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Author Topic: Redneck Theater 2....the sequel  (Read 25541 times)
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Under the stars...The only way to view

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« on: May 13, 2007, 09:24:55 am »

This is my second version of the theater. Last year we had just a sheet held up by 2 poles. This year we moved to a larger place. The best part is that the screen is 750' from the nearest house(which is mine). That in itself was a challenge. The extension cords were the most expensive part of setting this whole thing up. As for the screen, It is the 12'x 9' canvas painters tarp available at Home Depot. After lots of trial and error, I found that it is extremely important to install graumets to this tarp, and support it with bungies. The wind can play havoc with it if you do not. The frame is L shaped using 2x4s. The structure is 16' high, and 12' wide. The  reason I made it so tall is that no one can walk in front of the screen, and disrupt the show. I use a Viewsonic projector, set to project from the rear. I use a JVC reciever, and home speakers for sound. All of which are connected to my laptop. The layout of the land really provides optimun sound options, even for a home stereo system.  The really great thing is we had our first showing of the year last night. We had approximately 75 people there, that included the neighbors that saw what was going on and came to invesigate. There will be many more showings this summer. Is there any better way to watch a movie than under the stars?  I don't hink so!

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2007, 03:23:49 pm »

Welcome RNT,

  I like the ability to rear project for the same reason you do. It's good to see the screen at that height too.

Looking Good!
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2007, 09:51:48 pm »

Nice job, RNT.  Congrats! Cool
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 08:55:34 am »

Welcome RNT -

I never would have thought a painters tarp could be used for rear projection. I WISH I had 750 feet ANYWHERE on my property!

Great setup!

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Under the stars...The only way to view

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2007, 02:47:52 pm »

Yeah I didn't think to use the painters tarp until I read a post here. Just so you know.....Use the 8oz not the 12oz. The 12oz, is way too dark. Lots of trial and error there.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007, 02:21:43 pm »

Your setup looks great. Do you have any pictures of your screen from the side/rear? Also, does your tarp have a seam through the middle, and if so, how does it affect the picture?


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