Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Outdoor Theater on a Budget
The screen was on almost every night. Baseball playoffs, football games all looked and sounded great. Family, friends and neighbors all enjoyed the invites, and a hidden benefit, everything was outside, so very little clean up or mess as compared to entertaining inside. I had a process down of 5 minute equipment setup. I built a small platform to hold the projector, STB, dvd and sound amp. Everything fit nicely on a 24"x18" platform. Speakers are 10lbs a piece. So my setup was to pickup the platform from the shed with all of the components in their place, carry it about 20ft, place the speakers in the yard. Connect the 25ft speaker wires to the amp, connect the coax to the STB and plug the power strip in. All done. Take down was just as fast.
So, over the winter, I began to think if there was a market for this type of service, outdoor theater. I talked to many of the people who experience our system and their response was quite positive from both the rental standpoint and design build. I then started to research what the competition would be in my area. I put down on paper a business plan, ran the financials and talked it over with my partner(my wife). For the investment, it seems to be a viable business plan. So born was Twilight Theater Productions, www.twilighttp.net. A DBA, website and some graphics work and we are off!!
So, for those who are intrigued by this type of home entertainment, I will spell out in my next post the details on how to build your own, step by step and what I learned. The cost for DIY should be under $1000.00 and around 4 hours of work. For those who either want a rental or to purchase a turn key system please visit the website. For those outside the PA, NJ and DE area, drop me a note and I will connect you with a good, honest company to help.