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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
#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…..
What advice would you give to someone who was setting up an outdoor theater for the first time?
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.
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.
Some people think projectors are only for displaying movies or Excel sheets. Not the case.
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 at1-888-248-0675 to find the perfect projector for your budget and needs.