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First backyard movie night

Old 07-31-2017, 05:37 AM
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We just did our first backyard movie night. It went surprisingly well. The kids loved it and the picture was amazingly good for it being a cheap projector. I bought a screen off Amazon for about 40 bucks and a projector for 80 bucks on prime day. For the frame for the screen I used 1/2 inch metal conduit and a conduit bender. Very easy and durable. For sound I already had a Ion Tailgater speaker that is battery powered and very loud. We use the Ion for drive in movies.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:56 AM
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I bought a 16 ft screen from Carls. It is a fan favorite
https://www.carlofet.com/
Also this is a great outdoor theater web site
http://backyardtheater.com/forums/
We have a popcorn machine and surround sound set up. Still waiting to make a marque sign. Enjoy
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
We just did our first backyard movie night. It went surprisingly well. The kids loved it and the picture was amazingly good for it being a cheap projector. I bought a screen off Amazon for about 40 bucks and a projector for 80 bucks on prime day. For the frame for the screen I used 1/2 inch metal conduit and a conduit bender. Very easy and durable. For sound I already had a Ion Tailgater speaker that is battery powered and very loud. We use the Ion for drive in movies.
That's amazing ya'll can do that in SC without getting bombarded by mosquitoes.
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First thing I thought about.....would love to but would get killed by mosquitoes

Great job!!
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that's fancy! we just pin a sheet to the side of the shed. 40 bucks is tough to beat though.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:17 AM
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That's amazing ya'll can do that in SC without getting bombarded by mosquitoes.
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Bought the same unit from Amazon plus the converter \ iPhone adapter. Planned to use it for my daughters bday party this past weekend. But, it was a flop - couldn't get it working. Unit would not accept any of our inputs (HDMI, USB, etc.). Unfortunately we are past our return date with Amazon but I plan to pursue it as we are out $100 + already. Glad yours worked out as it seems like a cool gadget.
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We do same thing, but mosquitoes are a problem here in florida, so its all inside the pool enclosure!! Works great with our setup which is bluray player and amp in media closet, just unplug tv hdmi cable and plug in a 50 ft one going out to projector, turn off channel.a.on amp.and channel b on, all sound is on pool speakers, kids love it as they can be in the pool and watch movies while adults sit around the cooler table! Lol
Also works great at halloween, we move it to front yard and project a kid friendly halloween movie onto garage door, just hang out in driveway handing out candy!
The first year i had it i downloaded some scary clips and projected them onto the shear curtain on dining room window from inside, apparently that scared quiet a few little kids, so stopped doing that.
Theres so many fun things you can do with the projector, get creative and enjoy it!!!
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:23 AM
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that's fancy! we just pin a sheet to the side of the shed. 40 bucks is tough to beat though.
Pretty reasonable for a 120 inch screen. Seems well made. I did install grommets for mounting it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SZLNUEY..._L4YFzbHY5JVC1
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary - CFL View Post
Bought the same unit from Amazon plus the converter \ iPhone adapter. Planned to use it for my daughters bday party this past weekend. But, it was a flop - couldn't get it working. Unit would not accept any of our inputs (HDMI, USB, etc.). Unfortunately we are past our return date with Amazon but I plan to pursue it as we are out $100 + already. Glad yours worked out as it seems like a cool gadget.
Ouch! I got the dbpower 1500 lumen one. At least it has a 3 year warranty. If it works for that long I will be happy. I did not want to spend much on the setup for something that I was not sure we would like. So far so good though
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We live several blocks form a park and they did family movie night. They had no clue how many people would show up. It became one big traffic jam and if you got there early you were trapped. Made me wonder if drive ins could come back.
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Bifen!
That's what I did this year twice and haven't felt a nooseeum yet. Very few mosquitos, may put out one more round.

Great setup though, looks great and makes good memories!!
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Originally Posted by Gary - CFL View Post
Bought the same unit from Amazon plus the converter \ iPhone adapter. Planned to use it for my daughters bday party this past weekend. But, it was a flop - couldn't get it working. Unit would not accept any of our inputs (HDMI, USB, etc.). Unfortunately we are past our return date with Amazon but I plan to pursue it as we are out $100 + already. Glad yours worked out as it seems like a cool gadget.
Did you happen to make this purchase with an American Express card?
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