When the Joliet Parks District in Joliet, Illinois won the Salute to Accomplishment Recognition, they wanted to celebrate in a big way. That's why they enlisted the help of Open Air Cinema's giant inflatable movie screens. The award, given by the Chamber of Commerce, is usually followed by some kind of party or banquet, hosted by the recipient. Open Air Cinema's CineBox system, with a 20' inflatable movie screen, was exactly what the Joliet Parks District was looking for for thier party.
"We wanted to do something different; we just wanted to have fun!" said Carrie May, who arranged the event.
The Joliet Parks District has dozens of parks and recreation areas in the town of 150,000 people, and one of those includes an ice arena. They decided to put flooring over the ice rink for a unique setting for the party, instead of enlisting the usual banquet halls. They then wanted to show video clips of the past year's events that had won them the award, and an inflatable movie screen was the perfect match.
About 330 people attended the event, and it was a great success. The party was unique and fun and "there was a buzz about it around town, every one was saying 'That was such a great party!'", Carrie commented. She also spoke about how people were impressed with the inflatable screen. It really made the splash that the Parks District was looking for.