When I was growing up my family had several traditions, one of which was visiting the local drive-in theater on Saturday nights. I’ll always cherish the memories of me and my family hanging out, lounging on our car, eating snacks, and watching the latest movie from the comfort of our vehicle.
It was an opportunity for the whole family to get together and do something outdoors, surrounded by nature and friends.
How It All Started
That theater holds a special place in my heart. I’ll never forget the moments I spent there with my family and friends. Unfortunately, the theater closed down long before my kids were born so I didn’t have the chance to share this experience with them, at least, not until recently.
There aren’t many drive-in theaters left, I think there’s about 300 left in the United States alone, and that number continues to decrease. Most people prefer to stay indoors, watching movies on their TV screens or personal computers.
When you don’t have a drive-in theater nearby your options for an outdoor movie watching experience are severely limited. Not to mention that most people don’t have houses with property large enough to host a drive-in theater and it’s unlikely that the neighbors will appreciate the noise.
Still, I wanted to share my childhood tradition with my family, so I went ahead and started to work on building my own outdoor theater.
As it turns out, creating an outdoor theater is not as difficult as you might think, there are plenty of set ups that you can choose from.
I did the research; found the best outdoor movie screen, set up the projector, sound system, seating arrangements, and invited my family out for a movie in the back-yard.
They loved it.
The kids begged me if we could do it again next week, and since then it has become a tradition of sorts.
And I’ll show you how you can do it too. Creating an awesome backyard theater is both very easy to do and extremely affordable. This is why we created this site – to help families across the world enjoy the magic of backyard theaters.
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Since 2018 we decided to help people better understand projector technology as well. What started off as a personal blog about outdoor movies turned into a one stop shop for everything projector related.
I've also been focusing a lot of gaming setups because I find the idea pretty cool. After reading Ready Player One for maybe the 4th time in the last few years I couldn't help but dabble a bit in creating my own little VR-ish setup.
I think the future of gaming is going to be huge and we're only at the tip of the iceberg.
Couple of my favorite setups.
Pretty badass right? While some think that three monitors is a little overkill, I would beg to differ. If you have a strong enough PC it's perfect for serious multitasking.
The one below is a gaming-centric system I put together for my son. While the first thing you might think is "ahh, your poor walls", keep in mind these are all attached with a high grade adhesive.
Well that's it guys. I'll keep this updated more in the future. Appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read my blog. If you'd like to get a hold of me please email me at - steve at outdoormoviehq dot com