It can be hard for young adults to meet other singles these days, especially if they are looking for a safe and wholesome environment in which to meet others their own age. Many people go to bars and nightclubs or resort to online dating sites to find a significant other, but recently a community church came up with a new alternative for those in their parish.

This church decided to host an outdoor movie event where the singles in their community could mingle with each other in an environment that was not only safe, it was fun. They had a huge inflatable movie screen set up on the church’s lawn with their building as the backdrop. A movie for young adult singles was selected as the main feature of the evening, and to get the event started off, the pastor spoke about how he had met his spouse at a special event at church.

Part of what made the outdoor movie event for singles such a success was the amount of people who came. Not only did this large church invite its own members, they asked singles from their four satellite churches to come as well. They also didn’t make it exclusively for the church members. Non-church members were included, and everyone was encouraged to bring a friend. Because it was only for singles in the community, there were no families with little children involved. This made it much easier for everyone who attended to mingle with others freely.

The movie started as the sun went down. The large group of singles who showed up for the event had brought blankets, pillows, and lawn chairs. Everyone was able to claim a spot on the church’s lawn where they could be comfortable, and the inflatable screen was big enough that everyone was able to find a good place for viewing the presentation. It became an entertaining way to sit back and relax on a warm evening with both new and old friends.

The hosts of this outdoor movie event for singles realized that it could be difficult to actually talk to others and meet new people while watching a movie, so they included many other activities. Before the feature film was scheduled to begin they had games such as corn hole set up, but it was the line dancing that stole the show. A huge group of people joined in as the music played. It was as fun to watch as it was to dance, and it turned out to be the perfect way to break the ice.

You can’t host a successful event without food. The church arranged to have plenty of food trucks come in and offer the guests a terrific way to get snacks and treats both before and during the movie. In keeping with the movie theater feel they also made sure that there was plenty of popcorn to go around. Many of the singles thought ahead and brought along picnic dinners to enjoy on the lawn of the church.

Social events are a great way to meet up with new people in the community. When a church decides to host an outdoor movie event they are providing their members a wonderful way to find other singles in their area while remaining safe. This church’s movie night event for young adults was a huge success, and hopefully many of those who attended can one day tell a story similar to their pastor’s about how they met their spouse at a special church event.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next indoor or outdoor movie event.

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Join Southern Outdoor Cinema on Periscope

Posted by Paul Murray on Sunday Sep 6, 2015 Under Company News

Southern Outdoor Cinema on Periscope

Each year Southern Outdoor Cinema travels to hundreds of different locations around the South to produce outdoor movie events. Often our road trips take us to many beautiful towns, cities and unique spots. Our crew would love to share these experiences with you. Now through Periscope we will.

What is Periscope? It is a new social media app that lets users broadcast live and interact with viewers in real time. Broadcasting and viewing can only be done through a phone.

If you can’t catch a live broadcast, Periscope makes them available for 24 hours until they expire.

Follow the steps below to get started with Periscope:

  • Download the free Periscope app from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
  • Login using your Twitter or your phone number.
  • Create your Periscope profile name.
  • Click on the magnifying glass in top left corner to search for and follow @sOutdoorCinema
  • Allow notifications. You will receive a notification every time we do a broadcast. Enjoy


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$199 For An Outdoor Movie Rental

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Aug 25, 2015 Under Tips

Funflicks outdoor movie rental $199 in Atlanta

Many of you who belong to a PTA/PTO organization or host school events for grades ranging from elementary school to college know how important it is to have events that are both fun and successful. Holding an outdoor movie event in the Atlanta Georgia area is an excellent way to get people to come to your function as well as guarantee that everyone will have a good time and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Choosing the Right Movie Rental Company

When you begin to plan your function you will find there are several cinema companies out there who do outdoor movie events. Choosing the right one ensures a successful evening that both the host and guests can enjoy. There are some inflatable movie screen equipment rental companies in Atlanta that offer their services for as low as $199 or $299. Don’t ignore that red flag telling you that this sounds too good to be true.

Inexpensive outdoor movie night

There are many reasons why these companies are so cheap. Several of them can offer these unbelievably low rates because they are providing their outdoor movie equipment as additional income to their main operation. They are not experts in the outdoor movie event production. DJs often offer movie services. You’ll also find mom and pop companies doing outdoor movie events as a side job. This can be a problem because these people are not focusing fully on your movie experience. Cheap or faulty equipment combined with their lack of knowledge can result in a disappointing event for you and your guests.

Inflatable Screen Quality

There are also inflatable movie screen rental companies that have low prices due to the inflatable screen system they are using. Companies who purchase inexpensive, non-commercial grade screens cannot give you the best movie viewing experience. As a result the quality of your outdoor movie event will suffer.

There are many different kinds of inflatable outdoor movie screens. Understanding their differences can help you choose the best rental company available. Some of these screens are made for one or two time use at home. They are meant to be discarded after that. Others are made by manufacturers who produce things other than movie screens such as bounce houses. Typically these movie screens are unattractive and will have wrinkles which distort the movie image.

You’ll also find that the projection surface or the white screen surface where the movie is shown on some inflatable movie screens is not a real movie screen surface like you would find in an actual theater. This will make the picture look dull or appear to be the wrong color. We even came across a movie screen that made everything look green. When you choose Southern Outdoor Cinema you can rest assured that you are getting a real theatrical screen surface on the inflatable movie screen equipment.

$199 outdoor movie Atlanta

The Benefits of an Early Start

Another factor to consider is whether or not you can begin your event before sunset. Due to the quality of their screen surface and the types of projectors used by these cheaper providers, images cannot be on the screen until after dark. Southern Outdoor Cinema can start their movie projection up to an hour before most of their competitors. This allows you to have an earlier movie start time. That’s an important consideration if you’re having young children at your event. Parents won’t want to keep their kids out late.

Earlier start times also give more time for displaying sponsor advertising. As a client you’ll be able to make money off the event by showing your advertising for at least 20 minutes before the movie begins. You’ll also find you won’t have guests sitting in the dark waiting for the feature film to start. Southern Outdoor Cinema has found that the best part of watching an outdoor movie is the setting of the venue. Seeing a beautiful sunset in the background when the movie begins playing can be breathtaking.

Cheap Atlanta Outdoor Movie Night Rental

What to Do When Hiring a Movie Company

It’s important to check the price quotes for your outdoor movie event. Obtain references from recent clients that have worked with the rental company you are considering. Visiting an event that is being produced by that company will allow you to see exactly what level of quality you’ll be getting. Many competitors will lie about the size of the screen they are using, but with Southern Outdoor Cinema you’ll find you get exactly what you would expect to make your outdoor movie event a complete success.


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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next outdoor movie event.

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Parent Movie Review – Minions

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 20, 2015 Under Parent Movie Reviews

Parent Movie Review: Minions

Minions by Universal Studios is a madcap, prop-fall film that focuses on the many (many) misadventures of the pill-shaped yellow henchmen originally introduced in Despicable Me, for which the movie serves as a prequel. The film does have a lot of room to giggle, although the giggles might start to get a little more difficult to sustain with the movie’s 104 minute run-time, and the eponymous Minions are downright lovable in their own gibberish-y way.

Plot Overview

Glossing briefly over the evolution of the Minions from single-celled organisms to their current state, the back-story of the Minions is given in a voice-over that explains how these silly little creatures constantly seek to serve the biggest and the baddest boss on the block and how their devotion usually brings that boss to an untimely end.

After a montage when the Minions establish their own society in an ice cave, we meet the hero of the story, a Minion named Kevin with the bright idea to head out into the world and find a new boss to serve. He enlists the help of Stuart, a girl-loving and guitar-playing sidekick, and Bob, who carries around a teddy bear and joyously bounces on every bed he finds. The trio head out into the wide world of 1968, and their bumbling adventure begins. They spend a small (and probably the most hilarious) section of the film in New York City before finding out about Villain Con being held in Orlando.

After hitchhiking to Orlando (Yes, hitchhiking; remember that it’s the 60s!), they eventually manage to attach themselves to the world’s first female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill. She jets them away to her palace, introduces them to her husband, and sends them off to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown. What follows is a bizarre and occasionally hysterical series of events that involves the sword in the stone, an abdication, a bizarre torture scene, and several chaotic action sequences before the film’s denouement.

Violent Content

All of the violence in the film is the cartoony, over-the-top kind that would have made Bugs Bunny feel right at home. There are lots of explosions from which people emerge safely, boulders and chandeliers dropped on people who get little more than a hair out of place in response, and lots of silly weaponry like the Lava Lamp Gun, which shoots real lava (that melts plenty of objects in the film, but never any people). There is never any blood, and the only deaths depicted are of villains like Dracula.

There is one sequence in which the Minions are meant to be tortured with medieval-like devices only to learn that, because of their unique physiology, they find the rack or the hangman’s noose hysterical. The extended “action” sequence at the end has a lot of explosions, and there may be a few tense moments that younger children might find unnerving.

Sexual Content

The Minions are largely asexual, or at least all male, so there’s definitely nothing untoward there. Stuart seems to like the ladies, and he spends some time snuggling with yellow fire hydrants, but it plays as cute and charming. There are a few shots of Minions in their underwear or bathing suits, their little rear-ends shown for comedic effect, and there’s a sequence where guards in the Tower of London strip and slap each other on the behinds which might be a little unnecessary, but – even considering the PDA-heavy relationship between Scarlet Overkill and her husband Herb – the movie is fairly clean with regards to sex and has no nudity.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Although the film is set in 1968, there’s no mention or allusion to drugs at all. The movie’s soundtrack includes The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, but the songs are sampled in the film to avoid any suggestion of drug use.

Alcohol isn’t expressly mentioned or highlighted, but there are several scenes where it seems to be imbibed. At least one Minion can be seen sipping what looks like a martini, and Queen Elizabeth is shown getting absolutely plastered in a pub, guzzling a beer. She also speaks drunkenly to Kevin for a time, but it’s never actually mentioned that she’s inebriated or what she’s drinking.


Minions is admittedly one-note joke that lasts almost two hours, but it’s not trying to be anything other than a silly film with silly gags. Although there are still giggles to be had at the way the Minions speak and act by the end of the film, especially when Bob gives his fantastic “speech” to the people of England, it might be hard to sustain the interest of younger children for the duration.

The message is also a little wishy-washy. The Minions serve bad guys exclusively, which isn’t the best ideology for kids, especially since they never learn from their mistakes: they keep signing up to serve these bad guys, and something always goes wrong. But the movie does highlight the importance of perseverance and friendship, with Kevin, Stuart, and Bob sticking together through thick and thin to achieve their goal of finding someone to serve.

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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an Atlanta outdoor movie equipment rental company for movie nights and a dad of 2 pre-teen girls. When he is not traveling the South creating outdoor movie nights for communities and schools, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and watching movies with his family.

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Summer Camps Host Indoor Movie Events

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 Under Event Productions

Indoor movie at summer camp

An Atlanta area youth summer camp recently hosted an indoor movie event to surprise the children who attended. Southern Outdoor Cinema was hired to produce the indoor feature film for the group, and it was a complete success. Everyone from the smallest child to the event’s coordinators enjoyed an evening filled with singing and fun as they got to watch a beloved Disney movie.

Power Camp

Power Camp invites the youth in the Atlanta area each year to come and experience some new sporting opportunities that they may otherwise not get a chance to enjoy. The camp gives children between the ages of eight and twelve the ability to participate in some non-traditional sports like lacrosse along with a few favorites such as soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The kids are trained by accomplished athletes that range from high school players to actual professionals. All participants learn skills and team work that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Movie Night

The camp is held at Morehouse College where event coordinators turned the school’s gym into a movie theater complete with popcorn for everyone. This was done as both a reward and special treat for the children. An inflatable screen was set up at the far end of the gymnasium. This left plenty of room to lay out blankets and pillows for all of the campers to relax on while viewing the main attraction.

Movie night was a special treat and a surprise to the campers. Not only was the event itself unexpected, but the movie selection was also a huge surprise. The movie selection wasn’t announced until the start of the film so you can imagine how thrilled the children were when they were shown Frozen. Disney’s big animation hit portraying the icy story of the two totally devoted to each other sisters is a beloved favorite of many so it was only natural that the children sang along with Elsa and Anna throughout the film. The fact that this indoor movie event turned into a sing along only added to the fun of this unique experience.

Movie night in College Gym
Southern Outdoor Cinema – recreates a movie theater in gym

Much of this indoor movie event’s success is due to the expertise of Southern Outdoor Cinema. They have provided all the necessary equipment for several indoor and outdoor movie events. For this particular viewing the movie was shown on a silent movie screen. This new screen technology allows the screen to be blown up and then the blower is removed for a quieter viewing experience. No noises distract from the indoor movie. In addition, Southern Outdoor Cinema’s turnkey service allowed the camp coordinators to not worry about the production details. This let them focus all of their attention on the campers.

The success of this summer camp’s indoor movie event gave the group’s leaders a way to reward the children with a unique surprise. The kids enjoyed their night of popcorn, a movie, and plenty of sing-alongs. Best of all, this event created memories that these children will forever cherish.


About Southern Outdoor Cinema

Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next indoor or outdoor movie event.

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