(I was provided with the Epson Home Cinema but built the DIY Outdoor Movie Screen setup ourselves. Any opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links.)
Going to the local Drive In Movie Theater is a big part of my childhood memories. Joining hundreds of cars in the dirt parking lot, sprawling out in the back of the vehicle with our blankets, and watching the triple feature under the stars.
Our Drive In was torn down years ago and I’ve missed that outdoor movie experience, an experience my kids haven’t had. Until this past 4th of July weekend when we had a Backyard Movie Night with Epson Home Cinema and the DIY Outdoor Movie Screen we put together!
DIY OUTDOOR MOVIE SCREEN
Had I known that my own version of a Drive In right in my backyard or driveway was going to be this awesome, well, I would have done it a long time ago!
I honestly wasn’t quite sure how easy it was to set up and host an Outdoor Movie Night but let me tell you, with the Epson Home Cinema 730HD it was super easy!
I’ll tell you about it first if you are looking for an outdoor movie player and at the end of this post, I tell you how we made an outdoor movie screen!
The Epson Home Cinema 730HD is a portable 3LCD projector delivering vibrant color, vivid clarity and immersive images up to 300-inches on virtually any wall or screen.
Backyard Movie Night with
Epson Home Cinema
I hooked up the Epson Home Cinema in the living room first. It was seriously as easy as plugging in the Epson Home Cinema projector, hooking it to the Blu-ray player, and turning it on.
I actually set it all up while my husband was at work. You know I called him right away and told him how proud of myself I was!
The Epson Home Cinema can be connected to:
- Blu-ray and DVD Players
- Video Game Consoles
- Apple TV
- and more
Not only was setting up the Epson Home Cinema easy, but so are the controls. I haven’t had to do anything other than change screen size depending on if we are watching inside out outside.
What I really like about Epson Home Cinema is the portability. It’s lightweight and small enough in size that you can take it inside or outside very easily.
In under 5 minutes, we had moved from indoors to outdoors, set up and were ready to go for movie watching outside. For us, and our love of Netflix and iTunes, we just bring our Apple TV outside with the Epson Home Cinema. It makes it super easy to access our favorite shows and movies, as well as purchase new releases.
I’ve talked about how easy it is to set up and use, but let me tell you how impressed we are with the image quality of Epson Home Cinema. Both indoors and outdoors the picture is clear and vibrant.
During the day we shut the curtains in the living room and are able to see just fine for indoor viewing. For outside movie watching Epson Home Cinema is fantastic! We got lots of compliments on the picture quality during our Backyard Movie Night for 4th of July.
We started the movie shortly before sunset and were able to see the picture. The movie got progressively brighter as the sun went down and was awesome in the dark of night! My dad was about 18 feet down the driveway and could see the movie clearly.
Making a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
Building an Outdoor Movie Screen for your Backyard Movie Night is easier and more affordable than you may think! Hubby put together our DIY Outdoor Movie Screen in less than an hour and it works fabulously.
We chose to hang ours off the garage because of the way the sunsets, and the ease of getting the screen on and off for storage.
Materials for an Outdoor Movie Screen
- Blackout Fabric – we bought Carl’s Blackout Cloth on Amazon
- 1 Sheet of Plywood
- Staple Gun and Staples
- Chain and Hooks for Hanging
- Stretch fabric out over plywood and pull tight
- Staple along the backside to hold the fabric in place. Trim excess fabric if needed.
- Attach hooks to garage frame or wherever you are going to hang it.
- Attach chains to the back of the plywood
- Hang Outdoor Movie Screen from Hooks
- Take down and store when not using
What are your tips for hosting a Backyard Movie Night?