Outdoor screening has become the latest trend nowadays. People have started enjoying their summer nights under the sky with the magic of the silver screen in local parks and gardens. Similarly, if they do not get tickets to their favourite show in the theatre, they set up their own cinema in the garden when the film is available for home screening.

That’s right! Believe it or not, it’s that simple and not expensive at all.

You just need a projector or a true friend to borrow it from. You can now enjoy a movie night in the twilight with your friends, family and partner in the comfort of your home and garden.

This summer set up an outdoor cinema in your backyard to recreate the magic of the silver screen.

Things You Need For Your Home Cinema

You do not need a long list of supplies to set up an outdoor cinema. Just a few essentials and you are ready to munch on your popcorn.

To set up a cinema in your garden, you need the following items:

  • First of all ……the movie
  • A perfect spot
  • A projector/Kit
  • A screen
  • Garden Furniture
  • Snacks
  • Fairy lights or lanterns for decoration

Now let’s see how you can set up a DIY outdoor cinema. I have outlined five easy steps below that will help you to set up your personal cinema in the garden.

Step#1 Select The Right Spot In The Garden

The first and foremost step is to find the right spot for outdoor cinema. You need to consider the following factors:

  • Always choose a spot that is dry and sheltered to avoid rain or wind. Or schedule your cinema night according to the weather forecast.
  • Do not choose a spot with bright street or indoor lights because their light may get reflected against your screen.
  • Turn off all the extra lights in the surroundings for a clear display.
  • Most importantly choose a place where you can set up a screen easily with enough space.

Step#2 Arrange All The Necessary Equipment 

Select the movie you are going to watch and arrange all the necessary equipment you require for a movie night in your garden. You are going to need a projector, speakers and a screen.

  • You can buy a decent projector or borrow it from a friend. Make sure to get a good quality projector if you want decent picture and sound.
  • Secondly, you might need speakers so that the whole family can hear clearly. You can connect the speakers the laptop and enjoy the movie.
  • Another fundamental component is the screen. You can easily make one from a white sheet.

Step#3 Make A Comfortable Seating Space

Now, let’s talk about the sitting area. You need to have a comfortable area for guests to sit for an outdoor movie night. For this purpose, you can use your garden furniture like deck chairs, hanging chairs or couches.

However, if you do not want to use furniture then lay down a blanket on the floor. To make the floor sitting area more comfortable you can use cushions, beanbags or duvets.

Additionally, if you are planning to watch a movie with your partner then companion seats are a perfect choice. Picture the perfect movie night with your partner in the garden as the sun sets and the sky blushes pink.

Step#4 Get Your Popcorn And Other Snacks

Your movie night is incomplete without popcorn and drinks. It is up to you whether you want a simple snack party or a cheerful BBQ party.

For drinks, you can have anything you want like a cocktail, lemonade, champagne or fresh juices. However, if the weather gets a bit chilly then you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Step#5 Focus On The Decor and Little Details 

Ambience matters a lot. If you are setting up an area in the garden for your outdoor cinema then do not forget about the little touches.

For example, you can use fairy lights, lanterns and small candles in jars for lighting around the screen or the seats. Moreover, you can use rugs, cushions and vases with beautiful flowers in it on the table.

I hope these steps have demonstrated the simplicity of setting up your own outdoor cinema. By following these five simple steps, you can bring the cinema to your home. All you need is a perfect spot and the necessary equipment.

Author’s Bio:


Shiza Butt is a professional lifestyle blogger who loves writing on topics related to home décor, outdoor garden furniture and fashion. She has been writing on various furniture trends from a long time and loves sharing her knowledge with the world. Her aim is to keep her readers updated about the newest trends in the industry.

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