This may be one of our most fun summer garden fun ideas yet! Build a backyard movie theater! Ok, it wasn’t our idea. But we’re running with it. Sound like an impossible DIY project? Not! We have tutorials for every skill level, and remember, even an old sheet and a projector still make a great movie night. But for those of you who want a little more in your outdoor movie theater experience, try these ideas. Most of the tutorials require simple materials including pvc pipe, buckets and sheets. You could also consider investing in a higher quality outdoor movie screen for a more upscale experience. And don’t think this idea is just for the kids! We know lots of couples who host outdoor movie/wine tasting parties that don’t include the little ones. Ready to roll? Don’t miss all the great tips these bloggers post on their tutorial pages as well.
Backyard Movie Theater Ideas
Easy Outdoor Movie Screen
‘Pottery Barn‘ has gotten in the “picture” with a simple version of a backyard movie screen. This is a simple and quick tutorial at their blog, not a product page. Cozy!
Backyard Movie Theater Guidelines
‘Digital Trends‘ has tons of great info. If you are building an outdoor theater… then you should read this, as it covers everything from logistics to social etiquette.
How to Host a Backyard Movie Night!
AmberLee of ‘Givers Log‘ has some great tips as well, including projector placement and even food! Best of all, she has ideas for alternatives to homemade screens in her Backyard Movie: How-To!
Outdoor Movie Screen and Projector
‘Sunset‘ magazine created their backyard movie theater with the same idea as the projects above with a frame, concrete in buckets (or pots) and a screen. They offer another alternative to a sheet, and also some good resources online for projectors.
Backyard Movie Sound System Ideas
Lots and lots of tips from Cracker Jack Theater including sound systems and storage ideas, but also a new idea for using your outdoor theater.
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
This project is by ‘Wholesome Mommy‘, and she has an incredible step by step on how to build an outdoor movie screen. Packed with easy instructions, step by step photos, and tons of tips, this is a good basic primer on how to do it right.
Outdoor Movie Screen Idea
We found this great DIY outdoor movie screen photo floating out in internet space, but it’s so inspirational we wanted to share it. This is the life, folks!
Backyard Movie Theater Ideas
And lastly, a couple more inspirational photos of outdoor movie screens and backyard theaters to get you motivated!
We LOVE the idea of building a Backyard Movie Theater for summer! (Or anytime!) But if you decide that you just want a ready made outdoor movie theater, we suggest you jump on over to Wayfair and check out these movie theater kits and outdoor screens. They have everything from inexpensive simple screens, to inflatable backyard theaters complete with speakers, projector and screen! (And, not nearly as expensive as you might think!)
Image Credits: Pottery Barn, Digital Trends, Sunset, Cracker Jack Theater, Wholesome Mommy, Pinterest, Sunset, Apartment Therapy