Backyard Theater: Everything You Need for Movie Nights Under the Stars

There’s something so special about watching a movie in your backyard, especially in the summer months. Backyard theaters are relatively easy to set up and can provide hours of fun for family and friends. Your setup can be as simple as a screen and a projector, or it can be more elaborate with a stage, lights, and sound system. Whether you’re renting an apartment in Orlando, FL, or you own a home in Savannah, GA, a backyard theater is a perfect way to create memorable experiences outdoors. Here are some tips for creating the perfect backyard theater so you can have endless outdoor movie nights under the stars.

backyard movie theater setup with outdoor tv

What you’ll need for your backyard movie theater

You’ll need a projector, screen, speakers, and media player for your backyard theater. You can find all of this equipment at your local electronics store. 

Screen options: 

There are a few different backyard theater screens to choose from. You can go with an inflatable screen, which is easy to set up and take down. You can get a fixed frame screen, which is more permanent but also more expensive. Alternatively, you can get a projector screen, which is what most people use for a backyard theater. 

Home technology advice site Home Theater Review says, “To have the best viewing experience, you’ll want to use a dedicated outdoor projection screen. The other thing to consider is power; how far away is the electrical outlet? If it’s too far, you’ll either want to consider a battery-powered projector or else get an extension cord that will reach.”

Sound options: 

There are a few things to consider when choosing sound for your backyard movie theater. First, you need to decide what type of system you want. There are two main types: wireless and wired. Wireless systems are generally more expensive, but they are also more convenient to set up and use. Wired systems are less expensive, but they can be more difficult to set up and use. 

Second, you need to consider the size of your outdoor area. If you have a large area, you will need a system with more power and speakers. You can get by with a smaller system if you have a small area. 

Third, you need to consider the weather conditions in your area. If you live in an area that is prone to storms, you will need a system that can withstand those conditions. Fourth, you need to consider your budget. There are outdoor surround sound systems available at a variety of price points. You need to decide how much you are willing to spend on your system. 

When it comes to choosing an outdoor surround sound product design-build company, Andor Willow says, “One of the hardest factors to control is the acoustics, as there aren’t any insulated walls or ceilings to absorb soundwaves. To ensure your movies sound as good as they look outside, it’s always best to keep your main audio channels as close to the seating area as possible. This allows you to keep the volume reasonable without sacrificing audio quality – your neighbors will thank you.”

Covering the latest in high-end audio eCoustics adds, “You might be tempted to install a soundbar outside, but you can get better sound with a pair of high-powered wireless speakers. An A/V receiver connected to all-weather loudspeakers would be your best bet if your installation allows for it. In such case, there’s no need to stop at two speakers if your goal is outdoor surround sound.”

backyard movie theater setup

Setting up your backyard movie theater

Choose the right location 

The location of your backyard theater is important. You’ll need to make sure there’s enough space for your equipment and seating. You’ll also want to choose a spot away from any noise sources, such as traffic or neighbors.

According to smart home enthusiast publication Residential Tech Today, “Choose products that are specifically designed for the outdoors and distribute the sound evenly throughout the space to be heard within the property without irritating the neighbors. Outdoor TVs should be located in a spot where direct sunlight is minimal, and Wi-Fi signal strength is strong for streaming video services. Hiring a CEDIA-caliber professional integrator, who has years of experience installing these types of systems, is highly recommended as well.”

Style your backyard theater 

When it comes to styling a backyard movie theater, you’ll want to choose furniture and decor that is comfortable and inviting. Create a cohesive look by choosing a color scheme or theme and sticking to it. Your guests will be spending a lot of time sitting in your backyard theater, so make sure you choose comfortable seating like bean bag chairs, lawn chairs, and sofas are all good options. 

Make sure there is enough lighting so that the space is well-lit, and add personal touches that make the space your own. Lastly, no movie theater experience is complete without snacks and drinks. You can set up a concession stand with popcorn, candy, and soft drinks for everyone to enjoy. 

A remodeling and construction company Rela Remodeling, shares, “Whether you’re throwing a party or having family over for a holiday gathering, a backyard home theater is a great way to break away from convention and host an event to remember. You can easily add tiki torches, mosquito repellent, and comfortable couches to further enhance the vibe. Just don’t forget the popcorn.”

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Pick a flick and press play on your outdoor movie nights

What’s better than enjoying a movie in your own backyard? There are many reasons to add a backyard theater to your home. It can provide a fun and relaxing space for you and your family to enjoy movies and TV shows together. It’s also a great way to entertain guests. It also may increase the value of your home, especially if you live in an area where outdoor living is popular. So start gathering what you need and set up your backyard theater today to create unforgettable experiences under the stars.

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