OUR BEST BETS FOR OUTDOOR HOME THEATER GEAR
BY TIA KIM
Open Air Cinema Inflatable Screen
The gold standard in mobile theater, Open Air Cinema’s inflatable screens are weather resistant, lightweight, and range from 9-feet in diagonal viewing area ($599) to a whopping 20 feet ($2,999). Our favorite, the 12-footer, weights just 14 pounds, but features an 84-square-foot screen (over twice as much as the 9-foot).
Sony 4K Projector
At the moment, there just isn’t a 4K projector that can truly stay outdoors, but a capable and remarkable model that does indoor/outdoor double duty is the Sony VPLVW665ES—with an impressive 1,800 lumens brightness, 4096 x 2160 resolution, and 300,000:1 dynamic contrast range. $14,999 amazon.com
Juniper Outdoor Bean Bag Chair
A clever combination of comfy bean bag and luxurious patio chair, the Juniper’s tapered form (3 feet wide) creates a unique sculptural effect. The design keeps your back comfortably supported and stable, and features a removable and machine washable cover with interior liner.
Great Northern Popcorn Cart
This commercial-quality (powder coated steel and stainless steel) cart features an innovative drop-down kettle, stainless food-zones, easy cleaning kettles, heated warming decks, old-maid drawers (for unpopped kernels), and tempered glass panels.
Briggs & Stratton Portable Generator
For further-flung cinema adventures, camping, or as an emergency power source, the 30651 P2200 Power Smart Series 2,200-watt inverter/generator can be paired in parallel to double the output, is safe for laptop computers, TVs, and game systems, and its single-gallon fuel tank offers eight hours of operation. $630 electricgeneratorsdirect.com
Belkin N600 Wi-Fi Range Extender
If you’re streaming outdoor flicks, you’ll likely need to boost router signal to reach the backyard. Just position this anywhere you experience a weak signal and its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi repeaters take over.