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Outdoor Movie How-to: Beach Cinema

Beach Cinema
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 Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Virginia Beach, Florida, Texas, 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!


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

Dive In Cinema

Photo Credit: Open Air Cinema

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.”

Portland, Oregon: Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series 2009

Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series 2009

Outdoor Movies in Portland, OregonFlicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series Presented by SmartPark

Pioneer Courthouse Square is happy to host another summer of outdoor movies at the Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series! The series begins on July 10th at dusk and continues until August 14th.

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This Summer’s schedule of Movies:
July 10th
July 24th
August 7th
August 14th Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Dirty Dancing
Jurassic Park

All movies begin at Dusk on the day scheduled.


Portland Parks and Recreation Presents Outdoor Movies in the Park in Portland, Oregon

Outdoor Movies Presented by Portland Parks and RecreationPortland Parks and Recreation presents outdoor Movies in the Park this summer! These outdoor cinema events are great for the whole family, and best of all, they’re free! Movies begin at dark. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 PM so bring a picnic and enjoy!

Rain-outs will be called by 5:00 PM and posted at the park.

Thanks to our sponsors! X-BOX 360, K103 fm, 1190 KEX, Home Run Graphics, Metromint, Portland Parks Foundation.

Outdoor Film Schedule

Fri. July 3: Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaMultnomah Arts Center
Outdoor Movies in Portland, OregonFri. July 10: Kung Fu PandaBerkeley Park
Sat. July 11: School of RockLents Park
Fri. July 17: Space JamPier Park
Sat. July 18: Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D –Dickinson Park
Wed. July 22: HairsprayMcCoy Park
Thu. July 23: E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHolly Farm Park
Fri. July 24: Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaBrentwood Park
Sat. July 25: Dirty DancingColonel Summers Park
Mon. July 27: Singin’ in the Rain Laurelhurst Park
Wed. July 29: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (in Spanish, subtitled in English) –Fernhill Park
Thu. July 30: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities) –Argay Park
Fri. July 31: Zathura: A Space AdventureCathedral Park
Fri. July 31: Kung Fu PandaKenilworth Park
Sat. Aug. 1: ShrekEarl Boyles Park
Outdoor Cinema in Portland, OregonSun. Aug. 2: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSellwood Park
Tue. Aug. 4: Charlotte’s WebGlenfair Park
Thu. Aug. 6: Ferris Bueller’s Day OffBrooklyn Park
Fri. Aug. 7: HairsprayWillamette Park
Fri. Aug. 7: X-Men Origins: WolverineMultnomah Arts Center
Sat. Aug. 8: CoralineDickinson Park
Mon. Aug. 10: CasablancaLaurelhurst Park
Thu. Aug. 13: Hotel for DogsGrant Park
Fri. Aug. 14: The Wizard of OzLaurelhurst Park
Fri. Aug. 14: The Tale of DespereauxSt Johns Park
Sat. Aug. 15: School of RockSewallcrest Park
Sat. Aug. 15: Iron ManLents Park
Wed. Aug. 19: X-Men Origins: WolverineMcCoy Park
Thu. Aug. 20: High School Music 3: Senior Year (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities) –Parklane Park
Outdoor Movies Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, OregonFri. Aug. 21: Iron ManIrving Park
Sat. Aug. 22: Blue HawaiiWashington Park
Wed. Aug. 26: The LongshotsPeninsula Park
Wed. Aug. 26: One Night in FrogtownSellwood Park
Thu. Aug. 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlHazeltine Park
Fri. Aug. 28: Mamma Mia! (Sing Along) –Washington Park
Sat. Aug. 29: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullLaurelhurst Park
Tue. Sept. 1: CasablancaDeNorval Unthank Park
Fri. Sept. 11: The Neverending StoryMultnomah Arts Center

Source: Portland Parks and Recreation -http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?a=248976&c=50362.


Portland, Oregon: Summer Arrives With Free Outdoor Movies

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Summer in Portland, Oregon means one thing: sunshine. And during the summer, people go crazy for outdoor activities and events like hiking, parades, and outdoor movies. The following is an insider’s guide to Portland’s outdoor cinema scene; everything you need to catch your movies under the stars this summer.

The city where I live, Portland, Oregon, is known for being rainy. Like, ten months out of the year. So when July and August arrive the town goes a little crazy.

It’s as if no one’s ever seen sun before. The citizens madly scurry about like hyperkinetic beavers, painting their houses, filling potholes, constructing new buildings, and generally creating noise and congestion everywhere. Not a weekend goes by without some major thoroughfare being shut down for a parade, a walk to benefit a popular disease, a “fun run” (two words that just don’t go together in my mind), a street fair, or a multicultural hoe-down featuring local blues bands and patchouli-scented hippies on bicycles.

In other words, summer here sucks.

There’s one shining exception, though: Summer means free outdoor movies. It’s become quite the vogue, in Portland and elsewhere, to project films out-of-doors, and each year my city is awash in free open air cinema screenings. Theater attendance may be down, but it would seem that people still love to watch a free movie under the stars with their butt crammed into a lawn chair.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular nights for outdoor films. This can lead to scheduling conflicts, especially if you have a fetish for family-friendly fare. Last year, for example, Bee Movie was shown at Holly Farm Park on the same night that The Goonies — a perennial local favorite, because it was shot here in Oregon — was playing downtown in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with the suburbs offering (oh dear lord, no) Daddy Day Camp. If you’re scouting out free flicks to take in with your kids, the best way to choose one is to simply figure out what’s closest to your house. Unless it’s Daddy Day Camp, in which case you’d have more fun staying home, locked in your dark basement, smacking yourself in the head with a rock.

Other nights, the choices are a little tougher. The Wizard of Oz or Shane? Hairspray or The Princess Bride? Dirty Dancing or Enchanted?

As I’m both a lover of movies and perpetually broke, the idea of gratis outdoor films delights me. But just because you don’t have to buy a ticket, that doesn’t mean they don’t come with a cost. Hell, even free, some aren’t worth the price — you couldn’t pay me to watch The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep again under any circumstances, much less while swatting mosquitoes.

But the inconveniences are sometimes more than worth it. The suburb where I live just released their summer movie schedule, and among the offerings are Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Kung Fu Panda, and Wall-E. I may even head to the park for Journey to the Center of the Earth. I’ve never seen a 30-foot-tall Brendan Fraser in a city park in 3-D before. Now that’s worth the price of admission.

Source: “Summer, the Season of Free Outdoor Movies” by Dawn Taylor -Cinematical.com. Read full article at: http://www.cinematical.com/2009/05/05/summer-the-season-of-free-outdoor-movies/.


Portland Oregon: Multnomah Outdoor Cinema Presents Outdoor Movies in Portland, Oregon

Outdoor Movies in Multnomah, OregonSo, the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema kicks off another season tonight with a showing of “Men in Black”. Just like last year, it looks to be a hot night coming up, so if you can’t sleep – might as well head on into the village and catch an outdoor movie.

Good film schedule this year – I’m definitely going to head up the hill for “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” next month, although there’s still no “Babe”. And attention Gabriel Park LARPers – “The Princess Bride” is coming up in August.

Here’s the info!

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is excited to announce the return of the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema! Come join us on the courts of the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy) for another season of FREE outdoor movies starting with First Friday in June. That’s just around the corner folks, so mark your calendars now for an fabulous season of great summer flicks!!!

Gates open at 8:15; Movies start at Dusk

Snack Shack is Back!
The MOC Snack Shack will be open for business again this summer, serving up our popular Bottomless Bag of popcorn and other sweet snacks. The lowest concession prices you’ll find!

Volunteer with the Cinema!
If you’d like to share your community spirit and support the cinema for 1 night or the entire 4-night season, we’d love to have your help. Please see our website for more information about volunteer opportunities or contact Jessica ([email protected]). Also, if you have a talent that you’d like to contribute to the cinema, please let us know!

Help us Spread the Word!
Tell your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers by sharing this email or link to our website

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Multnomah Outdoor Cinema – Free community entertainment and fun for all!
MOC is a joint community building initiative of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association and Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. with support from numerous community partners and businesses.

And thanks to the major efforts of Jessica Wade, this is now a grant-supported community activity, so we’re not a risk of losing money by holding this great community activity. I went to most of the movies last year and had a great time. Spent about $50 on snow cones… Think if I volunteer to dish them up, I’d be able to get away with eating on the job?

Source: The Multnomah Villager blog- http://www.multnomahvillager.com/blog/category/events/multnomah-outdoor-cinema/


Portland, Oregon: Outdoor Movies Take Portland, Oregon by Storm

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Outdoor movie events have taken Portland, Oregon by storm. Each summer, outdoor movies are shown in parks and other outdoor areas in and around Portland. With our handy guide to free outdoor movies, drag the kids to five showings of Bee Movie. If they still like it, pray they get stung. Who needs fireworks when you can relive the drive-in days with nary a penny spent?

Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series Presented by SmartPark

Pioneer Courthouse Square was happy to host another season of outdoor movies this past summer at the Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series! The series began on July 25th at dusk and continued every Friday until August 15th. Schedule for next summer will be released closer to the date. For an idea of what movies are shown, here is this summer’s list:

July 25th The Goonies
August 1st The Birdcage
August 8th Ghost Busters
August 15th National Lampoon’s Vacation

Multnomah Outdoor Cinema

Organizers for the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema series announced the confirmed schedule for this summer’s family-friendly neighborhood event.

The movies, which will begin at dusk, will be free and open to the public. The large screen will be set up on the covered basketball courts at the Multnomah Arts Center; gates will open at 8 p.m.

As arranged through the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, the MOC season will play the following movies.

• Men in Black (1997). Featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

• Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Featuring Matthew Broderick.

•The Princess Bride (1987). Featuring Carry Elwes and Robin Wright Penn.

• School of Rock (2003). Featuring Jack Black. (Possible pre-movie youth band performance.)

For the last two summers, the Multnomah Neighborhood Association has presented the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema on Friday nights in the Village.

On June 6, Jessica Wade, organizer for the MOC and secretary for the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, met with Michael Walsh, newly appointed executive director at the Multnomah Arts Center, staff member Aime Kelly, and Jeff Milkes and Juliet Hicks from Portland Parks and Recreation.

As a result of this meeting, the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema will now be supported by Portland Parks and Recreation’s “Big Screen on the Green: Movies in the Park” program.

For a city-wide schedule, visit: http://www.portlandonline.com/ONI/index.cfm?a=197469&c=29385.

For more information on the MOC, visit www.multnomahoutdoorcinema.org

Flicks by the Fountain

Flicks by the Fountain is an outdoor movie series that is held in Beaverton City Park (across the street from the Beaverton City Library).

Every August movies are shown at Beaverton City Park (located across the street from the Beaverton City Library) on an inflatable movie screen that measures approximately 50 wide by 30 feet tall. This movie series is becoming quite popular, and attendance has reached as much as 1,500 people for one event! This is a free event for the community, with plenty of parking and plenty of seating (Hall Blvd. is closed for this event and the movie is still easy to see and hear from in front of the Library).

Additional information regarding the Flicks by the Fountain events to help you plan better for your evening out:

* The fountain at Beaverton City Park will be turned off ALL DAY on the days of the movies
* Pre-movie entertainment will begin at 8 p.m.
* Movies will begin at dusk (depending on the date and the cloud cover, dusk ranges from about 8:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.).
* Food and drink will be for sale at the events.
* You may bring your own food and beverages from home.
* The event is free.
* Please leave your pets at home.
* Please leave your alcohol at home.
* Please no smoking allowed.
* Low back chairs and blankets are recommended (elevated chairs and high back chairs will be allowed, but people with these items will be asked to locate in designated areas).
* Convenient parking is located next to the Library and in the parking lot where the Farmers Market is held.
* Convenient restroom facilities are located in the park.
* Weather Conditions: Please note that the event will be cancelled if there is rain or lightning.

Thank you for your interest in this event. If you have any questions regarding Flicks by the Fountain, please call (503) 526-3706.

Read full article at: http://www.wweek.com/wwire/?p=12406