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Ray Bernardi
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My theatre currently shoots the film on an old curved screen made of sheetrock and painted with some kind of "special" paint to make it very reflective. I tell you, it looks like flat white to me. I am interested in putting up a perforated screen with a screen array behind it. I've been able to locate everything I need so far except for someone to hang drapes around the screen. Who knew I'd have such a hard time finding that! Does anyone here have a link or a suggestion for me? I'm located in small town NH - maybe that's part of my problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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John Pytlak
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Where are your speakers now? What size screen?

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Brad Miller
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Many front end companies are willing to travel a pretty good distance. I have been exceedingly pleased with Pickett Theater Services out of Dallas. I'm sure you could find someone closer though.

How do you "bend" sheetrock?

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Sam Hunter
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If I am not mistaken you can bend sheetrock by cutting grooves in the back of the sheetrock which allows you to bend it.

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Paul G. Thompson
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I am certainly no sheet rock expert, but if it is picked up on each end, it does have a nice sag in it. [Wink]

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Sam Hunter
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Think about a arched entryway or something like that where the sheetrock would have to bend a good bit. Seems like I seen then do that on a Bob Vila show onetime.

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Adam Martin
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To bend sheetrock, I think you have to wet one side, form it and leave it to dry.

In New England, I would presume a phone call to Boston Light and Sound would result in a list of front-end installers that they have been on jobs with that they could recommend.

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Ray Bernardi
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It sure enough is curved sheet rock. I have no clue how they did it but they did. I think the original surface was plaster. They built this screen in the 20s if local history tells the truth.

My speakers are now on either side of the screen, I'm only mono. My sound system stinks, it's horrible.

I figure the most bang for the buck right now with this little theatre is a new screen and masking, and a new sound system bringing me a little more up to speed.

I want to bring in a USL processor and booth monitor, JBL speakers for the left, right,center, subwoofer and surround sound (2 on each side), adding USL ADL transmitters and about 5 headsets, and using crown amps for the whole deal. Add the new screen and masking and I think folks will think they are in a new theatre the first time they visit us after the upgrade.

Going from what's basically a 20 watt PA system to what I described above should really be an impressive jump.

I know this is the wrong forum to say this, but if anybody has something I could use, please let me know.

Thanks for all your help guys. You're great!

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David Stambaugh
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Ray, Be sure to get before-and-after pics to share here. [Smile]

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Kris Brunton
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You can either wet one side of the sheetrock as Adam described or use 1/4" sheetrock as it is very flexible.

Possibly Nick Mulone in Cheswick, PA could help you out.

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Ray Bernardi
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David - I will do so. Thanks - I hadn't even though of it. So much to do at the moment.

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Jeff Taylor
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Wetting sheetrock or using flexible 1/4" to achieve a curve does work, but if you want to be really correct the proper term for bending wood or rock by means of a series of back cuts is called "kerfing". Tough to work it into a conversation on a regular basis, though.

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Ray Bernardi
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Oh I dunno about that....

Up until I quit smoking a while back I spent a lot of time kerfing [puke] up all kinds of stuff.

See! That was easy!

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Jeff Taylor
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I know what you mean. I'm ashamed to say I still do!

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Jack Ondracek
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With a drill & a little time, you can do a dandy perf job!
[Big Grin]

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