How can you throw the best backyard movie night in the neighborhood? Start with a movie screen rental. If you're not sure where to get the screen or what to do next, take a look at the questions to ask as you plan this magical event.

Where Can You Get a Movie Screen?

Most homeowners don't have their own movie screens on hand. Even though you may have a larger-sized TV, this won't work as an outdoor event option. Aside from the size (even larger televisions aren't as tall or wide as projector screens), you don't want to risk damaging your TV in the outdoor environment.

Movie screen rental service companies provide options that you can easily set up and use outdoors. The services that rental companies offer may differ depending on what amenities and options are available. Before you choose a company, ask about the sizes of screens to rent and how much help the contractor provides.

Some companies offer all the setup and cleaning services you'll need. This makes movie night easier on you and allows your family to enjoy the show instead of worrying about the screen.

What Size Movie Screen Do You Need?

Now that you've chosen a company to rent a screen from, you need to decide on the size. Obviously you want something large. The outdoor environment requires an over-sized or theater-like screen. But that doesn't mean there's a one-size-fits-all option.

When you choose the specific size of the screen consider several factors, such as the size of your yard, the type of movie you're showing, the amount of set up space you have, how many people will attend the event, and how much space you have to bring the screen into your home and yard.

What Else Do You Need for a Movie Night?

While the screen is the centerpiece of your movie night, it isn't the only item that should go on your to-do event planning list. You may also need:

  • Seating. Your guests need somewhere to sit. This may include a comfortable grassy space or chairs. If your guests will watch the feature film from the ground, provide blankets or pillows to sit on.
  • Popcorn. This salty snack makes your backyard bash seem more like a real theater experience. Either pop the snack yourself or rent a popcorn machine. Another option is to set up a popcorn topping bar. Give guests sweet, salty, and savory options to top their movie-time snack.
  • The film. There's no movie night without the movie. Choose a title that's age-appropriate for your guests and won't disturb your neighbors.

With the right movie and a screen rental that fits in your yard, you're ready to go. Pop the popcorn, create a cozy seating area, and treat your guests to a night of movie magic under the stars.