24 feet tall with a high viewing angle. Made from tough 210D oxford fabric that's durable and easy to clean. Supports front and rear projection. Includes blower and inflates in two to five minutes.
The blower motor is a bit loud.
Vivid screen made of durable materials that's available in several sizes. Comes with all the accessories you need for setup, including tethers, a storage bag, and a blower.
Blower is somewhat loud. Larger screen can be unstable in windy conditions.
Very lightweight. Can be used with either front or rear projection. Screen goes up quickly. Fan is quiet. Can handle wind. Screen can be removed and washed. Durable canvas material. Can fit in a large duffel bag.
Some reports of missing parts; complaints that screen material is too thin.
Comes with storage bag. Has a nice elevation to make the picture easy to view, even from a distance. Includes two fans. Screen clicks into place. Very stable. Doesn't move much in the wind.
Tends to be difficult to get the wrinkles out of the screen.
A 20-foot projection screen that includes inflation fan, tie-downs, and a storage bag. Supports front and rear projection. Ready to go in less than five minutes.
This model's design tends to catch wind, so it's not the best choice for blustery areas.
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Take the excitement of a crowded theater, add in the convenience of watching entertainment from home, and sprinkle it with some natural ambience, and you’ve got an outdoor movie screening. You just need an inflatable outdoor projector screen to make it happen.
An inflatable projector screen is less about the screen itself and more about the frame that holds it up. The frame is the inflatable part, and the white viewing screen is attached. When shopping for inflatable screens, you’ll find differences in the frames — how they set up and stay in place — but not in the white screens themselves, which are essentially uniform and differ only in size.
Screens are inflated by internal fans or external air pumps to achieve their maximum size. Tethers and stakes are often included to keep the entire unit stable, though sometimes additional weight and protection against the elements are necessary.
Investing in an inflatable projector screen can be pricey, so it’s important to take the time to figure out your own optimal setup and learn what’s required to create the best outdoor movie experience.
One of the biggest potential deterrents to enjoying an outdoor movie night is weather. Because of their light weight and large surface, inflatable screens are especially susceptible to being caught in wind gusts and knocked over. Consider both where you intend to use the screen and the ways in which it is tethered. Open areas will attract more wind than closed-off patios. While most screens come with hardware to keep them grounded, extra reinforcements — such as additional ropes and stakes, strategic positioning, or weights — may be required.
Inflating the frame will require either an internal or external fan. Internal fans may be more convenient for travel and inflation, but if something goes wrong, replacing or fixing a faulty unit may be complicated. An external pump will require a bit more work to set up but is more easily replaceable.
How many people will be enjoying your outdoor movie exhibition? In general, the more people attending your feature film event, the larger the screen should be. For more intimate affairs, a 6-foot screen should suffice; larger gatherings may demand a screen as large as 16 or 18 feet.
It’s important to consider the other half of the outdoor movie setup: the projector. Make sure to match the screen to the features and capabilities of your projector. There’s little sense in buying a giant screen if your projector doesn’t have the power to fill it. If you don’t have a projector yet, be sure to consider what goes into buying one — such as cost — before investing in a screen.
Some projector screens have the same white material on both sides. That means not only is there not necessarily any front or back, but the image projected on one side of the screen will appear on the reverse as well. This is ideal when you have a lot of people watching, as you can create seating areas on both sides of the screen. Rear projection also allows you to more or less hide the projector one side of the screen while people view from the other; this also prevents people from walking in front of the projector and blocking the image. (Note that images on the rear side of the screen will be reversed, so subtitles will not be readable.)
While most screens come with some sort of hardware to keep the unit grounded, there are companies that offer extra support and stability. Some feature stakes and tethers not only for the screen but also for the pump so it doesn’t get caught up in any movement — a valuable bonus, as pump movement could lead to a deflated screen. Often, screens are tied down from the base, but some receive support from the top as well. Wind gusts can be a huge annoyance, so look at all the ways you can make your screen stable.
While these aren’t at all necessary, they can be fun! A lot of companies like to throw in some accessories and items to evoke a cinema atmosphere. From fake movie tickets to popcorn buckets — or even some actual popcorn — you may find some cute little extras to enliven your movie night experience.
For under $200 (but likely not less than $150), you’ll be able to purchase a relatively small screen (under 16 feet) that comes with stakes and tethers. Rear projection and extra stability may not be included.
Between $200 and $250, you’ll have more choices with regard to size and features. Many products in this range come with accessories and a storage bag.
For over $250, you’ll be looking at much larger screens that are ideal for big outdoor movie events. Some of the prices can be inflated due to marketing toward businesses, which may be able to spend more money than the average consumer.
Q. How loud is the fan?
A. For better or worse, this can really only be determined once you set up. Consumers will leave their reviews, and companies will claim quiet fans, but volume is somewhat subjective. Most will have a slight din that, chances are, is easily ignorable.
Q. How quick and easy is it to set up?
A. Most companies boast inflation time at about two or three minutes. Often, customers will recommend having two people put the screen together, as staking and tethering the frame is easier with more than one set of hands.
Q. How should I clean the screen?
A. Detach the screen from the frame before you wash it. The best way to clean it is to use water and soap on spots as needed. Allow the screen to air dry completely before storing it.