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What Is a Backyard Theater?

Andrew Kirmayer
Andrew Kirmayer

A backyard theater consists of various systems that enable movies to be watched outdoors at home. This typically includes a projector, screen, audio system, and a video player. A power outlet for operating the theater is needed as well. If the backyard layout permits it, homeowners can make the most of their outdoor space. A remote control can be used to pause or rewind a movie if necessary, so any distractions do not have to spoil the evening. Backyard theaters can be purchased from manufacturers, are available for rent by some companies, and can also be built.

The proper backyard furnishings for a theater can be assessed by researching on the Internet. Do it yourself (DIY) guides available online can help one set up a backyard theater, which can be a permanent or temporary fixture. Systems are often available to rent because people use them at parties for graduations or family reunions, as well as at weddings. Equipment options for a backyard theater can include screens inflated with air, fabric screens, or portable screens that can be moved to wherever needed.

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Some companies offer high-definition projectors that connect to a video player, such as a DVD or blu-ray player, using a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI). The projector and the associated lamp and lenses are the most significant part of the backyard theater system. Choosing one depends on the requirements and the cost, as some projectors can be rather expensive. Power cords of sufficient length, along with extension cords, are necessary as well.

A backyard theater can also be built, in which all of the projector components can be assembled by hand into an enclosure. When connected to a fan, DVD player, and audio system, a home-made theater system can become part of the outdoor décor. Builders must be certain that the optical components line up correctly, or the movie won’t look right on the screen. Regardless of whether the backyard theater is built, purchased, or rented, water can damage the electronics so they need to be protected from the rain and placed far from pools or other water sources.

Using a backyard theater can create extra noise, as the system consists of a large screen and powerful audio system. When someone operates the theater equipment, he or she should be aware of neighbors’ privacy. There are many options for setting up theater systems in a homeowner’s backyard, which are suitable for use during various events.

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