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Movies under the stars: How to create a summertime outdoor cinema

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Reese Seltzer
With only a few items, it’s possible to create an easy and portable setup in your backyard.

As the weather warms and the skies clear up, it’s time to gather friends and family in your backyard to enjoy the perfect movie night. 

You’re going to need supplies to kick off your movie watching. Outside of the obvious popcorn, candy, and other snacks, an outdoor movie night requires only a few items.

First, find a suitable location for viewing, whether a backyard or another private, outdoor place. Be mindful of where you are. Make sure to consider whether the volume and/or light will disturb people. Consider that while this may be a fun, planned event for you, it may not be for your neighbors.

The next steps are acquiring a projector and something to project your movie of choice on. Projectors’ prices range depending on the brand, quality, and included components. Do you want to spend less? Look no further than the TMY Mini Projector or HAPPRUN Projector. Do you want the best quality? Try the WiMiUS Projector or Epson Home Cinema Projector.

While some projectors and screens are sold together, not all are. If they aren’t, no worries! A low-cost screen can be purchased, or a plain, white bed sheet hanging on a fence or wall will work. However, for convenient assembly and take down, use basic hooks or clips to hang the sheet.

Read the descriptions of your chosen items to see if they include necessary cords or adaptors to connect a device to your projector. An additional purchase of a proper cord might be essential to present the film.

Invest in an extension cord if you plan for the projector to be far from a power outlet. Connect speakers so all viewers can hear and indulge. It’s the small essentials that guarantee an endless summer of enjoyment.

After handling the technicalities, set up some chairs, grab some blankets and snacks, and make yourself comfortable. Decide on a movie to watch with your friends and family and play it on your device so it projects onto the screen.

The expenses will be worth it if you aim to utilize these materials in the distant future. Now, with these preparations and simple processes, a magical movie night under the stars has never been easier.

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