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Take movie night to the next level with a garage cinema!

If you’re looking for a fun school holiday activity, a way to jazz up date night or simply want to watch a movie in comfort and style, the garage is the perfect place. With many top movies going straight to streaming services this year, this is a great way to enjoy the ultimate cinema experience at home.

Grab the popcorn! Here are a few tips on how to set up a home cinema in the garage these holidays.

Clear the clutter

The first thing you will need to do is to clear some space in your garage for your cinema experience. Sweep the dust, leave the car in the driveway, and make sure you’ve packed away all the clutter in your garage.

Create your screen

Next, you’ll need a projector, which you can find at JB Hi-FI or Officeworks. They can be a bit of an investment, but it’s worth it for epic movie nights. If you’re looking for something more cost effective, you can purchase a mini projector, which still does the job well.

Set the projector up in the back of your garage, facing towards the garage door. Either project the movie directly on the door or drape a white sheet across the garage and project onto this. You will feel like you’ve just stepped into your very own cinema with this DIY movie night set-up.

To give yourself a true cinema experience, make sure you have a speaker set up to amplify the sound. You can use a Bluetooth speaker, or if you prefer, use computer speakers for a more ‘surround sound’ experience.

Set the mood 

If you opt for a movie day instead of movie night, drape towels or thick sheets across the windows in your garage to block as much natural light as possible.

Fairy lights are a must for garage movie night, for grown-ups and kids alike. Twinkling like stars they provide a fun ambience and can even make it romantic for date night. Hang these from the ceiling and watch as your garage transforms into a cozy home cinema! You may even feel inclined to leave the fairy lights up after movie night too.

If you can’t seem to locate the snacks or the remote in the dark, you can use the light from the Merlin Remote LED Light. You can control it from your phone, so there’s no need to leave your seat.

Get comfy

The next step to set up your movie night is to find the right seating. This could be big plushy cushions, BBQ chairs, bean bags, blow-up mattresses, whatever you have on hand.

Complete your DIY cinema by adding lots of blankets (or fans, it is summer in Australia, after all) and pillows. Then sit back and enjoy the best cinema experience from the comfort of your garage.

Finally: the extras to complete your movie night

No cinema trip is complete without popcorn and snacks! You could even set up a table in the garage and allow your guests to help themselves throughout the night.

So, have you already started planning your next movie night in the garage? The best thing is, you can have as much fun with setting this up as you like. Go simple with a projector and a couple of bean bags, or go all out with fairy lights, pillows, blankets, and a smorgasbord of snacks.

With a set up like this, we’re sure movie nights in the garage will soon become a regular occurrence.

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