Now that summer is here and the evenings are warm enough be alfresco, an outdoor cinema suddenly seems like the perfect way to relax with friends when you can’t face the crowds clamouring for a table in your local pub garden. They’re super easy to set up once you have the kit and the technical know-how. All you need is a projector, screen or white bedsheet, film source (i.e. a laptop, DVD player or streaming device–we recommend the Google Chrome Cast and the Amazon Fire TV Stick) and some cosy garden furniture.
A projector is a great investment for any film-loving family. Invest in a portable one that you can take outside, with a soundbar attached so you don’t need to worry about speakers and string a sheet up between two trees. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a warm evening while watching a movie and snuggling up under some blankets with a bag of microwave popcorn when the sun fades. A sheet is a great solution but a projector screen will give the best views. Make sure it’s somewhere out of the wind and in a secure setting. Then just cluster your comfiest seating around it and press play.
Hang your sheet or place your projector screen in a dry and secure area, away from any wind. Connect the projector to your source–this could either be a computer or DVD player–and away you go. If you don’t have a projector with a sound bar built in, you will need to also connect a speaker system. You can create a comfortable seating area using chairs, beanbags, cushions, rugs, blankets and anything else that helps to create a relaxing cinematic experience.
We’ve rounded up some of the best projectors, screens and comfy seating options for a lovely night at the movies.