The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Matinée Movies at Marsh’s

Posted by Deliverator on September 19th, 2008

I’ve really enjoyed watching movies on my new home theater these last few months. One small area of displeasure has been that the system really only hits its peak after dark. During the day, enough light comes streaming in through the windows and double glass door that the image projected onto my Panoview white screen by my Optoma HD 70 projector becomes significantly washed out. White screens have many advantages over other screen types such as gray and micro-glass beaded screens, but do have a tendency to wash out much more than these other types due to externally incident light.

This isn’t much of a problem for me, as I mainly use the system to watch movies and TV after dark, but it really kills the ability to use the projector for watching daytime sports on weekends and similar best-during-the-day uses. After several months of waiting, long intended, custom fit blackout blinds have been installed on the windows and doors. Only the smallest amount of light creeps in around the edges now, and it is nowhere near enough to impact image quality. Marsh Cinema is officially open for matinées. The theater feels very near complete.

I’ve derived a great deal of pleasure from having my own home theater and it is something that I wish I had done years ago. Between Netflix, my Tivo/Directv and FTA HDTV I rarely run out of content to watch and find myself going to actual movie theaters less and less. It has been costly and time consuming to be sure, but it has all been worth it. I don’t miss wasting time and gas driving halfway across town, paying for parking and overpriced theater food only to see a film that will come out on Netflix 2 months later. About the only thing I miss is the theater food itself. I’ve been keeping a good selection of beverages and snackish foods on hand for movie nights, but I have strange yearnings for hot dogs, theater popcorn (microwave just isn’t the same) with fake butter substitute and even nachos with fake cheese and especially bagel-dogs. Mmmmmmm, bagel-dogs…..