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Tips To Set up a Backyard Movie Theater

Sometimes, we don’t know what we’ll miss until it’s gone. We’ve all learned that the hard way as we continue our efforts to stop the pandemic. Movie theaters used to be such a treat, but, unfortunately, we’re currently unable to enjoy them as we once did.

Luckily, there are so many creative ways to create your own magical cinematic viewing experience within your own inner circle. With these tips to set up a backyard movie theater, you’ll be enjoying a life you thought was left in the before times.

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Set up a Projector

Acquiring a projector can come in handy for more than just backyard movie night. There is an array of different projector types on the market ranging in price and quality.

Once you’ve decided which is best for your purposes, you’ll want to set up it on a stable surface where it is far enough away from the screen and won’t be blocked by the audience.

Source the Media

Once your projector is set up, you’ll need to decide on a video source. Is the movie being played from a DVD player, a laptop, a media streamer, or a Blu-ray player? That device will need to be powered, along with the projector, and hooked up to it as well.

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Install a Screen

The screen you choose will depend on how professional you want your home theater to be. You could use a white sheet and secure it to a fence, or you could purchase an outdoor projector screen.

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You’ll want to account for weather conditions because, if it’s breezy, your movie and screen may be disrupted.

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Set up Seating

Seating can be formal or informal. You’ll want to place the seating in a way that allows everyone to see the screen clearly without obstructing the projector’s view. Seating can range from lawn and patio furniture to picnic blankets or even a tent to keep pests away.

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Set up Speakers

Speaker placement is key. If there are neighboring homes nearby, you’ll most likely want to place the speakers close enough to your party and far enough from neighboring lots to not disturb the neighborhood.

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Whether you’re using wireless or plug-in speakers will also matter because you’ll need a power source, and most devices can only pair to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Therefore, you’ll need the speakers to be big enough and strategically placed so everyone can hear properly.

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Create a “Concessions” Area

What’s a movie theater without its concessions? Snacks and beverages are a must, and your guests can also indulge in warm food such as nachos, pretzels, and hot dogs.

Gather the necessary items to grill like a pro, set up a toppings bar for people to dress their food, and voila—you have an affordable smorgasbord of movie theater-style cuisine!

Using these tips to set up a backyard movie theater should have you on your way to an unforgettable night under the stars with your favorite people.

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Just because this year has been a doozy in terms of what we are limited to socially, that doesn’t mean we can’t make our own fun at home.

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