The COVID-19 lockdown means we are restricted from enjoying everyday luxuries like dining out at the best restaurants and bars, playing sport and even going to the cinema. However, with a little imagination and creativity, we can recreate some of these activities at home. Thankfully there are vineyards around the world hosting virtual wine tasting classes for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa, and with a little pre-planning you can recreate that cinematic experience at home too. If you're enjoying the warmer spells then why not host an evening outdoor cinema? We've got everything you need to do just that below.
Everything You Need For a Great Home Cinema Setup
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Toshiba Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
For extra sharp definition when watching all your favourite films, this Toshiba 43 inch TV offers 4K Ultra HD quality. It's also compatible with Alexa, allows users to watch live and catch up TV and is able to host a multitude of devices thanks to three HDMI and two USB ports.
Yard Master 2 Series Portable Projection Screen
If you've got outdoor space but no bare wall to project onto, an easily assembled screen is the answer to your problems. Choose a size to fit your space and create a cosy cinema setup around it for the ultimate outdoor movie night experience.
Sony XH90 4K Ultra HD
Sony's new 4K Full Array LED TVs promises advanced picture quality and sound capabilities. Action films will be all the more enjoyable to watch thanks to the brighter, clearer and more fluid screening experience. Complete with Smart Assistant, the XH90 will take instruction via Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.
Nebula Capsule Pocket Cinema Smart Mini Projector
If you're creating a makeshift outdoor cinema, and easy to use, portable projector is key. The last thing you want is to be lugging out an old TV-sized projector from your old school days, it's impractical to say the least. This Nebula pocket projector casts a clear picture of up to 100" in size with a rich colour image of 100 lumens brightness.
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Signa S3 Soundbar & Subwoofer
Expect top-quality audio from Signa S3, a soundbar and wireless subwoofer with Chromecast built-in. This audio system works with HD, 4K and 8K TVs via HDMI ARC. Includes HDMI cable for easy setup.
Bose Soundlink Revolve
A great choice in wireless speaker if you're looking to create your cinema setup outdoors. Projecting 360° sound at impeccable quality as we've come to know and love from Bose, it's also nice and compact for easy transportation.
For those little added touches to create the right ambience, we've rounded up the accessories you need to make your cinema experience more authentic
RAFT Melrose Corner Sofa
If you're hosting a cinema night in your front room, a comfortable, deep-set sofa is necessary. Complete with teak armrests to ensure your popcorn and drinks are within easy reaching distance.
The Melrose from RAFT can also easily be transformed into a den by draping bed sheets from corner to corner and propping up the pillows, but that's if you're really taking this movie night seriously.
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This one's great for indoors and outdoors. Easy, slouchy lounging on a soft, faux-fur beanbag. Scatter a few of these around and everyone can enjoy their own space.
Smart Retro Kettle Popcorn Maker
Because no movie night is complete without popcorn, the snacks arguable make the whole experience. When else do you gorge on buckets of buttery popcorn without a second thought? This retro popcorn maker will convince you you're really at the cinema, be it back in the 70's.
LED Connectable Festoon Lights
Create the right ambience with some soft festoon lighting, perfect for you outdoor cinema experience. You'll come to love these so much you'll no doubt keep them up for other occasions too.
Smart Retro Snow Cone Maker
Making dessert fun and totally befitting the occasion, a snow cone maker is an easy win for the kids and it will look right at home next to the popcorn maker above. This movie night needs to be convincing after all.