Movies + TV

The Best Gear for Hosting an Open-Air Movie Night—Anywhere



With portable technology and battery power, an evening in easily becomes a better night out.

At The Summer Rental…

Lights: Waterproof, rechargeable 10-inch LED globes add drama after sundown. Float the colorful orbs in a pool, scatter them on tables, or hang them from trees. $70 each; brookstone.com

Sound: Eton's easy-to-pack Soulra speaker has a splashproof rubber casing to make it durable, and its solar panel delivers four hours of power. $200; etoncorp.com

Concession Stand: Fuego's portable Element gas grill (above) folds to messenger-bag size, weighs less than 15 pounds, and has a button igniter that won't strain your burger-flipping arm. $150; elementbyfuego.com

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In The Back Yard…

Lights: ThermaCELL's battery-powered LED lantern doubles as an insect repellent by releasing a natural insecticide, which creates a 15-by-15-foot bug-free zone. $32; mosquitorepellent.com

Sound: Able to endure extreme temperatures and heavy rains, the rustproof Atrium 8 SDI speakers by Polk Audio (above) are built to the same environmental specs used for military gear. $300; polkaudio.com

Concession Stand: The bullet-shaped, water-and-charcoal-based Smokey Mountain Cooker by Weber can slow-cook a turkey and a ham at the same time on its nickel-plated grates. $400; weber.com

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On The Rooftop…

Lights: Soji (above), a traditionally styled Japanese lantern, features two modern twists: a weather-resistant nylon shade and a solar panel that keeps it lit for up to five hours. $22; crateandbarrel.com

Sound: Brookstone's weather-resistant speaker takes two steps to start: insert batteries, connect to MP3 player. Plus, the built-in handle makes carrying it a breeze. $150; brookstone.com

Concession Stand: The funnel shape of Bodum's new charcoal-powered Fyrkat Cone keeps the cooking surface ample but the form compact. And its long legs enable stand-up grilling. $180; bodum.com

—By Daniel Sieberg

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