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Old 05-22-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Dont see where this is covered somewhere else. I recently purchased a inexpensive projector from epson to use when camping and outdoor movie nights for the family. My plan is to make my own portable screen using PVC pipe and some kind of material. I plan on keeping the 16:9 aspect ratio for HDMI screen size and am thinking of 7 x 4 which should be pretty close. The goal is to keep it as cheap as I can get away with. Has anyone done this before and if so, what kind of material did you use for the screen? I am actually thinking of a white satin sheet backed by a black sheet. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 05-22-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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The one I carry in the camper is a pull-up screen from Epson. I have one of their first Moviemates. At home I have a 19'x9' screen I made from a white cotton fabric that is fairly thick. Works great.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:27 PM   #6
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We have a 2014 Salem 32bhds, the outside kitchen door is perfectly flat and plain white. Works perfect as a screen

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Although not necessarily cheap, I would give another nod to the Camp Chef portable screens. I got a great deal off of Amazon on our 12 foot one.

We have had several movie nights (A Christmas Story, Despicable Me 2) at one of our local state parks. The park even lets us use an unoccupied camp site for the showing. We made sure to invite the entire campground to the movies, as even though not a lot did come...NOBODY complained since they were invited in the first place.

We have done this all during the colder months and when it got dark earlier so the movie wouldn't go past quiet time in the park. I also haven't tried it yet in the warmer months to see if the projector light attracts bugs down here in the Deep South.

The reason I really like the Camp Chef OS-144 is the rear projection capability. When showing a movie with a larger crowd, and normal forward projecting, people have to sit to the sides really so when they move around (as they will get up a lot) they don't get in front of the projector (unless you have a way to mount the projector high). The OS-144 has a removable back side, that once you un-velcro it, you can set up the projector BEHIND the screen for rear projection. The EPSON projector I have, has a setting that you just change on the projector that reverses the image for rear projection. This way the projector is behind the screen and the audience can sit directly in front of the screen, and won't interfere with the projection.

I place the projector, dvd player, and a cheap audio receiver with long speaker wire/speakers (you need to have good sound to hear it outside) on a table behind the screen, where it's all out of site, and out of the way. The black back that you undo to allow rear projection, you then just let hang down underneath the screen and it blocks all the light from the projector that the audience might see from underneath the screen......depending on the viewing angle. It all works fantastic.

I have some pics somewhere and will be glad to show you if you like.

Like I stated earlier, it's not necessarily the cheapest route, which I also wanted to go with originally, but I am glad I did spend the money, and get the OS-144. Another benefit of it, especially with it's own frame and such , is when we set it up inside the house a lot when my son has overnight company. You haven't seen more happier kids when they get to play their video games on a 12 foot hooking the game systems thru the projector.

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I am going to take the opposing opinion here...

First off, I love the immersive movie experience. Look at my blog under "theater" to see how far I overdid it. But I well and truly wish people would leave those things at home.

Three times now, I have camped at a place near where some person had a projector setup. And twice, the people came around telling me how they were having a "movie night" for the kids. The other time they just did their own thing. But each time, there was literally 25-35 people crammed into a campsite to watch the movie. The noise of the movie, the screaming/laughing kids and light from the projector pretty much ruined my favorite activity of sitting around a nice campfire and trying to metabolize alcohol. One family even played a different movie all 3 nights we were there.

I hate to be the "you kids get off my lawn" type of person, but my thinking is, If you want to watch movies, stay home and watch them. Or if nothing else, a lot of campgrounds have some sort of amphitheater or public space for that sort of thing. Use it, rather than the lot next to someone who just wants a quite evening with Capt. Morgan.

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #10
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At home I just use a white thicker fabric to watch movies. I was thinking of using the same when I go camping, except maybe sewing a slot I could slide a broomstick or pipe along the bottom to add a little weight to stretch it out more and be a little more wind resistant. Not sure how that'll work though, haven't tried it yet.

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