1 Be a good neighbor.
Like it or not, your screening is going to be semipublic, so check with your neighbors first to make sure they have no objections. (Inviting them might help.)
2 Forget handheld LCD projectors.
They’re fine for an office presentation, but they don’t cut it outside. Buy or borrow a projector with at least 2,000 lumens, such as the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600 3LCD ($360, epson.com).
3 Use a real screen.
Phillips recommends a sturdy eight-foot model such as the Da-Lite Versatol Portable and Tripod Projection Screen ($129, bestbuy.com).
4 Dim the lights.
To prevent backyard security lights from competing with the screen, drape sheets over them.
5 Let ’er roll!