Before You Set Up
Choosing Your Location
The first step is to imagine the possibilities! Sit where your audience will be sitting and decide where you want your screen. Next, decide whether the location will work for other reasons; every situation is different. We suggest testing your setup before your first showing. Last-minute surprises are best avoided.
Things to Consider
- What throwing distance specs does your projector have?
- How wide or deep of an area do you have to work with?
- What obstructions exist in the planned area?
- Where do you have electricity for the projector and stereo?
- Where can you place speakers and run speaker wire?
- Will there be foot traffic or water near your wiring?
- If you don’t use stakes, what anchors* can you substitute?
- Where will your audience sit?
- What locations are available for your projector?
* Alternate anchor points can be used, but they should be permanent in nature.
Front or Rear Projection?
If you choose rear projection, a low-angle projector aiming upward is best. Think of your projector as a flashlight. If you aim the flashlight into the audience’s eyes, they will see the light source. If you put the flashlight low, angled upward, then the “flashlight” is aimed above your audience's head. Test your arrangement before movie night arrives! Generally rear projection is little trickier than front projection.