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Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 13 Mar 2007 13:00 #22476

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I'm working with a local non-profit to try to get a weekend of outdoor cinema happening, and because they left it a little late to book a rental package, they're thinking about buying a low end/second hand projector/screen package instead.

I've done my research on this as best as I can - I know what some rental suppliers generally recommend for an event to be seen by 500 people (24 ft screen, 3000 lumens projector, five 300-watt speakers seems to be a solid average), but this non-profit really doesn't have a lot of cash for purchasing equipment ($10k seems to be their high end), so my question is, what is the barest bones set-up one could use to show a film to 500 folks after dark without them demanding their money back?

And what should I look for in a second hand projector in terms of technology?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 14 Mar 2007 00:02 #22477

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Most cinema equipment dealers have tons of good used equipment in their warehouses. Many will wheel and deal a great package deal.

You'll need a pedestal, xenon lamphouse, xenon power supply, projector head, sound head, platter and guide rollers, splicer, and a sound rack. For that size screen I'd say a 2,500 watt xenon lamphouse should work.
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 14 Mar 2007 00:53 #22478

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I probably should have mentioned the word 'digital' somewhere there before 'projector'.

I figure projecting from digital (outdoors) might bring a whole stack of issues that one wouldn't encounter with 35mm equipment, and that's where I'm a little lost.
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 15 Mar 2007 00:23 #22479

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Oh, I didn't know they wanted to cheap out and do videos.
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 15 Mar 2007 12:43 #22480

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Well, the thinking is that it would be easier to buy a video set-up, use it occasionally indoors and annually for the outdoor weekend, and be able to stow it away when not in use.

35mm projector with platter... not so simple.

I'm just wondering what I should be looking for in a digi-projector so that the picture on the screen doesn't look like a sponge painting.
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 22 Mar 2007 15:58 #22481

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HollywoodOz:
<B>I'm working with a local non-profit to try to get a weekend of outdoor cinema happening, and because they left it a little late to book a rental package, they're thinking about buying a low end/second hand projector/screen package instead.

I've done my research on this as best as I can - I know what some rental suppliers generally recommend for an event to be seen by 500 people (24 ft screen, 3000 lumens projector, five 300-watt speakers seems to be a solid average), but this non-profit really doesn't have a lot of cash for purchasing equipment ($10k seems to be their high end), so my question is, what is the barest bones set-up one could use to show a film to 500 folks after dark without them demanding their money back?

And what should I look for in a second hand projector in terms of technology?

Thanks in advance. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm e-mailing you some information on a couple who helped my non-profit out with their Mobile Movie set-up--very inexpensive and they handle concessions.

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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 23 Mar 2007 13:46 #22482

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Thanks cft, but I'm in the Northwest, and am really looking to buy rather than rent.

Appreciate the effort though!
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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 29 Mar 2007 09:05 #22483

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HollywoodOz:
<B>Thanks cft, but I'm in the Northwest, and am really looking to buy rather than rent.

Appreciate the effort though!
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I didn't realize you were so far away! Actually, you may call them just to see how they obtained their equipment. It is extremely user-friendly and compact. It takes about 30 minutes to set up everything and adjust, a little longer to tear down.
The equipment paid for itself in no time. The owner bought a little truck with a lift to keep it all in when it's not in use. Your non-profit may even be able to rent it out to other events to help offset the costs!

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Re: Outdoor cinema - what to look for in a projector? 17 Jul 2012 07:28 #38884

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i am also interested in Mobile outdoor cinema. Can you please send me the setup details.

Thanks,
Richi
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