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Yes. I just built a new Pergola and was thinking of putting a front and rear projection screen on the front of my Pergola so that I can either watch from front or leave my epson 2030 in front and put it in rear mode so I can watch from the hot tub on other side of screen. Problem is I cannot find a front and rear screen that is either pull down or motorized for under $1000. $500 might be ok but not $1000. Lol Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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The issue you have is that rear projection material is thinner than front projection material. It has to be thin to allow light to pass through it. Thin material, as I'm sure you are aware, is hard to make perfectly flat. Think of hanging a bedsheet and how many waves and wrinkles would be in it.

So, rear projection surfaces, as far as I've seen, are used with tab-tensioned electric screens, which are always a fair bit more money. I'm not saying there aren't any cheap ones in the world, but the major manufacturers won't have any cheap ones. They will have ones with quality motors and quality construction to last for years and years.

I'm not sure there is a good solution in a motorized or manual retractable. There are a number of fixed frame options, but if that doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work for you.
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I figured as much. Maybe I can make a DIy screen I can roll up manually. Any suggestions for screen material and roll up bar?
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I've never seen a DIY roll up system. This may be better directed and answered in the DiY Screens forum section of AVS Forum.

An option may be to use a fixed frame screen, but then set it up to pull up and out of the way when not in use. Not sure how much coverage is in the space you are in.

The reality is that a proper rear projection screen, for outdoor rated use, is closer to $2,000 at 120" diagonal.

Something like the Elite OMS120HT-ELECTRODUAL is very specifically designed, by professionals, for your exact needs. That's also pretty much an expected price right near $2,000. (not even $1,000 will do it).

https://elitescreens.com/products/yard-master-electric-tension-series/

Now you COULD try something like a stretch screen made out of spandex. Put a few hooks into the ceiling and a mounting point down low for the corners....

https://www.amazon.com/120-inch-Projector-Screen-Projection/dp/B00A81S4YU/ref=sr_1_10

When you are done, just fold it up a couple of times then put it into some hooks or bungees up at the ceiling. Not as convenient as a roll up screen, but cheap and perhaps very effective.

You will need a LONG throw of a projector as possible for this type of setup.
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Nov 9, 2021 at 4:33 AM]
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