Create your own garden outdoor cinema…

Outdoor cinemas have never been more popular, especially since as cinemas were closed due to lockdown… so why wait? How about setting up your own?

That’s just what we did and here is how we did it!

  • The equipment / items you will need are listed at the bottom of the article.

1. Find a suitable viewing area

In our Bounce garden we recently moved a double shed, halved it and then created a new decking area.

We then gave the shed and fencing a lick of paint by using * Urban Slate Garden Shades by Cuprinol.

* We ordered this from B&Q (it arrived 2 days later) initially we ordered from Homebase (when lockdown started) – it still has not arrived!!! We have not received a refund and no one has got back to us from Homebase after numerous emails, so we’d recommend not ordering from here!

We realised once painted in this dark grey, it looked like a Walberswick (Suffolk Coastal) beach hut, so we created a stable door and painted the inside of the shed with a white gloss and lined it with wallpaper lining. Finishing it with our own beach hut name ‘Lions Den’.

Finally, to finish the decking, we used Ronseal Decking Stripper and Oil on the platform and added a few potted plants and an apple tree to make the area look a little more exciting.

2. Dress it up

No one wants to spend time in an area thats uncomfortable, cold or boring!

We softened up the area with an outdoor rug from The Rug Seller, for seating – a pair a cool deck chairs (in keeping with our beach theme) from The Stripes Company, some lighting from Lights 4 Fun and raided the house for some blankets, cushions!

We also had some fairy lights left over from our wedding, so using some good old fashion nails and a hammer, we created a canopy of fairy lights which really finished things off!

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3. Invest in equipment 

It’s more than likely we are going to be in lockdown for a while longer so movie nights are great for the kids.

There are a number of projectors and screens available but we went for the APEMAN Projector LC650.

This projector has 1080P Full HD native resolution, supporting 4K videos. Even the subtleties are clearer. 6000 lumens high brightness, +50% brightness than other projectors. We are mightily impressed with its performance, but you can read more on that here >

As for a screen you don’t have to spend a fortune, this one we found from VonHaus has a 4:3 aspect ratio, 1.1 gain rating for low light reflection – just perfect for this.

You can go. one step further and purchase a sound system – however, the sound on the APEMAN Projector LC650 was fab!

With these items you can’t go wrong – the hardest thing you will have to do is choose the film!

4. The props

A movie night wouldn’t be one without popcorn, so go all out with an at home pop corn maker or if thats too much effort order in some popcorn packs. The choice is yours.

As for drinks there is nothing like a glass of wine in the garden so we recommend a crisp glass of white to accompany the action. For the kids something soft of course!

To make it extra special why not plan a picnic just before and make the most of the evening. See our ideas at the bottom of the article.

We also made our very own movie poster, just to get in the mood!

5. A back up plan

Ok so we live in England so a chance of rain is probable! If you don’t want to be disappointed by rain calling off your evening we have a back up solution!

Coleman offer a range of tents and event shelters.  So by purchasing one of these you can either take your cinema undercover or inside the tent!

You can also carry on the night with camping, whats not to love about that!

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The essential equipment…

APEMAN Projector LC650

Apeman Projector LC650 Turns Your Home into a Private VIP Cinema Room

Apeman Projector LC650 Turns Your Home into a Private VIP Cinema Room: The condensed top-notch features makes the projector the first choice of changing your private place into an IMAX room.300 ” Enormous Imax Screen/1080p Native Resolution/6000 Extra Brighter Lumen/ 5000:1 Contract Ratio/ Stereo Sound Speakers/Low noise.

Detailed, Brighter and Vibrant Image Quality: With the 1920*1080p significant native resolution, higher Lumen and Unequalled 5000:1 Contract Ratio, the Apeman projector has the power to present ultra HD 4K cinematic pictures and videos.

Equipped Stereo System Boosts the Cinematic Involvement: Equipped dual speakers offer vigorous and crisp sound, make your home theater well qualified to present high-quality film soundtrack.

Bring You Better Experience with the Improved Design of the High-efficiency Heat Management System: Equipped dual-channel cooling system enables the reduced running heat rise and at the same time the noise level of the cooling system stays low.

Multiple Input Support: Projector LC650 with a group of port is ready to support every sort of devices:TV Box, TV Stick, PS2/ 3/ 4, Smartphone, Tablet, PC, Laptop, DVD Player, Micro SD Card, USB Flash Drives and etc.

Supported input cables: HDMI, USB * 2, AV, 3.5 mm audio connection and etc.

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86″ Tripod Projector Screen

  • Lightweight  and portable
  • Tripod HDTV ready screen
  • Fold flat screen for easy transportation and storage
  • 4:3 aspect ratio, 1.1 gain rating for low light reflection – Matt White Screen with Black Edging for Improved Contrast Ratio
  • Viewing Area (W) 172cm x (H) 130cm

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The amp reinvented. The POWERNODE 2i is the streaming amplifier that merges several traditional components into one and unlocks a world of hifi streaming. Effortlessly driving your choice of speakers with audiophile grade amplification Bluesound that has become known for, the POWERNODE 2i becomes the core of a high-res streaming sound system.

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Set the stage

Ronseal Decking Stripper and Perfect Finish Ultimate Protection Decking Oil

The decking stripper removes stains and oils from your wooden decking. Its fast-acting formula works in half an hour so you can remove an old finish and apply a new one in the same day.

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The decking oil gives the nourishment and protection is needs for twice as long as standard oils with a hint of colour.

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Urban Slate – Cuprinol

Cuprinol Garden Shades gives beautiful long-lasting colour and weatherproof protection to all garden wood.

For more ideas from Cuprinol on how to set up an outdoor cinema see >

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Florence Alfresco Padua Circle Round Outdoor Rugs in Anthracite Beige

Perfect for today’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle, the Florence Alfresco Round collection will take outdoor living to the next level. From traditional patterns to fashion-forward bright colours, these easy-care rugs are durable and weather resistant. This round flat-woven rug in beige is ideal for patios, dining rooms, kitchens and conservatories.

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Comfy seating

Vintage Look Premium Deck Chair with Removable Cover

This top quality Teak Deck Chair has a removable deck chair sling in Lido, a lovely vintage look, latte, green, red and yellow stripe fabric.

All our Teak Deck Chairs are made from grade A Teak hardwood which provides a beautiful warm colour to a design exclusive to the Stripes Company. The teak frame will last a life time.

Add a matching headrest for the ultimate comfy deck chair as well as other matching products including a footstool.

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Large Solar Bamboo Tiki Garden Torches

Crafted from 100% bamboo, each 82cm tall torch is totally unique and with a hand cut stake, you can easily line your garden lawn with a touch of Polynesian style! The daylight sensor means your lights will automatically illuminate as darkness falls. You can expect up to 6 hours of shine time from a full days charge. As with all our solar lights, you can replace the rechargeable battery in a jiffy, so longer lasting garden lights for years to come.

Designed for use throughout the summer months, you may find that with shorter winter days your solar lights don’t illuminate as they do in summer. We recommend storing your solar lights during the winter months and bringing them back out as the weather improves in spring.

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Food & Drink

Hot Air Popcorn Maker

  • Create your own flavours of popcorn! From Sweet & Buttery all the way to Parmesan Cheese & Bacon. Or create healthier flavours by using herbs & spices
  • Operates through hot-air circulation, which requires no oil or fats, making your popcorn fat free & a great source of fibre
  • Easy to use. Popcorn maker lid doubles up as a butter melting cup
  • Cool-Touch housing. Measuring spoon and 4 Popcorn Boxes Included
  • Free Extended 2 Year Warranty – Registration Required – *Terms and Conditions apply

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4 Person Navy Wicker Hamper

  • Cutlery, plates, wine goblets, napkins, bottle opener, chopping board and utensils included
  • Also includes waterproof-backed picnic blanket (115 x 135cm)
  • PU leather handles and straps

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Outdoor Drinks Set

  • Prevent spills at BBQs, picnics, beach trips and more – simply stick each holder into the ground for a secure place to rest your wine glass!
  • Staked bottoms for easier insertion into malleable terrain
  • Dimensions: Glass holder – H35 x D6cm. Bottle holder – H40 x D10cm

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Popcorn Shed

Since its launch in 2016, multi-award winning gourmet popcorn brand, Popcorn Shed has gone from humble beginnings in a garden shed to supplying top retailers including Harrods, Selfridges, etc and exporting to over 20 countries worldwide.

Popcorn Shed are rewriting the rules of snacks, in the UK and beyond! Say goodbye to boring, tasteless popcorns.

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Louis Jadot Chablis ‘Cellier de la Sablière’ 2018

This very elegant Chablis is bursting with white flowers and stone fruits aromas. Round and subtle on the palate, this wine has a long finish with a stony character and a fresh acidity that leaves you wanting more.

2018 has been a very lucky vintage weather-wise in Chablis, where compromises rarely had to be made.

RRP £10.99 – Wholefoods

Back up plan

Colean Octagon BlackOut Tent

A rethinking of the popular Coleman Octagon tent, the new Octagon BlackOut features the brand’s revolutionary BlackOut Bedroom technology. This not only stops 99% of daylight from penetrating the tent’s fabric, but also keeps the temperature inside 5°C cooler during the day and 1°C warmer at night – perfect for creating a cosy, dark environment for watching films. Designed to sleep eight people, this tent is big enough to host the whole family and the fully integrated groundsheet and no-see-um mesh on the windows will keep bugs at bay so you can focus on what’s going on on-screen. 50+ UV protection and an impressive hydrostatic head of 4500mm also means that, unlike other outdoor cinemas, you can use it whatever the weather.

Retaining all the characteristic features of the original Coleman Octagon tent, including 360° views, fire retardant materials and a hinge door, this distinctive tent creates the feeling of an extra room and is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space during lockdown. Benefit from front-row seats, the food and drink of your choice, your pick of films and even take it with you on your next camping holiday. It’s sure to be an investment you’ll enjoy time and again.

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