4940386490_f01863d479_bAh summer time, so many fun activities to do, but where do you start? Make sure you put this fun evening opportunity on your summer to-do list… a family movie night. A movie right in your own backyard that is!

The perfect show time is after a long, hot day in the sun. When the air finally cools off and the sun is beginning to set, grab your partner, a friend, or your family and relax with your favorite movie.

Here are some steps you can follow to turn your backyard into an amazing cinematic experience.

Getting Started

This outdoor movie theater project requires the following items, regardless of how elaborate or simple you envision your theater.

  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Projector
  • Sound System

Movie Theater on a Budget

If money is a concern, and you don’t want to investment in new equipment or make any permanent changes to your yard, then use what you already have. Your current laptop and projector should work just fine. You can even use a simple white sheet as your screen or there are options available online for less than $100.

Take advantage of any flat surfaces you have around your home; A great place to start is the driveway, which should be level enough to set up a portable screen and chairs for your audience. This has the added benefit of being easy to move into the garage should the weather suddenly change.

You can also hang a sheet on an outer wall, or as a last resort, between two trees.

Wherever you choose to set up the screen make sure there is a power source nearby.

The Landscaped Theater

If you envision a modern megaplex in your backyard then you may need to make a few changes to your yard. This can make for a great summer project though; and when you’re finished, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

The first thing you will need is a place for the screen. You could build a nice tall fence to project onto, or even a beautiful pergola with a sold side for the movie projection. If you don’t want a permanent wall or fence, then you can opt for a nice blowup movie screen that is portable (although these can be pretty expensive).

Don’t forget about the comfort of your guests when planning your landscape. You might want to build a nice fire pit area to keep them warm while viewing the movie. This is a great year round addition to any yard. You could also slope or grade your yard to accommodate large crowds comfortably.

The Finishing Touches

After all this preparation, don’t forget the popcorn and snacks to complete the experience! Some other helpful additions could include citronella candles or torches, beanbags instead of lawn chairs, and extra blankets for warmth.

The only thing missing now are the people. Invite your friends and neighbors over and make it a party! Who needs an expensive movie theater when you have a comfortable location and a view of the stars?

Clean Up

Although it may be late when your movie ends, don’t forget to clean up chairs, blankets, and trash. If left too long the next morning in the glaring sun, those items can scorch your lawn!