When I was a kid, I had a chance to see everything from Grease to Lethal Weapon at the drive-in. Don't know what that is? It was an outdoor movie theater where you got to enjoy the latest blockbusters from the comfort of your vehicle. My siblings and I loved hanging out in the back of our station wagon, all decked out in our pajamas. Alas, high-tech megaplexes crushed this American institution faster than you can say 3D.
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Why not turn your backyard or driveway into a mini drive-in? All you need is a big screen and a projector-and probably a long power cord. For instance, you can pick up the EliteScreens YardMaster Portable Outdoor Floor Set with folding frame for a fairly reasonable $208. You'll get 120 inches of big-screen goodness that's easy to set up and break down. Too small for you? Walmart sells a 12-foot inflatable screen for $189.
You'll also want a bright projector with a long enough throw distance to reach the screen. A good option is Epson's Home Cinema 750HD ($649), which offers full HD resolution in 2D and 720p resolution in 3D. Last but not least, get yourself some outdoor weather-resistant speakers, such as JBL's N24AWII ($199 per pair). Or just splurge for a kit that includes everything like the Sliverscreen 16-Foot Outdoor Movie System ($3,199 on Amazon).
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