My neighbors had a brilliant idea! We all went in on a projector & giant screen so the kids can watch movies in the backyard. When I tell people we’re watching a movie in the backyard, the response is usually, “What movie?” I say, “Who cares? We’re watching it in a backyard!”
It took a bit of finagling to figure out all the cords and speaker wires. It was certainly a group effort, but it paid off.
The screen is 8’x8′, and good for either rear or front projection. My next door neighbor found it on Craig’s List and drove 2 hours each way to pick it up.
Once it got a bit dark, the movie looked awesome. Turns out the choice of movie did matter after all. We quickly abandoned Yogi Bear in favor of Gnomeo & Juliet. Of course with stopping one movie and starting a new one, we didn’t finish the movie until 10ish, and the kids were definitely hitting the wall as we packed up. Packing up only took about 5 minutes, btw.
Giant screen: $150
Speakers & receiver: dug out of neighbors’ garage
Miscellaneous cords & cables: $50
*Watching movies in the backyard with neighbors all summer (and summers to come!): priceless
*Several families went in on this together, which made it doable