Outdoor Movie Screen
Not sure if this is a tip / trick, or where this belongs. Please help move if necessary.
A couple years ago, I decided it would be awesome to show movies to our youth group on Youth Group Camping Trips (My wife is our church's Full Time Director of Christian Education) I got this idea from a friend who made a make shift movie screen in his basement using king sized sheets.
I took two Walmart brand king sized sheets. We just bought the top sheets, one black, and one white. We sewed them together, with a pocket at the top for a board to hang the unit by and a stitch down the middle to help hold the sheets together. I bought a premium 1x2 (completely straight and sanded) and inserted it through the top pocket, and I use standard awning light hangers / hooks to hang the screen. I used fishing string around the board but I did buy a couple of small eye-hook screws so I can hook it up with those (if I would ever screw them into the board). The whole set-up weighs less then 7 pounds so it doesn't hurt the awning at all. The reason to use a white sheet and a black is so the white projects the image, the black keeps it from continuing. There are some weights sewn into the bottom to keep it from blowing, but if I made a new one, I'd install a packet at the bottom where I could install another board similar to the top, and use tent stakes to keep the wind from moving it.
For the projector, I bought a cheap unit off the internet, and then use an old computer speaker set with subwoofer. We usually use the laptop to play movies/dvd's, or our iphones or ipad if the movie we wish to watch has been ripped to those devices. We bought a cable for the ipad/iphones from Best Buy. We also bought a digital tv converter and use that with the projector for football games or other network tv. We have Dish Network HD as well, but usually only set-up if raining and if raining... usually not outside on the screen.
The whole thing takes about 10-15 minutes to set-up wish it was quicker, but you still have a few things to connect. I have also thought about buying (off Craigslist) a dvd / home theater set-up as they seem to be selling for around 100.00. I think they would sound better then the computer speakers and you get a dvd all in one combo which might take 5 minutes or so off the set-up time.
Nothing like watching a movie or sporting event on 107" out camping!