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Transform your garden into an outdoor cinema

Posted by Leekes on June 28, 2024 in Inspiration and Seasonal

Summer is upon us, so whether you’re planning on enjoying your favourite films under the stars, watching Glastonbury or cheering on your favourite sports team – get ready to transform your garden into an enchanting outdoor cinema with these clever ideas.

Setting up an outdoor viewing area

Selecting the right spot in your garden is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable viewing experience. The best place is a flat, shaded spot with access to electricity and enough space for outdoor cushions and bean bags or garden furniture.

Once you have found your perfect area, you’ll need something to project your screen on to. Invest in a portable outdoor screen or opt for a more cost effective way such as draping a white bed sheet over a wall or clothes line.

Pergolas are an ideal choice to transform your garden into an entertainment hub. Not only do they provide protection from the elements but offers amazing screen stability as mounting your chosen screen on to the frame ensures it remains stable and taut.


Add comfortable seating and outdoor accessories

Transform your outdoor garden cinema into the ultimate relaxation destination with a luxurious and comfortable lounge set. Imagine watching your favourite movies under the stars, while sinking into the plush comfort of stylish seating and soaking up the atmosphere with your friends and family. Add outdoor cushions, beanbags, cosy throws and ambient citronella candles to complete your garden cinema look.

Stay warm after dark

Make the most of your garden cinema space whatever the weather and keep your guests toasty all night long. As the sun starts to set, the ambience of a garden party can quickly shift from warm and sunny to cool and brisk. To ensure your guests stay comfortable and cosy long after dark, consider incorporating a fire pit lounge set into your outdoor space. Not only does it provide warmth, but it also creates a captivating focal point for socialising. This ensures your party can continue well into the night without anyone feeling the chill.

Set the scene with outdoor lighting

As the sun sets and the stars begin to twinkle, there’s nothing quite like the magic of outdoor lighting to create the perfect ambience. Festoon lights are perfect for creating a whimsical and dreamy atmosphere. Wrap them around trees, weave them through trellises or drape them over shrubbery to create a festival vibe.

Alternatively, illuminate pathways with stake lights and dot some lanterns around to set the scene.

outdoor lighting

Don’t forget food and refreshments

Combining easy-to-eat snacks with a BBQ feast can create the ultimate cinema or sporting event experience. Make sure you have plenty of serveware at hand to keep things organised and consider setting up a self-serve station where guests can help themselves to their favourite treats. By providing a variety of food options, you ensure that everyone has something to enjoy, making your garden soiree truly unforgettable.


By following these steps, you can create an inviting and exciting outdoor cinema in your garden, perfect for a summer filled with thrilling sports action. So, gather your family and friends, fire up the BBQ and get ready to enjoy the outdoors.

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