Perhaps you have been to an open air cinema before or maybe, you have seen some movies with this type of set-up in it; either way, we can safely agree that the open theater idea is, indeed, very interesting. The idea just gets better when you can actually play the role of the director or the host of this cinema project and what better place to set up your outdoor theater than in your very own backyard, patio or lawn?
Having your own backyard cinema theater is far from simple. However, it’s also not that difficult to do as long as you have the right guide. Despite the effort needed to be exerted for this home project, it all becomes worth it once everything is finished. Literally, everyone can enjoy your open theater; not just you and your family but also your friends, relatives and maybe even your neighbors.
But before you jump right into your cinema plan, there are a couple of things you have to know when it comes to setting things up. Let’s get right into everything you need to know about the installation of your own outdoor theater.
Things to Know
- About The Place
First and foremost, you need to look for an appropriate area for your open theater. A place that is not that far from the power supply, kitchen nor the house, itself. Make sure you create a layout or a visual plan of your outdoor theater.
The backyard is a good option for the place since it is quite hidden and not really facing the road where vehicles and other people pass by. Once you’ve chosen the perfect space to set your equipment up, may it be your backyard, patio or front yard, the work does not just end there. In order to make the space even more suitable as your outdoor theater, you must also do some improvements such as installing a tent to protect your space. Furthermore, before the actual movie night, you should debug the place in order to give you and the other viewers a great experience.
- About The Projector and Screen
No doubt, the projector might just be the most expensive investment you’ll need. The key to buying a projector lies on knowing what you exactly need. Take note of the distance of the projector from the screen as projectors have different throwing distances. More importantly, make sure you purchase a projector that is at least or greater than 2,000 lumens and has a great contrast ratio; this is to ensure the brightness and clarity of what it projects. The best partner for your projector would be a laptop with a DVD player; even without DVD players, you may simply store soft copy of the movies on your laptop.
For the screen, the best option would be a portable one which you can easily move around whenever necessary. However, for those who are tight with the budget, you might want to try making your very own screen. Attaching a plain cloth to a flat surface or maybe painting a flat wall in the house may already suffice.
- About The Sound System
A 40-watt speaker might actually work for your outdoor theater. It’s best to stick with speakers that are plugged in rather than wireless since wireless speakers might just be more at risk of not functioning in the middle of the best scene. Just make sure that the ports of your speakers and laptop or projector are compatible. In addition, you should not only stick with one speaker, the more speakers the better for the audience and if you want to make use of an amplifier, that would work well too.
- About the Seats
Whether you decide on making use of couches, bean bags, comforters or blankets, whatever is most comfortable would be the best. You may also make use of living room carpets or rugs during the event.