How to Host the Perfect Outdoor Movie Night

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The summer and fall are the perfect seasons for an outdoor movie night, and you don't need to be incredibly tech-savvy to set up an enticing home theater. Whether you want to host a family movie night, outdoor movie party, or just an event to get your friends together, we've gathered everything you need for the perfect movie night.

In fact, the hardest part of the evening will probably be getting everyone to decide on a movie. In addition to a movie projector -- we found one on Amazon that's surprisingly affordable -- you'll need a big screen, comfy chairs and a few other items to set the mood.

No need to wait around for a Saturday night or a birthday party to host outdoor movie nights. Might as well make the most of every day (or dusk) this August, right? With Labor Day quickly arriving, September and the fall season's cooler nights will be here faster than we know. 

We've pulled together the essentials for a great night "out," so grab the popcorn and start setting up your outdoor home movie theater for a backyard movie night.

This isn't your parents' projector -- it's wireless, to start. It's also a high-quality piece of equipment (great picture and sound quality) for the price.
$80 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $160)

If you don't have a big, blank wall, this inflatable movie screen is a fun way to watch your favorite flicks. It's easy to set up: A fan pump will blow it up in minutes, and it collapses quickly too.
$140 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $220)

Stay warm this fall and winter during your outdoor events with this Patio Heater. With over 1,100 4.5 star reviews, grab this deal before it's gone.
$138 (REGULARLY $179)

If your projector doesn't have top-notch sound, give it a boost with this water-resistant portable speaker. It comes in four bold colors.
$99 AT BOSE (REGULARLY $129)

You'll need seating to enjoy the movie, and ideally your chairs will be both comfortable and cute. Grab a few of these bean bag chairs from Amazon so you and your guests can lounge in style. You can also use a regular old beach chair or lawn chair or spread out picnic blankets to sit on -- just make sure they're thick enough.
$170 AT AMAZON

A bright idea: Add some ambience to the evening setting with Edison-inspired string lights. These will elevate your outdoor space year-round -- not just on movie night!
$50 AT WORLD MARKET

When the sun goes down, you'll want to have a blanket nearby to snuggle up in. Make sure to have one on hand for each guest.
$42 AT SOCIETY6 (REGULARLY $60)

Deliver drinks and snacks in style with this serving tray from West Elm. When you're not using it for movie night, add a few succulents and use it as kitchen, bedroom or patio decor.
$51 (REGULARLY $60)

Re-create the movie theater experience with these reusable popcorn containers. Fill them up with popcorn, candy or your other favorite movie snack food. 
$9 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $20)

Because there will surely be some unwanted attendees at your outdoor movie party.
$5 AT AMAZON

Mulan
Walt Disney Studios
Of course, you'll need a good movie to watch. With a subscription to Disney+, you'll have your choice of crowd-pleasers like 'Mulan,' 'Soul,' 'Hamilton' and 'The Lion King.'

Hulu has everything from movies to reality shows and documentaries. Hulu's original content includes hits like, 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Little Fires Everywhere,' 'PEN15' and more.

coming 2 america
Amazon Prime Video
'Coming 2 America,' 'Sound of Metal,' 'Them' and 'One Night in Miami...' are just some of the amazing movies and series available on Prime Video. 

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