11 Easy Ways To Transform Your Backyard Into An Outdoor Movie Theater

by Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson
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At Home Movie Theater

If you’ve been scrambling for ideas to keep the kids entertained at home, creating your own outdoor movie theater is a guaranteed way to bring the excitement back to backyard life this summer. There’s nothing better than a movie night at home, sitting out under the stars to watch the latest feature flick? It’s like having your own personal drive-in movie theater—minus the driving–and well, when you can’t get to the movie theater, it’s time to bring the theater to you. (If there’s anything moms know how to do it’s improvise, right?)

Outdoor movies have always been a fun summer evening activity but these days, a backyard movie theater feels more like a necessity than a novelty. And now with the fall season and cooler weather fast approaching, the last thing you want to do right now is spend more time indoors. So how do you come up with backyard theater ideas that will be a hit with the whole family? Well mama, it’s time to bust out that patio heater and outdoor movie theatre furniture (and the portable crib if you need it) — let the outdoor movie nights begin!

That said, you don’t have to be a Pinterest mom to make the magic happen. Of course, you are free to really theme it up and get crazy–er, crafty–with the decor details for your DIY home theater, but if your skillset isn’t quite on the Martha Stewart level, there’s no need to worry. You can still easily put together an at-home outdoor movie theater the whole family will love. In fact, with all the movie-night supplies available online now—think everything from projectors to reusable popcorn containers—it might be easier than ever. Bonus: Your at-home movie theater doesn’t come with the overpriced concession-stand snacks or require face masks and there’s no searching for a seat while stepping over strangers in the dark.

Not sure how to get your cineplex started? No problem. To help you create a five star-worthy outdoor movie theater, we’ve rounded up all the must-haves to shop ahead. All that’s left to do is agree on which family flick to watch (sorry, you’re on your own there).

Outdoor Movie Theater Tech Products

Backyard Movie Theater Seating

Outdoor Movie Theater Snacks and Supplies

Outdoor Movie Theater Extras


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