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Building a DIY Backyard Theatre

Building a DIY Backyard Theatre

By Lisa Selvaggio

Imagine being able to “go to the movies” right in your own backyard. Well, with the right setup, you can have a do-it-yourself theatre in no time, and you’ll be able to spend fun nights with your friends and family doing something that’s a little out of the ordinary.

Below, we cover the main components of a basic DIY backyard theatre: the projector and the video source, the screen, and the sound system. The rest, from the seating arrangements and outdoor décor, to the snacks and guest list, will be entirely up to you.

The First Thing You’ll Need: A Projector

In order to watch a movie on your own backyard big screen, you need to invest in a high-quality projector. Although this product can be expensive, and you might experience some sticker shock at first, don’t worry. There are more affordable options on the market, so just taking your time to shop around a bit can help you find the one that will give you what you need at the right price.

  • Some budget-friendly projectors that are worth checking out include the BenQ HT2050A, the Epson Home Cinema 2150, the Viewsonic PJD7828HDL, and the BenQ TK800.
  • If you want to enjoy the clarity of projectors that boast 4K resolution, definitely look into the Sony VPL-VW295ES, the BenQ HT9050, the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB, and the JVC DLA-NX5.

Tip: It’s a good idea to look for a projector that provides enough brightness, along with a high enough resolution, to give you the freedom to view your movies clearly even if it isn’t totally dark outside, such as at dusk.

Next Up, Choose Your Video Source

Once you have your projector, you can hook it up to a video source, such as your laptop, a regular Blu-ray player, a 4K Blu-ray player, or Apple TV. It depends on whether you’re playing your movie from a streaming platform like Netflix or if you’re playing it off a DVD that you purchased.

If you’re interested in using a Blu-ray player for high-definition movies, some good options include:

You’ll Also Need a Big Movie Screen

You can’t mimic a moviegoing experience without a big screen, and there are several options that you can choose from when you don’t want to build one yourself. The key is to find a screen that will be easy to assemble and will provide a totally flat surface onto which a movie can be projected.

We recommend checking out the lightweight and durable Elite Screens Yard Master 2. It measures 135” and comes with everything you need to set it up securely and quickly, even if you’re working on uneven terrain. Plus, when you need to store it away in between uses, you can simply fold it down and put it in a padded carrying bag that comes with the screen.

The Last Component: A High-Quality Sound System

If the sound quality of your outdoor movie theatre is lacking, you won’t be able to fully immerse yourself in the film and really enjoy the experience. Just keep in mind that you want the sound that comes out of the speakers to be loud, but also balanced and clear, so don’t just focus on volume.

Portable, wireless speakers are a great way to go because they can be simple to set up. And they’ll have the power necessary to deliver sound that’s loud enough for everyone to hear the movie while watching it in your yard. Take the EcoBoulder by EcoXGear, as an example. It’s a 3-way speaker system that features a telescoping handle and all-terrain wheels so you can set it up wherever you need to, and you can connect to it via Bluetooth if you prefer to avoid a wired setup. It’s also waterproof and dustproof, and it will float if it accidentally falls into your swimming pool. Plus, you can even use EcoConnect to pair two speakers wirelessly and make your at-home theatre even better.

Make Amazing Memories in Your Backyard Theatre!

With the right equipment, you can set up a movie theatre in your backyard surprisingly easily and affordably. Then, whether you’re enjoying a quiet date night with your significant other or you’re planning a big summertime party with friends, you’ll be ready to entertain, relax, and have fun while watching your favorite flicks without leaving home.


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