Home Theater Projector



We love our projector-based home theater.

If you want to go really big like we did, you just can't beat the look and feel of a movie projected onto a screen. But this is BIG... and you need a BIG room to pull it off. 

If you missed it, please go to Home Theater Guide to get the basics and hear our practical advice first.

Then c'mon back here for the details of how we created a very cool Home Theater... in our barn. 

These are the Players:



Home Theater Projector
The BenQ Projector


The BenQ Projector below is today's equivalent to the one we bought 4 years ago for about $700. We are perfectly happy with it, it throws a great picture and does 3D well.

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Supports Blu-ray and 3D (Blu-ray DVD player with 3D, and active DLP link 3d projector glasses required)

* Today, however, 4K is the rage. You might want to consider buying a 4K projector. Just be warned, though; they are very expensive (like about $1,500!)



We own and use this item and personally recommend it.

Home Theater Projector
The Sony DVD Player


This great little Blu-ray/3D DVD Disc Player has done a great job for us for years now.



We own and use this item and personally recommend it.

Home Theater Projector
The Homegear Screen


Now, you can get really fancy and impress your friends with a motorized projector screen (rolls down at the touch of a button), but we figured that was unnecessary and just more potential for mechanical failure.

Huge 118 inch diagonal Projector screen– much bigger than affordable TVs. 



We own and use this item and personally recommend it.


Home Theater Decoration
Zero Gravity Chairs


Ours look like this. You can see the whole stack of them behind.
  • Lightweight and folds down easily.
  • Easy to carry, unfold and store. 
  • Perfect for a comfortable movie experience
  • What does "zero gravity" mean? It just means being in a position where you do not feel gravity pulling on your "pressure points"; instead you feel "weightless".


We own and use this item and personally recommend it.


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Popcorn Popper


I bought this tabletop popcorn popper then built a little wheeled wooden red cart for it; voila! Just like in the movies!

The smell of popcorn really adds to the home theater experience... takes you right back!

Homemade popcorn maker cart


We own and use this item and personally recommend it.


Home Theater Projector
Active DLP Link 3D Projector Glasses


We bought 8 of these glasses (waited 'til on sale and bought a couple at a time).

Warning: There are several different types of 3D glasses or goggles available. They must be matched to your projector type. Make sure to check for compatibility before buying.



We own and use this item and personally recommend it.


Home Theater Projector
Our Favorite 3D Movies
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Avatar (3D + DVD + Blu-ray)
This is the Granddaddy of all 3D movies. The one that made me fall in love with 3D. The standard by which to compare others. If you only see one 3D movie in your lifetime, let it be Avatar. Incidentally, it is the biggest worldwide box-office smash of all time.


Life of Pi (Blu-ray 3D) 
Enchanting tale of an Indian boy trapped for 227 days at sea in a lifeboat with a starving Bengal tiger. Director Ang Lee did a superb job in his delicate and beautiful use of 3D.


Gravity (3D + Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this outer space thriller; 3D pulls you to the edge of your seat for a grand adventure.


Titanic 3D
The epic classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is totally "immersive" in 3D.


Star Wars: "The Force Awakens" 3D
Awesome space adventure carries superbly in 3D.


Hugo (3D + DVD + Blu-ray + Digital)
Martin Scorsese directed this? Yep, and in his hands, 3D becomes an art. The story and the technology behind it will take your breath away.


Dial M for Murder (1954) (3D + Blu-ray)
Believe it or not, Alfred Hitchcock actually dabbled in 3D the year I was born! (1954). Watch this thriller starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings the way Hitch intended it to be seen.



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