Make a Memorable Backyard Movie Night
Movie night is anything but ho-hum when you bring it outdoors. Here are all the screen, tech gear and seating ideas you need
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There is something so romantic about watching movies outdoors. The big screen, snuggling up under blankets when it gets chilly and being able to grab whatever you like to eat or drink from the house top my list of reasons to try this at home. Check out these truly magnificent examples of backyard screening areas, then get outfitted with all the tech gear you need to make this dream a reality.
See the possibilities. Positioned over the carport, this built-in movie screen re-creates the feel of a classic drive-in movie theater, reinforcing the sleek 1950's lines of the modern home but with a digital age update.
These lucky homeowners can also view films from the upper level terrace off the main house.
Assess your yard. The first step is to take a look around the exterior of your home. Do you have a blank wall available? That could be the perfect spot for the silver screen (or a white sheet). You will also need a small table or a stool to position the projector and a seating area — though a patch of lawn works just as well as a full outdoor living room.
Gear up. Digital projectors are small and lightweight, and work simply by hooking up to your laptop. Prices have been coming down in recent years — this model supports HD video signals and is on sale for $328.89 on Amazon as I write this.
Take it to the next level. This amazing high-def projector from Epson can show movies in 3-D, so slip on your 3-D glasses and kick back. Your house just became the most popular one in the neighborhood.
Bring the sound. If you are in need of a new outdoor sound system, why not get speakers that blend in? This rocklike set from Overstock is cute, and it's so much easier to leave a set in place than to cart out speakers every time you want to watch a movie.
Make a DIY silver screen. If you want an upgrade from the white sheet (and you have the space on an exterior wall) consider using screen paint. This product can transform any wall into an HD-projector-quality screen — use the outdoor version of this paint for your backyard theater, and it will stand up to the elements and greatly enhance picture quality.
Outfit your seating area. A crackling fire can warm toes on chilly spring nights, and the innovative Chester Lit Sofa from Design Within Reach adds a soft glow from its cleverly hidden interior lights.
Don't let lack of a wall stop you. If you don't have a usable exterior wall, you may want to invest in an outdoor movie screen, like this one from Camp Chef. You can place it anywhere and even take it along to your vacation house.
Don't forget fun details. A backyard film-screening party can be a whole-neighborhood event or a romantic evening for two. Either way, the small touches really make it a night to remember.
Here are a few things to consider for your next backyard movie night:
Ideabook published on May 18, 2012.
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