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It’s every outdoor movie enthusiast’s nightmare. You’ve selected a great evening’s entertainment, invited all your friends, prepared food and drink – then an unexpected storm appears, and that’s the end of your big evening. But with the Silverscreen Indoor/Outdoor Series from Backyard Theater Systems, it doesn’t have to be!

The huge advantage of this particular backyard theater packages is clear from its name. The Indoor/Outdoor Series works equally for indoor gatherings or smaller outdoor showings. Bigger packages, including our own Showcase and Recreational Series, feature screens with a diagonal length of 12 to 20 feet. This makes cinematic epics seem bigger than ever, but when the great outdoors becomes not-so-great due to extreme temperatures or foul weather, you may not be able to bring a setup that size into your home to keep the fun times rolling.

Our Indoor/Outdoor series includes a 1.3 gain matte-white screen that sets up and tears down in a snap, just like our other screens do – but it measures a comparatively modest 9 feet diagonally. That still gives you 108” inches of pure viewing goodness, but it could also make all the difference between bringing your backyard theater indoors or just canceling the whole evening.

At $1,499, you’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive big-screen home theater package, much less one with this kind of flexibility. The Optoma X316 projector offers a beautiful picture with a wide contrast range and 10,000 hours of lamp life. The tripod-mounted 8” SAVI speakers are powerful enough to turn your living room into a Cineplex while remaining separate from your normal living room audio system. You also get a Wi-Fi enabled Samsung Blu-ray player and all the accessories you need for easy setup. So don’t call it quits when outdoors isn’t an option – equip yourself with an Indoor/Outdoor Series!

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Boo! Don’t look now, but another Halloween is rapidly sneaking up on you. But if you’re purchasing that new big-screen outdoor theater you’ve been dreaming about from Backyard Theater Systems, you’ll be ready to meet the season with some thrills and chills of your doing. Here are some movie suggestions for this year’s scary (or funny, or campy, or just plain weird) Halloween movie party.

Paranormal Activity – This modern version of the classic “haunted house” story uses a gritty home-camera approach to make the horror seem all the more real. A demonic entity threatens an ordinary suburban couple in this R-rated 2007 film that kicked off a whole franchise.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes – The murderous Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) sports the greatest Halloween mask ever (and no, we won’t spoil that revelation for you) as he murders the doctors he blames for his wife’s death one at a time, with each bizarre murder based on one the Biblical Plagues of Egypt. This PG-13 film is both gruesome and goofy in equal measure.

Monsters, Inc. – Here’s one for the young trick-or-treaters in your group, although grownups will love it too. This rated-G animated Pixar feature tells the story of the not-so-scary monsters who scare children, thus providing power for Monstropolis. But when one of the kids ends up in Monstropolis, it’s the monsters who are faced with a scary situation!

Halloween – You can’t have a Halloween movie fest without the holiday’s cinematic namesake. This 1978 horror classic launched the saga of deranged masked killer Michael Myers, who has escaped from an institution just in time to wreak some genuine Halloween havoc. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence star in this rated-R film.

As always, choose your movie selections to suit your audience. Enjoy your big-screen – or should we say big-scream – extravaganza!