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« on: May 29, 2008, 03:16:25 pm »

This web site saved me a lot of money. We belong to a small campground and wanted to bring some much needed entertainment but wanted something "different" To pull this off, i needed to have a portable system that i could also use at home to justify the cost to my wife.

After spending $500 on the projector i needed a cheap screen. So we tried the old tarp idea. NO good! we saw every wrinkle and the picture wasnt good. Then i spent days going through this web site and stole enough ideas to make this work.

First, we used Black out cloth from joann's and seamed it together. We don't sew, so we used a craft material spray on glue and reinforced it with white duct tape on the back. When a movies playing, you cant see it at all.

Second, the frame. Made out if 1 1/4" pvc with lengths no greater than 48". This way my frame can fit into a 50" duffle bag for ease of transporting. We color coded every piece with colored duct tape and labled using just our abc's and 123's. It sets up in about 1/2 in hour and tear down in about 15 minutes. I connected all the legs to make it more secure.

Lastly, we connected the screen to the frame using 12" bungees. The grommets we added to the BOC have not had any problems with giving way. We folded the boc and put the 3/8 grommets through both sections. The nice thing about the frame design is that you can roll the frame on its back, attach the screen, then lift back into place all by yourself. This keeps the screen from being put on the ground.

I used a nady pa system for sound (i had for DJing) and a cheap dvd player from walmart.

The first showing at home went great with our neighbors being wowed!! Started with classic ads dvd and showed BEE movie. Even the ones who said no thanks were on theor porch watching by the end.

The first showing at the campground went without a hitch. We sold the classic movie candy and popcorn. Watched the ads and had bugs bunny cartoons before we watched alvin and the chipmunks. Nothing but praises.

So thank you everyone for your help and ideas. I just couldn't have done it with out ya!!!





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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 03:21:44 pm »

that is a BEAUTIFUL looking screen.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 03:23:51 pm »

thank you. i'm glad i had a lot of help from here.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 03:33:00 pm »

Awesome screen design.  I particularly like the stand.  In fact, you have just made me walk over to the PVC store to consider some revisions to my design.  Be back in a while..... Smiley

Thanks,

Erik
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 03:41:18 pm »

First off, welcome. 

Great looking screen.
 
How big is it?

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 03:56:56 pm »

The screen is 12 x 8 ft. the frame is 9ft tall and about 12 1/2 ft wide. i can raise the overall height by adding extensions in 2 sections. the bottom of the frame above the legs and the area where the braces are. We had to keep the height lower in case of putting the screen in the pavillion at the campground but i am going to use my extensions for the next outdoor movie
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008, 08:14:00 pm »

Well done............ very neat and tidy.

Especially like the bottom framing and the screen tightness.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 08:59:04 pm »

Very nice and welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 10:55:32 pm »

Most excellent frame design.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 11:21:23 pm »

Welcome aboard jjjcarp!  Great frame design and build!  It reminds me of some of the soccer goal mod discussions we had a couple years ago.  This design has legs!   Grin

Best of luck to you with your campground movies.

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