How To Have The Best Movie Night Ever
With a canvas drop cloth as your screen, an outdoor theater is easier to create than you might think. Have some fun with your "concession stand." No shushing allowed!
It takes one trip to the hardware store and less than an hour to turn an ordinary drop cloth into an outdoor movie screen, says John Sullivan of Projector People, a home-theater supply company in Tampa, Florida. There is one prerequisite: a yard with two trees that are at least 10 feet apart. That's where you'll hang the screen. First use a metal-grommet kit to attach grommets to each corner of the drop cloth. Next, thread bungee cords through the rings and secure the drop cloth to the trees. You can rent a wide-screen projector with a built-in DVD player and speakers for about $85 a day (atsrentals.com). Look for one with at least 2,500 lumens to guarantee a bright enough picture, says Sullivan. For the best viewing conditions, set the projector on a small table at a distance that's 1.75 times the width of the screen. (Test it before the party so that there are no issues at go time. Also cover any exposed cords with chairs or other outdoor furniture to prevent tripping.) Think you will use a projector often and want to invest in one? Sullivan's pick is an all-in-one with a built-in DVD player and speakers: the Epson PowerLite Presenter, $850, epson.com.