Hello everyone, new here and new to setting up an outdoor theater. I apologize in advance for any n00b question as I navigate through this or the length of this post
So starting with the screen, I am thinking about going with the following:
I will install it on the roof eave which is about 18" long (from the wall to the end of the eave). I'll use some hooks to hang the screen. I know it's not weather proof but I am debating whether I can just roll it up and leave it there. I do live in south Florida so the summers can be stupidly hot which also brings lots of summer showers. I doubt it would get wet if it's under the eave near the wall, else I don't mind taking it off and storing it.
I have a gazebo which is 30' away from the wall so that's a 30' throw (I think that's the right term). I am thinking about a small "media cart" which I will place in the gazebo to project.
This is obviously the most expensive piece of this project, I've quickly looked at ebay or craiglists, there are hits for units but they are not cinema ready so it's a 4:3 image. I've read that some have some setting to make it widescreen but that it can cut the edge of the image since the projector is just trying to mimic a 16:9. I dont think this is a problem but your input is appreaciated
I do live in the city, but our backyard is pretty dark at sunset, not much street lights or neighbor lights. Do have some trees which help reduce any outside ambient light. With that said, I have read the 2000 lumens is a good decent number for a projector where outside lighting is not too much of an issue. But how about with a 30' throw? Is this ok? If anything I can always move the media cart closer to the screen, not a biggie.
Audio and Video source:
I have a spare laptop that I could plug in via vga or hdmi to a projector. I can connect to my wifi and stream away. I was thinking about a dvd or bluray but you can find most movies shows via netflix, hulu, amazon, etc... BUT if I ever have a need for a disc the laptop has a dvd and I could always purchase a small bluray player, even a refurb bluray such as amazon.com/LG-Streaming-Services-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B012197UO6/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1484668339&sr =1-7&keywords=blu+ray+player
I also have a chromecast which I would like to use. I assume it could work as long as the projector has an hdmi input, can someone confirm?
For audio, I have a VIZIO sound bar and sub that I am not currently using. I would just run a long audio cable from the projector out towards the screen (along with a power extension of course).
So I think that's all for now, anything else I might be missing? I am not trying to compete with AMC or IMAX, just a nice backyard movie viewing experience
I am attaching a not to scale with rounded measurements of the area I am working with. (well I just noticed I needed 5 posts, so that will have to wait