How To Install An Outdoor Cinema In Your Backyard

Home Theater Essential Elements

May 25th, 2019   |   Updated on April 11th, 2020

Summer is finally here, which leaves many of us thinking up all of the different ways we can make the most of our outdoor spaces. Some of you must be thinking how to install an outdoor cinema in your backyard.

Below, we look at how you can install a cinema in your backyard.

Find Somewhere for Your Cinema

First thing’s first, you need to find somewhere to set up this cinema. This could be on a roof terrace, in a seating area or down at the bottom of your garden.

It’s important this area is quite sheltered and that the ground is relatively dry. Other things to avoid are areas of unnatural light, e.g. street lights. While you can install nice fairy lights and other lighting to decorate your cinema, you’ll need to switch these off so they don’t disturb the picture on your screen.


Look For A Projector

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In days gone by, projectors used to be really expensive, but now you should be able to pick one up that’s relatively affordable but still of a high quality.

When you’re looking for one, try to find one that has a higher number of lumens as this will make the picture clearer, even in brighter conditions. For the best experience after dark, a projector with at least 3,000 lumens is ideal.


Choose Your Video Source

To stream your video you’re going to need a DVD player, laptop or other device (something you probably already have). However, you’ll also need to look for the right cables to help get good quality picture and audio from these devices (places like RS are great for this).

For great sound, consider installing a speaker from your projector or look for one that’s compatible with Bluetooth.

The latter is also great if you have neighbours close by and you don’t want to disturb them with your late-night movie watching as you can use Bluetooth headphones.


Hang Up The Screen

One of the easiest (and most cost-effective) ways of installing a cinema screen is to use a simple white sheet. You can either pin it to an existing fence or just peg it to a washing line.

Or, if you want to get a little more professional, you could make a more robust screen by sewing together some pieces of blackout material. This is a little thicker and allows you to create a more permanent screen.

There are, of course, some screens that you can buy, including inflatable designs that are great for storing away when they’re not in use.


Get Comfy

Finally, it’s time to get comfy so you can enjoy long evenings full of all your favourite films.

If you are sitting on the lawn to enjoy your films, it’ll be a good idea to put down a protective groundsheet first to keep moisture at bay. Then, just get to work with lots of cushions and blankets to create the perfect cosy space.

Now, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy an outdoor cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home.