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People Are Making Outdoor Cinemas At Home In Lockdown

People Are Making Outdoor Cinemas At Home In Lockdown

We get it, staying at home for the duration of lockdown is really tough.

Sometimes it can feel like there's only *so* many jigsaws you can play and makeshift activities you can do around the house before you just get bored.

But worry not. We've spotted the most incredible new trend which might well mean you never want to leave your house again!

People have been building their own outdoor cinemas at home - and they're seriously picture perfect.

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Made for a balmy summer evening with the one you love, or a jolly family affair, the dreamy home cinemas are actually surprisingly easy to make, too.

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All you need is a projector, some comfy garden furniture and any decorations of your choice. Oh, and some popcorn, of course...

The trend has been popping up on social media since lockdown begun, with many people sharing their own examples for all to see.


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Instagrammer Gemma, who blogs from @Caffeineandcacti, was one who jumped on the hype, while Facebook user, Deb Merrington, 35, said she'd built her outdoor cinema as a weekend treat to entertain the kids.

"I have two children both at home During the COVID-19 pandemic and [we're] getting very restless being stuck indoors," she said.

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"They both were doing really well with getting up each day and tackling their school work and so i wanted to reward them with something a bit different.

"We were meant to be attending a drive in cinema at a local park a few weeks back that was cancelled and so it got me thinking that I could re create this at home in the garden."

Luckily, Deb already had a very comfy lounge sofa, so she just piled on plenty of blankets and cushions and dug out her big parasol heater and a projector and some speakers she already had for work presentations.

"I used bulldog clips to hang the white bed sheet onto the fence and added the lights and candles to make it cosy," she added.

"An hour later popcorn was in the microwave and my do it yourself ice blast in hand. We were all able to enjoy the film together.

Get creative and make the cinema experience one to remember (Credit: Instagram/ Caffieneandcacti)
Get creative and make the cinema experience one to remember (Credit: Instagram/ Caffieneandcacti)

"The kids absolutely loved it and it's become a bit of a weekend treat for them. Something to look forward to".

Meanwhile, scientist Amy Sheldon, 28, shared her own creation on her Instagram, revealing she'd pulled it together using the projector she was hoping to use at her wedding, which has now sadly been cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

"It was just sat in the box and we thought let's try [to] do an outdoor cinema," she said.

"We were supposed to be having a Harry Potter themed wedding and we were getting married at Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle) on 31st July, which is Harry Potter and JK Rowling's birthday.

Amy started with Harry Potter but has now screened a whole load of films (Credit: Instagram/ @Amyshelds)
Amy started with Harry Potter but has now screened a whole load of films (Credit: Instagram/ @Amyshelds)

"So, that's why we chose to watch Harry Potter the first time we did the cinema."

"Harry Potter always cheers us up, and it was lovely to watch it outside," she added. "It was our daughter's first time seeing the film so it was even more magical to us."

If you fancy building your own outdoor cinema from home, then you can buy a KODAK Luma 75 Portable Projector for £199.99 from JD Williams - which is pretty good value when you think of all the free movie nights you're bagging.

It was the first time Amy's daughter had watched Harry Potter (Credit: Instagram/ @Amyshelds)
It was the first time Amy's daughter had watched Harry Potter (Credit: Instagram/ @Amyshelds)

Then, all you'll need is a white projector screen (like this one), or a bedsheet, and a trusty speaker (like this), and you're good to go.

After that, your outdoor cinema is ready to roll, but you don't need to stop there.

Get as creative as you like. Add bean bags, comfy throws and cushions, and even fairy-lights.

We guarantee that even when lockdown lifts you won't want to leave!

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Featured Image Credit: Facebook/ Deb Merrington

Topics: Home, Style News, Coronavirus, TV Entertainment, Cinema

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]