Portable Screens, such as the Da-Lite Deluxe Insta-Theater

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  1. Jay Taylor

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    Have any of you tried a pull-up portable screen such as the Da-Lite Deluxe Insta-Theater screen or something similar?

    Da-Lite Deluxe Insta-Theater

    The 44” x 78” (90” Diagonal) screen has a gain of 2.2 and is an acetate based material with a smooth surface that can be rolled and cleaned with mild soap and water solution.

    I currently have a 36” tube & surround sound system that I will be keeping in the living room. I want some type of portable screen to be placed in front of the TV for a front projector. I will eventually convert the den to a home theater with a fixed screen but want to have a temporary front projector setup in the living room now.

    At times I need to be able to completely remove the screen to make the living room look better. The tall cathedral ceiling in the living room is a problem for easily removing a drop-down screen which is why I’m considering a pull-up screen.
     
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    Any suggestions concerning a pull-up screen?
     
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    I'd be worried a gain of 2.2 would cause hot-spotting (center being brighter than the edges, like you're looking through a port hole). It might be just low enough that you won't notice it though. I'm using a DaLite Model B w/ Video Spectra 1.5 and i see no hot-spotting with very noticable brightness increase over matte white 1.0 gain.

    As for other pull-up screens, I don't have any suggestions. You might also want to consider pull down screens that are integrated into a tripod type stand. I've seen these used in schools and offices on several occasions.
     
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    Thanks Stephen.

    The longer I think about this the more I think I’d be better off abandoning the pull-up screen idea and getting a fixed screen to match whatever projector I decide upon. Then hang it from the cathedral ceiling with eye-hooks and find a place to stash the screen to make the living room look normal again.

    Let me see, where can you stash a 100” screen without upsetting the wife?
     
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    The pull up screens are made very well and are of high quality parts......but....like Stephen said, the gain is pretty high. I have no idea why they would put that type of material on a insta THEATER screen. I think your idea of hanging the screen on eye hooks is a fine idea. I do that with my pulldown and just take it down when company comes over. Very high WAF!! When I get a fixed screen I plan on doing the same thing too.
     
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    That's two votes for the screen surface being the wrong material so I'm going to hang a fixed screen.

    Thanks guys.

    Now comes the fun part of deciding upon a projector and screen. I plan on putting in room blackout curtains.

    The screen distance from viewer will be 11 feet.
    The distance from screen to projector will be 14 feet.
    The budget is ~$6,000.00 but could do more or less if the performance was good enough.
    I like dark blacks due to watching a lot of sci-fi flicks with dark space scenes.

    Any suggestions on a projector & screen combo?
     

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