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Outdoor Theater Ideas For Backyards

Outdoor Theater Ideas — How to Enjoy Family Movie Night in Your Backyard!

Because of the Covid pandemic this year, movie theaters are closed. However, that does not mean you have to miss out on viewing the big screen experience. In this article we will share some Covid outdoor theater ideas with you. More importantly however, remember to have plenty of popcorn on hand! After all, what is movie night without popcorn?

(BTW, you can learn more about our poppin popcorn fundraiser here.)

the most important outdoor theater ideas include popcorn!The resurgence of the drive-in movie theater

So who would ever think that drive-in movies would make a comeback?

It has been the only movie theater choice during this pandemic summer with all indoor movie theaters being closed to the public.

 People are really itching to get out of the house and do something special.

Can you relate to that? The idea of getting dressed up, and going out to watch a movie with your wife and children seems exciting now after sitting at home for three months or so with nothing to do. Unfortunately, not every community has a drive-in theater.


Walmart to the rescue

So did you hear the news that Walmart is teaming up with the Tribeca film festival and is turning 160 of its store parking lot into contact free drive-in movie theaters beginning August 2020? Every customer can order goodies that will be available for curbside pick-up before the movie begins. 

 So what can you do if you do not have a drive-in movie or a Walmart near you?

Create your own Drive-in movie experience in your back yard!

What does it take to create an outdoor movie theater experience for your family this summer?

  • A projector
  • Audio system
  • Additionally, you will need a white sheet or projector screen.
  • Furthermore, you will need plenty of popcorn on hand.
  • Finally, you will need a movie or sports game to watch or stream

Home projector ideas 

You might be thinking, “Aren’t movie projectors expensive”? The answer may surprise you. In fact you might think of it as a real deal considering that the cost of movie tickets for a family of four will run about $80.00, not including popcorn, soda and candy. And this is for only one night for one movie!

You can find movie projectors starting at $100 which would be perfect for an outdoor theater.

What about an audio system? Most people have an existing one inside their home that can be repurposed for movie night. Others have invested in a separate system for their yard.

For instance, one family has a mobile cart with projector, receiver, Blu-ray DVD player, built-in speakers, and a retractable extension cord that can be moved anywhere in their yard.

Popcorn ideas

Did you know some movie theaters are actually selling popcorn right now? For instance, Classic Cinemas from the Midwest have opened up their concession stands and arranged for curbside pick up.

Customers can get their favorite movie treats including popcorn, drinks, candy and nachos. You can also order online or by phone and they will have your order ready for curbside pick up.

Poppin Popcorn Fundraising

Hey… Did you hear the BIG NEWS? is now representing the Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser. This means your school, youth group or youth team can supply all the popcorn that families in your neighborhood may need for their home movie night.

How do these flavors sound to you?

Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser

Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser

Item Choices for $10.00 Poppin Popcorn – Enjoy These $10 Popcorn Fundraiser Flavors.

  • Texas Cheddar
  • Three Cheese
  • Cinnamon Toast
  • Movie Theater Butter
  • Chicago Style
  • Buttery Caramel
  • White Cheddar
  • And, of finally good old fashioned Kettle Corn.

How does it work?


  • Firstly, you get FREE brochures.
  • Secondly, this gourmet popcorn retails for only $10
  • Thirdly, your youth group earns up to $5 per bag!!!
  • Finally, you get free parent letters too.

CLICK here to learn more about this popcorn fundraising program.

Final safety tips

In conclusion, if you decide to invite neighbors or family to watch a movie, please keep a safe social distance from each other and wear your facial mask to prevent any spread of the virus.

Finally, have a safe summer and enjoy your time with family and friends!