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There’s just something about a classic movie and a warm, summer evening that go together so darn well. With summer breezing in, now’s the perfect time to start planning a movie night party for a few friends. We’ve got the ideas and tips to make yours go off without a hitch.

Tips on throwing amazing outdoor movie night!

Throwing an outdoor movie night doesn’t have to require a lot of stuff or be expensive, but it does need a little planning ahead to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. We’ve rounded up a list of tips to think about when planning your next outdoor movie night.

Choose the place

You’ll want to find a spot—could be a backyard, patio, porch, garage—where you can control the amount of light at night (in other words, don’t plan one in your backyard if there’s a bright streetlight that could ruin the fun). Not everyone has a backyard, so get creative with your space!

Outdoor cinema equipment

Your basic essentials are a movie player (like a DVD player or computer), a screen or side of a house, a projector and a sound system. Don’t let that sound too complicated; it’s easier to set up than you think. And don’t let the price or technology scare you away; you can easily have an intimate movie night with a television set or computer brought outside, too.

The movie theme

Consider the crowd that will be coming and choose accordingly. It could be a classic, a family-friendly one or a great comedy. We’ve rounded up a list of our Best Summertime Movies for Movie Night before.


You don’t have to go out and buy fancy outdoor seating, blankets on the ground can be the perfect thing for a movie night, but plenty of affordable outdoor seating options can be found. Also, consider spraying before guests arrive and have plenty of bug spray for guests. You don’t have to douse yourself in harsh chemicals; they have lots of more natural options to repel bugs. Prepare lights like candles You want it dark enough to see the movie, but you also want a little light for function and ambiance.

An outdoor movie event could potentially be disturbing to the homes around yours, so let your neighbors know ahead of time your plans and maybe even invite them to the fun!

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