Backyard Outdoor Movie Night Guide

- Written By Paul B. Murray

How to host a backyard movie night: All the steps you need for do-it-yourself and how to hire an outdoor movie rental company.

About the Author

Paul B. Murray is the founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema. Since 2006 Paul’s company has produced thousands of outdoor movie events making SOC the largest producer of high-quality outdoor movie events in the world. Clients SOC has created movie nights for include Warner Brother Studios, Oprah Winfrey Network and the NFL Carolina Panthers.

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An introduction about this comprehensive guide on how to plan your own backyard movie event which will take you through the entire process from start to finish.

5 Steps in Planning

Discover the five basic steps needed to plan a successful backyard movie event from getting the word out about your event through gathering the cinema equipment needed.

DIY vs Hiring

Learn whether you will want to invest in buying your own outdoor movie set-up or hire a local equipment provider.

How to Do It Yourself

You will learn from a professional exactly what do-it-yourself components you will need for your own backyard movie event.

Hiring an Outdoor Movie Company

9 questions to ask when hiring an equipment provider to produce a safe and successful movie event in your backyard.

Don’t Forget The Little Things

This chapter is filled with useful information about all of the little things that are often forgotten about when hosting your own backyard movie night.

Beyond the Backyard

Before starting an outdoor movie company with your new setup, review all the details involved in doing movie events professionally.

Backyard Movie Night Resources

Here you will find checklists for do-it-yourself outdoor movie events as well as checklists to use when hiring a company to help you with your event.


Outstanding Book. I am not a technical guy and was going to hire a company for a family backyard movie night. After reading The Backyard Outdoor Movie Guide, my sons and I will create a backyard movie setup that we can enjoy together.


- Peter P.
Margate, FL

I just finished reading through the book and it was perfect! It covers everything someone would need to host a movie night of her own in the backyard. It also gives some background on projectors and other technologies that were hard to understand before reading this book.


- Sally H.
Manahawkin, NJ



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