While it may be inexpensive to go to the movies, nothing beats a home theater that is right at your doorstep. It may initially sound like something out of your budget, but you’d be surprised at how affordable setting it up can be. Of course, you can always opt for making your home theatre more luxurious; however, that’s entirely optional.
Here’s what you may need to get started.
If you want the full-blown cinematic experience, your best bet is to invest in a high-quality projector as well as a backdrop as your screen. Surprisingly, you can find very affordable options during clearance sales. Make sure you check the listed features of the device before purchasing it to make sure that the projected size of the screen matches that of your backdrop.
If you have a spare television lying around, or an easily portable one that you can take outside before your movie night, the experience is just as enjoyable. The only problem you may run into is poor signal, especially if you’re watching a game from your cable.
An easy fix is to invest in a high-quality antenna that you can use in the outdoors. If you’re unsure how to set it up, read this guide for more information on how to do it correctly, and make sure that you check the reviews of the antenna of your choice before purchasing. Buying an antenna is usually quite a cheap investment, and goes a long way when it comes to strengthening signal, and overall betting your cinematic experience.
The sound of your television or the device which is streaming your movie will never be loud enough in the outdoors. It’s always smart to invest in good quality subwoofers, which you can also use in the indoors when they’re not outside.
Aside from being loud enough, a home theater sound system also makes your experience far more immersive. Always place the speakers where the seats are, not where the screen is for better sound quality. However, depending on your neighborhood, you may not want to use your speakers too loudly in the late evenings!
What’s an outdoor cinema without a perfect setting? Your decorations can range from installing cozy string lights to peppering some bean bags in the sitting area. You may think that all it takes for your mini cinema is a widescreen television and a good sound system, but decoration makes the experience warmer and cozier.
It’s always a good idea to look at some online photos for inspiration, in case you don’t know where to start. If you’re feeling fancy, you might want to invest in some padded benches, especially if you expect to have guests flowing to your cinema on a regular basis.
Food and Drinks
Before you invite your friends to your movie night, prepare your snacks and drinks or ask your guests to bring some on their way to your home. Homemade popcorn goes a long way, and some fizzy drinks and chocolate bars will have something for your guests to munch on while they enjoy what you’re streaming.
If you’re installing this home theatre for yourself or for your family, you might want to stock up on snacks until you need them. You don’t want to ruin the fun by running out of munchies!
The most ideal spot in your backyard will always be an area that has easy access to power. However, you can also solve this problem by investing in a long power cord, so you can set up your devices in the most aesthetic area in your yard. Power cords and splitters come cheap, just make sure you use one that matches the voltage of your devices to avoid power cuts.
After you’ve invested in all these devices, benches and decorations, you wouldn’t want to wake up one morning and find it all gone! While you may carry your projector or television to and from your outdoor cinema when needed, it’s best to have a high fence with a secure gate to avoid burglary.
If you don’t already have one, it’s wiser to invest in one before you set up your backyard theater. Alternatively, you can keep the decoration and seats outside, and carry your expensive devices to your cinema whenever needed. However, this may be a little tedious to do, and would likely have you used your cinema less often.
Setting an outdoor cinema makes your movie-watching experience far richer and more pleasurable, while it also makes a great setting for big get-together. You can set it up at the lowest cost by installing a projector or install a television in your backyard. Whatever the case, armed with these tips, you could not go wrong about it.