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« Reply #60 on: April 27, 2013, 10:37:12 am »

On The Cheap..This is funny

Your BYT Is a money pit, close to buying a boat & may end up a bit cheaper

Showtime getting close !!!! New batch of COON CREEK DRIVE IN Tee Shirts going to print in the next few weeks. Sytem check and new rack set up. 8 New Drive in speaker posts installed this year with 4" JBL full range via Crown D75 bridged mono amp pushing them....


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« Reply #61 on: April 28, 2013, 10:01:36 am »

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« Reply #62 on: May 03, 2013, 12:40:26 pm »

On The Cheap..This is funny

Your BYT Is a money pit, close to buying a boat & may end up a bit cheaper

Showtime getting close !!!! New batch of COON CREEK DRIVE IN Tee Shirts going to print in the next few weeks. Sytem check and new rack set up. 8 New Drive in speaker posts installed this year with 4" JBL full range via Crown D75 bridged mono amp pushing them....
We're doing a systems check this weekend in preparation for our debut show the following weekend.  Sah-Weeet!
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« Reply #63 on: July 06, 2013, 02:18:13 am »

On The Cheap..This is funny

Your BYT Is a money pit, close to buying a boat & may end up a bit cheaper

Showtime getting close !!!! New batch of COON CREEK DRIVE IN Tee Shirts going to print in the next few weeks. Sytem check and new rack set up. 8 New Drive in speaker posts installed this year with 4" JBL full range via Crown D75 bridged mono amp pushing them....

I can see how BYT could be a money, however as someone that has had there theatre going for the last.. Almost 10 years now, I have managed to keep it on the cheap.  I bought a good used projector that I still use today, and built a screen out of 2X4's and plywood that I was able to obtain as used free wood.  And as some of you know I just did a bunch of work to my screen, again done with free wood, however the paint I used this year I actually bought, the first time I have paid for screen paint.  I would guess that I have spent less than $500 total though the years on my BYT.  But I do see the temptation, for sure it is there.
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« Reply #64 on: August 18, 2013, 12:15:06 pm »

My new 9 x16 screen.  Bought connectors from Carl's.   made my own screen out of
Billboard vinyl.   


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« Reply #65 on: August 18, 2013, 12:16:59 pm »

Cleaning the bad boy


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« Reply #66 on: August 18, 2013, 12:17:51 pm »

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« Reply #67 on: August 18, 2013, 12:18:52 pm »

Back view


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« Reply #68 on: August 18, 2013, 12:20:11 pm »

Movie night!


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« Reply #69 on: August 18, 2013, 12:21:50 pm »

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« Reply #70 on: October 01, 2013, 09:20:43 am »

I just got my access to this forum and thought I’d start here with a little history. My BYT actually started back in the late 70s with a Eumig Super 8 sound projector and a 50” screen. Later added a 16mm Projector, but eventually ran out of material (Library quit lending films). Fast forward about 30 years… since I couldn’t convince the wife to invest $100s in a PJ, I found an Epson S1+ on ebay “untested” for $40 including shipping (said they didn’t have a power cord). Plugged it in and it worked like a charm with about 1200 hrs left on the bulb (still going strong). I hung a twin sheet on the back of the garage and started a tradition that has grown every year. Recently upgraded to the Home Cinema 725HD (with the wife’s blessing) and a 15’ x 10’ tarp on an EMT frame. Have a popcorn machine and a friend at Gold Medal that keeps me in supplies. About every other weekend we’ll have 30-50 people show up and have a great time. 
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« Reply #71 on: October 01, 2013, 11:27:34 am »

I just got my access to this forum and thought I’d start here with a little history. My BYT actually started back in the late 70s with a Eumig Super 8 sound projector and a 50” screen. Later added a 16mm Projector, but eventually ran out of material (Library quit lending films). Fast forward about 30 years… since I couldn’t convince the wife to invest $100s in a PJ, I found an Epson S1+ on ebay “untested” for $40 including shipping (said they didn’t have a power cord). Plugged it in and it worked like a charm with about 1200 hrs left on the bulb (still going strong). I hung a twin sheet on the back of the garage and started a tradition that has grown every year. Recently upgraded to the Home Cinema 725HD (with the wife’s blessing) and a 15’ x 10’ tarp on an EMT frame. Have a popcorn machine and a friend at Gold Medal that keeps me in supplies. About every other weekend we’ll have 30-50 people show up and have a great time. 

Welcome aboard Player! Got any pics of that original 70's setup you can share? I'd love to check that out.

Also, what are you using for sound now?
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« Reply #72 on: October 01, 2013, 11:53:29 am »

“Got any pics of that original 70's setup you can share? I'd love to check that out.”
If I do they’re buried somewhere.  Wink I’ll look.
For sound I use a little Pyle like 30 watt amp (they call it 120 watt ha, ha), a pair of 6” aiwa bookshelf speakers and an 80 watt Dayton sub. I have plenty of headroom for the crowds we get. If I need to go bigger, I do have a 500w Behringer P.A. system I can pull out.
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« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2013, 07:11:51 am »

No luck on the 70s pics (8mm era), but I’ll keep looking.
Here are a couple of the current setup. The 725HD does pretty well even while the sun’s still out.


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« Reply #74 on: February 20, 2014, 11:33:10 pm »

While this thread is "How to build a backyard theater on the cheap", and I DID do that. It has become more like How to operate a backyard theater on the cheap or how to keep the movies going on a shoe string budget.

Typically our season starts in late May or early June, and I usually get out there and inspect the screen (perminite  wood frame / plywood surface) about a month or so before so I have time to paint or make repairs before the season starts. 

Since I am currently unemployed, and had some dry weather today, I decided to do my inspection early and I took a look at things this afternoon.   

Projector and backup PJ are working good and still have lots of bulb life. Check.
FM Transmitter working good.  Check.
AM transmitter working as good as it can. Check.
Sound processor working good. Check.
PC & DVD player working good. Check.

Ok, we did good there time to go inspect the screen.  Surface looks ok.  Paint is still good just a little bit of streaking from the winter weather, so I should be able to just get away with a quick pressure washing when we get closer to opening which is great because I hate having to paint that thing.  Not only is a litte challenging because of it's size but also  because of the rain we get here in the fall / winter / spring seasons.  So good so far everything has gone well.

I walk around the backside of the screen and start inspecting frame.  The actual 2X4's that vertical and the back frame for the screen surface is still looking good and solid.  However the back bracing supports that runs from the top of the screen down to the ground at an angle are not so happy looking.  Parts of the back bracing are getting so soft I now need to start worrying about it coming down in a windstorm now. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet to replace the support boards.  Remember the screen was initially built with 100% salvaged wood to begin with, much of it being who knows how many years old to begin with.  I did replace the screen surface plywood a year or so ago and at that time the support braces were still looking ok.  It always amazes me how fast wood deteriorates once it gets soft enough to notice. 

So it looks like I will be hitting the craigslist "free" section to try to find some used 2X4's and maybe even some 4X4's if someone is tearing down or replacing a deck there is often some nice long useable boards in that. 

I guess what I am saying here is running a backyard theater on the cheap has some unique issues.  I see a lot of people here that don't typically wear out their equipment, as they are constantly changing and upgrading things.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just that for me at least I have to keep my backyard theater budget to an absolute minimum.  And since I bought a really nice used FM transmitter to replace the nearly wornout AM unit, last fall I can't spend a bunch of money on wood right now, especially without a job at the moment.  keeping operation and repair expenses to an absolute minimum is key for me to be able to keep the movies rolling.
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