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Hi there, new here, first post. Been reading this for a while though.

My space at home is somehow unusual and what I am looking for might not make sense to a lot of people but basically i've had not luck finding a manual simple pull down screen for rear projection with a LCD projector. Something just like a roller shade. simple. Maybe that doesn't exist? Is it because the screen needs to be super tight for the rear projection to work correctly?

Any idea where i could find such an item? thank you in advance for your replies and advices.
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arno
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starno,

It is unusual for someone to need a pull-down rear projection screen and I have yet to see one on the market, not to say that it doesn't exist. Can you explain more how this screen will be set-up and why?

In case you did not see the thread on the portable rear projection screen this person was also looking for a non-permanent solution.

http://www.bigscreenforums.com/forum_topic.cfm?which=7061
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Crispin.
Yes my situation is indeed unusual. Basically, in my living room, I has no space behind the sofa and a ceilling mount is not an option. The projector i am buying is rather big and wouldn't really work on the coffee table.

When sitting on the sofa, i am right in front of this opening (use to be some big french door (60" wide)) that open to another room. My goal is simply to be able to pull down a screen on that opening and have the projector in the other room while still sitting on the sofa in my living room.

In the adjacent room, the projector can make all the noise it wants and have all the space it needs and won't be an eye-sore to me and my guests.

so yeah, it is an unusual situation that call for an easy simple pull down screen. The motorized version i have seen just look too heavy and bulky to me.

does my description make sense at all? can you see the situation? Look at my little sketch attached here.

thank you in advance.
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DaLite makes a "Fast Fold" rear projection screen. It's not exactly a pull down, more of a fold-up. But it may work.

Also, you can order custom DaLite screens with any surface you want. I'm sure if you wanted a DaTex or DualVision in a pull down they would make it for you. They don't even charge extra for custom orders.

I used to have a DaTex high gain rear projection screen. It worked quite well for the low lumen projectors of the time. It was prone to a bit of hotspotting though. If you place the projector directly behind the screen you will likely get a hotspot looking into the lens. Ceiling mounting and using lens shift would likely get rid of the hotspot.


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Harley.
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Harley
Fold up doesn't really rock my world. It would be to painful to get the thing ready to watch a movie. i want quick and painless

A sale rep for Da-Lite replied to my request for a manual pull down screen for rear projection saying this:

"Unfortunately, the rear projection fabric must be tensioned on all four sides. It is available only in the Tensioned electric or fixed frame screens, but not in the manual version."

As far as the where the projector would be on the other room, it's on top of a shelf, almost like a ceiling mounting, so i should be okay with the "hotspot" problem,...

... now if only i can find a screen!

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