How to create an outdoor cinema in your garden

With the summer festival season upon us, it is a great time to have an outdoor cinema in your garden.

Many of the major music festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Proms in the Park are televised.  So, with a super-size screen and a projector, you could bring the festival feel to your garden.

Or you could screen the latest blockbusters and create your own film festival with friends and family.

So what do you need?

If you are looking to use the projector to mainly watch DVDs or Blu-Rays® you would probably choose a high definition, high resolution 1080p projector with HDMI input.  You will need the projector to be fairly bright.  Home entertainment projectors are suitable for use with some ambient light so would be ideal for a garden cinema set-up.

You will obviously need sound for your film or music festival.  This can be from the projector’s built-in speaker or by connecting the projector to your external speakers.  You will need to check your chosen projector has Audio Out.

And you will need a screen. You can be creative and use a sheet stretched over goalposts or the washing line, project straight onto the house (if it is light-coloured) or you could get a pull-up screen.

It is really easy to simply plug and play with an Optoma projector.  You can connect any of your devices straight into the projector including your DVD player, set top box or streaming devices such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku or Apple TV. Check the projector has the necessary input port for the source device with which you wish to connect.

You can leave your source device (such as your DVD player) in the living room and connect a wireless device, such as the WHD200. This allows you to stream Full HD 1080p content direct to your projector wirelessly.  This cuts out messy cables and means you can leave your DVD player connected in the living room. 

Our great garden cinema guide has some brilliant ideas for setting up your own outdoor cinema including seating, screens and BBQ recipes.  You can even win £250 High Street Vouchers when you send us a picture of your own garden cinema.