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« on: July 17, 2013, 01:34:56 pm »

                I found your site after reading an article about "Backyard Theaters". I remember seeing my first outdoor movie, "Light at the end of the World" with Kirk Douglas (Cheeeesy) and the main feature "Planet of the Apes" back in the late 60's. I was hoping to recreate the same atmosphere outside but had a restricted budget. I made a list and began to check things off....                  I copied a frame from a post which was made from PVC but wanted a portable screen rather than the posts set in concrete buckets as was pictured. Frame supported a  5'x 9' screen. Screen was purchased by my wife (Blackout cloth) for $10.00 and a coupon at "JoAnn Fabrics". A border was also sewn and glued to fabric to attach to frame. Rather than grommets I purchased tarp clips at "Menards" for .99 each and a four pack at "Home Depot" for $4.98. Clips were then attached to frame with 8" zip ties.                                                                                                                                                                               I found a couple of Samsung speakers in basement and my daughter left behind an  "Emerson" DVD/VHS player. Although it received some bad reviews I bought a "Pyle" PCA2 amplifier from E-Bay for $39.00 and have had no problems. On Father's Day I was able to purchase a 2000 Lumen HDMI LED-66 projector again from E-Bay for $191.00. I was worried at first as manual was written in English but read like Chinese. Also got a kitchen cart using only half the hardware to hold the equipment at "Walmart" for $39.00. First showing was on July 5th, 2013 as my wife had requested "Chocolat". Weather was perfect and citronella torches were lit to keep any mosquitoes away.         The following day the humidity kicked in as did the mosquitoes. Citronella did not keep the bugs away and the humidity made it somewhat uncomfortable to be outside. As we also had the issue of noise from speakers during the work week in the late hours I decided to try and set up a viewing through our screened in porch. Speaker wires were run through drainage holes and reconnected to speakers. Noise problem was resolved and although image may not be 100% it was very good as the series of "Pirates of the Caribbean" was watched without the mosquitoes and disturbing any neighbors with windows open leading up to midnight. Hope to return to patio when the humidity goes away. Thanks for a great site and your "showcase" of theaters.


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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013, 01:20:39 am »

First of all welcome. Nice set up. I like the idea of sitting indoors while watching to avoid bugs and humidity. If you enjoy this as much as we all do, this is only the beginning. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013, 11:16:57 am »

Glad you found a way to stop those little critters from getting to you.  I imagine the screen becomes invisible after a few minutes.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013, 02:32:10 pm »

A few more photos....thanks.... I had a neighbor (competitor) stop by and I think he is already building a theater to his poolside. First it was the Christmas decorations, its gonna be a long summer!


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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 06:44:41 pm »

LoL!!!  Just don't tell the neighbor about this site. Then you have tons of ideas and folks to help keep the lead in the great summer BYT race of 2013
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 10:48:31 am »

Had to upgrade as the original screen size was just too small cutting off images from projector unless I moved it closer....got a bigger Carl's screen (6.6' x 9') and set the cedar posts in concrete. Bottom rail just comes out when mowing the lawn and for the coming winter season...If you have a screened in area it's the best to beat the Mosquitos out here!


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