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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "woods theater" on: September 14, 2005, 07:35:01 pm
The screen is located about 100 yards through the woods and down a path from my house. It could be broken down quickly and easily. I had to take the canvas off once and wash it. Took about 30 minutes to put it back together. I'm thinking of color coding the pvc sections so when I take it down for winter it will be easy to put it back up next spring. It is Michigan, after all.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Inexpensive screen setup on: September 10, 2005, 10:22:27 pm
I used an $18 Home Depot canvas cloth and some PVC pipe to build my "Woods Theatre" and there is a thread about it floating around here. Total cost was about $50. It is the 9 x 12 dimension you desire.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 30, 2005, 11:21:48 am
Is a 15 pin d-sub to component the cable that has what looks to be a computer monitor connection on one end and the 3 component video (rca type) connections on the other end? I think this is what I need for component video. Are the results from component clearly better than s-video for an outdoor setup?
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 29, 2005, 03:15:32 pm
I am somewhat of a newbie to all of this. I don't even remember how I found avsforum. I got the idea of doing an outdoor movie setup from attending a neighbor's 75th birthday. They used a projector and a sheet to show a powerpoint presentation with photo's from her life. I thought it was really nice and the idea hit me that showing a movie like that would be fun.

Yesterday I made my Woods Theatre a little more permanent. I bought a cheap DVD player and a plastic storage cabinet. I put the equipment in the cabinet and have everything but the projector ready to go. I need a long s-video cable now and I won't need to drag much out there to show movies. Fall is coming and the campfire will be needed.

The thing about the avsforum is that it seems like they argue endlessly over nit picking little things, like what kind of paint or mixtures of paint are better. Jeez, can't you just enjoy a movie? Since my setup is the only one I have ever seen I have nothing to compare it against. Maybe that is a good thing.

Maybe you will be able to give me some advice when I start finishing my basement.
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 29, 2005, 02:31:49 pm
I think the picture is great. It is opaque so rear projection is not an option. It can be cleaned with just about anything as it is intended for use in a shower or bath environment. I doubt the sun will fade it but as you can see I am in a pretty shaded area. The parkland can be rolled when not in a frame. If you don't roll it too tight it won't kink or wrinkle. Spend some time at the DIY Screen forum at and you will read many posts extolling the results when using Parkland Plastic products. Parkland sells a sheet for home theater screen use. It is 5' x 8' for over $60. It is the same material as the $13 sheet.
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 29, 2005, 12:17:49 pm
It isn't heavy at all. The screen material is very lightweight plastic and the frame/legs are just lightweight firring strips. I bet the whole things doesn't weigh 15 pounds. I can easily take this down and put it back up by just removing the bungees. I haven't had any extremely windy days yet but it has held up well though some rain storms.
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 26, 2005, 09:24:38 pm
Here is a view from another section of the deck, behind the screen, showing the whole deck theater section.

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8  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 26, 2005, 09:22:46 pm
A closer look:

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9  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "Deck Theatre" on: August 26, 2005, 09:18:29 pm
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If you look closely between the two brown chairs you will see the glass top table I use for the projector.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / My "Deck Theatre" on: August 26, 2005, 09:17:03 pm
After the "woods Theater" experience I found that many people had designed similar projects. I started reading posts over at the DIY screen board. People over there were posting very favorable results using sheets of Parkland Plastic. I checked around and my local Menards had a 4 x 8 sheet for about $13. I bought one sheet, 8 firring strips (.99c each) and a box of black screws for $3.00. I also bought one can of black spray paint for another $3.

I painted the (Cool 8 foot firring strips black and left them to dry overnite. I assembled a frame by laying one of the 8' firring strips underneath the 4' left edge of the Parkland and then I layed another over the top of the left edge sandwiching the Parkland in between. I used the edge of the Parkland to line everything up. I put a few wood screws in to hold the now left side of the frame together. This made the screen at the top of the firring strip frame and left 4' below the screen for legs. I then cut 4 of the firring strips to 85". I started at the top and repeated the lining up and sandwiching process I described for the left edge. I repeated this for the bottom. Last I took the two remaining firring strips and layed them on what would become the right side of the screen. I traced them with a pencil, removed them, and cut the Parkland using scissors. I then finished by joining the last two firring strips together with the Parkland in between. I went around the frame and drilled a black screw in every foot or so. This now left a black frame with two legs. I took the screen out to my deck and used bungee cords to secure it to my deck spindles.

I use an Epson S1= projector, a portable DVD player, and a Yamaha sub/sat computer speaker set for sound. I have two nive outdoor Yamaha speakers on my deck but they are not in the correct position. You can see them in one of the pictures behind a plant by the door to our kitchen.

This setup looks nice and functions wonderfully. Pictures begin in the next post.
11  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "woods theater" on: August 26, 2005, 08:59:04 pm
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12  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My "woods theater" on: August 26, 2005, 08:58:18 pm
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13  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / My "woods theater" on: August 26, 2005, 08:56:09 pm
I posted this info on another forum and a reply to one of my posts brought me here. Last summer i bought an Epson S1+ projector and used it to show movies out in what I consider my back yard. I live in the woods of Michigan. We have a clearing about 50 yards from our house and we had constructed a fire pit with rocks from our creek and then put railroad timbers around it for seating. We set up a shower curtain between two trees and used Yamaha computer speakers and a portable dvd player with the Epson to show the movies. Everyone always had a great time with this really basic setup. I started mulling over what I could do to make the setup better. Here is what I came up with:

I purchased some PVC pipe and connectors from Home Depot - apx $30
I bought a 9 x 12 white painters canvas tarp from Home Depot - apx $18
I bought some plastic aligator grommets - Apx $10
I had some bungees and rope around the house already.
I mounted some Advent outdoor speakers on two trees and hauled an Ebay purchased $20 old 70's style receiver out there.

I made a frame out of the PVC and stretched the canvas over it. I pounded some rebar into the ground and mounted my new screen.

It has worked wonderfully. It is a 4:3 setup but it is so big that even widescreen looks great. I really like the image on the canvas. The colors are deep and the two seams disappear once the movie starts.

Pictures begin in next post.
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