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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Inflatable Gemmy Screen on: March 18, 2007, 06:32:30 pm
I've only used it half a dozen times, but I like the portability and just that it looks so LARGE when you put it up...draws a crowd...and for the price, you just can't beat it.  The fan noise blends in once the sound starts...and truthfully, since it's been a bit cooler in Florida, I have used the screen inside our poolcage, attached to velcro strips...the screen piece itself is actually very sturdy, and I would've paid the price (just around $150) for just the screen, it is that good quality.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Popcorn, refreshments and party ideas / Re: Nachos! on: March 18, 2007, 06:26:06 pm
Many recipes out there for nacho cheese...but for big crowds, I prefer the crockpot recipe...you can double, triple to fit your size crockpot...you can keep it on warm and have it ready the whole night to pour over chips....

Nacho Cheese Dip Recipe

1 (32    ounce) package Velveeta cheese
1    lb hamburger meat
24    ounces pace mild salsa
1    lb tortilla chips



   1. Brown hamburger meat and place in crockpot.
   2. Cut up block of velveeta into 1 inch cubes and place in crockpot.
   3. Pour salsa into crockpot.
   4. Stir ingredients together and turn crockpot on low for 1 1/2 hours or for 45 minutes on high.
   5. Serve with tortilla chips
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Where do you store your projector? on: March 12, 2007, 06:16:26 am
I have a rolling metal cart where I keep everything but the screen (that gets packed in its bag in a closet).  I just cover the cart with a table cloth and put it in a closet.  The cart carries my home theater system and projector.
4  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: TV advice - Plasma or LCD? on: December 29, 2006, 09:59:58 am
Some more things to think about with plasma vs LCD...did I read correctly somewhere that only the very high upper end plasmas ($8k and up) can do 1080 (which might be a moot point if your cable provider doesn't provide it)?  Also, if you have a bright window/light when watcing tv, then LCD is better...also if you move alot, DO NOT get a plasma...we are military and we have heard so many stories about failed plasmas after a move...they are pretty delicate!  My vote is for the LCD at this point!
5  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Florida Lanai Set up on: December 29, 2006, 09:55:45 am
I can't stand the tethers on the Gemmy either...the whole blow up screen/tether set up is great when you want to set up the Gemmy in the grass or wherever, but if you have a wall, fence, etc, I think the velcro works nicely...even with the poolscreen supports, I velcroed the screen on each side and on the bottom (there was no support where it ran across the top, just poolscreen) and as you can see, there is only a slight hang up top which I'm sure I could've gotten out if I'd stretched it better.  It also only took minutes to set up.

I find the Gemmy screen itself very top quality...very thick and sturdy, I would've purchased just the screen for the low price I paid..the frame was just an added bonus.

You'll have to take some pics of your setup...I think the webmaster is still collecting them.
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Florida Lanai Set up on: December 28, 2006, 12:10:46 pm
Okay...finally getting around to posting a pic!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday!  We have been spending Saturday nights out on our lanai by the pool watching movies...I just got one of those nostalgia popcorn carts for Xmas...along with a slushie maker...guess we need to have more parties now!

Anyway, I got the industrial strength velcro in white, same color as the pool cage and got my Gemmy screen, velcroed the back on all four sides and then the corresponding velcro strips on the poolcage supports...it's rained at least 20x since I first put it up...the velcro is as strong as it was the first day...so I guess this will work for now....my Gemmy screen did not totally line up in length...more screen...so I folded one side over and clamped it...you can see the screen is shortened in width in the photos..anyway, you can see where the cart is...about 17' away or so and it works great...fills up at least the width of the screen (although not the length...darn)..just wanted to share a few photos..when it really gets a little chilly, we just light up the copper firepit and get out some blankets and what a cozy setting to watch a movie!!
7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Why can't I use a Plasma TV in the backyard? on: December 04, 2006, 04:19:15 pm
I am no expert...I immediately thought about temperature extremes and that the actual screen is not made to withstand the elements...I have a large extended patio and in a driving rainstorm, some moisture does get up under there on my patio...also, what about the humidity in the summer (ie internal components of the tv...heating up when it's on and then condensation issues when you turn it of?) and if you are up North, even though your screen would be covered, the cold temps would still get to the internal components, again, the tv is warm when you use it, then when off, condensation and with the cold temps, freezing, cracking, etc???...I just don't think they are built to withstand all those factors..maybe someone else can offer more insight?
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Zoombox on: November 29, 2006, 02:51:49 pm
I think for the price, it can't be beat!  I saw it on Black Friday for $179!
9  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: projector at best buy on: November 25, 2006, 08:14:48 am
Was reading on Black Friday at gottadeal.com that most of the stores only had ONE for sale and people were in line to buy "stuff" as early as Thanksgiving day morning....unreal!
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Black Friday Deal at Best Buy $399 for toshiba DLP on: November 10, 2006, 02:04:58 pm
Great deal!  Is it true...I can't remember where I read this now...but if you get the Black Friday ads before they are released in the papers (such as on this site) and go to the store in the days before, buy the item at the "then price", you can take it back on Black Friday and get a refund on the difference?

I do know that the big box stores honor price drops...for example, if you buy an item one day, there is a certain timeframe you can go back and request a refund on the difference?  Or am I totally misinformed?  Has anyone ever tried this?  I did it once with a pair of shoes...went back in the next day and they did give me back the difference...wonder if this works with electronics too?
11  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Anyone used velcro on their poolcage? on: October 24, 2006, 10:01:48 am
Okay, I was brainstorming again...I thought that now the weather is a bit cooler and it will get lighter earlier, can now have a nice party in the poolcage with a roaring fire in the firepit Smiley  I was thinking of getting a tarp for the screen and sewing velcro strips down each side...I have two vertical supports of the poolcage I could use for each side, 93" across/width and just glue the other part of the velcro strip there?..I'm guessing that the top of the screen would sag without horizontal support?  The height between poolcage horizontal supports would be about 69"...do tarps come that big?  Suggestions?  I have to look at the throw distance calculator....okay, just checked the throw distance calculator...the closest I coud get without getting too close to the pool's edge (we have an odd shaped pool) is 17 ft.  That would give a height of 71" and a width of 95" (I have an Acer PD100)...just over what my borders would be on the poolcage...would the movie show just smaller than that...could I get away with the dimensions above?  I noticed on my Gemmy that the menu screen would be bigger than the screen size by about 1/2 foot on each side but when the movie played, the screen image was the exact size of the screen...is it supposed to be that way?
12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Please help me find LOOONNNG S-video cable on: October 17, 2006, 06:26:50 am
Thank you all!  The prices don't seem to bad either...I'm thinking with the sound...since I don't have a separate receiver and speakers, I could sub my outdoor wireless speakers?  The only problem...they sound distored when sound is too loud and I'm wondering how they handle dialogue?  They are those speakers from Sharper Image...the antenna is connected to our receiver in the house...I guess I'm just going to have to test it out to see!
13  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Wrinkles on: October 17, 2006, 06:06:42 am
The sun helps with the misc wrinkles you might have but not too much with the folds from having the screen folded before set up.  To tell you the truth, it's such a non-issue once the movie starts (I had to strain to try to see any of the folds and only was able to see one when I stood close up and at an angle).
14  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Please help me find LOOONNNG S-video cable on: October 16, 2006, 12:59:19 pm
Hello all,

Still enjoying the site especially the new pics of set-ups.  We took a break to go camping and some other things..excited to start back up again...the weather is perfect here now in the evenings.  I thought that I'd like to maybe try hooking up a long S-video cable from our DVR in the house to the projector outside....trying to figure out the sound part though...that would be another cable needed from the DVR to speakers outside?  Since I typically play DVDs outside on a "home theater in a box" system, where the DVD player and speaker are integrated...what would be my best bet in getting the sound from my DVR inside to outside along with the video feed thru the S-video?  I was looking on ebay, would this be the kind of s-video cable I would need?  Does ebay have the best prices or should I look elsewhere too?  What would be the best sound options?

http://cgi.ebay.com/202215-50-ft-S-Video-M-F-Cable_W0QQitemZ250038802368QQihZ015QQcategoryZ15066QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

15  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Comments on my Gemmy on: October 06, 2006, 12:39:47 pm
I know there are a myriad of ways to deal with tightening guy lines..it just would've been nice that the company that made the Gemmy could've thought of incorporating something like that...you know, right out of the box.  I didn't want to do a review and then have tons of gerry rigging...besides, I had to have some kind of negatives to report...and this is really the only thing, other than if you want to complain about fan noise...in the quiet parts of the movie, the noise DID come to my attention...

So for someone comparning the SIMA and the Gemmy...those are some good points to consider (as the SIMA's fan is turned off after it is blown up)...what is the size of the SIMA again?  Plus, SIMA has speakers...hmmmm...
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