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How To Create the Ideal Movie Theater in Your Backyard

When people think about home theaters, they normally envision either a nice living room setup or an open-air outdoor experience with projectors and screens. However, what if we told you that you could create the ideal movie theater in your backyard while still staying indoors? 

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Here are some things you can use to build the perfect theater experience outside of your house.

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Use Shipping Containers

The best way to build a backyard movie theater is to use a shipping container. These metallic structures come in various sizes, so you can choose the one that works best for your space.

One of the benefits of using shipping containers as building materials is that they’re durable, and you can customize them to suit your personal needs. A distinct advantage of the container as a theater is that it has incredible acoustics that create an immersive movie experience.

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  • ★【Huge Screen & Long Bulb Life】200 inch large projection screen brings an immersive viewing experience. AuKing portable projector provides a 35~200 inches projection size with 3.6ft to 16.4ft projection distance. Use it for more than 15 years due to the powerful cooling system cools the heat of bulb effectively, extending the lamp's life up to 55,000 hours. More durable than previous models.

Necessary Equipment

No matter how you design your shipping container structure, you still need the necessary equipment. Investing in a high-quality projector is one of the most important ways to create the ideal movie theater in your backyard. A good projector aimed at the screen allows you to have good-looking movies.

BESTISAN Sound Bars for TV, 28 Inch Wired & Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Stereo Soundbar, HDMI/Optical/Aux/RCA/USB Connection, 3 Equalizer Modes, Remote Control, Wall Mountable
  • DSP Technology: This technology let you have three choices for sound effects: dialogue, movie and music. You can choose according to your current situation.
  • Wired connections: The sound bar have wired connection including HDMI, RCA, Optical, Aux and USB,it can easily connect to your TV or PC.

You can experiment with different speakers and soundbars to find the right balance of audio quality. Another advantage of the shipping container theater is that you can soundproof it from the inside, allowing you to have theater-level sound quality without upsetting your neighbors.

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Seating Options

Most movie theaters have different seating options. The classic fold-down theater seats can create that authentic movie-going experience, but they aren’t always the most comfortable. Some theaters use standard tables and chairs to give it more of a restaurant feel.

Others may have those big reclining chairs with enormous cupholders. You can decorate your theater with whatever seating options you think work best, or even experiment with something different, like a bed or the backseat of a car!

Snacks and Concessions

Nostalgia Popcorn Maker, 12 Cups Hot Air Popcorn Machine with Measuring Cap, Oil Free, Vintage Movie Theater Style, Red
  • QUICK & EASY: With a quick flip of a switch, this air popper popcorn maker pops up to 12-cups of healthy, air-popped popcorn per batch - perfect for parties, large group gatherings or a family night in
  • NOSTALGIA POPCORN KITS: All Nostalgia popcorn kits work perfect with this popcorn popper. (Theater hot air & kettle kit-kpk400, 4-ounce premium popcorn pack-kpp24, pcj30-soft shelled popping kernels, ppb600-reusable popcorn bowls)

Nobody likes paying movie theater prices. It’s so much easier to invest in a popcorn machine and make it yourself in your home theater. It’s not difficult to make movie-quality popcorn at home—just add plenty of salt and butter!

Blunon Movie Theater Candy - Assorted Candy Variety Pack - 24 Large Theater Size Boxes (Pack of 24)
  • Skip buying boxes of different snacks when you can enjoy a variety of 20 different snacks from your favorite brands in just one box!
  • Assortment Includes Sour Patch, Swedish Fish, Sweetarts, Tootsie Rolls, Warheads, Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales, Lemonhead, Red Hots, Trolli, Nerds, Runts, Spree, Gobstopper, Airheads, Boston Baked Beans and Twizzlers. Due to supply chain issues, substitution may occur.

Instead of spending extra on snacks, you can buy some much more cost-effective boxes of candy at your local dollar store.

Novelty Place Inflatable Ice Serving Buffet Bar with Drain Plug - Salad Food & Drinks Tray for Party Picnic & Camping (Pack of 1)
  • Convenient - Keep food and drinks cool and fresh for hours by filling ice into it. This serving bar is convenient, inflatable and portable.
  • Drain plug - Yes! There is a drain plug at the bottom to easily remove extra water if you need to refill with ice. The drain plug is located at a corner so you can slightly shift the bar off the table and drain into a bucket.

We recommend having a cooler full of drinks available. Since it’s a home theater, you don’t have to worry about upsetting other patrons with the loud hiss that comes with popping open a can or bottle!

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