Tonight, I checked out the space, and to be honest, things are looking a lot more optimistic with this rear projection idea. I'll attached some pictures for you to see.
Here's the view from the front of the sanctuary.
Here's the view of the organ speaker hole with something in front of it (possibly the old speaker...not sure).
Here's the view of directly behind the speaker hole.
It looks entirely plausible to widen (and possibly heighten) that hole to accommodate a rear projection screen. I didn't know that this was located WITHIN a room (one that's not even being used, as well (which means we can blacken everything in the room!). Just by using my wingspan, I calculate that there's about 7 to 8 feet of space directly behind the hole, so that would be my throughput distance. We need to sit down and decide how big of a screen we want. I also need to calculate the viewing angle for the front most pews, as I know that there is a vast fluctuation in viewing angles when dealing with rear projection screens.
Does anyone know how much a rear projection screen would run me? How about for say a 80", 96", or 120" screen? (just for craps and giggles)...or better yet, link me somewhere where prices are posted (I find Da-Lites site hard to navigate and see no prices..but, I could be just a big dummy).
Can anyone list some quality brands. My instinct is that NEC and Epson are two of the best, but I could be completely wrong.
This would be so amazing if this rear projection idea can work.