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5 Great Movies to Watch Under the Stars in Your Outdoor Home Theater

These Classics Will Never Stop Entertaining Your Family

5 Great Movies to Watch Under the Stars in Your Outdoor Home Theater

The health crisis has kept us inside quite a bit, and you may be itching for more fresh air and a change of scenery. Fortunately, the situation is improving, and while restrictions are easing, it’s safe to say not everything is going back to the old normal that quickly.

We suggest creating your own entertainment venue in your backyard – an outdoor home theater. As the weather warms, you can move family movie nights outdoors under the stars. And some of our suggested solutions work quite well in broad daylight too, like giant flat-panel Séura outdoor TVs and the incomparable Stealth Acoustics Patio Theater.

We’ve discussed these fantastic options before, but for fun, we want to remind you of a few wonderful modern classic films the whole family can enjoy on the outdoor big-screen entertainment system. Ready for warm outdoor movie nights at home in Atlanta under the Georgia stars? Keep reading.

SEE ALSO: How to Pick the Right TV for Your Atlanta Outdoor Space



Who can forget this 1975 summer classic that launched Steven Spielberg's incredible career? Perhaps your kids that have never seen it. While maybe a little scary to the very young set, you can explain that great white sharks don’t really roam the coast of Georgia. It’s a traditional suspense film with solid acting and a more traditional form of filmmaking that’s lighter on violence and gore, leaving more to the imagination.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Another Steven Spielberg epic, this film is filled with action, humor in the right places, and some dubious historical context that makes it so much fun to watch. It solidified Harrison Ford as a major movie star, and the film launched several sequels as well as many copycats. If your kids haven't seen it, or it was long ago, it will be fun to do it again.

Back to the Future

Continuing with the 1980s theme, Back to the Future is always fun. What isn’t fun about going back in time and knowing what the future looks like? And changing the parts you want and leaving others be?  Perhaps someday, technology will progress so that we can do that. But we suspect the travel capsule will be a Tesla and not a DeLorean. Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, lines from this 1985 film are still quoted today. Well, perhaps only by those of us of a certain age.

Apollo 13

If you want to remind your kids about some real-life heroic efforts, 1995's Apollo 13 stands the test of time. Apollo 13 didn't make it to the moon due to a technical malfunction, and this film chronicles the superhuman efforts that brought Apollo 13 safely back home. A great cast under Ron Howard's direction starring Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Kevin Bacon, and others bring the story to life. Also, remind your kids the space program in 1970 ran on computer technology that was less powerful than their current iPhone –and they went into space that way.

Galaxy Quest

This film starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver was not a blockbuster when it debuted in 1999. But ever since, it has become a cult classic, much like the film parodies the cult of Star Trek (Who doesn't love Star Trek?). It's a fun romp and satire on Star Trek, taking the has-been but much-loved actors on a real space adventure they never imagined could happen. It’s fun for just about any age, with great inside jokes for the adults.

Ready to create your own outdoor home theater this season? To learn more, visit our soon-to-reopen showroom in Marietta, contact us here, or click below to quickly connect with one of our audio-video experts. We look forward to working with you!

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