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One staple of many communities’ summertime entertainment is the evening movie pool party. These events, which are typically held at municipal pools, allow folks of all ages to splash comfortably while watching family classics on a big-screen outdoor theater system. But you don’t have to wait for your city to take the initiative if you have your own pool and your own outdoor theater. And now Backyard Theater Systems offers the perfect complement to such a setup – a 12′ rear-projection screen, the latest addition to our SilverScreen lineup!

Rear-projection setups are much to be preferred if you’re planning a pool-oriented movie screening. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about all the screen shadows created by swimmers’ heads and upper bodies bobbing above the water. Secondly, you’re moving that valuable (end electric) projection equipment well away from the water, with the screen providing an extra splash barrier. Last but not least you won’t have to worry about some kid’s float turning him in the wrong direction and exposing his eyes directly to a front-projected beam of light.

Speaking of floats, you may want to make sure you have several types of floats, air mattresses, inflatable chairs and deck chairs on hand, even if you encourage the neighbors to bring their own. Insist on parental supervision for all the younger guests; this will relieve you of the need to play lifeguard throughout the screening. One final note: While you’ll obviously want to let the sun go down before firing up the projector, your guests may need some strategically-positioned light sources to help them get safely in and out of the pool.

Ready for some big-screen poolside fun this summer? Get a Backyard Theater Systems package with a rear-projection screen, grab some family films and get ready to make a big splash!

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As we’ve mentioned before, Backyard Theater Systems now offers a 12-foot rear-projection screen to complement our range of front-projection screens. Let’s look at some good reasons to consider selecting this type of setup for your outdoor theater.

One great thing about rear-projection systems is that it gets the projector out of the way. So it is great for backyards with pools. It also eliminates the possibility of people crossing in front of the projector itself. This means no more shadows passing across the screen at key moments in the presentation.

Rear-projection systems are actually easier to use with outdoor or backyard theaters than they are with indoor setups in one important respect: space utilization. In a standard indoor theater room, a rear-projection setup requires a whole additional room behind the screen area so the projector can placed sufficiently far away to get a focused image of the right size. But in a backyard theater, you’re only limited by the depth of the yard itself, and you can position the screen as needed to get the distances just right.

Brightness is one aspect of the home theater experience that’s easier to control with front projection than with rear projection. Instead of the light from the projector bouncing off the of the screen as in front projection, a rear-projected image must actually pass through the membrane of the screen, which can diminish perceived brightness slightly. You can compensate by moving the projector a little closer to the screen (trading a little image size for extra brightness) or by opting for one of our more powerful projectors. Contact us and we’ll help you make the perfect choice for your new rear-projection theater!