10 Tips for Bringing Movie Night Into The Backyard

Summer, the time for parties and being outside as much as possible. The time for fresh produce and late movie nights. The time for swimming and bonfires. What if you could take all those things and put them together in one epic space? Namely, your backyard. With a backyard theater, hosting becomes simple and your parties will be the parties everybody talks about when the summer is over. While you can just set up a screen on the lawn, there are several ways you can actually incorporate movie viewing into your backyard. Take a look at these 10 backyard theaters to get inspired for your own backyard movie night.

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Did you know that you don’t even need a screen for movie night? If your home has a flat wall, you can project the film right onto it. Tell your friends to bring their lawn chairs and you’ll have the easiest movie night ever.

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Seamlessly take your shindig from pool party to movie night by installing a screen by the water. When it gets dark enough, guests can float around on the tubes with their cocktails while watching a favorite flick.

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Maybe you use your screen for a lot more than just movie nights. If you’re hosting sports viewing parties as well as movie nights, you’ll want to consider making your screen a permanent resident in your backyard. Give it a roof and sturdy posts so it’s available whenever you need it.

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Outdoor living areas are great places to relax during the summer. So why not add a screen above your outdoor fireplace? You’ll want to spend all your nights out there until it is literally snowing.

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When your yard is quite large, it helps to have defined spaces for all your outdoor activities. Put your screen under a pergola to put some parameters on viewing space. Of course if your party won’t fit underneath, you can always expand seating to the lawn.

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Looking for a really modern way to incorporate a screen into your modern backyard? Get artsy by projecting your film onto a waterfall. That’s right. No canvas required. It will act as a decorative piece by day and a movie theater by night.

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Are you building a deck in your backyard this summer? Consider adding special folding seats for spontaneous outdoor viewing that disappear when the movie is over. It’s a great option especially when you have kids that don’t mind sitting on the floor.

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Don’t really have a backyard for a real screen? Time to think temporary. You can invest in a blow up screen that will go anywhere in the yard you choose and then fold away for easy storage. Bean bag seating is not required but obviously makes the viewing more comfortable.

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Of course you can make your seating classy while comfortable too. Fill your outdoor furniture with all the cushions and pillows you can find that will withstand the weather. It will make your outdoor space look very pulled together while staying ready for movie night whenever the mood strikes.

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As with any party, what truly matters is the people attending. So throw up a classic rickety screen, pull out your chairs from the dining room and have a movie night, with or without a big backyard. No one will mind, especially if you serve popcorn.