What Do You Think About Setting Up Your Own Outside Movie Theater

What Do You Think About Setting Up Your Own Outside Movie Theater

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you were able to watch movies outside? Have you ever thought about creating your own outside theater system for your outside entertainment? Keep reading to find out what materials you’ll need to get started, and how to maximize your movie viewing experience with family and friends.

Depending on how much money you have for your budget there are many outside theater plans and companies available online that you can use to get started, but we’re going to talk about more on the cheaper side of the spectrum that’s pretty reasonable for anyone to get started.

First, consider the area you’ll use to set up your outside theater. If you have a nice-sized backyard then it’s fairly easy to use the standard inflatable movie screens to view your movies on. There are several types of inflatable screens available depending on how large of a screen you’re looking to use. I’ve included a few examples in this post. You want to ensure that you have a place to set up a table, your laptop, projector, and or cell phone for playing your movies on. It’s best to use a simple plastic table to set these items on as the tables are waterproof and will not damage from light rain, mist, or unintended spills.

Secondly, let’s talk about what we’re going to use as your movie screen. We have choices in this area, as you can use an inexpensive movie projector screen, inflatable movie screen, or a plain white sheet against a solid wall, the use of PVC pipes like the photo below, or even the side of your house.

 home made movie theater

Don’t forget your chairs for your guests (they’ll need somewhere to sit and relax) or better yet, get out your old sheets or blankets and sit right on the grass like the old days. With that said, we just need to ensure that we have all of our wires, connections, and equipment in place for the correct hookup of your outside theater.

The best thing about setting up your own outside theater is, it can bring your family and friends closer by watching your movies outside and you get to enjoy the environment along the way. Isn’t it great to inhale the fresh air? It’s even better when you take in some aromas from your grill, oh yeah, we can’t forget about our food!!

You can either have your guests bring their own snacks or as mentioned earlier you can grill out and enjoy whatever foods you like! Even your vegetarian friends will get a kick out of some grilled corn, veggies, or enjoy a tasty smoothie!

Finally, Spring/Summer is pretty much here, and to really enjoy the set-up you want to make sure that you have the citronella burning to keep the bugs away as you don’t want them ruining the whole experience for ya.

If you are going to set up your outside theater, ensure that you check your local weather ahead of time for any unforeseen weather changes before setting up. Keeping a healthy amount of supplies such as your paper plates, cups, napkins, trash bags, trash cans, etc will help you clean up in a snap.

Remember, you are setting up memories that will last forever. You don’t have to spend your life savings to have a good time. Sometimes, the smallest and least expensive ideas have the most lasting memories and effect on a person.

I tell you what, your kids (if you have any) will love this idea and if you’re single, you know what, you guys have created your own private oasis and alone time.

outdoor movie night ideas


I hope that the information in this post will help you with your plans for setting up your very own outside movie theater. If you’ve set your own outside movie theater system up yourself, we would love to see some of your ideas as this information is just scratching the surface, there are several ideas out there that I’m pretty sure you’ll want to take advantage of!

Thanks for reading, Check out our post on ideas for setting up a theater system in your own home by using your basement or utilizing any unused space in your home here.


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