Category Archives: Building a theatre

Patio heater brings extended movie season

Fall / winter has come to Catalonia, Spain but we still want to enjoy movies outdoors. To make this possible, we decided to buy a patio heater. It costed 115 euros + gas (15 euros for filling). Not too bad. And it works great. It gives just enough warmth to our terrace for enojying movies even in cold evenings.

We want to thank Art Move Studio for this idea and our friend Pep for borrowing gas bottle 🙂

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New AV receiver: Yamaha RX-A820

I just ordered a new AV-reciever for our indoor/outdoor cinema in Finland (from NetAnttila sale). The model is Yamaha RX-A820. It has 8 HDMI in and 2 HDMI out connectors that are very useful for our current use. It even has 4K pass-through for our possible future needs. It also has analog audio pre outs so we can easily setup movie sound system with both passive and active speakers. I will report in more detail after testing this beast…

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New sound system: Sony RDH-GTK17iP

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Now we have five different sound systems for backyard cinema use. The latest addition is Sony RDH-GTK17iP. We bought it for our backyard cinema set in Thailand. This Sony seems to be working quite well. It is by no means hi-fi, but it is loud enough and very easy to setup for random movie watching. It has Bluetooth, NFC and RCA line in connections. Good for private use and small parties. We have also tried combination of this Sony boomblaster and two Nokia Play 360 speakers. That way we were able to widen the stereo effect easily. Maybe some day we can afford to invest in a real proffessional sound setup. Until then, this has to do the job for us. More about our hardware on this page.

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About aspect ratios

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Earlier I was planing to build a screen masking system so I could easily change the aspect ratio of visible screen. Later I decided not to make one because in the dark you really don’t pay any attention to the screen borders. Too much trouble for so small advantage… at least for portable type of screen.

But aspect ratios and film types are very interesting topic nonetheless. It is really irritating when movies are presented with wrong aspect ratio. But why are there so many different ratios? The video below explains it quite well:

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About screen fastening

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Few words about screen fastening… I wanted to have one long flexible string going around our screen. I wanted to make screen look more simple and tight. I found right kind of string from Tarjoustalo (Finland). With 10 euros I got 10 meters and it was just enough for our 110 inch screen. Here are some pictures of the best attachment type I could figure out by myself. And it works great. What do you think? Any better ideas? Continue reading About screen fastening

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CiNEOUT goes iNside

Last two weeks we have been building a home theatre to a small cellar room in Finland. It is just way too bright right now to watch movies outside even in the late night. And one month from now it will be totally impossible. Of course, evenings will darken when august and september get closer. But right now, our movie screenings have to go underground. See you later!

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5.1 sound system

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Yesterday I bought a new AV receiver (Onkyo TX-SR313) for our future screenings. Usually when you watch movies outside (i.e. backyard), you don’t want to spend any time carrying amps and setting up speakers… It’s so much easier to use active speakers or some simple self powered sound system.

But I bought this receiver anyway because I want to try how hard it is to setup a real 5.1 soundsystem to backyard and how much it changes the experience. I also like the idea that I don’t have to worry about aux-audio-out problems any more as HDMI carries both sound and picture through AV receiver.

I will let you know how it worked later.

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Next setup (in Finland)

In the beginning of May, we will build a new portable outdoor cinema in Finland. It will include:

– BenQ W1070 projector
– Self standing 107″ sceen (16:9)
– JVC Boomblaster + Creative Inspire 2.1 2400 sound systems

Our first private screening will happen 11th of May. I will blog more about this project later.

P.S. Yesterday we had a private screening at our backyard again. This time we watched the movie “Life of Pi“. It turned out to be perfect outdoor movie. I almost felt seasick myself… HD version highly recommended!

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Screen masking system

kangasNow that our 92″ screen is ready, it is time to make it even better. I would like to add black masks around the screen. And the masks should be adjustable so we could easily change the aspect ratio of the visible screen. As you may know, different movies have different aspect ratios (like 16:9 or 4:3 or 1.85:1 or 2.35:1… and the list goes on).

I already bought black velvet fabric, but how to build the mechanism for moving masks? I found one page that describes making it, but this solution seems a bit too complicated for our need. I want to keep it really simple… Any ideas?

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Ordering the frame

I went to local steel workshop to discuss details of the frame and its feet. Well, it wasn’t really a discussion because people there don’t speak English and I don’t speak Thai. But somehow we managed to come to understanding what we are doing. Body language and drawing are quite universal ways to communicate 🙂

This is how the blueprint looks like:

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