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Summer’s here, and will be gone before we know it! For many people the summer season stirs up the desire to roam, from family vacations to personal cross-country road trips. But if you won’t be able to hop in the car and engage in a summertime adventure, don’t worry – and, your loved ones and your friends can get all of the fun (with none of the gas expense) by screening a festival of classic road movies on your backyard theater system. Here are some suggestions to get your engines revving.

Easy Rider

Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar in 1969, this landmark film follows a pair of young misfits as they ride toward California on their Harleys in a countercultural search for “America.” With a talent pool including Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, co-screenwriter Terry Southern and (of course) music by Steppenwolf, you’ll feel “Born to Be Wild.”

Thelma & Louise

This road movie directed by Ridley Scott has grown in reputation from controversial to classic since its initial release in 1991. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon offer a feminist take on the tried-and-true buddy movie formula as they set out on a weekend getaway and end up in a marathon of trouble from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Hitchhikers of all ages will have a lot of laughs accompanying Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) on his quest, first to San Antonio and then to Hollywood, to recover his stolen bicycle. This crazy road trip adventure was Tim Burton’s first feature film.

The Road to Morocco

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby use camel power to get them through the desert to Morocco following a shipwreck, where of course they run into Dorothy Lamour. This classic 1940s comedy is one of the highlights of this comedy duo’s six “Road to…” movies.

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August 2016 can mean only one thing to the world’s sports fans: the Rio Olympic Games. This massive multi-sport event is as big as athletic competition gets, so it only makes sense to watch it in the biggest viewing environment possible. If you’ve been on the fence about ordering an outdoor theater from Backyard Theater Systems, this is the ideal moment to equip yourself with out sized audio and video so you’ll feel every bit of the excitement.

One of the nice things about this particular Olympics is the fact that it really will be reaching you more or less as it happens. That’s because Rio is only one time zone ahead of Easter Standard Time, meaning that you aren’t limited to recording events in the middle of the night or waiting until the medals have already been won to see the performances. Even so, NBC (the host network for the Olympics) will be presenting many of the events during daytime hours (10am to 5pm ET/PT), so you may want to record specific events for later viewing on the big screen. The network’s schedule at gives details for broadcasts and live online streams (which can also view on your big screen by plugging your streaming device into your projector).

You might be content to “graze” from the general menu of Olympic events presented by NBC and NBCSN (The NBC Sports Network), but other channels follow specific sports even more closely. For instance, now that golf has returned to the Olympics, the Golf Channel will be covering the various tournaments in depth. Bravo is focusing on tennis, while NBC Universal’s soccer and basketball channels will be prime resources for following those two sports.

Whatever sports you care about, give the 2016 Summer Olympics the full attention it deserves. Order your backyard theater system now!