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Author Topic: Crazy Water Backyard Theater- Mineral Wells, Texas  (Read 26970 times)
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« on: September 26, 2007, 02:36:51 pm »

I have finally gotten around to taking some pictures of my theater.
I'm still looking for a weatherproof mobil stand for all the gear but for now I'm using a patio table and a ice chest and toting it all inside and out in a soft side bag.

I made the screen frame out of a old portable car port that i had in my shed. I attached pulleys to the top so i can easily raise or lower it.
The screen is a 20X12 canvas tarp i got from tarpsonline.com for $75. it's attached to a 20'  top rail for a chin link fence with the budgies from the car port. When not in use i roll the screen up with the top rail and store it in a 8"X 20' PVC pipe.

The projector is a Infocus lp 650 i got off e-bay for $200 and i run either a portable DVD player we use for road trips with the kids or my mac ibook which ever is handiest.

The audio is powered by a $99 200W compact amp i got from outdoorspeader depot.com along with some AP660 patio speakers i got from the same place.
My second set of speakers are some vintage Kenwood's that i liberated from my dad.

All in all i have about $600 in out of pocket expense,  but priceless time spent with family and friends while getting out of the house and into the back yard.

Thanks to this board and it's members,  it made putting this all together for a very reasonable price and effort.

dave


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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007, 03:49:39 pm »

looks good, are there seams on the tarp?
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007, 04:25:53 pm »

looks good, are there seams on the tarp?


yes there are three vertical seams,  but they are not noticeable at the distance we view the film.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007, 05:34:19 pm »

i like it and think it will definitely make for some memorable family movie nights. i noticed you did not maximize the image projection fully onto the screen. is your projector not capable of this? also what are your impressions on the overall video image quality on a screen that large.?
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007, 05:57:36 pm »

i can only get the horizontal portion of the picture to fill the screen if it's letterbox Otherwise if it's full screen the vertical portion goes above the screen and on the shrubs below when i try. I didn't get a manual with the projector but i have played with the positioning of the projector and have been unsuccessful getting it to fill the whole screen. There might be a screen format option in the projectors menu. i'll check it out on Friday when we have our next showing.
It would be nice to have it all filled.

 As for the image?  It is outstanding. It looks just like a regular theater picture when it's dark. The Pictures i took were at dusk  so the image is a bit washed out.

dave
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2007, 08:22:28 pm »

i like it and think it will definitely make for some memorable family movie nights. i noticed you did not maximize the image projection fully onto the screen. is your projector not capable of this? also what are your impressions on the overall video image quality on a screen that large.?

there was a option in my projector menue that allowed me to reformat the screen that i found last weekend. i now have the whole screen filled. My only probelm now is my ragweed allergys. I can't go outside  and  sit for two hours until the first frost Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2007, 03:54:52 pm »

looks really good and for around 600 you cant beat it
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 09:36:57 pm »

Looks great!  nice and big.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2009, 09:16:14 am »

GO online to the projectors website, most if not all have the manuals online
then just print it ,have done this sevaral times
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2009, 03:00:43 pm »

When you show Top Gun, I call the tree swing!

Looks to be the best seat in the house. Great set-up!
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