Operating your own outdoor cinema - whether it be in the backyard, in the park, or another locale - is typically a springtime/summertime game. Yes, you absolutely can set up your inflatable screen during the cooler months. Halloween time is always a good time for a scary outdoor movie. A milder Christmas season can definitely be augmented by an outdoor screening of It's A Wonderful Life or other such Yuletide fare. But, for the most part, you're going to be using your outdoor projectionist gear during the summer months. And the summer months, as you know, are hot. And heat, as you know, can be the catalyst for unwanted physical or chemical change.
So, the question is, how hot can it get outside before the heat will do damage to your inflatable screen? The answer may surprise you - Open Air Cinema has set up outdoor movies in some pretty torrid climes, with great results every time.
What We're Made Of
In order to get a handle on the best operating temperatures for your inflatable screen, you first need to know what exactly these screens are made of. Open Air Cinema makes all of their screens out of denier PVC. We choose this material for a couple of different reasons. First, this material is extremely durable against rip and tears. Secondly, PVC is extremely resistant to heat. PVC material will not begin to experience decomposition due to heat stress until the temperature reaches a whopping 140 degrees Fahrenheit. And, in case you were wondering, the melting point of PVC is 160 degrees.
What Does This Mean for Your Outdoor Cinema?
Essentially, what this information means is that you can pretty much set up your inflatable screen just about anywhere in the world, save the magma pool on the inside of an active volcano. Even places like Death Valley and the deserts of Libya don't get to be 140 degrees - although, they do come pretty close. Moreover, it's not as if you're going to be putting together your outdoor cinema rig during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 P.M. You projector won't be able to give off any decently bright picture until nautical twilight, well after the sun has actually gone beneath the horizon. So, essentially, what we're saying is that you can set up your inflatable screen pretty much any night when the skies are clear. Any night can become a night of cinema under the stars.