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Title: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 01:17:56 pm
This is my first crack at building a outdoor theater. I used 1/2 inch black pipe and connectors.
(Inspiration supplied by the forum, thanks Paul16mm, hired power, rFisk, all).


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 01:26:24 pm
This is the projector stand and sound system that I made from more black pipe and scrap plywood.
(Kinda proud of this) The sound is really amazing. Old Bose 901's inside the plywood boxes and a Kenwood KVR 125 amp. The whole system is up and running in a few minutes. (It's on wheels that lock in place).



Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 01:34:47 pm
Another shot. I was careful to measure the poles and then screwed it up anyway by having them reversed. Looks better now that I switched them. The screen is 16 x 10 with Trapeze fabric and thick nylon sewn around the outside edge. The edge has a pocket sewn in where 1/2 inch PVC is incerted to prevent the spider effect with the ball bungee and crocodile clips.  There are heavy duty guy wires that clip on to the eye bolts, just in case. I didn't need them as the back yard is completly surrounded by trees. The poles are sunk in the ground 3 feet. They slip into burried galvanized tubes that I keep covered with grass green PVC covers when not in use. (I dug the holes with a garden planter attachment and a hammer drill).


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 01:44:39 pm
My plans. (I added a center pole with the same dimentions to take out the sag)


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 26, 2006, 02:15:19 pm
Cinema BBQ -

GREAT JOB! Looks similar to my PVC screen. In your first pic it looks like maybe the bottom sags a bit? I had that problem and switched out the "t"-ends on the middle bottom for "+"-ends" and added two more legs in the middle. No more sag!

Good luck!
Tom


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 02:27:33 pm
Thanks Tom, There is no sag on the frame (solid steele). The screen is now getting re-sewn so there is more tension. The little bit of wind made it look saggy. I will be posting one more (action shot) once the final screen is done.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: rrg on June 26, 2006, 02:40:06 pm
Looks good. My only comment is the need for guide wire or ropes. You might not need it now, but always try to plan for the unforeseen chance you get a gust. I don't always tie the ropes down to the tent spikes but they are there if I need them.  Also is this a one man setup or does it take two people to get it standing?

2cents.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cherry Hills on June 26, 2006, 02:40:45 pm
Nice looking setup - screen and AV stands. I like that avatar graphic, too. Attention to detail in every aspect. Thanks for sharing the great pics.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 26, 2006, 02:55:19 pm
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the need for guide wire or ropes. You might not need it now, but always try to plan for the unforeseen chance you get a gust. I don't always tie the ropes down to the tent spikes but they are there if I need them.

Yeah...I forgot about this. My setup uses three on each side (one to the front, one to the back and one to the side). You never know! There have been times I've been REALLY glad I use them.

Tom


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 04:23:59 pm
Tom, I agree. Note my plans. I have guy-wires at 4 points. (not seen in pic).


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Pass_The_Off on June 26, 2006, 05:19:49 pm
Very nice job


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: rfisk on June 27, 2006, 08:20:28 am
Great job, Cinema BBQ!  I love these stands for your gear.  They are nearly exactly what I had in mind when I originally planned to build my system out on our back hill. 

Welcome and thanks for posting pics!  I'll add you to the featured list tonight.

Glad you're here and having fun.  Nice Avatar!

Randy



Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 27, 2006, 09:18:24 am
Randy, Thank you on all counts. Thiis is a great forum.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: victor-eyd on June 27, 2006, 11:21:58 am
That is a very cool setup. I especially like your audio setup. Great way to give those old Bose speakers some height. And the fact that they have rear drivers like a bipolar speakers, the sounds must be very nice outdoors!

Victor


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 27, 2006, 01:23:04 pm
Victor,


Thank you. I went to your thread and saw your setup. Very nice. I am humbled by your audio surround sound set up. Impressive.



Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on July 13, 2006, 06:26:44 pm
I just had my first showing yesterday. I had been waiting for my projecor to come in. I bought the NEC LT280 and it didn't dissapoint. 2500 lumens, USB and wireless made it a pleasure. The image was crisp and bright.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cherry Hills on July 13, 2006, 06:57:13 pm
Great! How about some details, so we can enjoy vicariouslyi? What did you watch? How many people did you host? What kind of screen and sound did you use? How did the audience respond? Did you take any pics?


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on July 13, 2006, 07:16:47 pm
It was a spontanious showing as the UPS guy delivered the projector during dinner and I was hosting my nephew and his fiance (both on leave from Iraq), my wife and another nephew (small group).

The sound system was the one shown on page one of my posting. I did take a pic, however I took the pic during set up while there was a dark scene on. (Sorry for the poor quality).

The movie of the evening was Kung Fu Hustle (potentially the greatest movie ever made).
 



Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: ThatDJTroy on July 13, 2006, 08:44:40 pm
BBQ - Your set-up is excellent! I especially like your open, roomy deck! How large is your screen? I plan to switch to steel pipes as well and (hopefully) alleviate the middle bungees on mine.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cherry Hills on July 13, 2006, 08:56:19 pm
Right - I'd forgotten about your cool equipment stands.

"Kung Fu Hustle" is one of the most splendidly, absurdly hilarious films ever made. Still, I think "Shaolin Soccer" may be a hair better. It's a toss-up, and either way I'm sure your nephew and niece had a fabulous time. Good choice!

That first show is a magical time, isn't it?


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on July 13, 2006, 10:06:59 pm
Cherry Hills,

A good time was had by all.

"Shaolin Soccer" is going into the NetFlix cue on your recomendation. Thanks for the tip.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Cinema BBQ on July 13, 2006, 10:13:15 pm
That DJ Troy,

The screen is 10 x 16. Made from black and white trampoline. I think I will add one more support pole in the center for additional support. The frame weighs about 125 pounds. 2 guys handle it easy, 3 guys even easier. I use a bike lift and hooks and keep it in the pole barn.


Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: Emperor PalpaTim on August 31, 2006, 10:31:51 pm
Great job!  I like your design.- simple and elegant.   And the steel pipe is most impressive. 



Title: Re: First Crack @ It.
Post by: cecilb on August 18, 2007, 02:49:11 pm
Cinema.............

Very impressive.  What is the border around your screen?