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Outdoor Movie How-to: Beach Cinema

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We are starting a new series of posts on the OAC blog, directed at helping outdoor movie enthusiasts discover new ways to enjoy their inflatable movie screen! One thing we are excited to discuss is the many places you can set up your portable movie screen. It is always enjoyable to watch a backyard cinema movie with your Open Air Cinema Screen, but a little adventure can add a lot to your outdoor movie experience!

Open Air Cinema has many customers around the world who use their inflatable screen and outdoor projector on the beach. We’ve found that those who do so often prefer our Pro or Elite screens, as they are extra durable and can handle the sand and dirt. But if you’re looking for a special place to hold your family or company party, and want to use your Open Air Cinema Home Screen, it will hold up great. If you live in , , , , , , or anywhere with a beach, setting up your outdoor movie screen near your favorite surfing spot will be a total blast!

beach cinemaProducing an outdoor movie on the beach can be highly rewarding, as it is a great environment to relax and enjoy the pleasures of outdoor movies under the stars. The cool evening breeze and soft sand will make for a comfortable experience for you and your guests. And the slope of most beaches provides a natural stadium style seating that will enable everyone to have a great view! Here are a few reminders for what to bring or remember for your Beach Side Outdoor Movie!

  • Make sure to identify your power source ahead of time.  You may need to bring a generator to power your fan, outdoor projector, and outdoor speakers.
  • Bring extra extension cords if you’re plugging in from your beach house or public power supply.
  • Blankets and wicker mats will keep the sand off your guests, and will provide comfortable seating.  Beach chairs work well too, especially if your audience is older.
  • Choose a movie that reflects the environment (it will make the evening extra-special): Jaws, The beach, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, etc.
  • Depending on the season and your location, provide treats that will add to the ambiance: sno-cones, Popsicles or ice-cream, barbecue and lemonade!
  • Consider building a fire after the screening of the film.  Make sure to provide enough distance between the fire and the screen! Don’t forget the firewood.

If anyone has produced a outdoor cinema beach event, post your story to the comments section below! We’d love to hear how it went.

Also, if you are interested in acquiring an outdoor movie system, contact us today, and we’ll help you find a system that will meet your needs and budget!

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Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movies: Jaws

One of the final films on our Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movies list is Jaws, the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s wildly successful novel of the same name. Jaws is a great selection for your annual Halloween outdoor movie party, but before we tell you why, here is the theatrical release trailer for the film:

In Jaws, Roy Scheider stars as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the Mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody’s wife, Ellen. After a young 23 year old goes missing, it is determined that she was killed by a shark, and Hooper wants to close the beach in order to protect vacationers from the deadly predator. But his decision is overturned by the city council, and Jaws continues in a fast-paced thriller that will bring the spirit of Halloween to your annual party!

JawsJaws presents some great opportunities to make your outdoor movie screen event memorable for your guests or family. Specializing the setting for your outdoor movie always makes for a great experience, so if you are in a boating community, this movie is for you! We’ve seen a number of Open Air Cinema customers who have produced beach-side screenings, where they’ve set up their pro or elite screen right on the sand!

JawsWe’ve also seen boat drive in setups, where the audience will watch an outdoor screen movie from their individual boats, listening to the sound through their radio transmitters. This requires the event producer to get a powerful transmitter that will produce a strong enough signal so everyone can hear the audio loud and clear. If you are unfamiliar with such transmitters, fell free to contact us at Open Air Cinema, and we’d be happy to explain more!

Also, don’t forget the refreshments! Bringing a few snacks for your audience will significantly add to their outdoor movie experience. And if you’re screening Jaws for your Halloween event, apple cider and candied apples would make great refreshments.

If you are interested in investing in an air screen for your next community get-together, contact us today, and we’ll get right back with you! Happy Halloween!

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Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movie: Scream

One of the final films on our Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movies list is Scream, the 1996 Horror film that single handedly revitalized the slasher horror genre in the 1990′s, and produced a number of sequel and knock off films. Scream is a great selection for your annual Halloween Outdoor movie this weekend! The film is probably not a great pick if you’re having small children attend your event, but is perfect for a scary evening with close friends or family. Here’s the theatrical release trailer for Scream:

Scream is set in the fictional town of Woodsboro, , (filmed in California) where high school student Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) is murdered by a killer named Ghostface who questions her about horror film cliches. Casey’s friends are understandably upset about the incident, and quickly become of interest to the killer. The entire town is thrown into terror, and Scream continues in a scary narrative that will keep your audience screaming and on the edges of their seats.

ScreamThe best part about screening Scream on your Open Air Cinema inflatable movie screen, is that there are some really great ways that you can make the event memorable for your audience. For starters, you could have a horror movie cliche quiz or survey (just like Ghostface’s list in Scream), with the winner getting a special Halloween prize for getting all the answers right! You could also host the event wearing a Ghostface mask, making the screening extra scary as you dish out refreshments during the film. There are a myriad of games and activities that would make the screening special for your guests.

ScreamIf you are interested in investing in an Open Air Cinema inflatable movie screen system, contact us today! We’ll be in touch with you soon.

And finally, if anyone screens Scream this week at their outdoor screen party, please post your story to the comments section below! We’d love to hear how things went. Happy Halloween!

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Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movie: Paranormal Activity

The next Top 25 Halloween Outdoor Movie is Paranormal Actiivty, the horror film that took 2009 by storm, thrilling audiences across the nation! The film was directed by Oren Peli, and premiered at the Screamfest Film Festival while later being screened at the Slamdance Festival during Sundance 2008. Paranormal Activity was a nearly no-budget film, and became one of the most profitable films of all time, raking in nearly $200 million worldwide! This film is probably not suitable for young children, as it is pretty intense and really scary, but it is the perfect selection for your outdoor movie Halloween party with friends! Here’s a trailer for Paranormal Activity:

Paranormal Activity is about Katie (Katie Featherston) and her boyfriend, Micah (Micah Sloat), who move into a new home in suburban , . We quickly learn of Katie’s history of a ghostly presence that has followed her during her life, a presence which she believes has come to their new paranormal activityhome. She hires a psychic Dr. Fredrichs (Mark Fredrichs), who tells her that the being is not a ghost, but indeed a demon, and cautions them not to taunt the demon, but to contact demonologist Dr. Johan Averies.

Micah doesn’t believe a word of what Frederichs said, and instead decides to point his video camera at their bedroom at night in order to capture footage of the demon. But things get scary as his footage reveals actual evidence of the paranormal activity. Increased taunting produces a flurry of activity, and the young couple are significantly disturbed and frightened.

paranormal activityBy screening Paranormal Activity at your Halloween party, you’ll leave your friends or family with an experience they’ll never forget! If you really want to scare your audience, you could plant a friend or family member around the periphery of the screening area, making strange sounds and moving objects in a paranormal fashion!

If anyone has screened Paranormal Activity as an outdoor movie, please share your story by posting to the comments section below! We’d love to see how you’re using your Open Air Cinema backyard movie equipment!

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Outdoor Movie Idea: Days of Thunder

A great pick for your next outdoor movie is Days of Thunder, the 1990 Paramount film about NASCAR racing starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes and Michael Rooker. The film is a great movie for the entire family, and would draw out many people from your community if NASCAR is popular in your area! Earlier this year, the film was screened with the aid of Open Air Entertainment before a NASCAR race at the Toyota Speedway in , . Here is the theatrical release trailer for Days of Thunder.

Days of Thunder follows Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise), an aspiring race-car driver who hopes to someday race in NASCAR. Tim Daland (Randy Quaid), a wealthy NASCAR team owner, sees Trickle race, and believes he has the potential for greatness. Daland convinces Harry (Robert Duval), a retired racing coach, to watch Trickle during a test lap. Trickle beats the current NASCAR champion, Rowdy Burn, with his own car, to get the fastest test lap of the day.

Harry agrees to come out of retirement, as he also believes Trickle has great potential. But Trickle has a long way to go, and he doesn’t do so well in his first few races. But with help from Harry, he’s soon at the front of the pack – at least until a massive crash gets him and Burn injured to the point of needing rehabilitation. Days of Thunder continues in an action-packed narrative that will entertain your entire community, especially if they are NASCAR fans!

As we noted above, Open Air Entertainment screened Days of Thunder at the Toyota Speedway in Los Angeles earlier this year. Here are a few images from their event:

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U.S. Military Buys Portable Outdoor Movie Theaters

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US Military Using Open Air Cinema Screens

Open Air Cinema, a global leader in outdoor cinema equipment, today announced that several military and government organizations including the U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Embassy in , have recently purchased inflatable movie screens and other cinema equipment to boost morale, relieve stress and help build a strong sense of military community.

From the time movies were first produced, the armed forces have turned to them as a way to help the troops unwind and relax during peacetime and times of conflict. Today, Open Air Cinema systems can be found showing movies on ships, bases, forts and camps throughout the world.

“Outdoor cinema equipment that is portable, durable and easy to use is particularly appealing to the military for their Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs,” said Brandon Purdie, president of Open Air Cinema. “With our giant screens, bases and units don’t need to invest in a dedicated building to house a theater. Any open space, from the deck of an aircraft carrier to a field in Afghanistan, can be turned into an outdoor theater for either entertainment or training.”

The Marines recently purchased 13 Cinebox systems, each with a 16-foot inflatable movie screen and the US Embassy in Kabul purchased 15 Cinebox systems, each with a 16-foot screen. In July, Camp Pendleton purchased two systems with 30-foot screens.

The Cinebox system includes everything needed to host an outdoor cinema event including a projector, speakers, DVD player, sound mixer and a giant screen with a theatrical-grade projection surface to provide users with an excellent viewing experience.

Purdie continued, “Our troops have a tough job to do. We are honored to help support our men and women in uniform and feel proud that our equipment can be used to provide them with an instant venue for entertainment and relaxation.”

Open Air Cinema screens are made in the USA and can be purchased through the GSA. Open Air Cinema’s GSA contract is GS-07F-9650S.

For more information about Open Air Cinema and its outdoor movie equipment for home, corporate, government and military use, see www.openaircinema.us.

About Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema is the premier global supplier of outdoor cinema equipment. Open Air Cinema has taken its expertise in outdoor productions to produce the highest quality, most concise, easiest to use, theatrical-grade outdoor theater systems on the market. It is also a leading innovator in providing developing nations with educational outdoor screens and open air cinema equipment.

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: Star Wars

The final movie on our Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time List, is the six-part film series Star Wars.  The series that began in 1977, has changed movie making forever, while enchanting millions of Star Wars fans.  Here is the original theatrical release trailer for the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

The original Star Wars trilogy changed movie making in many ways. The special effects were state-of-the-art, and continue to be pretty amazing, even by today’s standards. When the original Star Wars was released in 1977, it blew out the box office, with nearly half a billion dollars in ticket sales in the United States alone (making it the #4 top grossing film in US history). Collectively, the six Star Wars films have grossed nearly 4.5 billion dollars! Beyond the huge ticket sales, Star Wars is a series that is about the struggle between good and evil, light and dark, and is a wholesome series that will certainly draw out large numbers of your community!

star warsThe six Star Wars films make the perfect selection for an outdoor movie film series, and by the end of the festival, you’d have quite a bit of hype surrounding your event. You’d certainly get quite a bit of attention in your local press, and would be able to galvanize your community in a very real way. There aren’t many people that don’t love Star Wars, and there probably isn’t a better group of films that would be as universally loved by just about any community. The themes that run throughout the series are able to be likened across a broad variety of world-views, and thus will help bring your community together in significant ways.

star warsWith characters such as Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and R2-D2 – the series presents one of the best opportunities for a costume contest as a pre-show activity. You could have a best-costume award for each of the films, with a grand winner for all of the events. Prizes could be given for each of the individual film winners (the awards being donated by local businesses), with a much large prize for the overall winner. You’re guaranteed to have dozens of little Yodas and Luke Sywalkers running around with light sabers in their brown jedi cloaks!

Has anyone shown one of the Star Wars films, or all of them in a series as a part of their Outdoor Movie events? If so we’d love to see pictures, and to hear your story. Please post your comments to the comment section below. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

We only have a couple movies left on our list of Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time, and although we didn’t intend to save the best for last, the 1946 classic It’s a Beautiful Life is definitely at the top of our list. Before we tell you why this film will captivate your community, here is the original theatrical release trailer for the film (trailers have sure come a long way since 1946!):

It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for 5 Oscars, but ultimately did not win. However the American Film Institute has classified it as one of the 100 Best American Films Ever Made, and placed it as number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time! The story follows George Bailey (played by James Stewart), as he is down and depressed after a several turns of bad luck. Through the prayers of his family and friends, a guardian angel named Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class (played by Henry Travers) is sent to watch over him. Before being sent, Odbody is shown the past life of George, at which point the film follows the narrative of his life’s events. As we watch George growing up, we witness an individual of great character, who always puts himself above others. George even saves a couple lives, and through his heroic actions is able to change the course of life for many.

Eventually the vision catches up to the situation that opened the film, and Clarence the angel is tasked with saving George’s life in the face of his suicidal thoughts. It’s a Wonderful Life highlights the difficult and meaningful moments of life, and shows our weaknesses, but ultimately reminds one that through the values of faith and love, life can be a beautiful experience that is highly fulfilling. This is one of those films that will really bring your community together, both in physical numbers of persons and families, but also in spirit as they contemplate the simple things in life. It’s no wonder this film is loved by so many!

There are many ways that one could really engage their community with It’s a Beautiful Life. As with many movies on our Top 25 list, this film presents a perfect opportunity for a costume contest! You could have a best dressed vintage (or maybe it’s classic?) fashion show, with categories for the ladies and the men! This would be a great film to do a drive-in outdoor movie with. And with a 40′ Open Air Cinema Elite Screen, you’d be in great shape to have a huge turnout with families in their cars. If you’ve never done a drive in movie with your inflatable movie screen, give us a call and we’d be more than glad to explain the technicalities (866-802-8202).

It’s a Beautiful Life is sure to bring back memories for all who have seen the film before. If anyone has screened this film before, and wants to share their story with how the event went, post your comments to the comments section below! We’d love to hear your story.

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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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Top 5 Fourth of July Outdoor Movie Ideas

One of our favorite holidays as outdoor movie enthusiasts is the Fourth of July! There is no better time to pull out your Cinebox System and watch a movie under the stars! The Fourth is about celebrating our country’s independence with family and friends, and spending time together has come to be one of the most important aspects Independence Day.

After watching the fireworks at your nearby community park, it is a perfect time to enjoy an outdoor movie with family and friends. The summer evenings are cool and comfortable, and the kids are often out of school the next day. So if the time is perfect to watch an outdoor movie, what flick is the best for the holiday event? We thought we’d assemble a list of a few movies in case you can’t decide what film will make this night memorable for everyone:

This is America, Charlie Brown
This fun movie for the entire family features the favorite comic strip character Charlie Brown in this 8 part miniseries that focuses on historical events in our nation. The movie is no longer manufactured, but can be found on ebay or amazon! This is a pick that is appropriate for all ages, and would be a great choice for a young family with small children.

The Crossing
This Peabody Award winning film starring Jeff Daniels tells the story of how General George Washington made a significant offensive move that turned the tables in the revolutionary war. This is a great movie for the entire family, and will help everyone remember why we are free! The movie has a PG rating.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
This film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning classic novel by Hector Lee stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a white lawyer in the South who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Against great adversity, Atticus chooses what is morally right as he defends the truth and equality for all. The film won 3 Oscars and a number of other awards, and is heralded by some as being one of the most memorable films of the 20th Century. Although the film does not have a rating, it might not be for small children as it deals with difficult and complex scenarios that might be hard to understand. It also would not be the most entertaining movie for children. We’d suggest it for an older audience or family who would appreciate the significance of the film’s values and testimony to what makes America a great nation!

The Patriot
This film starring Mel Gibson is a fictional story based on the American Revolution. The Patriot is a large film that is packed with historical details, and will remind you and your audience of the sacrifices made by the founding fathers and members of our great country. Mel Gibson delivers a stellar performance as he portrays a humble American militiaman who fights against the British. The Patriot is rated R, and has some very violent moments, so is not for young children. Make sure you’ve seen the film before deciding whether or not to screen it with your family. It would make an excellent choice as a date-night holiday film!

Independence Day
Set in , this action packed movie starring Will Smith will surely keep the holiday spirit, as Smith defends the earth from an alien attack, uniting all humanity in an epic struggle against life forms who wish to destroy planet earth. Independence Day is rated PG-13, and there are some moments that might not be suitable for young children, so make sure to watch the movie before deciding whether or not it is appropriate for your family or community.

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: The Sandlot

Up next on our Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time list: The Sandlot.  This film is a really great pick for your next outdoor movie or backyard cinema for a number of reasons, but before we get into any specifics, here is the original theatrical release trailer:

The Sandlot follows Scotty Smalls, a teenage boy who moves into a new neighborhood near , . He is desperately trying to fit in and make new friends, and is doing all the wrong things. However he is befriended by Benny Rodriguez, the leader of a neighborhood crew of kids who love doing nothing else but playing baseball. Smalls is nervous about his lack of baseball skills, but quickly learns to loosen up and is included in the group and their games. He also learns of the one thing that should be avoided when playing in their neighborhood park: DO NOT hit a homerun ball over a specific backyard, or “The Beast” will devour the ball, and you won’t be getting it back! One day Benny devours a ball by splitting it to shreds because he hit it so hard. The boys can’t afford another ball, so Smalls gets his stepfathers ball in his study that is signed by a nobody, “Babe Ruth”. The ball is quickly hit over the fence, and when Smalls realizes who the nobody was who signed the ball, the group sets out to recover it. The resulting scenes will keep your audience on the edges of their seats, as the boys come in near contact with “The Beast”!

The Sandlot is a fun paced movie for the entire family, that tells the story of long summer days and the friends that are made over the years. It is a perfect choice for your next outdoor movie event if you’re looking for something that will appeal to families young and old.

The Sandlot also presents some awesome opportunities for creative screenings. You could host the movie at your local ball park, creating the perfect stage that will enhance the overall experience for your audience members. You could focus the night around a “block party” theme, with hot dogs and popsicles for concessions, and baseball hitting or tossing competitions for pre-movie events, with prizes given to the winners from local businesses and sponsors. The ideas you could come up with for creating a unique outdoor movie experience with The Sandlot are infinite!

This movie is a really great pick, and for the reasons above, deserves to be in the Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time. Have you screened The Sandlot as an outdoor movie, or do you have an experience or favorite outdoor movie to share with us? Send us your story to community@openaircinema.us – we’d love to hear how outdoor movies are changing your community and bringing everyone together.

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Our next movie on our Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time is Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a classic film that mixes animated and live characters in a way that was groundbreaking at the time, and still unusual today. Here is the theatrical release trailer:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a murder mystery set in 1947, and follows a group of cartoon characters called “Toons” who act out cartoons (similar to how humans act out live scenarios). The Toons interact with humans, and live in Toontown, which is near Hollwood, (the place that Toontown in Disneyland is based off). Roger Rabbit is the main star of the show, and is married to the gorgeous cartoon woman Jessica. Roger is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, after he runs away when finding out his wife has cheated on him. The rest of the film will keep your audience on the edges of their seats as the action and drama escalate as Roger tries to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Acme.

And for some Who Framed Roger Rabbit trivia: the film features the only cinema footage where Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse appear together on screen!

This film has a PG rating, and so is not for small children, both for its mild suggestive content and violence. Who Framed Roger Rabbit would make a great outdoor movie or backyard cinema event for school and college crowds, and would be a really good pick for your next date night outdoor cinema! As we’ve noted many times before, animations do very well as outdoor movies, as their colors are crisp and bright, and the high contrast makes a stunning overall image. With Who Framed Roger Rabbit, you’ve got the bonus features of an animation, with the teenage and up content that normally comes with non-animations. The film will bring out large crowds, as it is a movie that people don’t watch as often as other movies. Nostalgia will always draw a crowd!

If you have screened Who Framed Roger Rabbit as an outdoor movie, we’d love to see images from the event, and would also be thrilled to hear your story. Please email us at community@openaircinema.us, and we’ll share your story (even if it does not have to do with Roger Rabbit!) with the rest of the open air community.

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: Monsters Inc.

Monsters Inc. is next on our list of Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time. The animated film from Pixar Animation, although released in 2001, is already a classic film that brings joy and entertainment to families everywhere. Before we talk more about why this is a great pick for your next outdoor movie screening, or backyard cinema event, check out this clip from the film:

The story follows several monsters that have the occupation of scaring human children in order to get their scream energy, because human screams power the city where the monsters live (Monstropolis). Two monsters named Sully (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) accidentally let a small girl into Monstropolis, and try to quickly return her back to her room, only to run into one obstacle after another. The result is an entertaining yet smart and well directed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

There are a couple things that really make Monsters Inc. an awesome pick for upcoming outdoor movie event. First, the film is of course loved by kids, but also has some really funny parts for the rest of the family. In other words, no one will be bored watching this movie, and the more audience members, the better. The movie is sure to draw a crowd. Even though most of your community members have probably seen this film dozens of times, Monsters Inc. is guaranteed to make your event a success.

Technically, the film makes a great choice, as it is high in contrast with bright colors. In other words, the image will appear brighter and cleaner than your average film because of these qualities. It will make your event producer’s night go that much smoother, and if you have a little bit of peripheral light, you’ll still be okay. Also, the soundtrack is bold and loud, and will easily be heard by everyone. Sometimes certain films will swing up and down from being too quiet or too loud, but with Monsters inc, you’ll be good to go the entire time.

Last of all, make sure you check with Swank Motion Pictures about the special circumstances in screening Disney films. There are specific dates set aside when you can screen Disney films, so make sure to check ahead to see what the dates are for 2010. With the right planning, you’ll be able to screen your favorite Disney film with no problems. Click here to see the link for Monsters Inc. on Swank’s website.

Has anyone recently screened Monsters Inc. as an outdoor movie event? We’d love to hear your story, and see the images from the screening! Send us an email to community@openaircinema.us, and we’ll pass your story on to the rest of the readers here at the blog. Thanks for reading!

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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is a classic movie for the entire family and community, that will bring back old memories, and even create some new ones (for those who weren’t around in the 80′s.

The triple Oscar winning film was directed by Stephen Spielberg, and when it was released, surpassed Star Wars as the most financially successful film up to that point (1982). A Rotten Tomatoes survey even ranked the movie as the greatest science fiction film of all time! Awards aside, this is a truly spectacular movie, and is a great pick for your next outdoor movie event.

Set in , the movie follows a young boy Elliot (Henry Thomas), who discovers E.T. after he was abandoned by his fellow alien botanists when they fled in the presence of government officials. Elliot famously lured E.T. back to his home with recees pieces, and helped him hide out with the aide of his little sister Gertie (the debut performance of Drew Barrymore). The film brilliantly shows the journey of discovery and adventure of Elliot and E.T., and is a classic film that the entire family will enjoy.

Has anyone shown E.T. as an Outdoor Movie? Tell us your story, and we’d love to share it with the rest of the Open Air Community!

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Long Beach, California: Outdoor Movie Photo Bonanza Begins

Epson America today announced the Great American Movie Night, a campaign to bring friends and family together to watch their favorite movies projected on a large screen or wall space under a starry sky. Inspired by the Epson MovieMate™, a portable projector featuring excellent big-screen image quality, high brightness, CD/DVD player and speakers all built-in, the Great American Movie Night program kicks off on April 19 and runs through June 13.

During the campaign, people can visit the Great American Movie Night Web site for lots of fun tips needed to host an outdoor movie party, including equipment checklists, pointers for setting-up outdoor viewing areas, ideas for fun movie party themes and kits complete with film suggestions, snack recipes, party music playlists, and even downloadable invitation templates. After hosting fun-filled movie night, creative backyard movie-goers are encouraged to return to the Web site to share their stories and photos.

“With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, the Great American Movie Night program is designed to help people across the country jump start the season of backyard barbecues and family movie nights,” said Marge Ang, senior product manager, Epson America. “Sharing movies on the big screen under the stars is easy and affordable with Epson’s unique MovieMate all-in-one projector.”

As part of Great American Movie Night, Epson is offering a Projector-A-Day Giveaway from May 17–23 where consumers can win an Epson MovieMate 60 just in time to host their own movie night over Memorial Day weekend. Consumers can register until May 23, 2010 at 9 a.m. PT to be eligible. For anyone that hosts their own movie night with family or friends, Epson invites them to share a photo of the event to enter the Makeover Your Backyard Sweepstakes. Consumers who upload a photo of their movie night on the Great American Movie Night Web site can enter for a chance to win $2,500towards a backyard theater makeover.

Read more at -http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/epson-kicks-off-great-american-movie-night-91447909.html


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