Drive In Movie

Discussion in 'Hobbies and Other Activities' started by Stacy PErvis, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Stacy PErvis

    Stacy PErvis New Member

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    New to the forum but not camping.
    I put together an outdoor movie set up thats fun for everyone. I bought a 10’ wide movie screen with folding metal frame. Found a used projector on Craigslist. Use a Roku box when we have internet available and DVD player when we dont. I have a Bose wireless speaker for sound. Set up in about 10 minutes. Try to position it where it doesn’t interfere with other campers. Have a fire, Jiffy Pop popcorn and s’mores. Its been an awesome addition to outdoor fun. Packs away easy and fairly small. Nothing like a good fire with cold beer and Jaws on the big screen.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Camp neighbor did something similar except they just projected on the backside of his camper. Then again they had a TT and did not have many windows on that side. I have no clue how they projected but they sure had a crowd watching along with them.
     
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    Stacy PErvis New Member

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    The movie does tend to help make new friends. Everyone is interested in coming to see what the movie is.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Sounds to me that you would be the hit of the CG especially with the kids, (if it is a kids movie) and also to make friends with the other campers. We are a bunch that loves to see what someone else is doing, sometimes we get ideas from other campers and use it to our advantage. Good Luck and happy Camping
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    I have camped a few time near a guy that would show movies outside of his pup. To limit the damage that the sound pollution may emit outside of his camping area, he always invited his closest neighbors to join him.
     
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    Yep, we usually get noticed while putting up the equipment and offer a seat for the movie. Never had an issue with offending anyone but we try to check the sound at distance so we keep it down. Normally kids are running around making more noise than anything else.
     
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    I have a simmiler set up, but havent used it while camping, yet! I forgot the a/v cables last trip........
    My screen i just attach to the top of the pup roof using clamps.
     
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    I tried out my setup at winter camp with our scout troop and it worked really well. I used a 10x10 canopy with 3 shade walls installed (tried to keep the wind at bay as it was cold!), and I picked up a wrinkle free screen from Amazon, a 120" one that had grommets all the way around. I secured that to the canopy frame and I had a perfect screen. My projector is an Anker Nebula Mars Lite which has a pretty decent speaker built in, and a 3 hour battery life, which I got from Wal Mart on clearance for $100. I found a Bogen professional tripod at a Goodwill which gives me tons of options to mount and orient the projector. For winter camp I brought out one of my portable speakers, and it all worked out quite well.

    I plan to get a smaller screen and use it inside the pup. Kinda looking forward to movies in the bunks at night!
     
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    Older thread, but worth reviving....

    Been having movies after dark for years and this is what works for me (since I do all the setup and movie selection): folding screen velcro'd to the side of the Pup, factory stereo (Bluetooth) with independent A/B speakers where A uses the inside speakers in the ceiling and B is a set of waterproof outdoor speakers mounted on the frame, and my cell phone. Its a Moto-Z and if anyone is familiar with this phone, it has factory moto-mods available. Best one out there is the HD projector that shoots up to a 13ft screen. Download your favorite movies and play directly from your phone. Has a separate battery, so when combined with the phone's battery, I can play 2 movies back to back without needing a recharge. Of course, a portable battery is always in my pocket just in case...
     
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    and what if they said no thanks, I like to enjoy the quiet?
     
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    This is why I boondock............no neighbors!
     
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    I wish I could. There are very few places in the east to do that.
    What I really long for is pack on my back, camp wherever I am when it starts to get dark. But those days are gone.
     
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    I did that in the Boy Scouts, but now that I have an old man's body........my back don't sleep on the ground anymore!
     
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    We do outdoor movies in our back yard several times a summer, but haven't done them camping. To me, camping is more about getting away from being bombarded by media.
     
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    My body is 70 and I would if I could.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    When we are "camping camping" - like at wooded sites in state parks, I wouldn't like this. I guess in places like Jellystone and resort type places that are just a bunch of people crammed into a field, it would be more acceptable. I don't personally go to those places, but know people who enjoy it as more of a large social gathering, than my definition of camping.

    Even with grandchildren with us, if we are really camping (and not at a destination using the camper as a mobile hotel room,) I feel like the kids can always watch movies at home. They roast marshmallows, burn sticks in the fire and poke them into the ground or twirl them to make glowing patterns in the air, listen to the wildlife moving in the woods and try to get a look at it, play hide and seek around the dark campsite, and just enjoy the outdoors.

    I'm not anti-screens, and we do have tv/dvd inside the camper where the kids often watch a movie while falling asleep. But that's late, after the fire has gone out and the are worn out enough to fall asleep in minutes anyway.
     
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    We were camping in Clear Lake IA over the 4th a couple years ago. This is a state park but everyone is there because of all the 4th of July festivities, not to "camp" per se. A trailer about 3 sites down from us set up a big screen and played a movie one night. They had a large audience of kids, including ours. They kept the volume very low and we couldn't hear it from our site.

    They hung a screen from their awning and rear-projected it with the projector under the awning and everyone seated in front of it. Worked very well. I think they just used the outdoor speakers on their camper but I'm not 100% sure.
     

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