10 Best Projection Screens | March 2017

We spent 30 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. For those of you who think that even today's large-screen TVs are still too small, you can turn your home into a veritable movie theater with one of these projection screens. Offering up to a whopping 150-inch screen size, they come in both indoor and outdoor models to suit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. Skip to the best projection screen on Amazon.
10 Best Projection Screens | March 2017


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The Vivo PS-M-084 features a screen with standard black backing to eliminate light penetration, as well as four black borders along the sides meant to enhance the picture contrast. Unfortunately, it doesn't include any mounting hardware.
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The Epson Duet will look impressive with any home theater or business projector. It has an expandable screen, so you can enjoy it in standard 4:3 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio orientations, and it won't distort your pictures.
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The Vivo Portable PS-T-084 is built with daily use in mind. Its sturdy tripod, auto-locking mechanism, and simple height adjustment, as well as its bottom-roll design, make it easy and reliable to set up and breakdown on a regular basis.
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The Gemmy Deluxe is the perfect height for showing a movie to a group of 100 to 200 people, so it's ideal for a photo slideshow at an event like a wedding or anniversary party. It also has a wide and sturdy base that inflates for easy setups and breakdowns.
  • displays bright images even at dusk
  • straps attach with quality buckles
  • can puncture or tear easily
Brand Gemmy
Model HD39127-32
Weight 23.3 pounds
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The Camp Chef OS115 boasts an Oxford nylon silver screen for great viewing quality. What makes it stand out most is that it is designed for front and for rear projection, so guests can sit on either side and enjoy the show.
  • easy to hang between trees
  • screen remains rigid even in wind
  • takes a while to disassemble
Brand Camp Chef OS115
Model pending
Weight pending
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The Arett Inflatable 39121-32 is the perfect screen to take along on camping trips because it deflates into a tiny package that you can stow with your other gear. It blows up within minutes, and comes with tethers to keep it anchored.
  • clear enough to watch action movies
  • inflation fans are quiet
  • requires a lot of floor space
Brand Arett Inflatable 39121-
Model pending
Weight pending
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The Visual Apex 132HD unfolds and snaps into place easily, and it has perfect tension so wrinkles won't form in your screen. The material is also UV protected, so it is safe to use for daytime screenings, and it's capable of displaying both 2-D and 3-D content.
  • comes with everything for setup
  • exceptionally high definition
  • storage bag is too thin
Brand Visual Apex
Model ProjectoScreen132HD
Weight 32.7 pounds
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The Antra PSF-133AG offers brilliant clarity that's ideal for watching movies or giving presentations. It has a contoured alloy frame that lends your entertainment room that retro-look, and its steel tension bars are very durable.
  • capable of displaying 3d movies
  • makes sports and games come to life
  • offered in 3 different colors
Brand Antra
Model pending
Weight 200 pounds
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The JaeilPLM OS100 is always flicker-free, and it sits on fully-adjustable legs, so you can set it at the perfect height, as well as raise it to make room for additional equipment underneath. It's also extremely lightweight.
  • easy to take apart
  • comes with a carrying bag
  • incredible value for its price
Brand JaeilPLM
Model PLM-OS100
Weight 14.3 pounds
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The Elite Screens Spectrum Series features a 180-degree viewing angle and a multilayer weave that creates a true in-home theater experience. It's also mildew-resistant, so it's safe to use outdoors in humid climates where moisture could enter the roll.
  • electric drop-down screen
  • multiple sizes available
  • made from high-quality materials
Brand Elite Screens
Model ELECTRIC150H
Weight 50.3 pounds

Your Silver Screen Awaits

The cinema is arguably our youngest major art form, and among painting, fiction, sculpture, music, poetry, and their lot, it is the only static artistic medium to effectively, if not necessarily, rely on the combination of two or more senses. Theatre does this as well, but unlike the static media like film and painting, a piece of theatre is in constant flux from one performance to the next, so I consider it a dynamic form.

As a species, we're still in awe of this new format, and one of the reasons we revere the stars of the silver screen is that they're up there, projected in enormity on screens so large we can't help be dragged into their worlds.

If you could take that feeling you had the first time you sat in a crowded movie theater–just as the lights faded down and the flicker of the projector splashed across the silk, that feeling of endless possibility–if you could bottle that, wouldn't you?

That's what these screens offer you: the opportunity to take the ineffable pleasure of the movies into your own home with all the trappings of the actual experience. All you would need to make it more like the real thing is a pimple-faced teenager taking about $35 from you every time you wanted to watch a film and eat some popcorn.

Because you have greater control over the viewing distance with your own projection screen, you also don't have to worry about arriving late to the theater and getting the worst seat in the house.

These projection screens all store wonderfully, as well, either by rolling up into a mountable storage bar or by breaking down both in screen and frame and keeping in safe, portable bags.

The screens themselves are made from woven synthetic materials specifically tailored to reflect brighter tones and absorb darker ones, so your contrast ratio is exceptionally high, as the whites bounce back and the blacks linger deeply in the picture.

Feeling At Home, Even On The Road

Among the projector screens on our list, your perfect fit will have as much to do with the spaces in which you intend to use it as it will your budget or material preference.

I was once on the road in Virginia painting houses with a friend. We were on our way back from a BBQ joint that a local had recommended to us, when we saw a small crowd gathering at the center of a field by an old, historically significant mill. We found parking and joined the group, only to discover that they were members of a weekly summer film society that gathered on Saturday nights to project classic movies for anyone who wanted to watch.

They had a pretty simple projection setup, but it got the job done, and it looked like nobody had to tear their hair out in the process.

A few of the screens on this list are remarkably portable, either because their stands and screens alike are designed to break down and set back up with the greatest of ease, or because they have screens that are built into inflatable bodies. For the latter projection screen, you inflate and deflate it like a big air mattress, and your screen is ready to go camping, or to the park, or anywhere you can find enough juice to run the projector.

If you're putting together a home theater, though, you might not want something quite so rugged. A screen that rolls up into a bar you can mount on the wall would be ideal for you, especially one that has a motor inside it for unrolling and rolling up the screen. You can save a little money by grabbing a manual screen, but if you're building a home theater, it might be best to go all out.

An Allegory Of The Cave Painting

Plato's Allegory of the Cave may be one of the most concise and significant epistemological treatises preserved through history. If you're unfamiliar with it, the crude version is that there's a cave upon which a nearby fire projects the shadows of forms. They are but shadows–of a horse, for example–, yet the mind perceives the horse by its outline, by a suggestion of its remarkable features.

The Cave shadows are a great distance from the ideal of the horse, but so, too, is every horse you can see and touch. It's likely that Plato drew from the same inspiration that resulted in the cave paintings that reach back some 40,000 years. Those cave walls may very well have been the first projection screens, albeit unintended ones.

All it would take is for a small hole in a piece of hide strapped across a cave mouth, and you would essentially have created a prehistoric camera obscura. That would account for the cave paintings found in which cave artists rendered animals upside down, as the projection through the opening of a camera obscura would have inverted the image from without.

While the technology of the camera obscura led to the development of still photography, it wasn't until the era of cinema that projection screens took on the forms we recognize today. In those days, screens were usually any kind of stretched fabric, like canvas or silk, but you'd be hard-pressed today to find anything but the most finely tuned synthetics.



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