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How to create a movie-lover's yard

See how a couple turned their yard into the neighborhood's most popular theater

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Host your own backyard movie
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Host your own backyard movie

Got a sheet? A DVD player? You’re well on your way to hosting an outdoor movie night.

Hook up your existing electronics. Connect your laptop to a projector and some small speakers, or your DVD player to a projector and amplified speakers, and plug each item into a power strip with a surge protector. For safety, run extension cords from an outdoor outlet with a ground-fault circuit interrupter.

Improve a screen. Hanging a white bedsheet against the wall is the cheapest substitute for a screen. Or mount a 4- by 8-foot sheet of foam-core board from an art store.

Rent a theater. You can rent a screen, amplifier, projector, and speakers from some electronics stores and companies like funflicks.com (from $299). 

Ready to commit? Companies such as projectorpeople.com and projectorcentral.com can help you choose a projector and screen for your space, as well as calculate the distance between the two.

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