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Projectors For Sports Bars And Restaurants

Whether you run a sports bar, restaurant, gin mill, café, night club, parlor, beer garden, watering hole, pub, taproom, tavern, cantina, diner, brew house, cocktail lounge, gentleman's club, cabaret or beer hall to keep your patrons coming back you need strong drinks, tasty food, friendly waitstaff, a fun atmosphere and of course, a big screen!

Going big with a projector and screen combo can get people buzzing about your establishment and be the key to your success. Many go with a boring flatscreen television. But in terms of price per inch, bar projectors are by far the most affordable way to get both a massive screen and the vivid detail your customers need to see every play.

That’s why we’ve got the top hospitality projectors for sale with screens that pair perfectly to provide your patrons an engaging and entertaining environment that will keep them coming back and turn them into regulars.

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Overall Best Projector for Sports Bars

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Your dining and cocktail menu can only keep your clientele's attention for so long. Our most recommended sports bar projector is the Optoma ZK507-W. With 5000 lumens of brightness it’s bright enough for just about any tavern or beer hall. It offers an incredibly detailed 4K image with excellent color and good motion handling that make you feel like you’re in the game. The generous throw range and lens shift make set up a breeze. Because it uses a laser light source, this barroom projector is relatively low maintenance. With a picture this large and this good, your patrons will be thrilled every time they walk through the door.

  • Lumens:
    5000
  • Contrast:
    300,000:1
  • Chipset:
    DLP
  • Throw Ratio:
    1.39:1 - 2.22:1 (D:W)
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Best Ultra Short Throw Projector for Sports Bars

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Instead of being mounted on the other side of the barroom, the Epson LS800 sits directly below the projector screen. With a super bright laser light source and the ability to make a display up to 150 inches, this laser TV makes watching sports a truly epic event. When paired with an ambient light rejection screen this ultra short throw projector is able to produce a vibrant image even in well-lit bars. The powerful built in sound bars make this an excellent taproom TV.

  • Lumens:
    4000
  • Contrast:
    2,500,000:1
  • Chipset:
    LCD
  • Throw Ratio:
    0.16:1 (D:W)
$3,499.99
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Best Budget Projector for Sports Bars

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The Epson 3800 is our go-to low cost budget projector for bars and restaurants. While not as bright as the other projectors on this list, the 3000 lumens are enough for many darker room set ups like at a night club. It does offer a 4K resolution image that looks great on screen, however other higher end projectors do produce a significantly better picture and are typically worth the extra spend.

  • Lumens:
    3000
  • Contrast:
    100,000:1
  • Chipset:
    LCD
  • Throw Ratio:
    1.32:1 - 2.15:1 (D:W)
$1,699.99
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Best Karaoke Bar Projector

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When it comes to karaoke projectors the most important factor is the readability of the text on the screen. Typically a 1080p projector is a high enough resolution for reading the lyrics. With 5500 lumens of laser brightness, the Optoma ZH520 has enough light output to overcome most lighting setups so the lyrics on screen are easy for performers to read. With this karaoke bar projector, your customers will be singing their hearts out for hours on end!

  • Lumens:
    5500
  • Contrast:
    3,000,000:1
  • Chipset:
    DLP
  • Throw Ratio:
    1.13:1 - 1.47:1 (D:W)
$1,999.00
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Best Golf Sim Projector for Bars and Restaurants

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If you want to really ‘wow’ your patrons adding a top golf simulator to your bar will really get them excited to come out. The BenQ LK936St offers 5100 lumens of brightness allowing it to overcome the light from just about any barroom. This projector’s short throw ratio gives you flexible set up options to fit into any size bar. It is by far the #1 golf sim projector. You could even charge for a bucket of balls and add a fun new revenue stream for your establishment.

  • Lumens:
    5100
  • Contrast:
    3,000,000:1
  • Chipset:
    DLP
  • Throw Ratio:
    0.81:1 - 0.89:1 (D:W)
$4,899.00
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Sports Bar and Restaurant Projectors

Your dining and cocktail menu can only keep hold your clientele's attention for so long. To keep them ordering (and becoming regulars) you need to make your house of food and drink the place to go to watch the game. A projector and screen combo will help you accomplish that feat.

Sports bar projectors are an essential tool for any establishment that wants to provide an immersive viewing experience for their customers. With a high-quality projector, sports fans can watch their favorite games on a large screen, creating a stadium-like atmosphere that can help to enhance their enjoyment of the event.

Sports Bar Projectors


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Projector Resolution:
WUXGA
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
7000
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Chipset:
LCD
Aspect Ratio:
16:10 [WUXGA]
Throw Ratio:
1.35:1 - 2.20:1 (D:W)
Lens Shift:
Horizontal +/-20% & Vertical +/-50%
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Years
HDBaseT:
Yes

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
JVC
Product Status:
Contact Us to Place Order
Lumens:
3300
Projector Type:
Standard Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Chipset:
DMD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
1.36:1 - 2.18:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Input Lag:
1080P/240Hz: 6.25ms
3D Support:
No
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
Optoma
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 2-3 Weeks
Lumens:
5000
Projector Type:
Standard Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
300,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
1.39:1 - 2.22:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
Vertical
Input Lag:
1080p/60Hz: 80ms
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
2 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
BenQ
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
5100
Projector Type:
Golf Simulator
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
3,000,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.81:1 - 0.89:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Input Lag:
1080p/60Hz: 34ms
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual
HDBaseT:
Yes

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
Optoma
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 2-3 Weeks
Lumens:
5000
Projector Type:
Standard Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
300,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
1.39:1 - 2.22:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
Vertical
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
WUXGA
Brand:
Optoma
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 2-3 Weeks
Lumens:
8200
Projector Type:
Standard Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
1,100:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:10 [WUXGA]
Throw Ratio:
1.25:1 - 2.00:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
1920x1200
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
3D Support:
Full HD 3D
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Motorized
HDBaseT:
Yes

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Ultra Short Throw Projectors

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
4000
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Chipset:
LCD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.16:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 21.0ms | 1080p/60Hz: 22.1ms | 1080p/120Hz: 12.3ms
3D Support:
No
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
2 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
LG
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
3700
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,000,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.19:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 53.3ms
3D Support:
No
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
Ultimea
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
4000
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
4,000:1 (full on/off)
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.21:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 25ms
3D Support:
Yes
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
3 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Motorized

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
Hisense
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 3-5 Business Days
Lumens:
2700
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,000,000:1
Chipset:
DMD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.25:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 34.5ms | 1080p/60Hz: 34.5ms
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
2 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Fixed

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What kind of a projector do you need for a bar?

Like choosing a spirit for your signature cocktails, the type of projector you need for a bar depends on a number of factors such as the size of the space, the distance between the projector and screen, the lighting conditions of the room, the type of content you plan to display and the projection screen size.

Here is what to look for when you’re shopping for a barroom projector:

Brightness

Brightness

When it comes to choosing a projector for a bar or restaurant, It’s all about brightness. The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens, and it refers to the amount of light the projector can produce. A brighter projector will generally produce a clearer, more vibrant image, even in a well-lit room.

In a cocktail lounge or eatery setting, there’s likely to be a good deal of ambient light, especially during the day or in the evening when the lights are on. This can make it difficult to see a projected image if the projector is not bright enough. A projector with at least 3,000-7,500 lumens is recommended for use in a well-lit social environment like a sports pub or a pool hall.

Another consideration when it comes to projector brightness is the size of the screen or image being projected. A larger screen will require a brighter projector to produce a clear image.

Ultimately, the brightness of the projector will have a big impact on the viewing experience for customers in a bar or restaurant setting. A projector that is too dim will make it difficult to see the image. It's important to choose a projector with the right minimum level of brightness for your specific needs and environment.

Picture Quality

Part of the reason people want to go out to watch the game is that they want to get an experience they can’t achieve at home. That’s why your pub projector should offer a picture quality that’s better than what they’d get at home.

Resolution

For that reason you’ll want to get a 4K resolution projector. With a 4K projector for a bar, your patrons will be able to watch football, baseball, basketball and more with a level of detail that will take their breath away.

Color Gamut

Because people are so familiar with their favorite team colors, you’ll also want to look for a beamer with a high level of color accuracy. Without that accuracy the image just won’t look right.

A wider color gamut gives the best projectors for sports bars more hues to pick from which can enhance the realism of what everyone is watching.

Contrast

Good contrast is always important, though it's not as crucial as it is for a home theater projector. This is because most content that you'll be watching will be bright and vibrant and therefore doesn't require the high levels for home cinema usage.

For karaoke bar projectors higher contrast is somewhat more important because it can make it easier to read the lyrics on the screen.

You can learn more about the importance of projector contrast here. For restaurant settings, you'll want to look for a projector with a sequential contrast ratio over 1000:1.

HDR

For a taproom you don’t need to worry about how the projector handles HDR because that would dim it and as we mentioned above, brighter is better. Also most live TV events aren’t broadcast with HDR, so unless you make movie nights a regular event, paying more for an HDR projector isn’t needed.

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

You’re not an expert in projection, you just want to run the local tavern. And you definitely don’t want to face any issues during a big game. That’s why you want to get a barroom projector that’s easy to install and easy to maintain.

When it comes to projection installation, features like horizontal and vertical lens shift and extensive zoom range make it easier to perfectly align the image to the projector screen regardless of where the projector is mounted in the room. Being able to shift and zoom the image without distorting it makes it much easier to install. An ultra short throw projector that doesn’t need to sit on the other side of the room can also make installation much more simple.

Maintaining a projector needs to be simple. You don’t want your bar keepers waiters or yourself having to fuss with changing filters or cleaning dust off the projector on a regular basis. Unfortunately if you want to keep your device running longer at full capacity you’ll need to clean it and the filters on a semi-regular basis.

With maintaining a projector one of the main tasks you can avoid is changing the bulb. By buying a laser projector for your establishment there is no need to change out a dead lamp because laser projectors can last for 20,000+ hours without any dimming.

Smoky Rooms And Projectors

If your state or local laws allow smoking indoors at bars this could cause a problem with projection. A smoke filled barroom is going to soften the projected image because the vapors in the air can block the light from reaching the screen.

Sports Bar

It would be better to get an ultra short throw projector for a smoking lounge so there’s less obstructive fog between the projector and the screen.

The other issue with a smoker friendly establishment is that the soot is going to more quickly clog up the filters so they’ll need to be changed and cleaned more regularly.

You’ll also want to look closely at the manufacturer warranty because some may not honor it if the projector is in a smoky environment. If you plan to use your beamer in a tavern that permits smoking, give our experts a call and we can help you figure out the optimal solution.

Sports Bar and Restaurant Projector Screens

Whether it's for watching sports or karaoke, if you want to provide your diners a true entertainment experience you need a big screen size only a projector screen can provide.

Our projection gurus have put together this menu of screens they most often recommend for bars. We highly suggest chatting with one of the ProjectorScreen.com experts to ensure you're getting the best screen to meet your needs.

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Restaurant and Bar Projection Screens

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Special Features:
Ambient Light Rejection
Supported Resolution:
4K
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Da-Lite
Viewable Diagonal in.:
100
Viewable Width in.:
87
Viewable Height in.:
49
Surface Color:
Gray
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 5-6 Weeks
Gain:
1.0
Case Color:
Pro Trim Black Fabric
Product Line:
Cinema Contour
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
Parallax Stratos 1.0

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Special Features:
Ambient Light Rejection
Supported Resolution:
4K, 8K
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Screen Innovations
Viewable Diagonal in.:
180
Viewable Width in.:
157
Viewable Height in.:
88
Surface Color:
Gray
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 3-5 Business Days
Gain:
1.2
Case Color:
Black Velvet
Product Line:
Zero Edge
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
Slate 1.2

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Supported Resolution:
4K
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Screen Innovations
Viewable Diagonal in.:
100
Viewable Width in.:
87
Viewable Height in.:
49
Surface Color:
White
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 5-10 Business Days
Gain:
1.3
Case Color:
Black Velvet
Product Line:
3 Series Fixed
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
Solar White

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Special Features:
Ambient Light Rejection
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Elite Screens
Viewable Diagonal in.:
100
Surface Color:
Gray
Product Status:
In Stock
Gain:
1.2
Product Line:
SableFrame CineGrey 3D
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
CineGrey 3D

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Special Features:
Ambient Light Rejection
Supported Resolution:
4K, 8K, 16K
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Stewart Filmscreen
Viewable Diagonal in.:
123
Viewable Width in.:
107
Viewable Height in.:
60
Surface Color:
Gray
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 4-6 Weeks
Gain:
1.1
Case Color:
Black
Product Line:
WallScreen Deluxe
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
FireHawk

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Special Features:
Ambient Light Rejection
Supported Resolution:
4K, 8K, 16K
Screen Type:
Fixed Frame
Mount Type:
Wall
Format:
HDTV [16:9]
Brand:
Stewart Filmscreen
Viewable Diagonal in.:
200
Viewable Width in.:
174.25
Viewable Height in.:
98
Surface Color:
Gray
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 4-6 Weeks
Gain:
1.1
Case Color:
Black
Product Line:
WallScreen Deluxe
Front/Rear Projection:
Front
Projection Surface:
FireHawk

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What kind of a projector screen do you need for a bar?

The projector you get for your diner or cocktail lounge is only half the equation for your display. The projection screen is just as important to the overall visual experience. Here's what to look for in a projector display for your bar.

Screen Type

The type of screen you get is completely up to your own personal taste. Most food and drink establishments typically go with a fixed frame projector screen.

However, if you plan to use your space for more than than just watching sports on a big screen, you might want to consider buying a retractable display. This allows the screen to roll up and out of the way when not in use. You'll want to get a motorized projector screen that can be withdrawn at the push of a button instead of a manual one because this will make your servers' lives significantly easier.

You'll want to get a cinema screen that mounts to wall or hangs from the ceiling.

Screen Size

Just like most things in life, when it comes to projection displays, bigger is better. This is especially true for alehouses and diners trying to attract new customers and retain regulars. So when owners ask us, "What size projector screen should I get for a bar?", we tell them to get the largest one they can fit and afford.

Projector Screen Size Recommendations

Typically if you want to achieve the big screen experience you'll want to get at least a 100 inch projector screen. Though many sports-bars go with a 120 or even 150 inch screen size.

But if you truly want to impress your patrons that will get them telling their friends about your establishment (and assuming you've got the budget and room size for it) consider investing in a humongous 200 inch projector screen. Free word of mouth advertising alone would cover the cost.

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Aspect Ratio

With regards to aspect ratio (the dimensions of the display) you’ll want to get a 16:9 projector screen. Because you’ll almost exclusively be watching sporting events and television on your setup, you’ll want your screen dimensions to match the content’s.

Ambient Light Rejection

Most patrons don’t want to eat and drink in darkness, and while pubs are typically not super well-lit you’ll still want to keep some lights on. The brightness of a room has a huge impact on how the picture will appear on the display. The brighter the room the duller the projected image.

However, there are a few ways to overcome this challenge.

The first step as we mentioned above is to get a projector that outputs enough lumens.

The next way is to get a higher gain movie screen. Gain is a measurement describing the light reflectivity of a surface. High gain projector screens increase the brightness of the image reflected back at the audience. However, high gain screens typically have a more narrow viewing angle, so this isn’t always the answer for most dining environments.

The best way to deal with projecting in a well lit room is to buy an ambient light rejecting screen. An ALR screen is one with a specially engineered surface that only accepts light hitting it at the angle coming from the beamer. All other light is either absorbed or rejected by the surface.

For most venues that sell food and beverages, our most recommended way to deal with ambient light is to pair an ultra short throw projector with a UST screen. These screens only accept light coming from below where the device is positioned so you get the brightest, most vivid image possible.

Viewing Angle

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You’ll of course want everyone in the barroom to be able to see what’s on the screen so that they can take in the bright vibrant picture. That’s why viewing angle is crucial to help you decide which screen to buy. If a customer is outside of the viewing angle, then the image will look dim and washed out like a watered down drink. Longer barrooms don't need to worry about this as much but for a wider tavern setting you’ll want to get a projector screen with a wide viewing cone of at least 120 degrees.

Luckily, ProjectorScreen.com makes it easy to shop because every product has this handy chart that shows you the viewing cone of the screen.

Sometimes you may need to sacrifice some of the ambient light rejection properties to achieve the wide viewing cone.

How Much Does A Projection Setup For A Bar Cost?

The price to buy and install a screen and projector for your bar can vary widely depending on your needs. Factors like the size of your screen and the picture quality of your beamer can greatly impact the cost. Important features like a high lumen output and ambient light rejection, will also increase the amount you'll need to pay. 

To achieve that "Wow!" factor from your display, you can expect to your setup to cost between $4,000-$8,000. For a truly gigantic projector screen you'll likely be spending north of $10,000 on both pieces of projection equipment.

This may seem like a big investment but keep in mind a few things. 

  • The immersive experience projectors provide will keep your customers in their seats longer giving them more opportunity to order food and drink.
  • A huge screen will attract new customers by making your establishment stand out from the rest. 
  • A projector will last you at least 8-10 years and if you get a high quality cinema screen it can be good for a lifetime!

You may be tempted to try a cheap projector and screen but you, your bartenders and most importantly, your customers will find the content completely unwatchable.

Why Buy A Projector and Screen For A Bar From Us

At ProjectorScreen.com, we’re the experts on all things projection. This is especially true when it comes to more complex projects like projection setups for bars and restaurants.

We provide outstanding support when you’re deciding what to purchase to ensure your place of learning finds exactly what it needs to keep patrons engaged with the power of projection and most importantly, coming back for more.

On top of the great service, you can shop with confidence that you’ll be getting the best pricing possible.