If we were to hazard a guess, we’d say it’s likely that you’ve watched more movies at home over the past few months than ever before. It’s not just movies, either. With binge-worthy Netflix shows like Tiger King and The Last Dance released just in time for lockdown, we’ve all been glued to our screens of late. While we’d usually take a trip to a cinema for that much-needed dose of escapism, it's more likely to only be happening at home for a while. What's more, with the colder months rolling in fast, the home movie theater is about to see a whole lot more use.

Of course, there are some bits you can’t recreate: overpriced popcorn, strangers talking through the film, and you might have to turn the decibels down a bit for your neighbors, but we’re here to show you that you can still get pretty close.

From speakers by Sonos to an actual popcorn maker, this roundup proves that the home movie setup is drawing closer and closer to the real movie theatre experience and there’s never been a better time to update your film experience.

Shop our home cinema essentials below.

Pocket Projector

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Luma 75 Portable Pocket Projector



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Of course, the whole wall is good, but we don't all have that kind of space. If you're looking for a more portable option, this Kodak pocket projector is as good as they come.

Movie-quality sound system

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Buy at Sonos US

Sonos is the cream of the crop when it comes to audio technology. This soundbar comes with a handful of top-quality speakers that will cater to all corners of the audio equation.

HD Projector

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Leisure 510 HD Projector



Buy at amazon

First things first. Going to the movies isn't going to the movies without a movie. But not just any screen size is suitable here. The bigger the better, so how about a whole damn wall?

Projector Screen

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Projector Screen



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Now if a wall is a little too DIY for your liking, go all-out with a dedicated screen for your new projector.

Mini Display to HDMI

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Mini Display to VGA HDMI Adapter 2-in-1 Converter



Buy at amazon

The one and only boring but essential bit, we promise. This lets you connect whatever you might be playing through your laptop to the big screen.

Bluetooth Speaker

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Soundlink Mini 2 Limited Edition Bluetooth Speaker



Buy at amazon

Before we mention the snacks, one of the best bits about the movies is that eardrum-smashing sound. Explosions aren't quite the same on a laptop, so if you want to do this properly, then you know what to do.

Popcorn Machine

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Antique Popcorn Machine


Great Northern Popcorn

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Didn't think we'd miss the food, did you? This antique machine takes things back to the bygone era of motion picture viewing.

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