Fellow Yakezie member Money Beagle recently highlighted how expensive movie theaters have become. Amazingly they continue to increase rates even when the economy is depressed. Some are charging as much as $14.00 when you view a film in 3D.
Taking it to the next level you may have seen the new dinning theater experience. You and your companions dine while the movie plays on the big screen. I feel the draw, I’d love to have a BBQ sandwich while watching a flick.
Oh snap! As my son would say; we can have BBQ with a movie.
Tell me, if you needed to, could you get your hands on a LCD projector? Almost every office has invested in a portable model. Maybe a neighbor can assist? When I was a kid, you could check these out at the library, it is always worth asking!
We borrow one from a friend and project onto the largest bare white wall. Other than wiring up the projector and some speakers, if available, it is simply a matter of moving a few pieces of furniture. We pull in a love seat and the bean bags and add several blankets and pillows.
Of course no dinner theater experience is right without food and drink! Take the time before starting the movie to prepare everything you might want. BBQ ribs and corn are essential. We will then pre-scoop the ice cream and leave it in the freezer, ready to serve.
You might want an old favorite like An Affair to Remember. Are you in the mood for something classic like Clockwork Orange? Of course every once in awhile, it is fun to get the crap scared out of you; go for The Exorcist!
With spring coming, if you have a killer sound system and are innovative, you could create a drive-in movie and invite the neighbors. Set up the projector in the garage. With the door open stretch a large white sheet in the opening to function as the screen. With the projector shooting from behind the “curtain,” the film is actually seen backwards. As long as there are no subtitles, this should work fine.
You can either bring out and set up the lounge chairs or sit in the car and roll down the window for sound.
Here is a great article to get you started making your own video screen from LifeHacker.com.
Readers: What other frugal fun do you have with your family? If you could find a projector to use, what movie will it be?
This weekend we will be watching The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. If you happen to be one of the last 7 people in this world to miss it, please take a look!
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