Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to Host a Backyard Movie Night (and Replace Your TV with a Projector)

Matt and I got rid of our TV many years ago. I grew up watching A TON of TV (hello, Facts of Life, Three's Company, Silverspoons, Punky Brewster, Alf, You Can't Do that on Television, Saved by the Bell--I know I'm dating myself). Once I hit adulthood, I started to realize that it's a major time suck. It's so easy to lose many hours in front of the screen and to emerge from a TV feeling foggy and disappointed in myself rather than relaxed and rejuvenated. 

But that's just me. I know there are lots of people who do find TV to be a productive way to relax. I just know that I personally want to be intentional with my screen time, and switching over to a projector allowed me to do that. 

Matt and I haven't had a TV in our living room for about 8 years and we finally ditched our bedroom TV about 5 years ago. When we watch movies or shows now, we use a computer or a projector. 

We purchased this one from Amazon, but there is also a more recent version available

We keep it in a basket with an extension cord for easy portability. We use this speaker to go with it. 

A couple years ago, there was a flash sale on a website called Woot and we scored this giant outdoor screen for an inexpensive price. It takes about 10 minutes to set up, and it breaks down into a relatively small bag for easy storage (under our couch). We only put it up for special events, like Matt's Goonies birthday party or our backyard movie night. I've been meaning to get an old-school projection screen like this for more casual movie nights in our living room. In our bedroom, we simply project things onto our closet.

I think that's about it. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Kelsey said...

I wanted to ask how you play the movies, just using a DVD? Before we got rid of our TV we were streaming all content via AppleTV on Netflix or iTunes, wondering if we can get a projector that will talk wirelessly to AppleTV so that we don't have to have a wire and so that we don't have to buy/rent DVDs.

Sara E. Cotner said...

We've been using Netflix via our computer. Sorry I'm not more helpful!

Kelsey said...

So do you plug your computer streaming Netflix into the projector?

Sara E. Cotner said...

Exactly! I also forgot to mention that we got a cheap hot-air popcorn maker and make popcorn outside as well.

Kelsey said...

Awesome! And I had already been thinking about a popcorn maker, I LOOOOOOVE popcorn. Thank you, can't wait to share photos of our own backyard movie parties, hopefully within the year.

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