One of the Best Spring Project Ideas: Outdoor Movie Theaters

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By Sam Bocetta / Published by Sam Bocetta
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Going to the movies with your family or friends is definitely an enjoyable activity. But it is even more fun if that movie theatre is found in your backyard. For many families, a personal outdoor theatre is definitely a must in one’s home. But why is this so?

Having your own outdoor home theatre actually gives a lot of advantages such as the following: 

 There is no need for a drive to the movie place; it’s just in the backyard, after all. 

  1. You can watch as many movies as you want.
  2. You can buy cheaper food to munch on from the grocery store. 
  3. You can invite your friends or relatives over without worrying about the seats. 

That being said, many families are interested in setting up their own outdoor theatre. Luckily, doing so is quite easy. Without further ado, let us look into how to set up an outdoor theatre. But before discussing how it’s done, here are the main things you will need to make this project possible:

  1. A space in the backyard for the set-up. 
  2. A plain light-colored wall or outdoor screen
  3.  Projector
  4.  Laptop
    Sound system 

Setting Up Your DIY Backyard Theater

  1. First and foremost, you want to make sure you have a space for the outdoor theatre. Usually, outdoor theatres are located in the back yard but the front yard or the garage would do as well. You want to make sure that there is a place for the screen, projector and the seats.
  2. Secure a screen for the projection. You have a lot of options for this; you can use a plain wall for projection or you can purchase preferably thick, king-sized white sheets from the store which you can hang or stand at a good distance from the projector and from where you will be seated. 

  3. Install the projector. To make this home theatre possible, a projector is very much needed--without it, projecting the movies and giving a legit cinematic feel would not be possible. Additionally, the projector is probably what costs most among all the materials. To ensure good quality projection, get a projector that has a standard high-definition resolution of 1080p. Install the projector at the distance you want it to be from the outdoor screen; you can adjust the distance to your preference. Also, you may need to use an extension cord if no socket is near the projector.

  4. Connect your laptop to the projector. The laptop will serve as the player of the movie. The DVD or the movie files will be placed in the laptop and when the laptop is connected to the projector, you will now have a similar cinematic scene as those in real movie theaters.

  5. Make sure you also use a good set of speakers. If possible, two speakers should be used. You want to choose speakers which has a middle receiver and two speakers which can be placed in the left and right corners of the screen. Make sure the speakers’ volume is enough for the entire place.

  6. Lastly, do not forget about extension cords, in general. They are definitely needed for the speakers, projector and perhaps the laptop as well if there are no nearby sockets available. Remember, if there is no source of power---all of this setup will not be possible.

To complete the setup, you may place chairs in the respective area facing the screen. This is optional, of course. Some would prefer sitting on the ground for the movies, as well. If you already have a list of the movies you are going to watch and you have secured food in the kitchen to munch on while enjoying the show--then you’re good to go. To find out more which outdoor projector screens work best click here