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post #61 of 358
The more and more I read posts like this, the more and more I want to try to do this.

Looks like it turned into a great event.
post #62 of 358
I'm with you Mntneer, sounds like a great time. I might have to see what I can do this summer in the back yard once it warms up.
post #63 of 358
I would love to do this, but my house has a 20 foot tall streetlight right outside. I have no idea how I'd get up there to get a garbage can over that, and I'd be worried about it melting!
post #64 of 358
I've done this a few times in the backyard with the neighbors. I used a white sheet from Walmart and put a piece of 8 foot 1 inch PVC pipes through the sewn ends and hung it off the deck with a few nails. I used my laptop to connect to the project (sitting on a table) with a pair of decent external PC speakers. IA little key stoning, but not bad. Its a great time. We order pizza and everyone brings their lawn chairs over. I think we've had about 30 people for the last one back in October....

Bud
post #65 of 358
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Originally posted by Tnilsson
I would love to do this, but my house has a 20 foot tall streetlight right outside. I have no idea how I'd get up there to get a garbage can over that, and I'd be worried about it melting!
Pellet gun ;)
then call in the blown light a few days later :rolleyes:
post #66 of 358
Question for Markito, and others.

I work at a small rural hospital. There isn't a theatre of any sort for 45 minutes from most places in the county. We have decided that we are going to do an outside free movie showing the last Friday of each summer month. Our first is at the end of this month.

My question is, Markito, I notice some small sags (wrinkles) in your screen. Did this affect the viewing performance?

I have an older 3M projector (750 Lumens) and hope to get about 10-12 feet wide. We have a sound system running 500 watts into two speakers.

DHandley, from this site, is our drug pusher...I mean pharmacist, and he suggested I use a painters drop cloth (12 X 9). It has a cloth front and a rubber back, all white.

Have I forgotten anything?
post #67 of 358
I have just bought a 72" x 108" piece of primed painter's canvas for my outdoor screen. It cost $42 with shipping. Added bonus: it comes rolled in a sturdy shipping box, which can be used to store it between showings.

I also use a stretched canvas for my home screen. The priming on these is typically pretty smooth and extremely white (titanium white, which is what all the white wall paint bases use). I intend to get a tarp grommet kit from Home Depot and install several along the edges, then tension it with small bungee cords.

If 9 feet isn't wide enough, you can buy canvas in even larger widths and lengths, but the rolls are typically multiples of 9 feet and the price escalates accordingly.
post #68 of 358
Quote:
Originally posted by VLantz
Have I forgotten anything?

Be sure to test everything before the big night. That way you'll know everything works and you can sit back and enjoy the evening.

We've watched dozens of movies in our backyard theater, and I would suggest that you avoid complicated movies and stick with lighter fare (comedies, action, etc.). With people walking about, traffic, talking, and eating it can be difficult to get into an involved plot.

If you have food and drinks available you might want to have an intermission part way through the movie.

Make sure that you invite anyone who might complain about the noise.
post #69 of 358
Very good suggestions so far, especially the one about people talking and walking around during the film. Just relax and let everyone have a good time.

One suggestion I would have is to not stress about the A/V quality. 99.9% of the people that show up will be absolutely WOWED by what they see and hear.
post #70 of 358
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Originally posted by BusyHands
I have just bought a 72" x 108" piece of primed painter's canvas for my outdoor screen.
Define primed?
post #71 of 358
"Primed" = two coats of gesso
post #72 of 358
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by VLantz
Question for Markito, and others.

I work at a small rural hospital. There isn't a theatre of any sort for 45 minutes from most places in the county. We have decided that we are going to do an outside free movie showing the last Friday of each summer month. Our first is at the end of this month.

My question is, Markito, I notice some small sags (wrinkles) in your screen. Did this affect the viewing performance?

I'm thrilled that this thread is being brought back to life now that the weather is warming up again.

I saved my outdoor screen and plan on bringing it out again this year. But since it is light out until 9pm here in Minnesota in Spring and Summer, I think I will wait until this Fall again so that we will have darkness at 7pm (thus an earlier start time), so neighbors that don't attend won't have issues.

VLantz, the sags weren't very noticable and I really don't think any of the guests even saw them. They were too busy being blown away by the quality and just the whole idea of it. Everyone was amazed and thrilled to be there.

What I learned was to not sweat any tiny details, because people won't notice or care. Just think of the big picture (pun definitely intended).

Have fun doing it! You'll be a hero!
post #73 of 358
So cool!
post #74 of 358
I'm thinking of using blackout cloth for the screen. Any thoughts?
post #75 of 358
Man, can't believe i missed this thread when it started!!Markito, you are the man!!!!Awesome!!I hope to do something like this maybe next year after we've been in new house for a year or so..Figure a great way to get to know everyone.

brickie
post #76 of 358
Well, it wasn't planned, but tonight we had our season opening at the Cherry Hills Driveway Theater.

Some friends are in town for their daughter's graduation and I was in the garage working when they drove up this evening. I had just hung my screen and was working on a projector mount, so I can put the projector at about 6.5' high and project over the heads of the audience.

Anyway, they were intrigued, so after we went to dinner with them, they said "What are we going to watch at the drive-in tonight?" That was enough for me. We watched "The Iron Giant" and had a great time. It was the first time I'd projected on the new screen, which worked fabulously.

The Espon S1+ is not as contrast impaired as I had thought -- I must have some serious ambient reflection problems in my viewing room, though. I tried the Logitech sub/satellite system from my deskside computer for sound. It was more than enough, with good quality and high portability. I played the DVD on my laptop, rather than unhooking one of the DVD players and dragging it outside. Worked fabulously!

So, it was risky testing the whole system out for the first time with an audience, but it came off beautifully and we all had a great time. It's still unseasonably cool (they're getting snow in North Dakota, so I'm not complaining), but a sweater took the edge off, and the night sky does something magical for a film.

There's a shot of the setup, taken after we finished watching, in my gallery. The light by the garage door is on so we can tear down, so you can actually see some of the arrangement.
post #77 of 358
Great thread. We just moved into a new neighborhood, and thought we would do an outdoor movie for the kids. So I have been looking at how to make a nice big screen for our backyard. The original plan was to have about a 16 ft. x 9 ft. screen hanging off the my back deck, and to make the screen out of two pieces of 54 inch or so wide fabric stitched together.

But I went to Wal-Mart to see some of their cheap material and found, on clearance, yards of white spandex fabric, 60 inches wide. It is very very stretchable, as you can imagine. I bought 10 yards of the stuff for $10.

My screen inside my house is 6 feet wide, so my wife and I held it up next to my indoor screen and stretched the 60 inch wide material, and saw that it stretches to about 8 feet. I am, therefore, going to build my screen about 15 ft. x 8 feet stretched on a frame, with no seams. Oh, and the other thing--the image is fantastic on this material. And I figure if the material thins out too much, I will double it up, since I bought enough material for two layers. I will try to build the frame tomorrow, and take some pictures.
post #78 of 358
This Friday night is the first movie for our community. I am using blackout cloth, 12' X 8' and a Behringer amp with matching speakers, about 500 watts bridged. The frame, being built today, is black iron and will have permanent holes in the ground for future use and ease of tear down.

I'll post pics on Monday if anyone is interested in seeing it up and functional.
post #79 of 358
I too am thinking of doing an outdoor theater. I still have my old LCD projector that is just sitting collecting dust...so I figured it should work. I am looking at a date a few weeks away for a birthday party. Anyway, I live in VA and was wondering if anyone in the Southeast region does this and do they have problems with bugs and their projector. If so, what steps have you taken to protect your projector. Like I said, it is an old LCD...but I still would rather not have it ruined by a bunch of mosquitos. Thanks.
post #80 of 358
Pics of your events are always appreciated!

brickie
post #81 of 358
"...do they have problems with bugs and their projector. If so, what steps have you taken to protect your projector..."

I'm not in the VA area, but maybe something like those special bug repellant candles would work? But how to dim the candle light....maybe a few drops of skeeter repellant on the outside of the PJ?
post #82 of 358
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Originally Posted by VLantz
This Friday night is the first movie for our community. I am using blackout cloth, 12' X 8' and a Behringer amp with matching speakers, about 500 watts bridged. The frame, being built today, is black iron and will have permanent holes in the ground for future use and ease of tear down.

I'll post pics on Monday if anyone is interested in seeing it up and functional.
Just had to update the size of our screen. It is 13' 5" X 8' 7". That should do.

The bottom edge of the screen is about three feet off the ground, making the legs for the screen frame 145" (12' 1") high.

We are going to be using the NEC VT470 projector we just got.

The community is buzzing about the film tonight. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Big times for lit'l old Pickens County, Alabama.
post #83 of 358
Quote:
Originally Posted by brickie
I hope to do something like this maybe next year after we've been in new house for a year or so..Figure a great way to get to know everyone.

brickie
So brickie you finally moved out of the apartment? I'm sure the wiring is much improved for your multi-pro amp setup.;)

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Pics of your events are always appreciated!
:D
post #84 of 358
So you remember..LOLWell haven't moved in yet. should be in by August 1-7th.Can't wait although at that time the home theater will go on the back burner for awhile..Just too many other projects,so it'll be bittersweet I guess.LOL

brickie
post #85 of 358
The screen and sound system.
LL
post #86 of 358
Behind the screen.
LL
post #87 of 358
Movie go'ers. We had 64 show up. Not bad for a Memorial Day weekend.
LL
post #88 of 358
Complete with concessions. We raised money for the Cystic fibrosis foundation.
LL
post #89 of 358
I have Robots lined up for next month. We will be able to show it before it is available on home video.
post #90 of 358
Awesome! Great job and thanks for the pictures. I'm thinking this would be a cool thing to do here this summer as well!
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