How To Build an Outdoor Home Theater

How To Build an Outdoor Home Theater

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 22, 2011

Spring is coming and it's a-coming fast! You know what that means. People will want to get off their Lay-Z-Boys and start pouring into the outdoors to get a piece of that warm weather before it goes away again. It also means you can finally start building that dream outdoor theater you've always wanted. Here's a few tips to get you started...

Above, Electronic House features a home that's pretty much top-dog in the entertainment category. The outdoor theater features a 1,600-watt surround-sound system, 25-foot outdoor Da-Lite screen, and a 5,000 ANSI-lumen Runco MBX-1 projector, all viewable from the sexy poolside. Now that's some luxurious livin'.


1. Wireless Speakers with Handles: Being weatherproof would be nice too, but the big convenience here is being able to keep the main receiver away from the weather and have speakers feed the surround experience without running wires everywhere.
2. Go Big: The biggest benefit of having an outdoor theater is being able to scale it as large as you want it. With no wall limitations and a nearly infinite space limited only by the fence surrounding your yard, we say grab the largest screen that your projector can scale to and enjoy your mini-IMAX experience.

3. Weatherproof All Electric: We strongly suggest covering up any electric sources (it's better to keep it inside and away from water altogether). However, if you must, invest in the proper surge protectors. It would also be wise to keep the projector under an awning, away from water.

4. Explore Seating Options: Since you likely won't be dragging your leather home theater chairs outside, it may be a good idea to consider what type of seating you'll want for your viewers. Sleeping bags work for a run-the-mill theater, but if you're looking for something a little fancier, we suggest checking out some furniture stores to see what kind of comfortable modern solutions they have that can withstand the weather.

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