What says friendship more than popcorn?

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 Movie ticket prices are rising and, let’s be honest, we don’t want to waste our precious summer days stuffed in a crowded movie theater anyway. However, there are some days when you don’t want to shuttle the family to some outdoor adventure and just want to sit back and relax.

So, what about bringing the movie theater home to you? Thanks to more affordable prices on home theater projectors and screens, now is a great time to build your dream cinema. And, better yet, with a portable screen you can set up your movie night outside. Put out some camp chairs and a popcorn machine, and you’ve got the perfect summer evening ready to go.

While buying your own home theater projector might lead to some sticker shock, just think of all the money you’ll save by skipping going out. Average ticket prices hover around $12, plus snacks and drinks. And thanks to all the new streaming options, many movies are available for you at the same time they hit theaters. We love the BenQ HT2050 Home Theater thanks to its crystal clear 1800p resolution plus its 3D capability. Most customers rave about its easy-to-use design and recommend it over projectors that cost three times as much.

What’s a great projector without an excellent projector screen? In order to totally immerse yourself in the outdoor movie experience, we recommend the VIVO 84″ Portable Projector Screen. Thanks to black backing and black borders, no background light will disrupt your viewing. Plus, this can become more than just a tool for summer fun. Next time you have an important business trip with a presentation? Practice at home then bring the VIVO Projector Screen along with you.

Now we’re not saying you need a trampoline for the perfect outdoor movie night, but we do know you’ll want one. What better way to entertain the kiddos while you set up the projector and work out the inevitable technology issues than setting them loose on the BCP 15′ Round Trampoline 5 Legs Frame With Safety Enclosure. It’s heavy-duty and water resistant so it can stand the test of time. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind thanks to the netted safety enclosure. Owners love its higher weight limit (330 pounds) and kids rave over it.

Of course, no movie night is complete without a popcorn maker. And we think the classic style of the FunTime FT421CR Carnival Style 4oz Hot Oil Popcorn Machine is a perfect way to round out your summer movie night. Breathe in that fresh buttery popcorn smell (and have peace of mind it hasn’t been sitting in a glass case for hours on end) and appreciate the fact that this machine can work on any tabletop. Owners love how easy it is to use, and we love that the kettle detaches for easy cleaning.

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