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Title: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on May 25, 2006, 09:12:03 am
This is the "official" Falls Ridge Movie Nights! thread.

A short history.

One of the things that attracted us to this neighborhood was the social calendar, which included outdoor movie nights. Of course, right after we moved in, the guy who owned the projector moved out. For two years there were no outdoor movies. It was a dark time in the neighborhood. Trees and flowers didn't bloom, grass browned out, neighbors squabbled with each other and the pond became covered in scum (OK, that last part is actually true!) Then my wife became chairperson of the social committe and it was being reported that the movies were sorely missed. Then, last year, a neighbor pointed out a sale at Costco, for a Sharp Notevision XR-1S and the pall was lifted! Falls Ridge Movie Nights! was born.

A portable screen was needed. I found this site and after reading here and eleswhere I came up with design for a portable screen. I had a vague idea of what I wanted and pretty much designed it as I went. I used 1 1/4" PVC as it is easy to find and easy to cut. I used Blackout Cloth for the same reason. I decided on a roughly 16:9 screen (about 8'X12'), created a rough sketch and bought some supplies. I layed everything out, had the wife sew the screen and this is what we came up with. It took about 12 hours over two days to complete the design, sew the fabric and build it.

Here are the basic components.

(http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr221/tlogan6797/Logan%20Deck%20Theater/100_2578.jpg)

And here are the connectors for the layout of the frame. I try to "train" a neighbor every time I put it up, and once I lay out the connectors, it's all pretty obvious. One change is that I swapped out the "T" connectors on the bottom row for "CROSS" connectors (the ones that look like "+") so tha I could add two more legs in the middle. You can see the additional legs in the second pic.

(http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr221/tlogan6797/Logan%20Deck%20Theater/100_1796.jpg)

(http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr221/tlogan6797/Logan%20Deck%20Theater/100_2579.jpg)

Here it is being assembled

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And here it is after being raised and in the process of being staked

(http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr221/tlogan6797/Logan%20Deck%20Theater/100_1877.jpg)

COMPLETED!

(http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr221/tlogan6797/Logan%20Deck%20Theater/100_1874.jpg)


I'll post more ( and better) pics as I get them!

Please feel free to comment or ask any questions!

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Emperor PalpaTim on May 25, 2006, 10:53:21 am
That's great, Tom!  It's nice to know that folks like movie nights, and it's even nicer when folks put them on for others to enjoy.  I like your screen setup:  Simple and efficient.  I may have to copy it and build a smaller, portable screen. 

How does the guy-wire system hold up against the wind?  I would love to use my existing screen, but I'm worried that it would be too large to make it portable. 


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on May 25, 2006, 12:21:47 pm
Emperor -

I am honored by your response! ;D

Well, we had gusts up to 30mph during the day, but it calmed down some as the sun set, so it's hard to tell the exact wind velocity. Also, where we set up is somewhat sheltered, but it was still gusty. Last Halloween it was VERY windy until about 1 1/2 - 2 hours after sunset. It almost blew over while raising it. Once it was staked, it was fine. It billowed out  a couple of times during one of the movies and made me really nervous, but it held. It just takes a few more hands to get it raised in the wind. If it stays too windy, I'm not going to go through with the  show anyway, as it will be too uncomfortable for people to sit for a long time.

That's the nice thing about this design...it's just as easy to make a larger one as a smaller one. And it would take the same amount of time to assemble and dis-assemble, as there would be the same number of parts, just different sizes.

Let us know how it goes!

Good luck,
TOm


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Emperor PalpaTim on May 25, 2006, 11:07:56 pm
Thanks for the advice, Tom.  Inspired by your design, I'm going to build a similar design with 3/4" EMT and tent fittings for my existing screen.  My sister wants me to do a movie night for my nephew this summer, and I figure now is as good a time as any to go ahead and build one.    I would stick with 2" PVC (like the rest of my frame), but it wouldn't be as portable since it's so bulky.  (I love PVC.  My friends say that I have a sickness, but you can build anything out of PVC.) 


-Tim


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 19, 2006, 03:21:53 pm
Had our latest showing this past Saturday.

A 3 minute countdown
A clip of Sinatra and Elvis singing Love Me Tender/Witchcraft
Bugs Bunny Cartoon Broomstick Bunny
Main feature - Bewitched

PERFECT weather...disappointing turnout. Go figure. I don't think anyone "gets" the entire pre-show connections I do.

Current upgrades tested out (pics to follow):
1) front speaker "stands" to attach to screen frame (FL & FR worked great - center needs work)
2) rear speaker stands made from triangular tomato cages (actually tried these last time). Added a "stand" similar to the fronts...worked out great!
3) used the "garden hose snake" trick for cable runs to front speakers. Worked great as far as I went with it. Needs a little more work.

Pics coming soon!  One of these days I'll set up early enough to have daylight to get pics of the equipment "rack" once it's set up!

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: kelemvor on July 02, 2006, 08:25:17 pm
What are the dimenions of the pieces you have?  Verticls are 8...  Horizontal pieces are 4'...  How long are the legs?

How wobbly is the fram as it's being put up?  Do the joints hold well or does the screen play a big part in keeping the whole thing together?

I'm trying to figure out exactly what sizes of various things to use on my screen. (Topic in the Screens forum)

THanks.


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 05, 2006, 10:45:16 am
Hope you got your answers in the other threads....

Legs are 4 feet also. That can be changed to suit your needs. It just made it easier to cut all the 4 foot pieces at once. Plus they are all interchangeable. Makes for a somewhat esaier setup.

Yes, the screen does a lot to stablilize the set up. It's not very wobbly to raise. It just helps to have someone holding the back supports as it goes up. If you are alone, it helps to have a hammer handy and the stakes in the bottom of the back support sticking through enough to "grab" the ground enough to hold it upright, then quick pund them in the rest of the way. You should be good from there.

Good luck,
Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tartag on July 05, 2006, 03:57:48 pm
Tom-

Can you provide some more detail on the BO cloth?  I have built the fram and now need to select the screen.  I had a theater in my previous house and loved the black out cloth.  what dimensions of fabric did you find, is the seam noticable? how did you stretch/secure the cloth.

Cheers,
tartag


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 05, 2006, 09:18:29 pm
tartag -

I used 54" from the fabric store, mainly so that if I needed more (which I did) or a quick repair or whatever, I know where to run and get it in a hurry. I (OK, my wife) sewed the two lengths together length wise, and then sewed pockets around the edge to slide the PVC through. We ended up around 8 X 12. To get the size right, I put the frame together, and then layed out the fabric once it was sewn togther. Then we folded the sides over the frame to make about a two inch pocket and marked all the corners in about another half inch to make it tight. The we picked it up and pinned the pockets and sewed again.
this really tightens up the frame when fully assembled.
 
If the neighbors don't think you're working on a sail, you're not doing it right!

Good luck,
Tom     


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tartag on July 06, 2006, 10:21:19 am
Tom-

Great response thanks.  It begs the big question... What of the seam? is it noticable running down the center I assume?

tartag


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 06, 2006, 10:36:23 am
The seam is virtually invisible during a movie. The only time I've noticed it, and it's only been two or three times, is when the scene is VERY bright and there is no action and your eyes are focused right in the middle of the screen. The few times I have noticed it has been when there is dialog and the camera doens't move, and the person speaking is centered and your eyes focus right in the center of the screen. As soon as the camera or person moves, you stop noticing it. After that , you have to try REALLY hard to find it.

Ever been to a drive-in? Those screens are usually masses of 4X8 sheets of plywood painted white and once the movie starts you never notice it. And I guarantee the seam in the fabric is WAY smaller than the gap in the drive-in screens.

Tom 


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tartag on July 06, 2006, 10:41:44 am
Tom- I absolutley subscribe to the "it aint about P&S quality."  though my current solution in a drop cloth has a seam my audience doesn't seem to notice or mind I find myself saying "if only I could get rid of the seam" I am sure if I go witht the Dazien I'll say, "if only i went bigger!"

thanks again,
tartag


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 06, 2006, 12:44:09 pm
It's always something!

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: kelemvor on July 12, 2006, 07:25:30 pm
In case you don't get notified when you get a PM, I just sent you one.  Wondering what you did at the areas where you nothced out the pockets to keep them from fraying and such....


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 13, 2006, 01:00:12 pm
I replied via PM (hope it wasn't too late) but it occurred to me that since you asked here, I reply for the benfit other who might read it....

Basically, I just cut the notches and prayed. So far, so good.

I left maybe a quarter inch or so from the seam. What we did was sewed all four sides edge to edge and then cut the corners to open up the pockets. This DOES mean that you have to cut off the seams at the corners.

Maybe a little diagram would help. The diagram is not to scale but you should get the idea. You can see that in the corners you need to cut away the seams. My wife added a few diagonal stitches across the corners of the notches for a little extra strength, but that's it.

Good luck,
Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: kelemvor on July 13, 2006, 01:17:45 pm
That's the same as I'm going to do but my main concern is the corner.  If you cut out the seams then there's the chance that it could unravel or something so my wife's going to try to just stop sewing and do some back stitches right around the 8" mark so we don't have to cut through any seams.

Thanks.


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 14, 2006, 12:38:20 pm
Next showing is tomorrow night. I'll try to get some closeup pics of how we did it.

(BTW - King Kong!)

Tom   


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on October 30, 2006, 10:00:20 am
DAng can'tbelieve my last post here was in JULY! Been too busy watching movies! HAve to download the camera. Those dang high volume digital cards make it just as hard as going through prints! Anyway...

We watched King Kong and by about 10:30 (or was it 11:30?) it was just my wife and I...we decided to watch the last half hour anyway. We only had three or or four kids show upanyway and I figured ifthey all left around 10 we'd just pack in. They styed until the last half hour so we stayed.

Had a good turnout for RV. it was part of theneighborhood picnic and a great night weather-wise. I did one of those 20th Century Fox logos ofr the neighborhood and that got a great response.

We were SUPPOSED to have our big Halloween outdoor showing this past Saturday, only the weather did not cooperate! Wind gust were up 45-50 mph! Even if I got the screen up, I wasn't about to take any chances with the equipment blowing over. And then 5 minutes after all the kids showed up in costume, it started to shower so we moved everything inside. I had been plainning on it anyway and spent all day cleaning up the basement as it is in the middle of being finished. I hung the screen along one wall and used those "scene setters" to cover the bare studs. Took out the white lights and put in black lights. Worked out  pretty well. Also gave me a little idea of the finished screen size in the basemet room should be.

Looks like Falls Ridge Movies Nights are over for the season!

Tom

 


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on May 15, 2007, 10:41:55 am
Falls Ridge Movie Nights! 2007 Schedule just released.

Been a while since I posted here. We just released an admittedly abbreviated schedule for this year. (So I'm creating a deck theater to enjoy more often, but that will be a different thread.)

3rd Saturday of the month....

June - Night At the Musem
July - Jetsons:The Movie
August - Pursuit of Happyness
September - TBD
Halloween - BIG Triple feature TBD (although, with the new time change being pushed back, there may not be time for a triple feature)

Equipment update -

Been working with a neighbor to add some connections to the ends of the speaker snakes. Should make setup and breakdown easier as one of the problems with the snakes is the ends of the wires getting tangled and worse, labels comming off. Plus it will make it easier for "helpers" to actually, you know, help.

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 14, 2007, 08:11:36 am
Night at the Museum scheduled for this Saturday, providing the weather clears up. We're finally getting all the rain we missed in April and May.

Neighbor feverishly working on finishing connectors on snake. Saturday night is fast approaching!

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 18, 2007, 09:20:20 am
Saturday night's showing of Night At the Museum went great! Had a nice crowd, maybe 30 in all.

Took about 45 minutes to set everything up. Had some good help from neighbors. I had to remember myself how everything went as it is the first time I've had the big screen up since last September.  Only did two things in the wrong order and had to re-do them. Not bad!

The connectors for the snakes worked out great. I need to get some pics so you can all see what was done. Since it is the first time using them it took a little extra to connect. Basically, we made two pigtails with connectors from the reciever, one for each snake (LF, RF, CTR, SUB and LR, RR). We opened up as many of the speakers as we could and hard wired a mini-connector. Then put a matching end on the snake. That made it so that I connected up the pigtail while "helpers" could place and easily make all the speaker connections (just push in the plug!). Then I just connected up the the other end.

Now, I just need the neioghbor to make similar connections for my deck speakers to conncet to the amp, and I can leave the pigtail connected to the amp all the time and it's only undoing the two connetors to move the amp from the deck to pack it for the neighborhood shows.  THEN setup becomes just making the two conections.

I DID find that breakdown was faster this way too (leass tangling of the ends of the snake due to bare ends). And with the help, I had everything down, packed in the SUV, home and stowed in the garage within 25 minutes.

I must be getting better at this. After I packed up everything to take before the show, I kept thinking..."I MUST be missing something....I MUST be missing something...it just doesn't seem like enough stuff." Turns out I had everything I needed. I guess it's just organized and stored in the garage better so it makes it easier.

One final thing...I think my $29 DVD player is starting to go. I had that probelm last week on the deck of not being able to eject the DVD after the movie ended without unplugging and plugging back in. Then during Saturday's show, THREE times picture froze for about 15 or 20 seconds. The first time I thought maybe it was while switching layers, but not THREE times. Guess I need to keep an eye on it.

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Bedrock on July 13, 2007, 12:19:49 pm
Tom as you know I got my design from you and the one thing that I'm wondering is when you made your screen did you use boc only.  When I made mine I used a canvas cloth and blackout together and it's heavy.  I'm thinking about removing the canvas tarp and resew the boc together or just using the boc side for viewing. But on the boc side I have a seam in the middle b/c I had to sew it across to combine the boc.  Thanks for all the help you given....

 :D Frank


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 13, 2007, 12:45:17 pm
Bedrock...

Yes, I used ONLY the BOC, shiny side out (for no particular reasaon other than I THOUGHT I might get a brighter image but I have nothing really to back it up vs. the dull side --- I couldn't tell any diffrence from when I tested the dull side on my deck screen).

I have a seam runing the across the width of my 12 foot screen and it is virtualy invisble. Don't let that seam scare you off. PErsonally, I would remove the tarp and just go with the BOC.

Glad to help.

Good luck,
Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Bedrock on July 13, 2007, 12:59:40 pm
Thanks for that information....I guess that I have my work cut out for me this weekend.   :-\ Tonight if it doesn't rain again and if it's dry enough my wife and I are going to watch Friday the 13th part 2 and 3.  We watched part 1 last night but had to watch it inside b/c of the storm. We have a thearter room so it was cool, but she wants to watch them outside tonight so I will turn it around to the boc side and see if she notice the seams.  They want brother me a bit. Then Saturday morning I will disassemble the tarp and re-sew the boc.  Man you live and learn, I learn something new on this site just about everyday.  So I guess I'll have a part 2 to my screen. And the journey continues.....  ;D

May the force be with me....  :D

Thanks Tom for the help


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 13, 2007, 01:21:30 pm
Your quite welcome.

You may not get a good feel for how the seam bothers you while it is attached to the tarp. If it's not pulled tight it may not be a good test.

Since mine was built that way, it pulls tight on the frame and becomes invisible once the movie starts.

Trust Force you must.

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Bedrock on July 13, 2007, 01:50:14 pm
Okay I got you....I may just have to wait until Saturday night after I'm finished doing it over. I don't think 3 hours is enough time for me to get it finished and ready for showtime.  We will see.

Then the force shall be with me.....  8)

Bedrock


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 23, 2007, 01:41:37 pm
This past Saturday night we ran Jetsons: The Movie. We didn't get the rain that was predicted and it turned out to be a perfect night. The turnout was not so great. I don't know what to do. It was advertised as "kids night." I try to pick things that they haven't seen a million times, but I guess kids today are different, so next year I'll pick one if the modern "classics."

So, Jetsons:The Movie. I didn't realize when I picked it that it had never been released on DVD. So I got online and found a copy already on DVD copied from VHS.  I figured if I would have had to have gotten a VHS copy online and then convert it digital and burn it anyway, I might as well save myself one step. It was an adequate transfer, but MAN, once you get used to DVD, analog looks pretty crappy.

And I think there were some parts cut out. First clue...the box says 1 HOUR 22 MINUTES. When I burned it along with all the preshow stuff, it only came up at 64 minutes. And while watching, it didn't make any sense that all of sudden Elroy and the robot kid are best friends, when the Robot kid says, "Elroy really saved me today" and they both have bandages on.  I seem to remember something about them getting involved with some bullies. And then at the end, all of a sudden the Blue guy hands Judy a tape of the song he made for her. I seem to remember a LOT more of that story being in there as well and the rock star being involved.

It only took about 10 minutes to load everything up in the truck. I just kept thinking, "It's not enough stuff." Turns out I had everything, maybe I'm just used to it now. I have tried to condense a couple of the containers.

Replaced the S-hooks on the guy lines with snap hooks. Found out only ONE of them actually fit onto the eyehooks. It was made differently than all of the others, even though they were in blister packs of two. Guess I have to get bigger ones.

Finally....the stupid DVD player refused to play. It powered on and at least ejected the DVD, but refused to play. Neither hitting play on the remote or on the panel worked. I had to run home and grab the player out of my living room. It is/was a $29 player so I wasn't so much angry that it crapped out (I had been having some troubels with it) but more angry that it happened right then, with a bunch of people standing around. Fortunatley, it only took about 10 minutes to run home, get the other one, and hook it up.

So I'm in the market for a new DVD player. It was 3 years old, so I'm guesing the same $29 will get me a player twice as good now!

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: cecilb on August 15, 2007, 10:16:06 am
I replied via PM (hope it wasn't too late) but it occurred to me that since you asked here, I reply for the benfit other who might read it....

Basically, I just cut the notches and prayed. So far, so good.

I left maybe a quarter inch or so from the seam. What we did was sewed all four sides edge to edge and then cut the corners to open up the pockets. This DOES mean that you have to cut off the seams at the corners.

Maybe a little diagram would help. The diagram is not to scale but you should get the idea. You can see that in the corners you need to cut away the seams. My wife added a few diagonal stitches across the corners of the notches for a little extra strength, but that's it.

Good luck,



Tom.........

I have you to thanks for my screen as I modified it somewhat with a smaller version 10X6 so I just have one center brace. I cut out my notches prior to sewing loops. I've had a few rips so far around the openings and am wondering best way to repair them.

Thanks for sharing your great plans. I'm impressing neighbors with my screen skills. Yes, I've given you credit ;D


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on August 15, 2007, 10:33:35 am
Quote
Tom.........

 I've had a few rips so far around the openings and am wondering best way to repair them.

Small ones haven't really been a problem. Someone "helping" me set up got a little muscular on one corner caused about 3 or 4 inch rip. After I took the screen down, I just matched up the fabric and used a little extra strength duct tape (Gorilla brand) behind it. Since it's BOC, you can't see behind it anyway. It's been hoding up fine.

Good luck,
Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on September 13, 2007, 02:04:38 pm
Annual Neighborhood Picnic scheduled for this Saturday. Weather prediction is early darkness with some scattered light toward early morning, increasing darkness later. PERFECT!

Also took the chance to swap the last-month's-rained-out Pursuit of Happyness and replace with Wild Hogs. Should be much better movie for the picnic crowd.

Tom

 


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: Dennis on September 13, 2007, 09:20:27 pm
Weather prediction is early darkness with some scattered light toward early morning, increasing darkness later. PERFECT!

Tom
 

"Hippy-Dippy Weatherman" ....that's some good memories!   ;D



Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on September 14, 2007, 07:57:34 am
Someone else is showing their age!

..and here's a partial score....12

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on September 17, 2007, 08:28:01 am
THe Hippy-dippy weather came through! I got up around 7:45am and everything was wet like it had just rained. By 9:00am the sun was out and it was a perfect day.

Showed Wild Hogs to great success. A few things the really little kids won't get, but everyone else loved it.

Ran a 1 minute intro, Bugs Bunyy Rides again, Fox logo, then main feature.

Onc again, FINALLY got some acknowledgement when the Fox logo ran. I HAD a Universal all made up but seem to have lost it. Oh well, there's always next year.

If anyone is interested, I'll post the litany of problems and solutions I had creating this show using Nero.

Tom


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 23, 2008, 09:15:04 am
2008 Season

Had the first show of the season at Falls Ridge Movie Nights.

4 minute countdown
a little "no talking" I put together
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
Fox logo
Astronaut Farmer

Good news....me and one neighbor put up the entire setup in less than 45 minutes. I got home late and didn't get a chance to go through all the gear, so I pretty much just grabbed everything I could think of, threw it in my truck and went. Seemed like NOTHING was organized. Neighbor put screen together while I worked on the equipment.

Bad news...beautiful day ALL day (I played golf, terribly, but I played, which is why I was late) with a call for evening T-storms. Weather.com hour-by-hour said 9:00pm. Weather was perfect when setting up. The second I started the show at 9:00 PM, the cold front blew through and I could see the dark clouds comming in. We heard some thunder and could actually see some lightning across the river. We got a few (and I do mean a few) drops but it didn't hurt anything. There was this opening right above us that never moved. We could see it all around, but not right on top of us. Managaed to get the whole show in.

Which would all seem like a good thing except that only about 15 people showed up. Maybe it was the weather. That's what I'm hoping anyway.

Still having issues with sound. I even pulled out my old larger cone bookshelves and it didn't really make a difference. No matter which spekers I use, I set everything up and play a setup disk that includes some of the THX trailers and they sound EXCELLENT. I actually have to turn some of them down. Then I crank it back up and play the movie and a lot of times I can hardly hear the dialog. Shouldn't the movies be at the same level as the trailers? I just don't know what to do.

AND I a grabbed my old DVD player which is having some problems with skipping and sticking. I bought a new one last year. Memo to self...remember to grab NEW player.

Amyway, people who were there enjoyed it.

Next Month...The Sandlot.


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on July 21, 2008, 08:09:46 am
Had a MUCH better turnout for The Sandlot. It was VERY hot and humid all day. Traditionally, June 21 is the hottest day of the year in the Wash. DC MEtro area. I think it came a few days early. Anyway, by evening, the humidity went down some and it was a really nice evening. I counted about 30.

The show....

1. A clip form the Eagles Farewell Tour....The Boys of Summer
2. Quick little no talking anouncement I put together
3. WB cartoon....Baseball Bugs
4. Custom Fox intro
5. The original The Sandlot

Went though all the equipment before the show. Last month had to pick up everything in a hurry due to imminent rain. GOt it all organized and remembered to grab the "new" $27 dollar DVD player. Forgot the new remote though, so one glitch in the program....The cartoon ran with the subtitles on and I couldn't turn them off without the remote. Oh well. No one seemed to mind. NO skipping, sticking, etc.

Took 15 minutes to load the truck and 45 to set up. ANd that included several fixes to the BOC screen material that had some small rips in it. Nothing a little Gorilla Brand Duck Tape won't fix. We were done 45 minutes early, so I just turned on the oldies station and we listened to a LONG Led Zepplin set ("I LOVE Led" - Jackie from That 70's Show). I was amazed at the number of young kids who knew at least Stairway to Heaven.

Next month....The Incredible Mr. Limpet


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on August 18, 2008, 08:13:34 am
Perfect weather on a Saturday for a change! ESPECIALLY for Washington DC in August.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet. 7 adults (most of whom helped setup/break down) and a couple of kids, who probably shouldn't have been there without parents, but I let it go and they were all gone before the end, anyway.

Really re-thinking this whole neighborhood thing. Maybe I'll just stick to the deck shows. I can get 7 people on my deck. Either that, or we'll have to stick to the movies people have seen a million times and hope for a better turnout.

I guess I can't compete with the Olympics and Redskins pre-season football.


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on October 27, 2008, 09:41:38 am
FINAL 2008 Falls Ridge Movie Nights

Had the neighborhood Halloween party this past Saturday. We had scheduled Alvin and The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman and Hocus Pocus. Rained most of the day, so we took in inside.

I swapped the big screen for my deckscreen. It sure cuts down on the amount of equipment you need to carry! All the kids left after the Alvin show. The adults stayed around to watch Hocus Pocus, so we still had pretty good time.

So, I'll dig all the stuff out one more time and set it up in the garage for Halloween night to run the HallowWindow DVD. And then that will be it until late next spriing. 


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on August 30, 2011, 01:16:19 pm
Shameless bump and updated links to pictures in first post.


Title: Re: Falls Ridge Movie Nights!
Post by: tlogan6797 on September 06, 2011, 09:12:50 am
After an Irene rain-delayed neighborhood picnic, we managed to get through it on Sunday (9/4/11) thinking that with the Monday, Labor Day holiday we'd have a good turnout. Turns out it worked. Had about 30, which is the most we've had in AGES!

So....
Falls Ridge Fox intro
Looney Toon "The Night Watchman"
Main show "Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian"

A good time was had by all.