How to Make a Movie Theatre…in Your Backyard.

Kids watching a movie on the porch.

We’re all looking for ways to entertain ourselves outside this summer. So our family just purchased this portable movie projector by Vivimage. It’s the best investment we made this summer! We set it up a few nights in kids’ bedrooms where they snuggled up under the covers for an over-sized movie experience; in our backyard and on vacation at the beach. We even brought it to my mom and dads so we could safely enjoy a movie with grandma and grandpa–outside! We hooked it up to our Roku but you can also connect it with your tv Stick, x-box, ps4, pc, phone or laptop. We were able to stream movies or tv shows from all our apps–Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney, etc. I was shocked by the incredible definition. (It has 1080 resolution.) It also has a 90-day, 100% money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty. We purchases it on Amazon for $239.

At first, we considered buying movie screen with a portable stand. There’s the 120″ wide screen by Vamvo that retails for $145. It is very portable as the screen folds down to fit in the carrying case (below). For a little less, you can get a slightly smaller screen with a stand: the 100 inch screen by PJing. Both screens are made with wrinkle-free fabric, are light and easy to transport.

Portable screen with a stand by Vamvo.

We opted for a cheaper version because I wanted to see just how much we’d be using our projector before I laid down too much money on a screen.  I purchased a 120″ foldable screen by PJing that I can even carry in my purse! It is made of a lightweight material that doesn’t wrinkle and hangs easier. We used strings at our house and at my mom’s, we used clothespins on her laundry line. It’s only about $45 and has worked out great!

If you want to go all out, you can splurge on an inflatable portable movie screen They run a little over $200 and are 16ft wide and come with their own inflation system. It’s a great size if you have the space and are entertaining a larger group.

To make the evening more fun, throw together a few fun apps, stock up on soda, popcorn and movie candy for the kids; beer, wine, prosecco or fun cocktails for the grownups. Set up lounge chairs in the back row for the grownups; throw down some pillows and an outdoor blanket in the front row for the kids. Add some little twinkly lights for a festive atmosphere.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."