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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Berkeley Street Cinema on: April 03, 2011, 11:11:43 pm
I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.
We haven't had a movie night in about two years, because my wife had developed ALS, a progressive neuromuscular disease, and it all seemed like too much to deal with. Well, even though she is wheelchair bound and unable to use her arms, she still loves movies, and inspired me to start movie nights again.
I went to try and clean my screen and it fell apart. Not wanting to bother with getting a new tarp, sewing, installing grommets, etc., we decided to just buy a new one. We got the Camp Chef 120" screen from Amazon ( and set a date. Last night we showed "Tangled" (a great movie, I might add) and it was a big hit!
We're planning another one in two weeks, "Morning Glory". Haven't seen it but it looks good, plus it's PG-13, our self-imposed limit for outdoor movie.
The screen was great! The movie looked much better on it than on the old one, and setup/teardown was pretty easy to do by myself. Definitely a good purchase.
Here are some blurry cell phone pics.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What can I expect? on: February 07, 2008, 12:43:13 pm
My projector has the same resolution, and I project onto a 12' wide screen. It looks great. Standard DVDs are the same resolution, so you will be fine. If you are going to use Blu-ray or HD-DVD, you would want a PJ with higher resolution.

3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What can I expect? on: February 07, 2008, 11:26:07 am
You can expect to have an awful lot of fun, that's for sure.
You can expect to upgrade your sound. You don't have to go with a full 5.1 system. I use an old surround receiver with a subwoofer output to run two stereo speakers and a powered subwoofer, and it sounds great.
You can expect to not care about the setup/takedown time, as it's just part of the whole experience.
You can expect your friends and family to ask, "How did you think of that?".
You can expect to become obsessed with popcorn.
You can expect to spend a lot of time figuring out how to make everything better.
You can expect to buy a bunch of movie trailer and cartoon DVDs.
Any more out there?
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Movies shown on: January 21, 2008, 05:35:23 pm
In no particular order, we have shown:
Rumor Has It (very funny, older crowd loved it)
School Of Rock
Independence Day
The Lion King
The Music Man
Ghost Rider
The Incredibles
The Rookie

We had a test run last night, everything still works but it's still a little cold here in Bakersfield (50 degrees by 9 PM). Probably start up in mid-to late-February. I can't wait!

5  Backyard Theater discussions / Pre-show reels, stills, clips, tools and discussion / Re: Goofy!! on: January 04, 2008, 12:56:48 pm
Went and saw National Treasure and there was a great preshow of Goofy and Home Theater.  If anyone knows where to buy that please let me know!!

This short was created new for this movie. It's the first Goofy "How-To" in many years. I expect it will be included on the inevitable DVD release of "National Treasure: Book of Secrets". Great movie, BTW, and sure to be a backyard hit in a few months!

6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Backyard Theater on Fox 11 (Los Angeles) Wednesday night on: September 05, 2007, 08:13:40 am
Thanks, Mike!

7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: How cold is Too COLD? on: August 25, 2007, 11:33:59 pm
We showed a couple of movies in early spring and it got down to the low 50s. Perfect cuddle-up-in-a-blanket weather!

8  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Does anyone exceed their "Throw Distance" on: August 21, 2007, 06:09:09 pm
Hmmm...I wonder if you could go the reverse route and make it possible to fill your screen from a shorter distance. Would make seating arrangements easier...

9  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Which films draw large groups? on: August 17, 2007, 11:10:47 am

I can't wait to see how next week (August 4) goes; we're showing The Lion King.

I'll let you all know.


Oops, almost forgot. The Lion King attendance was 18. Next movie: Grease, in mid-September as my wife, a vice-principal at an elementary school, is getting back to school and has been very busy. Not to mention everyone else is busy with back-to-school stuff, too. Response has been entusiastic for Grease whenever I've mentioned it to anyone, so it might be a big hit.

10  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: full-screen vs. wide-screen on: August 13, 2007, 11:07:07 am
That is classic!
I'm all for widescreen, digital, HD, everything. Bring it on! I can't stand seeing pan&scan movies, even on a small screen. Give me letterbox, original aspect ratio every time. My wife has even become an aspect ratio snob...gotta love that! It made getting an HDTV much easier.  Cheesy

11  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Weekend of August 11 on: August 10, 2007, 02:00:38 am
Is anyone showing anything this week? I'm in Spokane for my wife's 20-year high school reunion, so none for me.

12  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Best DVD for audio effects? on: August 10, 2007, 01:58:08 am
"Twister" is one of my favorites for surround sound - I love to hear the cow fly around the truck. There's all kinds of wind, debris, crashing, etc. to satisfy surround fans and show off your system.

13  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Weekend of August 4th... on: August 05, 2007, 02:07:21 pm
We had 16 (counting my wife and me) for The Lion King. I forget what a great movie that is, and it's even better on the "big" screen.
Everyone enjoyed the movie; we even had a few people who had never seen it!
The only problem was the default play mode is the "Special Edition" which features a new song. You have to navigate the menus to get to the theatrical cut. Other than that, the evening went off without a hitch. I can't wait for next time!

14  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Weekend of August 4th... on: August 01, 2007, 09:21:33 pm
We're going to show "The Lion King" Saturday. I'm hoping for a big crowd with the family movie, and the weather looks like it's going to cool down a bit in the evening.

15  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Vacation Pics on: July 26, 2007, 11:31:41 pm
After a few days in NH, we went south to Atlanta to see a couple of Braves games at Turner Field (we've seen them at Dodger Stadium which is 2 hours away from us, but wanted to see them at home). One of the most impressive things at the ballpark is BravesVision, their "Jumbotron"-type screen. It measures 80' x 72', and they bill it as "the world's largest high definition video board". It is incredibly bright, even visible in full sun! I know it's smaller than an IMAX screen, but it'd sure be fun to watch a movie on (as long as it's letterboxed  Cheesy  )
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