Projector People Customer Featured in Sunset Magazine

Last month we told you about Brian Ten, a Projector People customer whose outdoor theater was featured in the LA Times.

Now, Brian’s backyard is getting some loving from Sunset Magazine.

With our help, Brian and his wife, Rika Houston, transformed their yard from ho-hum to an outdoor family room. They wanted a space where they could spend quality time with their kids. Now their yard is used for everything from homework to fundraisers, community movie nights to meetings.

In Sunset, Brian shares his tips for hiding wires and toys, mounting speakers and even which flowers add a nice scent to the outdoor theater.

Check out the spread below. (Just click on the image to see the full-size version in a new window.)

Want to get in on the backyard theater fun? Check out our outdoor theater sale. We discounted prices on our most popular backyard theater projectors and outdoor screens.

You don’t have to be featured in the news to be featured on this blog. Have a projector project you want to show off? Email us at

Five Tips for Your First Outdoor Theater Party

The single, hands-down, most awesome quality of projectors is that they are essentially movie theaters with a handle.

Think about it: home theater projectors provide images up to 300-inches diagonal yet typically weigh less than 25 pounds. You can tuck them under your arm and go anywhere.

Try doing that with a flat screen!

Perhaps that’s why we’re such goofballs when it comes to outdoor theater season. Setting up a movie theater in our backyards epitomizes everything we love about projectors: their portability and image quality and size.

Sundance movie deck theater projection
Reason #24,521 why we love projectors. They are essentially movie theaters with a handle. Try setting your flat screen up outside!

Okay. You didn’t come here to read a love letter to projectors. You want tips on setting up your first outdoor theater.

Here are the five points we always cover with outdoor theater first-timers.

Outdoor Theater Tips:

#1: Get a Bright Projector

Projectors are getting brighter and cheaper. When Projector People launched in 1999, the first projector we sold was a 650-lumen Epson for $5,999.

Now you can get more than 10 times that brightness for less than a third of the price.

We recommend you buy a projector that has at least 2,000 lumens. You can snag a decent home theater model for less than $400, or spend a little more and get something really high-end. Use our projector finder or just give us a call at 1-888-248-0675 to find out what’s bright and priced right.

#2: Invest in an Outdoor Screen

Elite’s Yard Master screen is an affordable upgrade to the white sheet most first-timers use in their outdoor theater.

Sure, you could hang a sheet between two trees and use that as your outdoor screen. For many years we recommended this technique to first-time outdoor theater buyers.

But just recently Elite Screens released several outdoor screens that are ridiculously affordable and easy to use.

Elite’s DIY Portable Outdoor Screen is basically a panel of cinema-quality material rigged with grommets that allow you to strap it to your garage, trees, pole supports, etc.

What makes this screen way better than a typical white sheet is its 1.1 gain matte surface. The material is textured to avoid hot-spotting and provide better colors and a wider viewing angle. Bonus: these bad boys start at $89.

If you prefer a free-standing screen, check out the Elite Yard Master series. These set up in minutes and feature a durable, rain-or-shine construction. They start at $199.

Tip: Give us a call to get the best price on a projector and screen combo.

#3: Don’t Forget the Audio!

You got your bright projector. Your Elite screen. You’re ready to go, right?


You’ll need some sort of audio to ensure your audience can hear what’s going on on the screen. You could grab your computer speakers and bring those outside or you could invest in quality outdoor speakers.

The simplest option is look for a projector that includes built-in audio. The Epson Presenter features speakers and a built-in DVD player. The Epson MegaPlex MG50 has speakers and an iPhone/iPad dock.

The more features on the projector, the less accessories you have to buy.

Epson presenter outdoor theater projector
The Epson Presenter showing sports on a garage door in the daytime. The Presenter has built-in audio and a DVD player.

#4: Don’t Charge Admission!

We know. It’s so tempting. You have this awesome outdoor space. How cool would it be to make a few bucks off it?

Resist the temptation. Charging money to show a Hollywood movie without the proper licensing can land you in big trouble. You could get smacked with a large fine and even sent to jail.

Ask people to bring beer instead.

#5: Don’t Keep Your Questions to Yourself!

To learn more, read over our outdoor theater buyer’s guide and then give us a call. The person you’ll speak to is probably planning his or her outdoor theater right now…..

Your turn!

What advice would you give to someone who was setting up an outdoor theater for the first time?

Save on B-Stock Projectors. Same Projector. New Low Price.

Psst. Want to save more than $350 on some of our most popular Epson home theater projectors? Go B-stock!

Our line of Epson B-stock projectors are exactly the same as the original models. They retain their full manufacturer warranty but cost just a fraction of the original price.

What gives? Epson may have used these projectors for a factory demonstration or an event like a tradeshow. Because these projectors have a few hours on them, we can’t sell them at the same price as their brand spanking new counterparts – even though they’re the exact same projectors.

These are not refurbished units. Supplies are very limited.

Our B-stock models include:

Epson HC8350 B-stock 

HD (1920 x 1080), 50,000:1 contrast, 2,000 lumens.    

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Epson MG850HD B-stock       

WXGA (1280 x 800), 3,000:1 contrast, 2,800 lumens, built-in iPad and iPhone dock.

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Epson MovieMate85HD B-stock          

WXGA (1280 x 800), 3,000:1 contrast, 2,500 lumens, built-in DVD/music player combo. 

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Epson Presenter B-stock 

WXGA (1280 x 800), 3,000:1 contrast, 2,500 lumens, built-in DVD/music player combo.
Practically brand new projectors at a fraction of the original price? What are you waiting for? Call 1-888-248-0675 to learn more.

Pinspiration: Our Favorite Outdoor Theaters on Pinterest

Outdoor theater season is here! This is our favorite time of year.

We projector experts have a bit of an office competition going to see who can host the best backyard theater party. So far Rich is in the lead, but Matt just moved into a new house with a pool. We’ll see how his upcoming party stacks up against the rest.

Want to get in on the outdoor theater fun? Let us help! Check out our outdoor theater Pinterest board »

We compiled some of our favorite setups from around the interwebs. From white sheets hung between trees to elaborate pool-side setups, you’re sure to find some great ideas for your next outdoor event.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Our Dream Outdoor Theater

Pool + projector = pure joy.

pool outdoor theater

Our dream outdoor theater, sent in by a customer.

Proof That Outdoor Theater Can Be Incredibly Easy

Throw a sheet between two trees, grab your projector and TA-DA! it’s movie night.

easy outdoor theater

Great photo from

Our Favorite DIY Outdoor Theater

Hang some lights, grab a few throw pillows and give your yard an instant upgrade.

easy outdoor theater

Great DIY project from

See more on our outdoor theater Pinterest board »

PS – Save on all our outdoor theater projectors, screens and accessories during our summer outdoor theater sale »

Projectors for Photographers and Image Snobs

Some people think projectors are only for displaying movies or Excel sheets. Not the case. 
A projector is a powerful tool for your portfolio.
A projector can be a powerful branding tool. This is especially true for photographers, artists and others who want to show off their work to potential clients.
A crisp, big image will not only help display photographs and artwork, it will also help sell them!
We’ve worked with tons of beginner and professional artists and photographers to help them add a projector to their branding portfolio. See below for some of our more popular models, then give us a call at 1-888-248-0675 to find the perfect projector for your budget and needs.
  • 2,500 lumens
  • Glass lens for improved images
  • LCOS for top-of-the-line color and the smoothest image

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  • 3,500 lumens
  • LCD technology provides lifelike color
  • Widescreen format for showing off your digital images

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  • 3,200 lumens
  • Perfect for beginners and professionals alike
  • Get a free lamp for a limited time

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Find the perfect projector for you. Call us at 1-888-248-0675 today.