With everything going on in the world, it’s tough to get out and enjoy a movie in a public theater. This guide has everything you need to create the ultimate backyard movie theater at home.
If you want to bring the movies to your own backyard, we’ve got you covered. From inflatables to snacks, here’s our round-up of the best backyard movie night ideas.
Bring Your Inflatable A-Game
If you have kids coming to your backyard movie night, you won’t regret renting an inflatable. While inflatables are fun at any occasion, they will put your movie night on another level. Click for more information and to pick an inflatable your kids will love.
With kids happily bouncing and playing, parents can sit back and enjoy an epic movie night at home. You might just win parent of the year with this rental.
The Big Screen Home Movie Theater
For any DIY movie theater, the screen is the main event. If you’re planning on using your outdoor space for movies on a regular basis, purchasing a big screen will be worth the investment. When it isn’t being used for movies you can use it for sporting events, streaming, and even slideshows.
Before you buy your screen, think about where you’ll be viewing your movie. Make a note of any streetlights or bad sightlines, so everyone has a good seat. There are also several great projectors on the market that can be used with almost any computer, tablet, or phone.
The seating can make or break a good movie night. You want to make sure everyone has a comfortable seat to enjoy the show. If you have air mattresses, bean bags, or cushions, you can set them up with large pillows. Create an oval surrounding the big screen.
Use blankets and comfy bedding to make everyone feel cozy. If your yard is on a slope, place seating so that everyone has a clear view of the movie. Next to everyone’s seat, make sure to include a surface for people to place their drink and food.
The Concession Stand
The concession stand is usually what comes to mind when people think of going to the movies. Make sure you stock all the staples, including popcorn, candy, chocolate, and nuts. Take your concessions to the next level with a charcuterie board, pizza, sliders, soft pretzels, popcorn machine, and DIY popcorn bar.
If you have a fire pit, you can make a s’mores station to roast marshmallows as well. Don’t forget fun drinks to wash it all down.
DIY Drive-in Movie for a Larger Crowd
If you’re hosting more than a few people, a drive-in movie is a great option. The CDC lists drive-in movies as a low-risk activity. This is a safe way for people to gather while social distancing within their own car. If you have a large yard, driveway, or gravel area, use it to host a DIY drive-in.
The Backyard Movie Theater Is Open for Business
With everyone spending more time at home, we need some new ideas for outdoor fun. A backyard movie theater is a great way to change things up and make new memories. From the snacks to the cozy seats, these ideas are sure to make your backyard movie a night to remember. For more great home and DIY ideas, check out the blog section.