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Meeting the neighbors can be tough. Throwing a party or offering to host your local summer block party can be a great way to meet your neighbors and get to know one another.

With our Recreation System you can easily set up an amazing evening movie for the whole neighborhood! Using the convenient rear screen projection, you can rest assured your equipment will be safe and sound while the kiddos have fun playing out in front. Speaking of having room out front, stream some fun YouTube Karaoke music and have a neighborhood sing-along!

Since you know you’ll have the entertainment covered here are some of our other favorite block party activities you might want to consider!

 

  • Face Painting. Hire a professional or have someone in the community paint faces at your block party. This is often a cheap and fun incentive for the children at your block party.
  • Fireworks. If you have the permission to do so, fireworks can be an exciting way to end the night.
  • Karaoke. If no one in your community owns a karaoke machine, consider renting or making your own alternative. Karaoke is an activity that will be fun and hilarious for everyone at your block party.
  • Bike Parade. Consider designating a time for kids to decorate their bikes, according to the theme of your block party, and then participate in your neighborhood block party bike parade.
  • Invite the Fire and Police Departments. Invite your local officials to your neighborhood block party to help kids become better acquainted with them. They can even provide a safety demonstration for the families in your community.
  • Water Balloon Toss/Fight. If having a pool for your neighborhood block party is out of the question, consider having water games instead.
  • Arts & Crafts Table. If someone in your community is particularly crafty or if you choose to hire someone for your party, an arts & crafts table is a great way to keep kids entertained throughout your block party.
  • Bean Bag Toss. A classic block party game is the bean bag toss, which can be fun for all ages.
  • Three-Legged Race. Three-legged races are one way to involve adults and kids in a little friendly competition.
  • Bubble Machine. A bubble machine is a cost-effective option that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces, kids especially.
  • Piñata. Even if you’re not celebrating anything in particular, a piñata is a low-cost way to get your block party started.
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Maybe it’s the warmer weather, but something about summer and watching rom-coms just feels right. Whether you’re escaping the heat with an old classic or lounging outside for an outdoor movie fest, there are certain films that just seem to capture the spirit of summer. These movies transport us to different states, countries, and even time periods. Filled with love, friendship, and oh so summery vibes, these are the ones you can get away with watching repeatedly. (If you know every line of The Notebook, we won’t tell anyone.)

 

The Sandlot

The adorable tale of adolescence and true friendship may have just celebrated 25 years since its premiere, but the themes and humor are still just as relatable today. Watch as new kid in town Scottie Smalls befriends the kiddos who play baseball at the sandlot, and all the adventure that follows.

 

Dirty Dancing

Prepare yourself for this summer’s family vacation by watching Jennifer Grey cope with hers at a woodsy Catskills resort. She carries a watermelon, rehearses a steamy dance number with Patrick Swayze, and together, they nail the finale’s iconic lift. After this, nobody puts baby in the corner again.

 

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Dumped by his girlfriend (played by Kristen Bell) a heartbroken Jason Segal takes a restorative vacation to Oahu, only to find her there with new boyfriend Russell Brand. Don’t worry, though: Mila Kunis helps him get over her.

 

The Parent Trap

Long-lost twin sisters reconnect, and hilarity ensues as they become acquainted with the lives they could’ve had. And who doesn’t love a little classic Lilo?

 

Dazed and Confused

In ’70s Austin, Texas, the last day of school calls for some freshman hazing, epic rock music, and a beer-soaked keg party. Look out for shaggy-haired Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck.

 

The Notebook

Take one-part Rachel McAdams and add one-part Ryan Gosling and a liberal dose of passionate, storm-drenched lip locks. Prepare to feel all the feels all over again.

 

Say Anything

We dare you to re-watch this classic ’80s romance and not daydream of Lloyd Dobler, boom-box raised high above his head, blasting Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes right outside your bedroom window.

 

Moonrise Kingdom

Set on a fictional New England island, 12-year-olds Sam and Suzy run away together—he from wilderness camp, she from her family’s home (called “Summer’s End”)—and set up house in the woods. The infinitely charming characters and lush setting make this one of our very favorite coming-of-age films.

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While our theater system components are all designed to operate smoothly and seamlessly together, they have may other uses individually!

Tripods: Our strong commercial grade steel tripods can be used for other musical equipment and lighting! Not only that but they come in super handy as supports for the most epic backyard tents and blanket forts ever!

Speakers: Maybe you’re not hosing an evening movie but you’re throwing a party during the day and you need some great tunes! Hook up your phone to the active speaker using an RCA cord and 3.5mm adaptor to insert into the headphone jack and you’ll have the party rockin’ in no time! Stream you favorite playlist right to the speakers! Hint: make sure the volume is all the way up on your phone to control the volume from the back of the speaker.

Projector: Ever thought of using your projector to make cool Halloween special effects? It’s so simple! Just hang your stretch screen, sheet, or sheer shower curtain in a door way or window, point your projector at it and shoot! You can download or purchase numerous ghostly effects to make it appear that a spooky specter is haunting the halls of your house this Halloween! Another fun idea is to project a Halloween classic movie for all the trick or treaters!

Not Just Movies!: One of our favorite things to use our systems for is larger than life gaming! Hook up the classic Nintendo Wii, Play Station, or X Box and get ready to experience extreme gaming! You’re right up in the action like you have never experienced!

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We here at Backyard Theater Systems thought it was time for our name to represent what we are all about and that is the Great Outdoors!  So we are changing our name to Outdoor Theater Systems.  Since our products are for all outdoor venues including backyards and even some inside ones too.

For the past 10 years we have brought the movie theater enthusiast a chance to have that same magic of the theater in their own backyards!  But we have also helped campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, ice cream shops, film festivals, schools, golf courses and many more to have the ability to have a versatile theater of their own.

We are launching our new website with a fresh new design, New name and some new products as well.  www.outdoortheatersystem.com  We are the same company and Staff that have given the you great customer service and complete outdoor theater packages for the last 10 years.

Our commitment to our customers satisfaction is always our top priority and our new website is just another way for us to provide you with great customer service.  Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions as we transition to this new look!

You can reach out to us at 1-800-630-7503

We hope you all come and check out our new website it will launching it in early April and we are very excited about it.  Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page too!

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Ready for a little something different? Skip the traditional butter and salt and try your hand at one of or favorite sweet, salty, and savory popcorn recipes!

Confetti Candied Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 6-7 ounces white candy melts, melted
  • 8-9 cups popped popcorn, lightly salted
  • Colorful confetti sprinkles

Instructions

  1. On a large baking sheet or bowl, mix in the melted white candy/chocolate into the popped popcorn.
  2. Now for the sprinkles! Sprinkle the sprinkles before melted candy/chocolate hardens.
  3. Gently mix together before candy/chocolate hardens.

 

Parmesan Ranch Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3-1/2 quarts popped popcorn

Instructions

Mix first four ingredients. Drizzle butter over popcorn; toss with cheese mixture.

Nacho Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce

Instructions

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients; drizzle over popcorn and toss until well coated.

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Do you ever wish you had a drive-in movie theater in your city? Well, even without a drive-in movie theater in your city, and with your Outdoor Theater System, you can plan a fun Drive-In Movie Party right at home!

Box Cars for the Kids

You need a vehicle in order to go to a drive-in movie, right? A fun activity idea for the kids is to have each of them make their own car out of a large cardboard box. If you give a store enough notice, they can save some large boxes for you to pick up before the party. Another idea is to get a few extra-large boxes (like refrigerator size) and the kids could create little pickup trucks to sit in for the movie. This could include pillows and blankets to make the box cars more comfortable.

An adult will have to be available for any work with scissors for this activity. Kids could be given black paper plates for wheels, yellow paper plates for headlights, markers to draw with, glue or double-sided tape to piece it all together and any other supplies you think they may need to create their own fun mini vehicles!

What’s a Drive In without the Popcorn!?

Food for a Drive-In Movie Party is easy to prepare. You can simply set up a concession stand area with food you would normally find at a theater like popcorn, boxed candy, popcorn seasoning and pop.

Small popcorn favor bags and candy vases can be used to display the food. Personalized bottle labels are a cute addition to bottles of pop or plastic cups.

Decorating Tips

A personalized welcome sign is a great way to welcome guests to the party. Did you ever make one of those popcorn garlands for your Christmas tree? A fun idea would be to create a popcorn garland to hang around the sign as guests enter the party area. Everyone loves a personalized photo banner at a birthday party. It’s an adorable way to show how much your child has grown over the last year (or several years). For a movie-themed party, a creative idea is to glue photos onto paper that looks like a strip of film.

Other fun Decorating Ideas!

  • a red-carpet arrival area by the food and party swag table
  • traffic signs around the area leading up to the “drive-in movie” area of the party
  • a sign listing all the concession items available (popcorn, candy, pop, etc.)
  • trays to carry their snacks and drinks in (like a shoebox)
  • pillows and blankets to sit on in the movie area
  • glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and walls of the party area (make sure the room is dark enough to see the glowing stars)
  • movie posters
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Sleepover parties have never lost their appeal over the years! Your teen crowd will be looking for lots of fun things to do, while you’ll be looking to ensure that those things are as safe and family-friendly as possible. With that in mind, why not entertain your teens with this selection of classic teen party sleepover movies on your indoor or outdoor Backyard Theater Systems setup?

Mean Girls – Here’s the quintessential movie about teenaged politics and high-school cliques.Starring Lindsay Lohan and featuring a

and your outdoor theater can bring them to life in a grand manner for your outdoor wedding. From personal messages by family members who could not attend to montages of special moments from the past, video can be transferred to digital format for display on your system.

 

Big-screen live coverage -If you have a videographer on hand to record the ceremony, consider patching the live camera feed to your outdoor theater system. No matter where your guests are sitting, every one of them will be able to see every once-in-a lifetime moment!

Best Teen Party Sleepover Movies

Sleepover parties have never lost their appeal over the years! Your teen crowd will be looking for lots of fun things to do, while you’ll be looking to ensure that those things are as safe and family-friendly as possible. With that in mind, why not entertain your teens with this selection of classic teen party sleepover movies on your indoor or outdoor Backyard Theater Systems setup?

Mean Girls – Here’s the quintessential movie about teenaged politics and high-school cliques.Starring Lindsay Lohan and featuring a script by Tina Fey, this movie follows a girl’s misguided (but hilarious) journey to fit in and become popular with the most sought-after group in school, the “Plastics.”

Poltergeist – If your teens don’t mind the occasional scream at their sleepover, this 1982 movie still packs a creepy punch. A young family unknowingly moves into a haunted house that seems to have a mind of its own — abducting one of the kids and terrorizing everyone else.

Back to the Future – This all-time classic franchise starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is can’t-miss fun for everybody. Why not schedule a marathon of all three films?

Sleepover – What could make more sense for a teen sleepover than a movie about a teen sleepover? Follow the hijinks of a group of 8th-graders on their last day of middle as their sleepover turns into a frenzied race to win a scavenger hunt against the popular kids in the school.

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Few events can conjure up more emotion and atmosphere than a wedding, whether it’s set against a magnificent scenic backdrop or its taking place in the familiar comfort of your own backyard.

When you have an outdoor theater setup from Backyard Theater Systems, you have some great additional options for enhancing the overall magic of that outdoor wedding. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Slide shows – Slide shows set to music have become a staple of many wedding rehearsals and they can add a special quality to the ceremony as well. You can edit your slide show in to a movie and play it on the system’s Blu-ray player, or you can connect your PC directly to the projector and control it from there. Either way, you’ll have an impressive multimedia addition to your outdoor wedding.

Family videos – Family videos can make any wedding more special, and your outdoor theater can bring them to life in a grand manner for your outdoor wedding. From personal messages by family members who could not attend to montages of special moments from the past, video can be transferred to digital format for display on your system.

 Big-screen live coverage -If you have a videographer on hand to record the ceremony, consider patching the live camera feed to your outdoor theater system. No matter where your guests are sitting, every one of them will be able to see every once-in-a lifetime moment!

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Everybody loves watching a big-screen movie under the stars — but what about those times. When you’d rather take the viewing experience indoors? Maybe the weather isn’t so inviting, for instance. Or if you’re having an indoor party with friends and family. Maybe you just want to watch your movie theater during the day. The right backyard theater system can do double-duty as an outdoor or indoor unit. When choosing such a system, the first factor to consider is screen size. The available screen sizes start at an impressive 9’ diagonal and the largest size is 20’! If you have a ceiling that is 10ft tall the 9 or 10ft size screens would be a great fit. The 20ft screen is 12ft tall so you want to make sure you take into consideration the size of the room you will be hosting your event in.

Of course, your indoor theater setup requires more than just a screen.   You will want to do your research on the projector you will be getting with your theater system. Luckily we have made that pretty easy. We have tested projectors from a lot of different manufactures and now have our own brand called SAVI. SAVI is a great all around projector that comes with a 2 year warranty that includes the lamp of the projector. It is our favorite! But if you require more than the 3000 lumens the SAVI comes with you can always upgrade to one of the Optoma Projectors we have hand selected.

When setting up your theater indoors you’ll also need to position the projector in an area that will make sure you get the most out of the viewing surface of your projection screen.   With our projectors you will need to position the projector approx. 12-15’ from the screen to fill up the whole surface.

 

 

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We have designed our theater systems with you in mind and want to make sure the setup is as streamlined as possible. So whether you are tech savvy individual or you don’t have any electronic experience, we know you will be able to set up our systems yourself. Unlike other companies that offer what seem to be complete movie packages, we include all the cabling and extension cords you need so there will be no scrambling to look for extra cords at the last minute. All our movie theaters come with easy to follow instructions and with 2 of the systems we have step by step walk through on YouTube. We also offer top notch customer service and are here to help by phone or email.

We give you absolutely everything you need! You will only have to provide a movie or internet connection to get the party started!

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