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I agree with most--you want the brightest light cannon you can find. Also be aware, that light from other sources may wash out the screen somewhat, so try to pick a pretty dark place to show the movie.
I have a Benq PB6100 (SVGA) that is rated at 1700 lumens (it's got to be much less than that now, with about 1000 hours on the bulb). I project onto a 16 foot wide screen, and it is plenty bright, but my yard is very dark.
I don't think the resolution is imperative at all, especially if you are using it primarily in an outdoor setting. Most people will be sitting far enough away that the resolution won't make a big difference. With my set up, with most people sitting a lot closer than the folks in the park, I hear a lot of comments that people cannot believe how clear the picture looks.
So bottom line, get the light cannon at relatively low resolution (SVGA) and I doubt you will be disappointed. You can easily find a projector for under $1000.
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