We’ve talked about the awesomeness of watching movies outside. We’re going to tell you about how we chose the best outdoor movie screen. We started with the overall goal — get as big as a screen as we possibly could get. Easy right? We use a hanging screen that can be easy wound up into a long movie screen log.
Our overall plan was to watch the streaming movie from our backyard patio … it has a roof, so we wanted to be able to watch the movie in the patio on our comfortable furniture.
Choosing a Screen Type
Many vendors sell white white colored tarp and you hang it with grommets. I didn’t think that would give a good streaming movie experience. We really wanted a movie screen. In this area, there are various types of screens but they have reflective. I have a short throw projector which could show a few wrinkles on reflective screens so I narrowed it down to low reflectivity screens. Finally I settled on a reflective level of 1.1
Unframed Movie Screen Dilemma
We first started thinking about getting a screen like the photo above. It was less expensive. But the problem was that once I installed it onto a frame, it would have been difficult to store — if I left it outside, then it would have gotten dirty. Keeping it in the garage? No way, it was too big. Pretty much a tough plan here. The positive thing was that it was inexpensive. An alternative with this type of screen would be that I would just hang it from the ceiling of our porch roof, but then it would get wrinkled and really not display the movie well.
Pull Down Movie Screen
I determined this was my best bet. A pull down wa
s easy to store, you could get them pretty large … I was hoping to find one that was around 130″ or 140″ diagonal. There were some outdoor screens but they were pretty expensive. So I found a manual pull down movie screen that was made by Elite Screens, who tends to have a large presence in the movie screen market. I settled on the Elite Screens Manual 135 inch Projector Screen.