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1  CLASSIFIED ADS -Items FOR SALE and wanted
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/ Home Theater (in general) -- for sale and wanted / Re: Entire BYT For Sale -- Chicagoland
on: November 02, 2014, 07:13:53 pm

UPDATE: The Spring Avenue Starlight lives on...and the money is going full circle, the dad who bought it works for an local appliance store where we just bought our new washer & dryer. The circle of life!

cecilb ==> We are heading to Old Town...probably because of the hippie karma

2  CLASSIFIED ADS -Items FOR SALE and wanted
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/ Home Theater (in general) -- for sale and wanted / Entire BYT For Sale -- Chicagoland
on: October 26, 2014, 02:02:17 pm

Time for a new adventure...after a lifetime of suburbia, we are moving to downtown Chicago!

Time to sell The Spring Avenue Starlight Backyard Theater...everything you need to host your own movie nights!

 Optoma HD71 Projector
 4x4 Projector Mounting Post
 16' X 9' Trapeze Front or Rear Projection Fabric Screen
 EMT Frame for Trapeze Screen
 Devon AVR1610 HDMI Receiver
 Sony NS77H DVR Player
 Panasonic DMP BD60 Blu-Ray Player
 Two JBL P30 Speakers
 Four Infinity SAT450 Speakers
 One Infinity Powered Sub-Woofer Speaker
 Skeeter-Vac SV3100 with a year's supply of bait and sticky traps
 "It's Intermission Time, Folks" Remastered Drive-in ads & announcements -- 12 full DVDs
 Bayou Classic Outdoor Stove with Deep Fryer
 8oz Popcorn Machine
 Burgess Insect Fogger
 Large firepit
 Miscellaneous drive-in theme decorations.

 This is everything (except speaker wire) you need to show movies in high definition and full surround sound in your backyard.

 Lots of valuable equipment in this package...highest offer over $500 wins. I will also walk you through the set-up.

SORRY ==> Way too busy packing up 18 years of clutter to sell pieces or if you are near the western suburbs of Chicago (think Oak Brook/Wheaton) and can pick up, email me at

3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Is BYT slowing down, speeding up or is it stuck in neutral? on: September 29, 2014, 06:11:40 am
We didn't know it at the time, but a few weeks ago we showed THE AVENGERS...just our second show of the was to be the last picture show at the Spring Avenue Starlight.

We've been empty-nesters for a year so it appears the kids are officially "off the books".  So as a new adventure, my wife and I are trading in suburbia for a condo in Old Town Chicago! 5 minutes from Second City, 15 minutes from Lake Michigan...and restaurants/bars galore.

No space for outdoor theater so we will pass the equipment on to the buyers of our house.

Even if we had not moved, the effort of set-up & tear down plus Mother Nature toying with your emotions had reduced the number of movie nights. Add spectacular 60" Samsung TV in the family room and the motivation to "take it outside" became "fix another martooni".

Good Memories!
4  Around the campfire - off-topic discussions / General off-topic discussions / Re: Lost my BYT on: January 20, 2014, 02:51:17 pm

Bummer Nivek!!

1) ...but speaking from experience, your next partner will be perfect!

2) I like Rich's idea...after a movie date you could already be at her house.  Roll Eyes

3) Speaking of dates, better update your BYT profile  Cool

Best Wishes!

5  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Your Favorite Movies on: August 26, 2013, 11:03:45 am

Top Five Best Loved/Best Attended in Seven Years of BYT

1) Galaxy Quest
2) Big Night
3) Serenity
4) Midnight in Paris
5) Wall-E

6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Just like old times on: August 21, 2013, 10:51:44 am

Rest assured that when the empty nest time arrives BYT is still fun!  Although it's usually just you, in a chair, wearing a wireless headset and clutching a bottle of rum.

...and there is a 57% chance you will snort yourself awake at 2AM staring at the DVD menu screen and two raccoons.

Good times indeed.

7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Movielover on: August 21, 2013, 09:40:49 am

Permission to join the slow, tired old farts club?

8  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Project Drive In Video on: August 17, 2013, 06:46:59 pm
Dennis, I would really appreciate your vote for our local drive-in:

This is one of only a few remaining drive-in theaters in Oregon. It is family run, and the family is committed to trying to remain successful despite development going on all around them. In addition to the drive-in and a small two screen indoor theater co-located with the drive-in (this is Oregon) the family has also taken on trying to preserve a nearby historic theater (The Cameo).

I think this commitment to preserving local theater history as well as the heritage of the drive-in theater is worthy of support. Check out the "About Us" page on their website, and I hope you agree.

9  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Project Drive In Video on: August 12, 2013, 09:49:41 am

This is awesome...our local drive-in (Cascade in West Chicago) has already digitized, anyone have a suggestion for my vote for the free Honda digital projectors?

10  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Screen Choice on: August 07, 2013, 11:55:37 am
Can someone explain how much this trapeze stretches?

Is it durable to leave outside always?

Is it easy to clean (wife ain't gonna let me wash this stuff if her washer)?

And finally, Carls versus everything else. What is actually the best?

1) My first piece lasted 5+ years...left it up for weeks at a time. Usually tried to take it down when a strong windstorm was forecast, but when I forgot it blew off the frame and...

2) ...I simply tossed it in the washer/dryer and it was good to go. 

3) There is no "best"...the picture quality of the Trapeze is awesome but if you have a strong light source behind it (like a street light/neighbor porch light) you might see it.  If you need rear projection, it is the only thing that works.

If you need a perm install then plywood and/or billboard fabric is the way to go. BOC delivers a very, very good picture quality but I would take that down after each showing and cleaning is a bit more involved.

I'm on my 2nd Trapeze fabric...after 5 years of weather/UV it finally fell apart...but it stood up to wind and flying embers from hundreds of fire pit does not "run". While strong wind never harmed it, if the wind had send a small projectile that would have been that.

It stretches up to about 20% in my experience.

11  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Screen Choice on: August 05, 2013, 09:33:14 am

I'm a Trapeze Fabric Man
12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: BYT Pet Peeves on: July 15, 2013, 01:54:09 pm

Thankful to be in the "empty nest" only drunk adults trip over wires.

13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Confession: I've Been Lying on: July 14, 2013, 04:08:09 pm
I looked around the Spring Avenue Starlight last night watching friends celebrating Bastille Day with us. Great bottles of wine, cheese & crackers and other French nibblies, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris on the big screen in full HD+5.1 glory...and I felt like such a fraud.

For seven years we have invited friends, family, friends-of-friends, bartenders, bar rail compatriots...anyone bring a chair and share a groovy night under the stars.

The question most asked by new attendees is "how long does it take to set this up?" It's a question often commented on here at as well.  And my answer has become pure fiction.

It began with good motives...when my neighbor asked how much I would charge to host his son's park district baseball team end-of-season party and show Benchwarmers, I told him "a couple of cold beers" since my set-up time and effort wasn't a big deal. 

"Under an hour to set up, a bit less to tear down" became my mantra for a couple of years...then I began to reduce it even further, stretching the limits of the space-setup time continuum.

It's a seductive, slippery slope...I'm not sure why the thought of my friends, neighbors and my peers here at knowing the true time investment was 10X what I was willing to admit was so scary. 

It was a race to the bottom with the end game a portrayal of a scant 15-20 minutes to set up. Of course that estimate required some pre-conditions...screen still up from last movie night, projector post in place, wires still strewn across theater area, no counting of time to & from storage closet, just the time to plug power and HDMI cable and focus.

I realize now that I hurt a lot of people...neighbors crafting their own setup wondering what was wrong with them that they couldn't achieve the 30 minute mark. Newbies here at turning to their significant other pointing at the screen, using my fiction as the last closing argument before buying a projector on eBay.

I can only blame part of my behavior on BYT-ADD...where at every step of each setup cycle a minor task can blow out to a new project. The simple act of connecting speaker wires to speakers becomes an evaluation of banana plugs vs twisted wire w/soldered ends and then implementation of the winner.

Another small part can be blamed on the BYT Gift Giving syndrome...where your family is happy you finally found a hobby and for your birthday they give you a 12 DVD pack with old-timey drive-in ads and announcements which DEMANDS a hand-crafted, unique pre-show program complete with trailers of upcoming movie nights for every get-together.

Recently the lies became too much for me to bear...I've secretly been working the 12-step BYT program and it is time for steps 8 and 9.

I've made a list of all persons I have harmed with outlandish setup times (#8), and wish to make direct amends to everyone (#9) beginning here at

<cough> <ahem> I want everyone to know that sometimes I listen to an *entire* CUBS game while setting up the Spring Avenue Starlight for a public show. Sometimes extra innings. I'm sorry for misleading everyone.

Now, about that time estimate as to how early my projector/screen combo will allow me to start the show...

14  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What are you showing this weekend? on: July 12, 2013, 03:56:53 pm

Celebrating BASTILLE DAY with wine, cheese, Eiffel Tower cookies and watching Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez pas oublier d'apporter une chaise!

15  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: its happened! on: July 01, 2013, 03:28:58 pm

My Own Worthless Opinion:

BOC is prettier in the daytime, but you just cant beat the durability and affordability of billboard tarp. Projected images look great too. I am also quite biased.

My condolences too!

I'm a TRAPEZE fabric bigot, my first piece lasted 5 years...during wicked storms it would just blow off the frame and end up in a mud puddle. Quick trip through washer/dryer = good as new!
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