I have changed my screen again and made a couple modifications to my original structure. My original structure consists of two 1'x1' redwood cores, 16 foot in length, partially buried in concrete, extending up about 12-13 feet above the ground. The tops are sandwiched between two, 20-foot 2"x1' rough-cut redwood boards. There are three 1'x1'x1' cubes spaced evenly between their longer 1'x1' verticals to add stability across the top. I have a couple of winches with pulleys to pull up the screen. In the past, I used a board with hooks for each of the grommets along the top and bottom of the screen, but the side tension on the screen was not uniform and gave me issues. The pulleys used to pull up the top board. Now, I got a new screen... a FlexiGrey 16' x 9' from Carl's Place, and have built an EMT frame. I now tighten the screen to the frame before raising it. The pulley's pull the top of the frame up. It now sits just
proud of the two vertical redwood cores. I then bungee the two bottom corners of the frame to the verticals to keep it from moving. This is all on a rock, retaining wall burm on the far side of our pool.
I am just about to get a new awning and I am planning on getting a new projector enclosure from DeerTV
to semi-permanently hold my projector during movie-watching season. I am also planning on building an enclosure for my surround-sound processor and Roku Ultra. In the house, I have a Plex Media Server with nearly 600 movie titles in original Blu-Ray (I own all the discs but this is a more convenient format... actually, maybe 20 movies are actually DVD instead of Blu-Ray because they are not available on Blu-Ray) quality, plus hundreds of hours of television shows. I've just upgraded my server to 32 TB of usable storage space, while I'm currently using about 18 TB of content. I also have Netflix, Amazon Prime and DirecTV Now for other viewing options.
We can watch our theater from either in our new outdoor sofa and rocking chairs, our older pool deck chaise chairs or from in
the pool on hot evenings. The plan is for it to be ready to watch with short notice and no setup needed... just turn it on. That is the goal. Each season, I make improvements but this season should be the best yet.
I have dedicated my theater to my first dog, who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2015 at about 14 years of age. He was a golden-lab, that looked more golden retriever than lab. He used to lay down and watch whatever we were watching when watching movies. We now call our theater the "Bear Webb Memorial Swim-in Theater."