness to watch a game? Or would it really need to be 100% blackout?
Any suggestions on material? I'm going to need 24' x 25' of material I think: about 24x16 for the ceiling, and 24x9 for the wall. Obviously I'll probable have to break that up further -- maybe do it in 8' sections or something? I was thinking I could build a retractable awning, or series of them, mount them on the side of the house and then just pull them out when I want to watch.
Is anyone doing something like this?
My current projector is an Epson 5040e. The distance from screen is about 25-26', screen is 193" diagonal. 1.1 gain screen. I think about 20 fL. I could change the distance/screen size if necessary -- or even the projector.
1) suggestions re: outdoor safe material to block out sun (I live in SoCal so we don't get much rain).
2) ideas on how to make it convenient to enclose the courtyard