Go Camping with Your Home Theater

Custom electronic pro builds a portable movie theater perfect for camping trips.

This home theater in a box goes traveling with its owners

During the summer, who wants to sit in a dark, isolated room to catch a movie when you can enjoy a show under the stars?

It’s a cinch to take your movies outside with a portable home theater like the one custom electronics (CE) professional Gordon van Zuiden built for a client recently.

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His company specializes in the installation of electronics and home theater systems that stay inside the house, so the request for a traveling “home theater in a box” was an unusual one, says van Zuiden.

“He wanted to be able to travel, watch Netflix downloadable movies projected onto a white wall up to 100 inches in size, have great sound, all be battery operated, and only require a wireless or cell signal for movie downloads.”

The solution involved the purchase of a 10-by-7-inch Pelican travel box, into which van Zuiden installed a 3M MP300 Mobile Projector and Jambox advanced digital processing speaker. The 3M projector accommodates a Roku HDMI Streaming Stick, which wirelessly accesses Netflix movie downloads. The streaming happens over a cellphone connection.

All together, it cost less than $400 to put together the campy theater. And because it weighs just 3 pounds, it’s light enough to take just about anywhere. “The owners also use for parties at their swimming pool, and take it with them when they stay at hotels,” says van Zuiden.

For other great outdoor A/V ideas:
Planning Your Outdoor Audio and Video System
30 Pro Tips for Outdoor Electronics
Ultrabright Outdoor Theater Weathers the Elements

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