The screen for your projector is often underestimated as an expense in a home theatre setup. This is because it's easy to compare projector prices to TV prices and forget that you have to actually project onto something. Redditor dodgeboy solved the pricey problem with a little wood, spandex and DIY skills.
The whole thing cost me about $US200, including the wood, hardware, paint and fabric. Not too bad for a screen that size. It has great color/contrast, and is acoustically transparent so I can mount my centre speaker behind it.
He's right. A fixed screen of that size would cost hundreds more. While you can definitely get a pull-down option for about the same price, his DIY project looks a heck of a lot better and seems pretty simple to put together. It also comes with the added bonus of being able to tell your friends that they're watching movies on spandex.