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Condobusiness Magazine Features “Dive-In” Outdoor Movies

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We just discovered that Condobusiness Magazine featured a brief story on “Dive-In” Outdoor Movies, and how they are the latest and greatest thing in community or multi-residential settings.

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The community pool is a location where your community already gathers together, and so there is really no better place to host an outdoor movie series if you are trying to bring your residents together. The only thing that is better than watching a movie under the stars is to watch it under the stars while swimming or hanging out by the pool! We know of many apartment and residential building owners who have purchased outdoor movie systems as a way to show their community that they care. Check out this earlier post about Resource Residential, and how they’ve been using “Dive-in” movies to entertain and bring together their communities!

If you have featured a Dive-In movie at your multi-residential setting, leave a comment below and let us know how it went!

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Resource Residential Uses Open Air Cinema Systems for Dive-In Outdoor Movies

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Major shifts that occurred after the economic downturn, prompted Philadelphia-based property management company Resource Residential to do something different for its communities. And so it was a year ago that the company introduced dive-in theatres at all 52 of its properties, right from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles.

“Everyone was beginning to cut back on their frivolous spending—going out for movies etc. so I was looking for a way to provide something different to our residents and also try to build a better sense of community that includes the whole family,” Harlan Krichman, president Resource Residential, tells MHN.

The salt-water swimming pools at Resource Residential’s properties provided an excellent location for the inflatable screens. “If we could find an outdoor movie system, we could turn our swimming pools into dive-in theaters! And, quite frankly, no one else was doing this,” says Krichman. He says the inflatable screens also provided a great way to utilize the pools. “It shows off our pools and brings people together. Building a sense of community is important to us because if our residents are happy in their community, they will make friends and start to build bonds.” The movies are family friendly so the whole family can come out for the event. “They bring their rafts and sit in their tubes while watching the movie,” he adds.

The area next to the swimming pool is mainly where Resource Residential screens the movies and sporting events. But on occasion—in case of Sunday morning cartoon shows for example—the screens will be set up indoors. “It has to be dark for the visuals to be visible on the screen, so it needs to be indoors sometimes,” explains Krichman.

Krichman purchased Open Air Cinema’s CineBox systems for each of the Resource Residential properties last year. The system includes a giant 12’X7’ screen, which inflates in seconds, along with a digital projector, speakers, mixer and DVD player. “The open air cinema product sets up very easily. You can pack up the whole thing in three boxes,” he says. This feature also allows the company to use the inflatable screens to promote its properties and amenities. “Some of our properties are near college campuses. We can take the screens there and sponsor a free movie night, where we include a five-minute piece on our apartment community and what sets us apart. Also, during our weekly movie nights, as well as a college movie event, we get local stores and businesses to participate in sponsorships of the movie night to provide some revenue that can help offset any costs that may come along with the program. This helps spread the word about other businesses in the broader community,” says Krichman.

Feedback to the dive-theatres has been positive, but it’s not just the residents who have appreciate the dive-in events, the employees like it too. “When they see the reaction of a resident, they become excited about it as well,” says Krichman. The company is now working on having a dive-in event weekly.

He concludes, “We haven’t had people moving in just for the dive-in theater per se, but people do come in and say they have heard about how great a community this is—people know each other and you have community events. It is the combination of the pool and the theater that attracts a lot of prospective renters.”

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Malaga, Spain: Cruise Ship Ready with Outdoor Movie Screen

As Azura leaves Southampton behind and heads for Malaga, the first port of call on her maiden voyage, it’s time to take a considered view of what P&O’s newest ship has to offer, and how it compares with sister ship Ventura.

Designed to appeal more to P&O’s traditional customers, the 3,100-passenger Azura promises “classical touches with contemporary style,” whereas Ventura made a big thing about being a family-friendly ship, complete with circus skills classes and a rock school.

Structurally, the two ships are almost identical although Azura – which cost £380 million – has what is known as a ducktail stern to improve stability and fuel consumption. There are other differences: up top, the new ship has an open-air cinema screen above the midships swimming pool; on her older sister the pool can be covered by a sliding glass roof – perfect for chilly days in northern waters.

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Eumundi, Australia: “Finding Nemo” as Poolside Outdoor Movie

Jack Beardsley, Layla Bradley, Matilda Harvison, Imogen Beardsley, Jack Harvison and Maia Bradley are ready to jump in the pool tonight for the Flicks in the Sticks screening of Finding Nemo at Eumundi Aquatic Centre.

“The ‘dive-in’ is our first swim and watch movie – where you can float in the pool and watch the movie,” Flicks in the Sticks director Steve Beardsley said. “But if you don’t want to get wet, no problem, there’s plenty of grassed areas at the pool to watch the movie on dry land.”

The Eumundi Aquatic Centre doors will open to moviegoers from 6pm, with the screening starting about 7.15pm. BYO floaties, noodles, lilos for the pool, or blanket, beanbag or chairs for the land. Lifeguards will be on hand to assist with pool supervision.
The Finding Nemo screening is a fundraiser for the Eumundi Swimming Club, who will hold be cooking up a storm with a sausage sizzle and barbecue from 6pm.
“The cost is only $8 per person, and free for children under three years of age,” Steve said. “The price also includes a bag of chips to munch on – as well as pool entry after 6pm.”

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Eumundi, Australia: Outdoor Swim Includes Screening of ‘Finding Nemo’

Eumundi’s outdoor cinema Flicks in the Sticks is heading poolside to the Eumundi Aquatic Centre for their next screening of FINDING NEMO on Friday 26 February.

Flicks in the Sticks Director Steve Beardsley says “The ‘dive-in’ is our first swim and watch movie – where you can float in the pool and watch the movie. But if you don’t want to get wet – no problem, there’s plenty of grassed areas at the pool to watch the movie on dry land”.

“With the balmy February weather of late, it’s hard to imagine a better way of keeping cool and being entertained,” says Steve.

The Eumundi Aquatic Centre doors will open to moviegoers from 6pm, with the screening starting around 7.15pmish. BYO floaties, noodles, lilos for the pool, or blanket, beanbag, chairs or couch for the land. Lifeguards will be on hand to assist with pool supervision.

The FINDING NEMO screening is a fundraiser for the Eumundi Swimming Club, who will be cooking up a storm with a sausage sizzle and BBQ from 6pm.

“The cost is only $8 per person, and free for children under 3 years of age,” says Steve. “The price also includes a bag of chips to munch on – as well as pool entry after 6pm”

The Eumundi Aquatic Centre is on Memorial Drive, at the Bruce Highway end of Eumundi.

As Steve cheekily adds, “Our dive-in movie will be so much fun, you’ll wet yourself!”

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Wagga Wagga, Australia: “Dive-In Movies” Give Way to Outdoor “Movies by Moonlight”

WHILE the last of the Dive-in movies at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre came to a close at the weekend, there is still an outdoor movie experience available to residents with the Movies by Moonlight at the music bowl.

For the past month residents were able to experience the city’s first-ever Dive-in Movie screenings at the Oasis for four consecutive weeks.

Each different film brought with it new crowds of families and children keen for a swim or a float while enjoying a children’s movie.

The cool comfort of the pool was a haven for some families escaping the 40-degree heat of recent weeks.

The 50-metre pool and the surrounding area was transformed into an outside cinema with customary mats and tubes for comfortable viewing.

The four movies that played were Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Ghost Busters and Surf’s Up.

With the ending of summer movie series comes another month-long movie experience, with Movies by Moonlight at the Wagga Music Bowl.

The hit musical, Mamma Mia! launched the Movies by Moonlight series on Saturday, January 23, and a host of popular movies have been secured for the Saturday night summer series which runs until the end of February.

The movies aren’t only directed to a young audience, with box office blockbusters Australia and Twilight and classic musicals including The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Priscilla Queen of the Desert making the list.

Movies by Moonlight director, Matthew Canny, said he was hoping record crowds would attend the 2010 season.

Laura Suckling


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Wyndham, Australia: Splash Out at Outdoor Movie Poolside in Werribee

Ken Patton and Tracie Smith with Charlie, 5, Jasmine, 4, Georgia, 6 and Ruby, 2, get their spot for the movie.

Ken Patton and Tracie Smith with Charlie, 5, Jasmine, 4, Georgia, 6 and Ruby, 2, get their spot for the movie.

Don’t be surprised to smell salty popcorn over chlorine at Werribee’s outdoor public pool this Friday.

A movie will be screened outdoors at the pool at dusk as the first of Wyndham Council’s Dive-In Movies this summer.

The pool joins majestic Werribee Park as a second outdoor movie venue in Wyndham.

The council said that for the cost of entry to the pool, visitors could watch the movie 17 Again from lawns at the site, or from deck chairs in the wading pool.

More than 500 people are expected to attend. Rotary will cook up a fundraising barbecue.

The movie starts at 8.45pm with live music to swim to from 6pm.

Movie Ice Age 3 is on at the pool on Saturday, February 6. Pre-movie activities at this event will include kids’ karaoke.

The council launched Dive-In Movies at the Watton St pool last summer. A total of 800 people attended two separate screenings.

For people wanting a more relaxed movie setting, Movies Under the Stars is on at Werribee Park this Saturday.

The movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Gates open at 7.30pm.

Other upcoming outdoor screenings at the park include The Notebook on February 13, Bourne Supremacy on March 13 and Armageddon on March 27.

Kellie Cameron


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Bad Sobernheim, Germany: Open Air Kino "Dive-In" Outdoor Movie in Bad Sobernheim

Foto: Sonja Bräuer

Foto: Sonja Bräuer

OPEN-AIR-KINO Der Film “Mamma mia” lockt in diesem Jahr wieder zahlreiche Besucher ins Schwimmbad.

Eine Leinwand von sechs Metern Breite und 3,50 Metern Höhe wurde für die Kinoaktion auf der Liegewiese im Bad Sobernheimer Freibad aufgestellt. Bereits im vergangenen Jahr waren zwischen 300 und 400 Besucher gekommen, um sich Til Schweigers Kinofilm “Keinohrhasen” anzusehen, und auch in diesem Jahr wollte man mit “Mamma mia” so viele Zuschauer erreichen. Das Wetter spielte mit und man musste nicht in den Kaisersaal ausweichen.

“Das Interessante ist ja das Open-Air, in stickigen Räumen, da kann man auch ins Kino gehen”, freute sich Besucherin Jutta Scheliga-Landmann. “Solche Events müssten viel mehr gemacht werden, weil das auch den Stadtzusammenhalt fördert, diese städtische Gemeinschaft”, wünschte sie sich. Sie begrüßte die Aktion sehr und stellte auch fest, dass viele aus den Nachbarorten gekommen waren.

Über das Wetter freute sich auch die stellvertretende Leiterin der Verbandsgemeindewerke, Hiltrud Holzem-Vetter, die die Planungen von Vorgänger Marc Lamek übernommen hatte. Es sei ein “relatives Risiko damit verbunden, aber wir haben bisher immer Glück gehabt”, dass das Wetter hielt, betonte Holzem-Vetter erleichtert. Neben der Kirmes sei diese Veranstaltung etwas Besonderes. “Das Ganze soll dazu dienen, das Schwimmbad ein bisschen attraktiver zu machen”, so Holzem-Vetter. Dies sei auch die Intention von Bürgermeister Rolf Kehl.

Im Spaßbecken waren am Kinoabend auch Schwimmreifen anzutreffen, was besonders die jüngeren Besucher freute. Während solcher Veranstaltungen ist es in anderen Schwimmbädern möglich, die Leinwand auch von den Ringen aus zu sehen. Dies war in Bad Sobernheim jedoch nicht umsetzbar. Doch auch so hatten die Jugendlichen Spaß. “Die Ringe sind besser, letztes Jahr hatten wir noch kleinere”, erzählte Konstantin Meissner, der zusammen mit Schulfreund Jan-Luca Bergmann viel Spaß an den Ringen hatte, auch wenn sein Freund betonte: “Ich bin ja eigentlich wegen dem Kinofilm hier.”

Auch die Freundinnen Lea Seiß und Geraldine Buchhorn, die nach den Ferien in die sechste Klasse auf dem Emanuel-Felke-Gymnasium kommen, waren gerne zum Open-Air-Kino gekommen. Für sie war es eine Premiere, im letzten Jahr hatten sie sich den Film nicht angeschaut. “Ich freue mich total, weil der Film auch gut ist”, zeigte sich Geraldine Buchhorn zufrieden. Und Freundin Lea Seiß aus Staudernheim freute sich besonders, weil man während der Kinoaktion ins Wasser durfte. Dass so viele Freunde der beiden gekommen waren, gefiel ihnen auch.

Damit die Aktion überhaupt durchgeführt werden konnte, hatte man die professionelle Firma “Outdoor-Cine” engagiert, die in Zusammenarbeit mit Universal Films häufig solche Veranstaltungen durchführt. Sie brachte das benötigte Equipment mit. Und damit auch alle Zuschauer gut gestärkt zuschauen konnten, übernahm Saunapächter Michael Langelage auch an diesem Abend die Bewirtung.

Source: “Solche Events fördern auch die Gemeinschaft” Von Sonja Bräuer -Allgemeine Zeitung. Read full article at:

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Tallmadge, Ohio: Dive-In Outdoor Movie Expected to Boost Pool Attendance in Tallmadge

Dive-In Outdoor Movies in Tallmadge, OhioThis summer has held record-low temperatures in Tallmadge, Ohio. Tallmadge Parks and Recreation has experienced an attendance slump at the community pool due to cloudy skies and rain. The Maca Aquatic Center has been looking for creative ways to boost interest in the pool, which is why they are hosting a dive-in outdoor movie on an inflatable screen tonight.

A 13-foot by 16-foot inflatable screen from Audio Extremes will be set up after hours and season pass holders and those who buy a daily pass for Aug. 7 will have the opportunity to swim a little longer and watch “Finding Nemo” on a big screen at the pool. There will also be fun activities before the outdoor movie starts. This family-friendly event will be a unique community experience that is not to be missed. If it does rain, the dive-in event will be rescheduled for Aug. 14.

Despite the lack of daily pass sales lately, event organizers are expecting a big crowd for tonight’s outdoor cinema show. As long as the weather holds out, families, friends, and neighbors will gather for a fun evening of swimming and cinema. Get there early to stake out a good spot and enjoy some of the pre-show entertainment.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Hosts Dive-In Outdoor Movie in Eau Claire

Dive-In Outdoor Movies at the University of WisconsinAt the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Student Services wanted to have a totally unique and exciting free activity for their Special Events Program. That’s why they held the first-ever dive-in outdoor movie in McPhee pool. Lots of people watch movies in the theater or at home, but how many people watch them while swimming and relaxing in the water? The university picked a perfect film for this event: Jaws. Students enjoyed the full frightening experience of a giant shark lurking under the waters. A large outdoor movie screen and a complete sound system completed the atmosphere so the students could receive the full effects of the tantalizing music.

University Recreation sent flyers to every dorm room, posted the event on their website, and posted flyers on bulletin boards to spread the word. The advertising worked- by the time the outdoor movie began, the pool was full of floating students and the observation deck was littered with movie-goers as well. The university made sure the event was perfectly safe, as they had two certified lifeguards on duty throughout the event. They also left safety lights on.

Jaws is a great movie, but I think I would have gotten so scared that I would have fallen out of my tube if the lights were all the way off,” sophomore Amy Dettling said (The Spectator).

After the movie, a raffle was held for t-shirts, water bottles, and other prizes. The pool was also open after the outdoor film for recreational use.
Many students enjoyed the dive-in movie as break from their studies and hassles of student life. They were able to hang out with friends, swim, and play games while watching the outdoor movie. The fact that it was free drew even more students to the event.

Sophomore Jake Schulz said he agreed the event was a good idea.

“The dive-in movie was such a good idea,” he said. “It should be cut out, glued to a magnet and stuck on the refrigerator for everyone to see.”

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Washington D.C.: Capitol Skyline Hotel Screens a Dive-In Outdoor Movie

Photo Credit: Capitol Skyline Hotel

Photo Credit: Capitol Skyline Hotel

If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, don’t miss this awesome dive-in movie -but leave the kids at home! Capitol Skyline Hotel will be screening The Big Lebowski at their pool for a 21+ audience. Admission is $12, which includes a free White Russian at the door. Movie-goers can feel free to relax in the pool, or sit in comfy poolside furniture while watching the outdoor film. Come dressed up as the Dude, Maude, or any of your favorite Lebowski characters for the costume contest and win prizes. For trendy hipsters, or parents that are just tired of seeing Madagascar in the park with their kids, this will be a memorable evening for all. The dive-in outdoor movie will begin at sundown.

Outdoor Movie Description:
The Dude is introduced to a multimillionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski after a case of mistaken identity. When the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife is later kidnapped, he commissions the Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when the Dude’s friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the full ransom sum. Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid and John Turturro star in the film, which is narrated by a cowboy known only as “Stranger”, played by Sam Elliott.

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Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Parks and Recreation Presents Dive-In Outdoor Movies

Dive-in Outdoor Movies in Cleveland, OhioSummer is beginning to wind down, but there are still lots of fun summer activities to enjoy! This Friday, Cleveland Metroparks is hosting a dive-in outdoor movie screening of “RV” (PG). It will be shown at Ledge Pool & Recreation Area in Hinckley Reservation. Doors will open at 8pm; movie starts at 8:45pm. The pool is heated and inner tubes will be available for rent, but you must be 8 years old or older to rent an inner tube. ($4 for single tubes and $6 for double tubes). Refreshments available through Ledge Rock Café. Ledge Pool & Recreation Area is located at 1151 Ledge Road, between State and Kellogg Roads in Hinckley Township.

Movie Description: Overworked executive Bob McNeive is about to embark on the most dangerous adventure of his life – a two-week cross-country trip in an RV with his family! Bob has an agenda for the trip that his wife and kids don’t know but through a series of misadventures he inadvertently learns the true meaning of family.

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East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Presents a Dive-In Outdoor Movie

Photo Credit: Jason Chiou -The State News

Photo Credit: Jason Chiou -The State News

Outdoor movies aren’t just family events, and dive-in movie events aren’t just for kids. Michigan State University recently hosted a dive-in outdoor movie event in the university pool, featuring the film “Kung Fu Panda”. More than 400 students piled into the pool and surrounding lawn to enjoy the movie under the stars. Undergrad and post-graduate students sported swimsuits and brought flotation devices and pool toys, and some students even brought inflatable rafts from a recent river trip. College kids acted young again, splashing around on floating whales and alligators. Some students brought dates for a unique evening out. The outdoor cinema event was a joint venture with help from the Union Activities Board, or UAB, and the Residence Halls Association, or RHA. Previous dive-in movies had drawn audiences of around 300 people, so this event showed a growth in student interest and participation.

“I was happy with the final numbers,” Rebecca Kapler, UAB’s arts director said of this year’s event. “It was a short movie, so I’m happy we had that many people.” (The State News)

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La Mesa, California: Dive-In Outdoor Movies Make a Splash in La Mesa, California

Photo Credit: James Baird/Union-Tribune

Photo Credit: James Baird/Union-Tribune

What’s the perfect way to beat the summer heat? Dive-in outdoor movies at the pool. Family friendly movies have been screened at the La Mesa Municipal Pool in La Mesa, California. Kids love splashing around in the pool while watching their favorite movies. During the summer the community pool moonlights as an aquatic theater with a big projector screen and plenty of water for movie-goers to drift on.

Movies usually included kid-favorites such as “Finding Nemo” and “The Little Mermaid”. Movies started around sunset, and a lifeguard staff was present. Parents usually congregated on lounge chairs around the pool, while kids floated and played while watching the movie. It also gives kids a chance to see each other while school’s out for the summer.

The La Mesa dive-in, which began with a big-screen television and about 40 guests, has now graduated to a projector screen and audiences that have topped more than 200. Previous films, such as “Harry Potter” and the “Lion King,” drew major crowds. Sounds like a great activity that’s fun for the whole family!

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Incirlik, Turkey: Military Base Hosts Dive-In Outdoor Movie in Incirlik, Turkey

Military Base Hosts Dive-In Movie in Incirlik, TurkeyOn Thursday, June 11, a dive-in movie was held at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. The American military base enjoyed a movie under the stars with friends and families. Turkey’s warm weather made an excellent opportunity to see an outdoor movie while kids and families swam in the base pool. “Grease” was the film of choice and was hosted by the 39th Force Support Squadron. The dive-in movie gave soldiers and their families an opportunity to relax and have some fun. Kids and parents alike enjoyed the outdoor film, and movie-goers expressed a hope for movies in the future.

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