What Do You Need For Your DIY Backyard Movie Theatre?

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What Do You Need For Your DIY Backyard Movie Theatre?

If you are planning to break the monotony and try something new, an outdoor movie night is a perfect package for you to enjoy with your friends. It isn’t only about a night out in a park or public lawn, you can build a DIY backyard movie theatre of your own! All you need is the right gear and setup. Keep reading to learn how to host a memorable outdoor movie night at your place.

DIY Backyard Movie Theatre

With a DIY backyard movie theatre of your own, you can enjoy some quality time with your family and friends and enjoy some horror movies or medieval war movies to keep the thrill alive.

Outdoor Projector

Outdoor Projector - DIY Backyard Movie Theatre

Don’t even think about pulling your indoor TV system outside. For a real outdoor movie night, you need a portable projector. Luckily, there are many outdoor projectors available these days at different prices you can pick from. Pay close attention to the lumens (how bright the projector is) and the resolution at the desired range. You should also make sure that your projector can support your content format (Blu-ray, external hard drive, HDMI connection, etc.)

Outdoor Movie Screen

Outdoor Movie Screen

Now the next question is where will you project your movie? An old standard sheet tied up on a fence or wall. But that isn’t reliable, and the slightest breeze will wreak devastation with the picture. Rather, the enthusiasts can make a PVC pipe frame for a more professional-looking screen. Or buy an outdoor screen that comes with a sturdy stand. Looking for a more go-big-or-go-home screen for a bigger gathering? Try renting an inflatable screen.

Powerful Speakers

Powerful Speakers - DIY Backyard Movie Theatre

You may have a picture, but now you require sound to go with your DIY outdoor movie screen. A powerful soundbar is comparatively simple to move out and hook up to a projector if it is compatible and if you have one on hand. If you have an outdoor Bluetooth speaker, you may be able to connect it to your projector as well, depending on its characteristics. 


Camping Chairs

Now, all the necessary technological gears are ready to go! But now you need to start thinking about the people! Pick a place for everyone to sit: Smaller gatherings can make do with a few blankets, but larger crowds may need folding chairs to make sufficient room. Don’t forget to include extra blankets and pillows for maximum outdoor comfort, and use kinds of stuff that are OK to get moist or a little messy.

Snacks and Drinks

Food - DIY Backyard Movie Theatre

We recommend going more casual with snack food. Try to use bowls and cups when feasible to avoid making a mess, and focus on foods that are easy to eat without getting your hands too dirty or needing a lot of cutlery. There’s a reason popcorn is a favorite movie food! When it comes to drinks, think about an outdoor drink dispenser for serving bigger crowds. 

Bug Repellent

Citronella candles

Since you are out and its dark, bugs appear, and you need to be prepared. Avoid wet areas or standing water. To ward off mosquitoes try using natural protection like citronella candles or torches. Note that moths (followed by bats) are naturally attracted to light, so you may have to deal with certain types of nighttime creatures.


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