A trip to the cinema isn’t an option at the moment – but that hasn’t stopped film fans creating imaginative set-ups at home.
Outdoor cinemas are popping up on Instagram, with people using everyday items to fashion their own garden viewing areas.
Whether it’s a professional screen, a bedsheet, a garden fence or a concrete wall – users are sharing their own backyard arrangements.
It’s also a great activity for socialising with friends – now groups of up to six can meet in private gardens. But, of course, social distancing measures should still be in place.
Sophie, from Cheshire, decided to get creative after her fiancé mentioned he was missing their cinema date nights.
She said: ‘I improvised by ordering a projector from Amazon and re-created our very own cinema set up.
‘I brought the indoors outdoors using furniture, cushions and accessories from inside our home, to fashion a cute and romantic outdoor cinema under the stars.
‘We’ve paired comedies with snacking platters and midnight horror films with copious amounts of popcorn – and candles and blankets to keep us snug.’
Sophie stresses that making a garden cinema doesn’t need to break the bank.
She adds: ‘Most people think you have to spend a fortune to create this. Actually, all you need is £70 for the projector and your garden fence.
‘When times are pressing, use what you can and keep costs to a minimum.’
Another alternative is using a white bed sheet, which acts as a substitute for a professional screen. This is something Lucy Rose decided to try.
Lucy tells us: ‘During lockdown we have found that we were missing weekend activities that we usually take for granted, for example being able to go to the cinema.
‘So my partner had the idea to turn our garden into an outdoor cinema to bring back a little bit of normality.
‘We watched the new Lion King on Disney+ and are hoping to watch more movies outside soon.’
Similarly, Becky Hindley was inspired by families making outdoor cinemas on Instagram. She decided to buy a projector and a screen, to turn her vision into a reality.
Becky says: ‘We decided, as a family. to try an outdoor cinema as we had seen other families who had tried it and thought it looked like fun.
‘It was something we could enjoy as a family in the lockdown, in our own garden.
‘We have only watched one movie so far, Matilda, but are looking forward to watching many more in future.
‘I would definitely advise people to try the garden cinema. It is great fun, and was quite affordable really – £99 for a good projector and screen package.’