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Turn Your Backyard Into a Movie Theater With a Video Projector

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Have you ever peeked inside your favorite artist's multi-million dollar mansion? Often, you'll find that our favorite singers and actors have home theaters in their mansions. I don't think I'm anywhere close in life to building a home theater yet, but an outdoor projector with comfy patio chairs is still in my budget.

Outdoor projectors give you that viewing experience that you can only find in movie theaters. Watching movies on the big screen is the best. If you like action or drama movies, you know exactly how I feel. You can't watch a movie like 'Die Hard' on a tablet! You need a large screen to soak up all the action.

Best Outdoor Projectors

1. RCA RPJ119 Home Theater Projector

RCA RPJ119 Home Theater Projector
Walmart

Outdoor projectors come in handy for that. You can also stream live UFC and boxing matches on your video projectors. My favorite uses of projectors have been DIY drive-in theaters.

Use your garage as the screen, and stream from the top of your car. So romantic! Connect an iPhone or Android to its HDMI connector to watch movies. Movie night is going to be so much fun.

2. 1080P and 176" Display Outdoor Video Projector

1080P and 176'' Display Outdoor Video Projector
Amazon

Ditch your Blu-ray players and DVD players and go outside. Wsky's projector has impeccable image quality. You'll be able to use it with your USB port, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or compatible TV sticks (like Roku.) If you know anyone who would enjoy their video games on a large screen, they'll love this one. It has two built-in Dolby speakers, making its sound system one of the best.

3. Excelvan Mini Projector Portable

Mini Projector, Excelvan Portable Video Projector,
Walmart

Take Netflix night outside in the backyard. This high-quality projector has a 4:3 contrast ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It's a top-notch choice for an outdoor theater. With an 800 x 480 pixels native resolution and a brightness level of 1200 lumens, you don't have to worry about your movie looking grainy.

4. Epson Home Cinema 760HD 3,300 lumens color brightness

Epson Home Cinema 760HD 3,300 lumens color brightness
Walmart

Epson's LED projector's high contrast is so excellent that people can use it for Microsoft presentations. If you can read tiny numbers from it, then you know the picture quality won't be disappointing.

5. Optoma UHD60 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector

Optoma UHD60 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector
Walmart

One of the best projectors you'll find at Walmart is this option from Optoma. It has 3,000 ANSI lumens and a 90-day lamp life warranty. Use the HDMI port to stream your favorite music videos and more.

6. EPSON PowerLite 1781W Projector, WXGA 3200 Lumens

EPSON PowerLite 1781W Projector, WXGA 3200 Lumens
Walmart

This is the best option for outdoor use. Its portability is unmatched! It only weighs four pounds. Don't let the size fool you. The external speakers are fantastic.

GooDee's projector is 80% brighter than most projectors and has built-in powerful speakers. The projection size ranges from 35" to 300" with a distance between 4ft and 25ft.

8. VANKYO Leisure 410 [2020 Upgrade] Mini Projector

VANKYO's projector has wonderful connectivity and compatibility. It is compatible with laptops, iOS/Android devices, the PS3, the PS4 and X-Box.

It is 1080p resolution supported.

9. Anker Nebula Apollo, Wi-Fi Mini Projector

I am obsessed with this little gadget. The portable design is fantastic. Don't let the size fool you though. You can use it on a 100-inch screen!

It comes with a projector, power adapter, remote control with batteries, quick start guide, and safety instructions.

10. BenQ TH585 1080p Home Entertainment Projector

The short throw distance projector produces a screen as big as 100 inches. If your kiddos want to take it inside to stream video games, I recommend this projector.

11. ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-Fi Projector

ViewSonic's projector can project up to 100-inches from eight feet away. When fully charged, it has a 6-hour battery life. Looks like it's time for a movie marathon!

12. Mini Video Projector

This mini projector is only $67.99. The price is fantastic. Definitely go with this option for bedrooms or tiny backyards. A customer gave it five stars and said, "This was very easy to set up and the picture of this looked beautiful. I'm super happy with how clear the picture looked even on my wall it looks good."

13. OTHA D5 Pico Pocket Projector

A pocket-sized projector? I'm all in. A five-star review says, "This is a real mini projector. I bought it because my colleague recommended. As he said, I can take it when I'm outside on business. I used it for around a month, all goes well, pics are clear with good quality. I always take it when outside on travel. Amazing time in Airbnb."

Best Outdoor Projector Screen for Backyard Movie Night

After you choose the right outdoor movie projector, it's time to figure out the projection size you feel most entertained with. If you'd like for your HD projector to play a movie on a screen size over 100 inches, this is perfect for you. You know what I really recommend, though? A white sheet! Grab some clothespins and use your sheet as the screen. It'll save you so much money!

Make some s' mores, popcorn, and grab some drinks. Movie night is outside tonight.

Visit Amazon for Android TVs, Roku sticks, and more.

This post was originally published on March 26, 2020.

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