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Bringing the Theater To Your Backyard

Going to the theater isn’t what it used to be. So how about bringing the theater to your backyard. Use these tips to get started.

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Going to the theater isn’t what it used to be. So how about bringing the theater to your backyard. Use these tips to get started.

Backyard Theater Screen

Garage Door

If you’re going to have a backyard theater you are going to need a screen. Luckily there are a variety of options depending on your budget. This can be as simple as your garage door. Using your garage door allows for the BIG screen feel in your own back (or front) yard.

Garage door screen
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Bed Sheet

You can use a white sheet to make your movie screen. There are varying ways to hang it. You could put eyelets in the corners and bungee cord it so it stays tight. You could also sew a little sleeve in the top and bottom and slide a PVC pipe in. This will help the sheet not blow in the wind and hold its theater screen shape.

Blow Up Screen

My neighbor has one of these and it looks so fun! It’s a big blow up screen that gets inflated for outdoor movie night. The screen pictured below is a 12ft inflatable from Home Depot and costs around $145.

Home Depot

Screen With A Stand

When bringing the theater to our backyard this is the set up we chose. It allows us to show the movie in different places in our yard depending on if we want to watch it from the trampoline or from the above ground pool. We have even attached the screen (without the stand) to the fence. Lots of options with this type of screen.



Portable Mini Projector

If you are looking for a convenient portable way to bring the theater to your backyard this little guy might be just what you need. This portable mini projector allows you to stream from Amazon Prime, Netflix, or YouTube. Or you can use screen mirroring for an iPad or iPhone. You can find this backyard theater projector on amazon for around $350.


Indoor/Outdoor Projector

For our families backyard movie theater we use an indoor/outdoor projector. It’s small enough to easily carry outside and set on a table and show on our big screen. Yet, we can also use it indoors to show a movie on a wall. In fact, we often use it indoors and connect it to an xbox so the kids can play their video games. It’s a versatile style of projector that will definitely be bringing the theater to your backyard.


Ipad or Laptops

Don’t count yourself out of the backyard theater scene if you don’t have a screen or projector. You can still have an epic night under the stars enjoying a movie by simply using your iPad or laptop to stream a show.

This is an awesome time to be at home and enjoy the simple things in life. Watching a movie is one of those simple things we all like to do together. Take family movie watching to a whole new level by bringing the theater to your backyard.

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