Outdoor cinemas are the summer must have as projector searches soar on eBay

Outdoor cinemas prove to be a lockdown trend with outdoor projectors rising in popularity according to recent eBay stats. We list where you can get one, too

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The popularity of outdoor cinemas has soared over the past few months which has seen some of the best outdoor projectors fly off the shelf at eBay. The online auction site have revealed to us how quarantine culture has changed the nation’s shopping habits, and why projectors are one to watch.

In the Spring months of each year, those fortunate enough to get their hands on a Glastonbury ticket would usually be looking for the most sparkly glitter, freshest-smelling dry shampoo and most fashionable wellies they can find. But not in 2020 because of, dare we say it again, Covid-19. This outbreak has rocked the nation in more ways than one but, on the 26th May, the BBC announced the launch of a pop-up Glastonbury channel in June, to help festival-goers get their camping fix.

Unsurprisingly, the week that this was announced, searches on eBay for projectors were up by 126 per cent and, more specifically, outdoor projectors were up by 93 per cent month-on-month in May. Other high searches showed that we are getting prepared to pull up a camping chair and stream the best of Glastonbury from our gardens – camping chairs were up 47 per cent in May compared to 2019. 

We can pretty much guarantee that the lovely weather we experienced (in the UK) had something to do with this, and probably the flexibility which a projector brings to not only watch programmes outdoors but indoors, too. And, if we are all to be foregoing holidays, festivals and outdoor cinema events this summer, the cost of projector is an investment it seems so is one to do a bit of research on.

Want to get in on the action? Use the handy widget below to get your hands on one of the best projectors, for the best price.

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Jennifer Oksien
Large Appliances Editor

Jennifer (Jen) is our Large Appliances Editor on the Homes eCommerce team.  Jen is constantly on the look out for the latest tech which claims to revolutionise how we wash our clothes, rinse the dishes, keep our food chilled and our floors dust-free. When she's not doing this she can be found at home in her Victorian terrace which she has lovingly (patiently) been renovating with her husband over the past few years. Jen also likes tea and homemade cake, very much.