Home vs Commercial Use Inflatable Movie Screens – Difference In Quality

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Jun 12, 2012 Under Tips

Since the invention of the first inflatable movie screen by AIRSCREEN of Germany in 1994, many different styles of blowup movie screens have come on the market. While all of the same purpose which is to be a portable means for showing movies outdoors, there are some notable differences in a home use and commercial use outdoor screen system.

Home-Use Movie Screen - Poor screen surface produces dull picture

HOME USE INFLATABLE MOVIE SCREENS

Home use inflatable screens are usually small in size and are meant for a group showing of 10-15 people which is ideal for a backyard movie night. The quality of materials used on a home use screen is similar to that of a blow up snowman decorations sold in big box stores. To keep the cost down for the personal use market, the manufactures use light-weight thin materials. Light-weight materials also allow for the projection screen to easy to manage and store in small places. Equipped with thin tether ropes, small push stakes, and a fan, the blow screen system is easy to install in minutes in a grassy area of a home yard.

Since the home use portable projection screens have small fans (not blowers) with lightweight materials, the screen frame is not able to stay firm which will case the white projection surface to wrinkle which will affect the picture quality. Starting at a price point of $199, home use inflatable movie screens are affordable for the do-it-your homeowner who desires to host a backyard movie themselves.

COMMERCIAL USE

Consumers looking to buy a screen for home use may find that some manufactures are offering larger sized “commercial screens.” Don’t be fooled by these larger screens that the manufactures are trying to advertise as commercial. These screens are a lot lower quality than normal commercial screens made of cheaper, thinner materials that may start to have leaks after a short period of time. Typically manufactures selling these screen also sell products such as holiday decorations, and don’t have the experience creating a stable, quality commercial movie screen.

Commercial grade screen - elegant and wrinkle free

One way to tell a true commercial screen is to look for a screen that is made of a heavier weight material such as reinforced PVC. The stronger material with welded or double stitched seams will result in a stronger frame which will be aesthetically wrinkle free as well as be able to withstand wind because of its more solid, stiffer structure. The thicker material and stronger seams also increase the longevity of use of the screen where as after a few uses with a home quality screen you will start to notice leaks which will progressively get worse with every use.

Another area that a commercial screen focuses on is safety. The larger the screen surface, the more impact wind can have on the screen. Similar to a giant sail on a boat, the screen will want to take flight with a strong enough gust of wind. To keep the screen from flying away and potentially injuring the crowd, you will find a minimum of six tether straps with 24″ or longer tent stakes on a high quality commercial screen system.

Third a true commercial grade inflatable outdoor movie screen should have a theatrical grade or highly reflective screen surface similar to an indoor movie theater screen. A theatrical grade screen when paired with the correct projection system will produce a vibrant, crisp and colorful picture.

There are many clear, noticeable differences between the quality of a home screen system versus a high quality commercial grade screen system. Although home screens can be alright for using once or twice in a backyard, a commercial screen system will offer an outdoor cinema experience that just can’t be matched by a home screen system. From a elegant, highly reflective screen surface, to a safety system that can withhold moderate to strong winds, hiring a professional outdoor movie company will be the correct decision for an unforgettable outdoor movie experience.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema recently brought the magic of the drive-in movie on location to a college campus during spring fling week. Here is how Southern Outdoor Cinema used the latest in inflatable movie screen technology to create an unforgettable drive-in movie experience right in the parking lot of this college campus.

Our crew transformed an ordinary parking lot into a drive-in movie theatre for just one night. SOC used a huge, inflatable movie screen, a monster sound system, and an FM transmitter to create the ultimate drive-in movie experience for students, with clear picture and sound. Students who sat on chairs or walked past the area were able to see and hear the movie clearly on the huge screen, and hear it through our monster sound system. Others were able to enjoy an authentic drive-in movie experience by tuning their car radios in and listening through the FM transmitter.

Southern Outdoor Cinema uses AIRSCREEN brand screens, the world’s leader in inflatable movie screen technology. These screens feature a highly reflective surface that offers a picture just like you would enjoy in an actual movie theatre. These technologically advanced screens, along with HD projectors, allowed us to present video on the screen long before dusk, while other providers must wait until 20-40 minutes after sundown to begin displaying images on their screens.

Our AIRSCREEN inflatable movie screen made it possible for the client to display several student made videos before the featured movie. The movie was then able to begin right at sundown. These screens and projectors make it possible for events to begin earlier, so students can enjoy the event and still return to their dorms before curfew.

By using the latest and greatest inflatable movie screen technology available, Southern Outdoor Cinema is able to transform an ordinary place like a parking lot on a college campus into an amazing, on location, drive-in movie theatre. The advanced screens, projectors, and sound system we use give our clients an edge when it comes to hosting unforgettable movie events.

Check out the video below to see how Southern Outdoor Cinema transformed a college parking lot into a drive-in event…

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Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of PREMIUM outdoor movie events in the country. They are leading the industry with NEW & UNIQUE outdoor movie events. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit their online photo gallery at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for event ideas.

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