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New Projector

This is the new Panasonic PT-AE1000U projector. It is 1080p. That monstrosity on the front is the Prismasonic anamorphic lens. Together they are awesome!

Projector mount is also no longer home made.

Anamorphic Lens

A little closer look at the lens.

Cinemascope Screen

This is the new Cinemascope (2.35x1) screen. It is moderate gain (1.3) and has a nice velvet frame. What Da-Lite calls "Pro-Trim".

New Mask

The newest mask system is DIY and rolls up like a motorized screen. This is a bracket that PVC pipe rests in.

New Mask

The brackets are made of a corner bracket, a piece of L-shaped aluminum, and two rollers. The rollers are actually double-hung window pullys.

New Mask

The bracket mounted above the screen.

New Mask

These are the ends of the mask roller. They are made of PVC plugs, a screwdriver bit, and a sliding door pivot glued into the plugs.

New Mask

Another view of the roller ends showing the bit epoxied into the plug.

New Mask

One assembled end of the mask roller. The purple is the PVC glue.

New Mask

The other end of the mask roller. This is the end the drive will be connected to.

New Mask

One end of the mounted mask roller.

New Mask

The drive end. Yes that is a cordless screwdriver. The swtich has been removed and replaced by two relays controlled by our home automation system.

New Mask

One side of the mask with fabric now in place. This is theater fabric.

New Mask

Close up of the fabric on the roller. The fabric had a strip of heavy plastic sown to the top. The plastic was then taped to the roller with foil tape then rolled up. It never unrolls far enough to expose the plastic or tape.

New Mask

The nearly completed mask system.

New Mask

The mask with the finish curtain in place to hide the mechanism. The curtain is the same fabric as the mask.

New Mask

The completed mask.

New Mask

The mask system uses an alarm switch (like used on windows and doors) to detect when the mask reaches the top and bottom. This is the magnet part attached to the mask. It's painted black now.

New Mask

The bottom switch. This is connected to an input on the home automation controller. The magnet on the mask passes by the switch as it comes down. There is a switch at the top also.