There’s nothing like watching your favorite films in a dark room on a massive screen. For that authentic movie theater experience at home, you’ll need a projector (and a popcorn maker).

Movie theaters might be reopening in some states, but the pandemic isn’t over. It’s still a good idea to consider this classic viewing tech. You used to have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to get an excellent projected experience, but you can now get a massive, beautiful picture for less than the cost of a flagship TV. Projectors are also much more portable and easier to set up than they were before. And if you have space, there are excellent pocket-size and short-throw models that make lawn-side movie nights as easy as finding an extension cord and a level chair to set them on. Below are our favorite models, and a couple of screens to pair with them.

Working on a total home-theater overhaul? Be sure to check out our guides to the Best Soundbars and Best 4K Streaming Devices.

Updated May 2021: We’ve added the Optoma UHD35 as our top gaming pick.

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