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The best outdoor movie theaters for home entertainment

Now that staying at home and social distancing are the new norms (temporarily), it’s important that you continue to keep yourselves entertained while isolating. If you love watching movies and miss going to the cinema, you might consider investing in an outdoor movie theater. This way, you get to enjoy a cinema-like experience whenever you want to and indulge in your favorite films while you lounge in your backyard or by the pool.

The most important component of an outdoor movie theater is the projector. Some important features you have to take note of include connectivity options, formats supported, projection display capacity, image quality and resolution, brightness, and lamp life. If you want the complete package, look for a theater system that also comes with a projector screen, a disc player, or a streaming device. The choices can be overwhelming, so we’ve rounded up here the best movie theaters to help you achieve a satisfying entertainment experience.

At A Glance:

  • Best overall: QKK Mini Projector and Screen
  • Most versatile setup: Dr. J Professional Projector and Screen
  • Best projection display: TOPVISION Mini Projector and Screen
  • Best for bright environments: Jifar Native 1080P Projector
  • Best Wi-Fi enabled: Jinhoo WiFi Mini Projector and Screen
  • Best speakers: VIVIMAGE Explore 3 Projector
  • Most compact: Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector
  • Best 4K: Optoma UHD50X Projector

Best overall: QKK Mini Projector and Screen

Bring the cinema into your home with the QKK Mini Projector and Screen set. The 100-inch LED projector is upgraded with a high native resolution to play home entertainment or video games as well as indoor and outdoor movies. Its lamp offers a long life, and the light source can protect eyes during screenings. Also compatible with smartphones, the outdoor movie theater is ideal for camping, travel, and family movie nights. It truly is a solid overall outdoor movie theater system.

Most versatile setup: Dr. J Professional Projector and Screen

The Dr. J Professional Projector and Screen bundle consists of a 1080-pixel-supported portable movie projector and a 100-inch projector screen. It is compatible with TV sticks, video games, HDMI, USB, Chromebooks, PCs, laptops, tablets, Blue-ray DVD players, SD cards, and other media players. The LED projector is ideal for home theater, indoor and outdoor movies, and all kinds of video games connected by an HDMI port.

Best projection display: TOPVISION Mini Projector and Screen

The Topvision Mini Projector boasts a multifunctional connection to accommodate a variety of devices. With several ports and inputs in place, you can hook it up to a laptop, DVD player, game console, Xbox, and more. It also boasts a dual-fan system that will not bother you while you are enjoying your movie with your friends and family. Never miss a scene with the super large viewing capacity of this projector. Watching size offered is from 72 to 240 inches, with the projection distance ranging from 6.8 to 22 feet. The included screen measures 100 inches, providing you with a totally immersive visual feast.

Best for bright environments: Jifar Native 1080P Projector

If you need to set up a movie theater in a very bright area due to outside lights, there’s a solution for you: The Jifar Native 1080P Projector. This model is tailored for those situations, boasting an impressive brightness of 7,000 lux and a high, dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1. These enable the display of crisp and rich images from HD content all while protecting your eyes. The 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution also equal to more details as compared to 1080P-supported models.

Best Wi-Fi enabled: Jinhoo WiFi Mini Projector and Screen

Experience the wireless convenience of the Jinhoo WiFi Mini Projector and Screen for your home entertainment. Simply connect it to Wi-Fi and activate screen mirroring to cast content from your iOS or Android device. You may also choose to hook it up with other devices traditionally through cables, as it’s outfitted with multiple ports like USB, VGA, and HDMI. Rich and vivid imagery is guaranteed, thanks to the projector’s impressive brightness and color reproduction. A 100-inch portable projector screen is included in the purchase.

Best speakers: VIVIMAGE Explore 3 Projector

The Vivimage projector promises clear, crisp imagery even in the dark. It’s all thanks to the MStar advanced color engine which enables rich colors along with impressive contrast and super-fine details. The upgraded 6,800 lux brightness also allows for a cinematic experience in bright conditions. There’s no need for external speakers, either. With 10-watt powerful speakers built in, the projector can deliver audio with soaring highs and thumping bass. The surround sound design also helps elevate the sound quality further. Multiple inputs are in place for versatile connectivity.

Most compact: Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector

The Kodak Ultra Mini Projector is great not just for watching movies indoors or in the backyard. Measuring only 3 by 3 by 0.8 inches, it’s easy to shove in your pocket or backpack and bring with you for travel and business purposes. The advanced DLP Optical Engine enables amazing LED Brightness, stunning 1080P HD picture quality, and impressive color accuracy, making photo slideshows, movies, shows, and video games a delight. Other features you’ll love include the room-filling speakers and multiple connectivity options. The projector performs best in dimly lit spaces and rooms.

Best 4K: Optoma UHD50X Projector

If you’ve got the means to go premium, you might want to consider the Optoma UHD50X. With 4K resolution and outstanding HDR color, the UHD50X offers a performance that matches cinematic standards. Its 3,400 lumens of brightness is enough to overcome various light conditions, while its 500,000:1 contrast ratio guarantees superb clarity even in dark scenes. The projector supports 3D formats as well and has an Enhanced Gaming mode to help boost your gaming experience. Various inputs are present so you can connect it to a Blu-ray player, a gaming system, a cable/satellite box, and other devices.

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