How to Set Up Outdoor Theater Systems and Backyard Theaters?

Many of us like to watch their favorite movies in their backyards with our friends and family. However, setting a backyard movie theatre is not an easy task as it requires a lot of hardware.

Throughout this article, we have compiled some of the best methods of creating an outdoor theater system.

First of all, there are some things that you will need to set up your outdoor theatre, and they are:

  • A video projector that is strong enough for outdoor usage
  • A strong audio system
  • A Blu-ray player, DVD player or even your laptop (your source of media)
  • Cables
  • Power extensions

Setting It Up Outdoor Theater Systems

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The first step of setting up your outdoor theater system would be to choose the best location. Like a lot of things in our life, choosing the best location is essential as you need to choose a large clear space for the screen. Moreover, you need to make sure that nothing will get in the way of the projector, meaning that nothing will appear on the screen like tree branches or leaves.

You can use a plain white sheet as your background screen, but it will decrease the quality; however, it is cheaper than buying a large screen for the projector to display on it. 

A quick tip would be to stitch two or three large white sheets together to increase their thickness.


The second step would be to decide on the type of projector that you need to purchase. Keep in mind that you need to buy a high-end, high-quality projector to compensate for not purchasing a high-end screen. 

You should also opt for highly efficient outdoor movie projectors. Moreover, you should pick a projector that has a high resolution. There is a multitude of options to choose from, either 720p, 1080p, or even 4K, you should know that the higher the resolution, the better the quality you will be getting.

Another thing that you need to be wary off is the number of lumens. Lumens provide you with vividness, so the more lumens, the higher the vividness you will get. You will need a minimum of 2500 to maintain excellent brightness.


Now all the fun begins; we will start connecting the video source, whether a Blu-Ray player, DVD player or your personal laptop. You will need the proper cables to connect your source to the projector. Whatever the video source you are using, you will first need to connect it to the power output. 

Then all you have to do is to connect the corresponding cables, but these cables change from one source to the other, for example, if you are using a DVD player, then you should connect the RCA cables and make sure that you match the colors. If you are using a Blu-Ray player, then you should connect the HDMI cable. 

Another option would be to connect a USB or portable player that contains the movie that you want to see and it will connect automatically.

The Sound System (Outdoor Movie Speakers)

You should always look for speakers with a minimum of 75-watt per channel as these will provide you with the best sound quality available, and the higher the watt, the better the quality. There are other options that you can try, but they will not give you the surrounding feeling that you are looking for, some of these options include the 5.1 surround system which does not give you enough clarity. Also using your old stereo speaker will not give you good results. A 2.1 sound system is the best option that you can use as it is perfect in every aspect.

Now we move on to connecting the sound system. It is very straightforward, as all you have to do is to connect the audio cable to the audio port in the projector and they will automatically be connected.

Final Steps

These are all precautionary steps where you need to make sure that all the cables are correctly connected and that they all contain surge connection. You should also always opt for long and durable cables.

Final Thoughts

Finally, it is safe to say that even though setting up an outdoor theater system might be a hassle and somewhat expensive as you have to purchase a high-end projector, a high-end screen (but you might end up using white sheets) and a sound system. It will be one of the best experiences you ever have as just sitting in your backyard, watching your favorite movie on a larger screen with your favorite people is an experience that you will never forget.

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