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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Insignia 96" inflatable movie screen on: March 19, 2017, 09:27:10 pm
All, Best Buy has this screen on sale for $99.  It is getting to be that time of year again!

http://www.backyardmovies.net/insignia-96-inflatable-screen-on-sale/

2  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / BenQ W1070 1080P 3D on: March 12, 2017, 03:43:18 pm
Amazon has the BenQ W1070 1080P projector for under $500 and new, which is a pretty good price.  If you are looking to upgrade or getting started on a Backyard Theater I think this is a good choice.  That being said, I haven't used this projector...anyone got one?

http://www.backyardmovies.net/benq-w1070-1080p-3d-home-theater-projector-on-sale/
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Backyard Theater Showcase on: February 26, 2017, 01:07:24 pm
Bradly filled out the questionnaire about his Lost Ark Theater.  I am pretty excited about this Theater because of the creative way that he set up his floating screen.  3 Theaters showcased so far, I hope we can keep the momentum going! If you want to add yours email me at Cody @ Backyardmovies.net .

THEATER INFO:

Name of Theater:  Lost Ark Theater

Location: Northern Virginia

Length of Season:  ~Apr - Dec

How did you get started?:  Built a HUGE new deck and wanted to watch TV on it… fell onto BYT site and went from there.

How many years have you been doing it?: 2 years

Traditions:  Constantly evolving, show some trailers (when there’s good one out), some old commercials, etc.

Audience: Family & friends and a few neighbors (20-30)

Favorite Events:  Movies, will incorporate live TV in the future.

EQUIPMENT :

Screen:  16’x9’ BOC (Black out Cloth) on EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) suspended 30’ above ground
between 2 trees in order to view from top of deck.

Projector:  EIKI  LC-NB4S

Sound System:  ION IPA-23 speakers with a mix board feed from source.

Media Source: DVD Player and Laptop mostly, have a Plex media server that will eventually feed into PJ.

Any projected upgrades:  New long throw projector mounted in upstairs bedroom.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Seating:  Deck furniture, blankets and propane heater (during winter months)

Pest Control: Still working on it, but use the citronella tiki torches and spray yard down with bug killer a few
hours prior to viewing.

Food:  People bring their own, but we do have a popcorn machine and want to eventually have a full service outdoor kitchen with hot dogs, nachos and possibly personal pizzas…

Lighting:  Mini string lights above…
Have you ever done any cool party ideas?:  Not really, just love showing movies…

What do you love most about Backyard Movies/Outdoor Theaters?: Just Friends & Family having a good time.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started?  Don’t rush, plan, plan, plan and go simple to find what works, what doesn’t…   you are your own worst critic…

You can read the full questionnaire with photos at the below link:

http://www.backyardmovies.net/backyard-theater-showcase-lost-ark-theater/
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Backyard Theater Showcase on: February 19, 2017, 12:59:24 pm


A big thanks to @genesis76 for being the first one out of the chute to provide info on his BYT.  I also have it posted over on my site http://www.backyardmovies.net/backyard-theater-showcase-burr-road-theater/.  We would all appreciate it if you would provide your own Theater setup for others to learn from, it doesn't have to be elaborate.  The survey is attached below and you can email it to me at Cody @ Backyardmovies.net.


THEATER INFO:

Name of Theater: Burr Road Theater “movies with & under the stars”

Location: CT

Length of Season: May - Oct

How did you get started?: On this site (BackyardTheater.com) did a search & read & got started

How many years have you been doing it?: Since 2008, Nine years

Traditions: I show a Genesis video or a 3 Stooges short

Audience Size: Two to 15

Favorite Events:  Movies & concerts



EQUIPMENT:

Screen: Gemmy 12

Projector: Epson Moviemate 30

Sound System: Sony 5.1 SS

Media Source: DVD

Any projected upgrades:  No

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

Seating:  Costco outdoor carpet & lawn chairs & watching from the pool. I do ask people to bring their own chairs but have extras for those that forget

Pest Control: Many!  Look them up on BYT.com Garlic spray, Skeetervac & a couple of extras

Food: No popcorn but supper at times & or candy

Lighting: Torches, roadside flashers & flashlights Floodlights after the show

Have you ever done any cool party ideas?  Jaws from the pool

What do you love most about Backyard Movies/Outdoor Theaters?  Just a fun night alone or with friends.  Movies were made for the big screen so movies like the Wizard of OZ & Robin hood 1938 will be like new movies for those of you that grew up watching them on TV sets. Some TV shows are great on the big screen like Combat & I love lucy…..Again, you will see things you have never seen before.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started?  You do not have to make it perfect or spend a ton of money. Just the movie outside is amazing. Don’t make it a stress event. You can always grow it later, The biggest concern is weather have a backup plan for friends or a rain date. Also, do a couple of dry runs before you invite friends over for the first time. Invite your neighbors if sound could be a problem.  Trust me on this one you will notice something wrong like a bug on the screen that others will not see 95% of the time. Again, just sit back & enjoy the movie.

5  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Interest Survey on: February 12, 2017, 01:18:23 pm
I would like to know what people are interested in learning more about as it pertains to Backyard Theaters.  I know there are a lot of lurkers who cannot register for the site, so I am using survey monkey vs the embed survey so that more people can participate.  I will post results when I get a significant number of responses. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZC2GZHG

265 views, but only 10 responses. I appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey.

Red,
if it were me I would let the survey run for a while.  I think this time of year less folks are thinking about BYT in general.  So I'd say just let it run for a while, I'd really like to see you get a significant number of responses, so we can do some sharing. 


Again a big thanks to everyone who responded to the survey.  I think I am going to follow your advice and let it run for a awhile.  I think when folks start getting spring fever I will see an uptick in responses.  In the meantime I am trying to move out on what the data is showing.  For example, there is an interest in seeing other people's setups, which is no surprise since that is one of the things that brought me to this site to begin with.  I was wanting to start a showcase on my own website anyway, so I will post any submissions I get both on my site and here (so if one site goes down, the info will be saved).  I have a sample questionnaire attached, that I think is pretty thorough.  If anyone would like to participate, just email me at Cody @ Backyardmovies.net. 
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Interest Survey on: February 12, 2017, 01:12:59 pm
Wow, that was a lot more work than I thought it would be.  It's also a lot longer than I expected, but it's posted now in the screen section, thread titled building and maintaining a wood movie screen.   Hopefully some folks will find it interesting and / or helpful.

That was a really nice write up on wooden screens though.  Thank you for taking the time to put that together.
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Backyard Theater Showcase on: February 12, 2017, 01:11:30 pm
I recently conducted an interest survey and the one thing that people wanted more of was to see examples of other people's backyard theaters, which has tapered off on this site.  Realizing that there are folks out there lurking who cannot get access to this site (backyardtheater.com), I  will serve as an intermediary.  I have been looking to start a showcase on my site (Backyardmovies.net), so folks can send info on their theater to me at Cody @ Backyardmovies.net.  I will post the information on my site in a showcase and will ALSO post a summary here in an ongoing thread.  This redundancy will make sure the info is preserved in case one of the sites goes down.

I have attached a sample questionnaire below. Of course nothing is mandatory, I just tried to think of all the questions that I had when I was starting out.  As always, photos are much appreciated and add a ton to the write-up.  Again, I can be reached at Cody @ Backyardmovies.net. 
8  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Interest Survey on: February 05, 2017, 01:09:22 pm
I would like to know what people are interested in learning more about as it pertains to Backyard Theaters.  I know there are a lot of lurkers who cannot register for the site, so I am using survey monkey vs the embed survey so that more people can participate.  I will post results when I get a significant number of responses. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZC2GZHG

265 views, but only 10 responses. I appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey.
9  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Super Bowl LI on: February 05, 2017, 01:07:35 pm
Anyone doing it on their Backyard Theater?  I would like to, but it comes on around 1:30pm here, so it won't be dark enough.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Interest Survey on: February 02, 2017, 01:09:52 am
I would like to know what people are interested in learning more about as it pertains to Backyard Theaters.  I know there are a lot of lurkers who cannot register for the site, so I am using survey monkey vs the embed survey so that more people can participate.  I will post results when I get a significant number of responses. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZC2GZHG
11  Around the campfire - off-topic discussions / General off-topic discussions / Re: What else do you do besides work and BYT ? on: January 20, 2017, 11:43:24 am
When not working I like to BBQing, homebrewing and spending time on and in the water (SUPing, snorkeling, etc).  I haven't done much camping here, but when we get back to the mainland I look forward to getting anther trailer and exploring.  Projecting movies on the side of our camper is how I got started with outdoor movies.  I am also looking forward to doing some freshwater fishing.
12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Hot Summer Night on: January 08, 2017, 07:07:10 pm
Hi All,

Its been sometime since I posted anything on the forum. I've just returned to work after the festive season and got enjoy some BYT over my holiday. I now use a Camp Chef OS 144 screen utilising rear projection - its a robust surface that is easily cleaned and looks the part. It is quite a contrast from my now retired Carls 16 x 9 BOC screen that is a veritable sail and I would frequently have my cinematic experience diminished because I was distracted by straining tiedown ropes and groaning joints in my aluminium frame. This however seemed never to be noticed by others watching, only me. The new screen is certainly smaller which I don't love but as they say size isn't everything - I must admit it doesn't evoke the same sense of awe I used to see in guests that had not been privy to the outdoor cinema experience previously. The epson EB1980WU 4400 lumen light cannon set to maximum output gives a great image (thanks to the members who recommended this one to me)

I've sold my cumbersome active PA speakers and mixing deck and associated plethora of cords and cables and replaced it with a sleek little all in one Lucas Nano 300 PA system. This little fellow is great, giving good sound without the low frequency output that impacts on the neighbours. I'm really happy with this little guy and would recommend him tho anyone. I use one power socket for the whole sheebang and another for the projector and last for the Bluray player (Happy Days)

My setup lacks the ingenuity of my earlier setup but is clean, efficient, and enables me to readily continue my soiree with outdoor cinema. I've attached a picture form January 1 where my 3 sons a had a couple of friends over to watch a preroll of scooter, trampoline and general high jinx clips from youtube followed by San Andreas which is great outdoors

Best wishes,
Steve


Steve! Welcome back to the forum.  It looks like a great setup and I can't imagine a better flick for outdoor viewing.  It is even better in 3D if you take your setup to the next level.  Great write up on the Camp Chef screen.  I have a colleague that has one that he uses for a Halloween display, he said it is great but really, really heavy duty from a construction aspect and heavy from a weight perspective.  Has that been your experience?  Thanks again.
13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Anyone asking Santa for BYt stuff for Christmas on: January 07, 2017, 02:22:13 am
Did anyone get anything good?  I didn't get anything for the Theater, but I did get some cool toys for the grill.

Not here for the grill or BYT but I did get a cool fish finder/GPS for my inflatable boat & A nice soft sided cooler for everything boat, Tailgating, theater etc..

But best of all I got the new Phil Collins book Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin


What kind of cooler did you get?  I got my dad an RTIC.  I would like to get one for myself, but they won't ship to Hawaii.

I looked at many of the soft coolers & the four I have are just bad.  Like real bad .

My Coleman Hard cooler  is great for tailgating along with about ten other hard coolers I have LOL

But all I was looking for was a soft cooler that would last 24 to 48 hours


Yeti, RTC, Polar & AO coolers were some of the best I found. So I picked by value of what meets my needs. So I picked the AO 24 pack cooler from West Marine on special. It should get me 24 solid hours 90% of the time & the next 24 hours 10% of the time as far as use goes. I also paid $5.00 extra for the stain proof material in-case I ever catch a fish Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked The polar or RTC would have been next but they were out of my price range.

As ice is free for me if I need more room I just take one of my other cheap soft coolers & use it first before the ice melts in hours not days lol



I was looking at those AO coolers too, they are highly rated on Amazon, but I have never seen one in person.  I hope you enjoy it!
14  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Anyone asking Santa for BYt stuff for Christmas on: January 06, 2017, 10:37:05 am
Did anyone get anything good?  I didn't get anything for the Theater, but I did get some cool toys for the grill.

Not here for the grill or BYT but I did get a cool fish finder/GPS for my inflatable boat & A nice soft sided cooler for everything boat, Tailgating, theater etc..

But best of all I got the new Phil Collins book Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

What kind of cooler did you get?  I got my dad an RTIC.  I would like to get one for myself, but they won't ship to Hawaii.
15  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Anyone asking Santa for BYt stuff for Christmas on: January 06, 2017, 12:50:14 am
Did anyone get anything good?  I didn't get anything for the Theater, but I did get some cool toys for the grill.
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