Open-air cinema: how to equip an open-air cinema

Residents of the city, even finding themselves in nature, are not able to abandon the benefits of civilization. They strive to provide themselves with the living conditions they are used to. And this means that we do not plan to part with video and television. On the contrary, summer and fresh air push us to ensure that this popular entertainment is moved from the stuffy room to the courtyard. You must admit that there is something romantic in watching a film about love right under a summer night sky strewn with flickering constellations. Many came to this conclusion, after which the idea of ​​building a home theater in the open air ceased to be exotic.

Everything conceived can be realized if you set a goal and move in its direction. If you still have doubts, check out one of the already implemented projects for creating such a video room.

A fairly simple version of the cinema with a projector, screen and folding chairs that can be installed and then removed. Most importantly, a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

So that you can enjoy your own open home theater, you need to know the features of its creation. This knowledge will help you ensure not only the high quality of this entertainment right in the yard of your house, but also its safety. After all, you did not seriously think that all the work to create such a hall would consist only in equipping an external outlet? No, you do not need to solve any difficult tasks, but, nevertheless, you will have to work.

Projector or TV?

Initially, you should decide what exactly our home theater will be like. As its basis, you can use both a projector and a TV.

The TV literally transformed this building, making it a cozy center of country leisure. Comfortable furniture and pleasant lighting in the evening allow you to have a good rest.

A projector is a fairly compact device capable of transmitting images to a large screen from media, which is used as a DVD player or laptop. A budget option is an LCD projector. If you choose a DLP projector, you will pay more, but you will get a more effective image and improved color reproduction. In addition to the projector, you will need a screen. The sheet stretched over the frame will look too simple, and it will be more difficult to find a light canvas. You can just buy a screen or make it like in the video below.

Most often, homeowners stop their choice on TVs. But modern models of these devices are also diverse. Before making a choice, it is necessary to determine the future operating conditions.

Get ready for the bad weather

If the TV is installed outside the house, you can be sure that its contacts with atmospheric moisture are inevitable. Therefore, it is necessary either to isolate it from such an impact, or to choose a model for which this circumstance does not matter.

There are all-weather home theater models that can withstand not only the morning high humidity, but also watering from a garden hose. In addition, they are able to work in the temperature range from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius. But, having such important characteristics for a street apparatus, they are inferior to interior TVs in functions: they do not have an Internet connection, there is no 3D. And they cost unreasonably expensive.

Only an all-weather TV can decorate such a luxurious interior. Elegant and reliable - two words that most fully describe what they saw

An ordinary TV can also look very nice if it is reliably protected from rain and a comfortable atmosphere is created around it.

In search of an alternative, some homeowners purchase conventional televisions, but protect them with special boxes or place on verandas and under awnings. In this case, the danger of rainfall accompanied by a strong crosswind should be considered. Protection will be more reliable if only the TV screen is outside, and its body is built into a partition or wall.

Caution, bright sunlight!

Direct sunlight is contraindicated not only for interior TVs, but also for models that are specifically recommended as street cinemas. If you want to enjoy high-quality daytime viewing, you need to make sure that the sun's rays do not fall on the screen. In the evening or in the morning, use a special screen for shielding.

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Under such a canopy, the sun's rays are not afraid of us. They simply will not be able to get to the TV screen, which is very well located above the fireplace

Ensure your safety

Electrical wiring located outside the house must be carefully protected from negative influences from the outside, which include not only natural phenomena, but also curious animals, as well as birds that nest nearby. For this, the wiring must be hidden in special boxes that have to be rigidly fixed. It is better to use a speaker system wirelessly, and a DVD player - built-in to the general case of the device. On the street it is necessary to use only those outlets that are intended for outdoor use.

So you don’t have to strain your hearing

Indoors, thanks to the acoustics, we can be satisfied with the sound of ordinary power, while the background natural noise make us increase the broadcast volume so as not to strain our ears. For the cinema to work, you should purchase a fairly powerful speaker system equipped with a subwoofer. Special outdoor equipment is protected from natural disasters.

Even a cinema of such a decent size, installed in the backyard and outside the reach of neighbors, will not be able to interfere with their relaxing holiday.

In order not to conflict with neighbors who also want to have a good quality rest, it is necessary to stipulate the location of your cinema hall with them in advance. If you still decide to place it dangerously close to the fence, take care of the acoustic screen. Good relations with neighbors are worth a lot.

Convenient location - comfortable stay

Equipping a recreation area with a home theater, it is very important to make it as comfortable as possible. Are you going to relax? Make the entire control system located in an accessible place and actually be at hand.

Often a television screen is placed directly above the fireplace. Some may find this placement uncomfortably high. The advantage of this choice is the mantelpiece, which is adapted for storing individual accessories needed during viewing. For example, a remote control or the same 3D glasses.

The TV is located above the fireplace and, although the screen is really high, it is tilted so that it is convenient for viewers to see everything that is happening

The relaxation area should be properly lit in the evening. For this purpose, not only electric lighting is used, but also improvised lamps, the ideas of which are also on our website, as well as simple landscape models with batteries.

Choosing the right furniture

Another element of comfort has always been furniture. Of course, the choice of furniture is always a personal matter for each owner, but general reasonable recommendations will definitely not hurt you.

Football fans will appreciate the imitation of a real tribune with wooden benches, and the barbecue or bar located right there will be perceived by them with genuine enthusiasm. Why not make yourself nice? If you are a fan of TV shows, then the time allotted for your viewing may be delayed. You will need comfortable and soft furniture, the head restraints and backs of which can be adjusted. However, you can get by with ordinary fabric sun loungers, which they do with their own hands.

Summer weather is changing rapidly. If the furniture will be on the street constantly, give preference to one that is well protected from moisture and quickly cleans of dust. But the best option can be considered light folding tables and chairs, which can be installed only at the time of viewing, and then again cleaned to where they are usually stored.

The charm of a home open cinema is that you yourself establish the rules for visiting it: how convenient it is for you to sit down or lie down, so you'll settle in it

Having such a wonderful pool, you can do without any furniture whatsoever. It is important to feel at ease

The most budget option is a rotating TV that can be turned both inside the room and on the open veranda

Last few tips

It is always nice if you manage to do something useful well and without extra costs. Perhaps these tips will help you or come across your own great ideas.

  • It is not necessary to take out the entire cinema outdoors. Sometimes it’s enough to move only spectators into the yard. If you make one of the walls of the building sliding, and deploy the screen itself in the direction of the courtyard, you just have to use the external speakers. They should be fixed under a canopy in the summer area adjacent to the facade. Do not forget that you need to choose the speaker cable that is recommended for outdoor use.
  • If special equipment for your home theater is too expensive, you can use a modern flat-screen TV. The inconvenience is only that it will have to be taken out and returned every time after viewing.
  • Outdoor cinema home theater features can be greatly expanded by using devices such as Apple's AirPlay or IOGEAR Wireless USB.

Just imagine how much pleasure this open-air cinema can bring to you. You can listen to your favorite music while lying in a sun lounger, watch a football match with friends or enjoy your favorite movie while swimming in the pool.


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