Who needs to go out when you can have a movie night in?
Movie theaters across the country are still closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (with the exception of some drive-in theaters), it can be hard for movie lovers, like myself, to have that same all-encompassing experience at home. However, with the following inexpensive items we've listed below, you'll be able to bring a bit of the theater to your living room.
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What Equipment You'll Need:
Projectors are not cheap, not by any means, but we've found six options you could use inside your home theater—three under $100 and three over $200 if you're looking to splurge a little.
Projectors Under $100
- TMY Projector HD 4500 – $89.99
- VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini Projector – $89.99
- Jinhoo Overhead Projector 4200 – $72.99
Projectors Over $200
- YABER Native Projector – $269.99
- AAXA P7 Mini Projector – $399.99
- Epson EX3260 SVGA Projector – $409.99
Of course, if you're on a really tight budget, you can always make a DIY projector for your smartphone. By using the easy-to-follow instructions, you'll have your own projector in no time!
Okay, we've got the projector figured out, but now it's time to find a screen on which to display your shows and movies. You could pin up a white bedsheet to the wall if you're wanting to be conservative and use items you already have at home, but there could be creases and such. Or you could spend a little more and get a high-quality screen that you can use time and time again. We've found three projector screens that'll add a bit of movie magic to your home, all under $100.
Screens Under $100
- Projection Screen, Foldable, 100-Inch – $24.99
- Manual Pull-Down Projector Screen, 100-Inch – $69
- Project Screen With Stand, 100-Inch – $94.99
Many of the above projectors have built-in speakers, so purchasing an additional pair of speakers is not necessary, unless you went the cell phone route. So, if you're wanting that surround sound experience, we highly suggest purchasing one of the following speakers that are all under $75.
Speakers Under $75
What Movies/Shows to Watch:
Now that you've got all the equipment you'd need to put together your own home movie theater, it's time to let the binge-watching begin!
But, with hundreds upon hundreds of options on a variety of streaming services—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+—it can be a pretty daunting task to figure out exactly what movie or show fits your mood or interests at that particular moment in time. Personally, I click through several titles and streaming apps for at least 15 minutes before I finally decide to just watch The Office over and over again.
In order to help you make a quick but good decision, we've compiled a few different movie lists below for your viewing pleasure:
- 20 Movies to Watch Before You Die
- 10 Best Animated Movies of the 2010s
- Top 10 Movies of the 2010s
- Top 10 TV Shows of the 2010s
- The Complete List of Every Movie and TV Show on Disney's Streaming Service
- Every Title Coming to and Leaving Netflix This Month
- The Definitive Ranking of all 10 Friends Thanksgiving Episodes
- The Definitive Ranking of the Best Christmas Episodes of The Office
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Will you be making a DIY home movie theater? Any other tips or ideas? Sound off in the comments below.