How To Turn Your Back Yard Into A Drive-In Movie Theater


Catching a movie from your car is an amazing experience. Drive-in theaters are a fun way to spend the evening.  Unfortunately, the local drive-in is not always showing a movie that you want to see.  Want a way to combat this problem?  Create a backyard movie theater. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

There are many options available for a DIY backyard movie theater, so movie-lovers on every budget will be able to find what they are looking for.  In fact, you may even have everything you need on hand right now.

Before going any further with this project, spend some time analyzing your space, and decide if your backyard movie theater will be temporary or permanent. You can also examine your available space and ensure there is enough room for your guests to be comfortable, and there is space for a small table to hold your movie equipment.  If a drive-in movie experience is desired, take note as to where the cars will need to park, and hang your screen in an ideal location.

Once you grasp those objectives, you can begin gathering your equipment.

The Screen

You have to have a screen to project the movie onto.  This can be as simple as clipping a white sheet to the clothesline, or as elaborate as an expensive retractable screen hung on your deck.  Other options include inflatable screens and portable screens that you can bring out each movie night.


A projector is essential.  For the best quality movie night, you will need to pick up an LCD projector.  A DLP projector will also work. Either of these can be found at an electronics store.  If you are on a tight budget, check out buying a used one from a school surplus sale, or the classifieds.

DVD Player

If you will be showing a DVD at your backyard movie theater, use your DVD player.  Other options include a Blu-Ray player, or a laptop. Some gaming consoles will also play videos, and then you’d have the fun of playing games on the big screen before the movie.

Sound System

You may certainly purchase an expensive sound system to add to the ambiance of your cinema, but a simple set of speakers will suffice.


Ensure that you have an extension cord, a surge protector, and all of the cords needed to connect your movie player to your projector.

Those are the basic necessities to creating your own cinema.  Pop some popcorn, grab a soda, and head to the backyard to watch a movie. Then, follow us for everything you want from the web.