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How to Set Up the Perfect Outdoor Home Theater on a Budget

stunning outdoor movie theater setup with fairy lights and comfortable sectionals

We can’t be the only ones who miss heading to the local theater to watch a movie we’ve had our sights set on for months. From the taste of buttery popcorn to the uproarious laughter that would envelop the hall each time the movie supplied comic relief, everything about the movie-going experience was iconic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, several states are still under lockdown. And while many areas have lifted lockdown orders, people are still practicing social distancing and avoiding unnecessary public interactions.

In a nutshell, it may take a few months before you can quench your thirst for having the classic cinema experience again.

In the meantime, you can easily set up an affordable and stunning outdoor home theater.

Here’s how!

What You’ll Need

  • A portable screen
  • A projector or outdoor TV
  • A high-quality sound system
  • Cables (HDMI and audio)
  • A great movie or multiple movies if you’re in the mood for a movie marathon
  • Snacks!

How Should I Put Everything Together?

outdoor home theater setup in a beautifully decorated gazebo

Step 1: Start off by picking the perfect location for your outdoor home theater. We suggest opting for your patio, gazebo, backyard, or balcony (if there’s sufficient space).

Step 2: Once you’ve selected the right spot, set up your portable screen. You can also use a sheet. However, it’s important to note that sheets can easily crinkle and damage video quality.

Step 3: Next, take care of the projector. Opt for an affordable HD projector that creates a clean, crisp, bright, and vivid picture with lifelike colors. Ideally, we suggest opting for a projector with a light output of at least 2,000 lumens. This will help you have the ultimate movie experience!

Step 4: Once everything’s all set up, it’s time to prep the sound system. Use portable speakers that fill the space with high-quality and crystal-clear sound.

Step 5: Connect your projector to Apple TV, Google Chromecast, or whichever streaming application you prefer. You can also pop in a DVD or use a Blu-ray player depending on your preference.

All set? It’s all systems go!

How Should I Set the Perfect Outdoor Movie Theater Mood?

comfortable outdoor movie theater furnishings and accessories

While you may have taken care of all the technical details, overlooking the importance of creating the perfect outdoor ambiance will end up leaving you disappointed. Instead, take your time and plan ahead to ensure the details are taken care of.

Hang whimsical fairy lights, deck the space out with comfortable and aesthetically appealing furnishings, and set up a snack tray replete with popcorn, fruit, and Chardonnay.

If you’re having a movie date with your partner, go the extra mile and indulge in a fancy cheese platter! If it’s a family affair, make sure you ask everyone for special requests in advance so they can snack on their favorite foods.

We also suggest giving your patio a quick makeover in advance so it looks the part. A bleak, nondescript, and off-putting patio will end up dampening your movie experience.

Install a pair of stunning iron patio doors that enhance the serenity and elegance of the space. The deep black finishing and intricate design will pull your patio together beautifully.

In addition, do some last-minute clean-up to get rid of debris, weed, and obtrusive perennials. A little landscaping will go a long way in restoring the appeal and exuberance of your outdoor space!

Ready to get started? Browse through our collection of modern iron doors and black steel doors to find the perfect portals for your patio.

Our extensive collection of patio doors includes steel sliding doors, bi-fold/accordion doors, iron French doors, pocket steel doors, and Dutch doors.

Make the most of our ongoing sale of up to 60% off to indulge in your favorite doors at discounted prices.

For more information, call 844-843-6677. At Pinky’s Iron Doors, we’re always happy to help!

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