One of the most popular is the drive-in movie. Take you projector outside on a nice evening and show a movie on the side of the house, or on a couple of bed sheets. Image quality will suffer, but it's a fun evening with the neigbors.
My wife is planning an authentic French meal for twelve of our friends (she did her masters in France and picked up many culinary and wine selection skills while there) and the featured movie will be the amazing French film, "Amelie".
BTW - our theater name is, 'Le Petit Trionon' (also French).
I enjoy playing "Movie Trivia" before the main feature. I cue up three or four movies before hand (in the DVD player's memory) and the guests attempt to guess the title... having winning grab bags makes it a little more fun.
My buds and I get together for "let's drink beer and watch stuff blow up" nights...
Thus far my curtains have been replaced with camo netting. Am looking for suitable vintage ammo crates that I can disassemble, convert into shelves, etc., and then finish without destroying the stenciling...
The _best_ time I ever had watching football was over at a friend's place, right after he bought it, and was doing construction. The first thing he did was have a hot tub put on the back patio. We took extension cords, and ran a 25" TV about 4' from the hot tub (a safe distance, and no danger of gravity wreaking its revenge...), and soaked and swilled beer and watched quarterbacks go crunchy...
With the limited time I have had to show off the theater to people, I usually put on a Dolby Demo show. I get downstairs first, set the lights as they walk down into my Dolby Demo disk playing at a nice volume. They look around, ooh, ahh, then go back upstairs. That's the 5 minute theater tour.
We may even occasionally watch a movie in there!
In the long run, I want to get a 5.1 DVD with sounds of the jungle or something. I have a couple of those relaxation CDs like that, pop them in with the lights off and travel to another place.
I also have Baby Einstein times when my daughter watches toys set to music to make her a supergenius so I won't have to work anymore, but I don't know if that counts as a "Special Event" Soon I hope to baby proof the place well enough that several kids and parents could be down there with no fear on my part and no fingerprints on my screen.
Originally posted by empirebuilder They look around, ooh, ahh, then go back upstairs. That's the 5 minute theater tour.
My tours normally end up with me playing scenes from several movies, such as Lord of the Rings or The Fast and the Furious, folowed by a THX intro such as the moocan intro on my Toy Story DVD, and then I switch to HDnet to show them what HDTV looks like. No-body has ever said that they don't like that!
I have had short demos last over an hour, because people don't want to leave!
As far as events, dinner and movie with the wine flowing (before). No real theme based events, except for last years Super Bowl get together, where we had 17 people in the theater at one time, and more downstairs.
If the Mercedes Championship (PGA) is on in HD in January, there will be a get-together for that, since I played the Plantation course in Kapalua recently, where the Mercedes Championship is played.
I like to do the demo thing as well for people who want to see the theater... I'd love to have someone burn me a single dvd disc with chapters from all the discs I like to play when I'm doing that kind of thing...
Have you convinced your wife to let you take popcorn into the theater yet??
How was the plantation course? Did you shoot a career round or anything special?
Um, popcorn. Well, we can bring it in, but the nephews can't! Funny thing though, I was cleaning up my sheetrock dust after putting in the projector exhaust vent and found some popcorn kernals under the loveseat. Who could that be from? My wife and I, since we are the only ones that have been in there with popcorn. Maybe someday!
Ah, the Plantation course. I did pretty well there, better on the back nine. Now, before I tell you how I played, you should know that I started playing golf in September after surprising my wife with this trip for her birthday. So, I had been golfing probably 6 times before playing that course, with no lessons. That said, I shot a 120. The guys we played with were fairly impressed with a few of my shots, not all of course, but I did pull off a few good shots and a few great saves. Great course, challenging, but great. They have a few mental holes there, like "The Gorge" at #8 where you have to get onto the green or into the bunkers on the other side of the canyon, or you don't get your ball back. Or the hole with the target 40 feet above the green that you aim for, or the monster 18th hole that I had the longest drive on!
Sounds like a blast! I hope to be able to arrange a golf trip to Hawaii one of these days!! When I first started playing (8 years ago) I took a series of 5 lessons from a local teaching pro, and think that it has had the single largest impact on my game of anything I could have done. Currently a 9 handicap... trying to get it as low as I can.
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