Planning a movie night at home but want to make things extra special? These tips will help you turn your living room into a deluxe viewing theatre — and all without breaking the bank. You won't make any permanent changes to the room, but you will do enough to massively improve your viewing experience. Be prepared for all movie nights to take place at your place from now on.

Use a phone projector

Smartphone projectors are clever devices that allow you to enjoy movies the way they were intended and not on your tiny TV screen. All you'll need is a smartphone, a movie and a large, flat wall to project onto. If you don't have one, hanging up a large sheet or piece of cloth works well. Be sure to iron the fabric first or your movie screen will be full of creases. Smartphone projectors work best in a pitch black room and are perfect for evening use.

Create your own surround sound

Surround sound basically means sound that's all around you, and you don't need to spend a fortune to get that. Round up any spare speakers you have, connect them to your TV and position each one strategically around your living room — you've now got surround sound. For best results, use left and right speakers on either side of the TV, slightly angled towards the viewer. Then add two more speakers behind the viewer. For the best sound quality, speakers should be one or two feet above ear level. If you don't have four speakers, try simply placing one speaker on either side of the TV, then angling  them towards the viewer. You might be surprised by how much of a difference it makes. Quality sound is essential for a great film-viewing experience.

Serve movie-style snacks

A home cinema experience wouldn't be complete without authentic movie snacks. To make cinema sweet popcorn, melt butter and brown sugar, then mix into popped popcorn. Spread out on a lined baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes or until crunchy. Nachos are another fun option that you can customise with different toppings, like chilli, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Serve snacks in cardboard trays for the full effect. For drinks, serve soda in takeaway cups, or make your own slushies by blending fruit juice and ice.

You don't need to go to the cinema to enjoy a movie! Follow these tips to bring the theatre experience to your living room, and when you're ready, consider investing in audio visual equipment from a company like Fordtronic Video & Sound Pty Ltd.

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