Without much effort, you can have an epic outdoor movie night all summer long.
How to Make an Outdoor Movie Night
Choose a movie
First things first, movie night needs a movie. Take the lead and choose a movie appropriate for your viewing audience.
We recommend making it a family night and suggest:
- Disney. Whether it’s a Disney Classic or one of the more recent live-action movies there is something for everyone with Disney.
- Star Wars. My family loves the Star Wars series. Watch it from the beginning and return tomorrow night for the sequel…or pick your favorite in the series.
- A classic. We love the classics such as The Goonies, E.T. or Stand by Me, Dumplin’.
Once you’ve picked out a movie, decide the way to watch it. Rent from Red Box or try streaming it on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or another service.
Set up your theater
There are plenty of options for taking your movie night outdoors.
- A projector. When it comes to outdoor movie nights, a projector is a must. We like this model from ZTE since its LED lens provides a bright, clear picture and can be controlled remotely. Plus, it’s compatible with laptops, Netflix and Amazon Prime, SD cards and gaming systems, so you can watch your movie no matter how it’s stored or streamed.
- A screen. Depending on how your yard is organized, you can project the movie onto the side of your house or garage or a white sheet. If those structures are made of something too textured, like siding or brick, a portable screen might be a better bet.
- A TV. Whether you want to host a fun family movie night outside or have an outdoor party featuring the big game, the Veranda Series of SunBriteTVs is ready to make your favorite outdoor space a real destination. Watching TV outside is fun!
- Speakers. Unless your projector has multiple built-in speakers, you’ll probably want to hook up an external speaker so all your guests can hear the movie.
- Extension cords. If your speakers or projector aren’t battery operated, make sure you have a few extension cords handy to reach from your closest outlet to the devices.
Make it comfortable
Have plenty of places to lounge.
- Grab lots of pillows and blankets for watching from the lawn.
- Patio or folding camping chairs. If you’re inviting neighbors or extended family you can have them bring their own chair.
- Citronella candles and bug spray. Keep the pests, like mosquitoes away so attention in on the movie.
- Walkway lights or inexpensive flashlights. This gives the guest the ability to make a restroom trip or snack run without tripping or disrupting the other viewers.
Serve movie theater classics
Movies pair well with snacks.
- Popcorn is a classic. Pop bowls of popcorn or scoop into snack-sized popcorn cartons or bags. You can have a table set up with toppings like salt, butter, Parmesan
Cheese, cinnamon sugar, and more.
- Theater Candies. Pick your favorite: Junior Mints, Milk Duds, Junior Mints, Swedish Fish, etc.
- Serve bottled water and soft drinks out of a cooler. Let guests help themselves to ice cold beverages. Keep it full of ice and restock as needed.
- Stick to disposable plates and napkins. Clean up doesn’t get much easier.
Make the most of movie night and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a great night under the stars.