Community Viewing Party of High School Football Game

When the Northside High School football team won the National Championship game their hometown wanted to celebrate in a big way. They didn’t just want to congratulate the players. They wanted to include the cheerleaders and band as well and let the kids know how special and talented they are, a self-esteem boost they’ll carry throughout their lives. The solution was to have a viewing party of the winning game.

Chick-Fil-A supported the effort and celebrated with the local hometown high school football team who won this National Championship game by hosting the viewing party. They had a giant two story tall inflatable movie screen, provided by Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta, placed in their parking lot where guests could see the game bigger than life. It provided a great way for friends and family to relive that exciting moment in time along with the kids. The players, cheerleaders, and band members got the thrill of seeing themselves up on the big screen just like professional athletes. Best of all, those who didn’t have an opportunity to go to the actual game were given a chance to share the winning moment with the students in a very special way.

The Booster Club set up a trailer in the parking lot to sell memorabilia items. Everyone grabbed up the commemorative shirts, and it wasn’t long before the entire crowd was sporting the school colors. The players were able to sign autographs for their fans just like the professional would. Both guests and players were left with a feeling of having participated in something very special and unique.

Football Game shown on outdoor movie screen.

Just before the big game was presented on the inflatable outdoor screen, the band performed a drum line. It truly added to the excitement of the event. People were soon settling in for the main attraction. The screen had been set up like a drive-in where families could watch from their cars. As you looked around you could see everyone settling in for the main attraction. Many friends and family members were able to set up lawn chairs while others sat in the back of their trucks in a tailgate fashion which added to the atmosphere of a championship game.

Drive-in inflatable movie screen

Everyone who attended knew exactly how the game would end, but it didn’t hinder the thrill of watching it. The locals, students, and their families totally enjoyed reliving each and every moment of such a wonderful experience. You could see the pride in the parent’s eyes as their children told their tales of how it felt to be national champions.

This celebration provided the town with a positive atmosphere where the players and cheerleaders could be treated like star athletes. As these talented students are preparing for their futures, this event encouraged them to continue with their hard work and dedication throughout life. They have learned teamwork skills that they can apply to many more aspects of their lives than just that winning national championship game. Chick-Fil-A, the Booster Club, and friends and family all saw this event as a huge success that was made even more memorable by watching the game on an outdoor inflatable screen.


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Night at the Museum 3 is Twentieth Century Fox’s continued tale of Larry and his museum adventures. Just when it seems there will be an end to the magical nights in the New York City museum, Larry the security guard is once again called into action in a London museum. The movie is rated PG due to rude humor, mild action, and brief language. Directed by Shawn Levy, the cast includes Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller, and Rebel Wilson.

In this film, Larry has returned to his job as a security guard in the American Museum of Natural History found in New York City. A single Dad, he is put in charge of operations during the night. He has also worked on an evening show to help raise awareness of the new planetarium. The highlight is the special effects. The special effects are the exhibits coming to life. Dr. McPhee, the museum’s director, doesn’t know they really are alive. The show has an amazing start, but once the golden tablet that brings them to life begins to deteriorate, things go sour.

To fix this problem before they all change back to plastic and wax, Larry, his son Nick, and Ahkmenrah travel to the British Museum of Natural History with the golden tablet. The beloved characters from previous Night at the Museum movies also manage to come along. When Larry opens up the crate holding the prince and his tablet he finds a big surprise, Dexter, Attila the Hun, Sacajawea, Jedediah, Teddy Roosevelt, and Octavius. He also finds a Neanderthal has come along as well.

This group coming to the British Museum opens up the opportunity to introduce many new characters. Among these are Sir Lancelot and a female security guard named Tilly who is starved for affection. Otherwise the action-filled plot of this film is not so different from previous Night at the Museum movies. Scenes contain plenty of mad capers and slapstick humor.

This finale to the series ends with a tender farewell to the group of historical figures we all have come to know so well. In a scene between Teddy Roosevelt and Larry, the president announces “it is time to let him go” as he mounts his horse one last time. It serves as a tender tribute to the memory of Robin Williams who plays Roosevelt.

Positive Element

The main theme of this film is to show children that our world is filled with things to learn about. It also tries to impress upon them that you just never know what you’ll discover when visiting a museum.

The historical characters are shown making personal sacrifices for their fellow companions. Even when the result will be that they can no longer come to life, they still choose others over themselves.

As a father, Larry is seen giving advice to his graduating son. He doesn’t always agree with Nick’s choices, but he backs off and supports his son no matter what he decides. Larry has conversations with the historical characters where he describes how important it is to stay connected with your children. He also talks about the difficulties involved in letting them go once they’re grown.

Sexual Element

One man makes some mildly suggestive remarks about the other man. The female security guard is shown flirting with men. A monkey and a man kiss each other on the mouth.

Violent Element

A male character attacks a young boy. There are animals that run wild during a benefit dinner. Things are started on fire by the characters. One man ends up shocking himself with a defibrillator, and another one uses it on a beast to kill it.

Characters are chased by flowing lava. One male uses his sword to ward off his attacker. A man ends up electrocuted while another one receives a hit on the head from a hammer. One man uses weapons to threaten others.

Drug and Alcohol Element

There is no drug or alcohol use in this movie, but other concerns include language such as name calling and mild profanity. There are several jokes made in regards to urination and defecation including a scene where a monkey is shown urinating on two men.


Night at the Museum 3 continues the antics of the characters we have come to love in the previous films. Larry is back as the one trying to resume control, only this time they are in a new location. Placing the characters in a new setting such as London opened up new opportunities for story lines along with the addition of new characters.

Parents will have few concerns when taking their children to see this film. Although it does contain mild action, some violence, and sexual elements, all are done in a subtle and humorous way. The slapstick humor remains entertaining for all ages.

The morals that come through in this movie enforce positive feelings towards family and friendship. Characters work together to help each other, always placing those around them first. The bond between parent and child is also portrayed in a positive light as the film explores the difficulties in watching one’s child grow and become more independent.

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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, a rental company for outdoor 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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5 Movies to Watch to get you in the Mood for Christmas

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Dec 22, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Christmas

Christmas is a holiday enjoyed by most people and for many, watching a great movie is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who enjoy watching a great movie around the Christmas holiday, here are a few favorites.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street is simply a “must see” during the Christmas holiday season. It stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, an individual who is not only the splitting image of Santa, but an individual who literally believes that he is Santa. Kris is asked to fill in for the Santa who would be leading the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade because of the previous Santa’s problem with drinking while on the job. As a result, he is also offered the position of Santa at the Macy’s department store, in the toy department. While playing the role of the department store Santa, Kris feels sorry for those who can’t afford the merchandise at Macy’s and advises customers to shop at some of the much cheaper stores in the area. Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) surprisingly likes Kris’ suggestion and decides to use it as part of a customer service “gimmick” for Macy’s department store. Meanwhile, the in-house psychiatrist at Macy’s (Porter Hall) decides that Kris is a problem and makes arrangements to have him locked up at Bellevue, claiming that he is insane. The fact that Kris truly believes that he is Santa Claus doesn’t help matters one bit. But lucky for Kris, he has a number of influential friends in the right places.

The Polar Express

Billy (Hayden McFarland) is a boy struggling to believe in Santa, but having a very difficult time finding a reason to do so. The problem is that Billy’s family does everything they can to persuade him that none of it is true. Santa, the North Pole, the elves, all just a farce. Just when it seems that all hope for Billy’s belief is completely lost, Christmas Eve arrives and with it a magical train in the middle of the night. Billy is picked up by the train, and its conductor (Tom Hanks) notifies Billy that he is on his way to the North Pole to visit none other than Santa himself. Watch as Billy’s entire belief system is turned upside down, and as a boy is given the hope that only the Christmas spirit can bring.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey plays the role of the Grinch, a miserable, mean, green individual with every intention of ruining Christmas for everyone in the little town of Whoville. But the Grinch wasn’t always the unusually mean person that he is today. He was actually a resident of Whoville at one time, but was forced to leave simply because of his scary appearance. He now spends his days atop Mount Crumpet watching everyone in Whoville preparing for the Christmas festivities, waiting for his opportunity to steal their Christmas spirit along with their presents, decorations, trees, and everything else that has anything to do with Christmas.

Home Alone

Home Alone is the story of Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), a boy who finds himself alone for the holidays. While the rest of the family is aboard their flight to France, Kevin is still asleep in bed, completely unaware of his dilemma. When Kevin finally realizes that he has the whole house to himself, he is forced to learn to take care of himself and to defend his home against would-be robbers. The would-be robbers, on the other hand, come to wish that they had never stopped at Kevin’s house in the first place.


Will Ferrel plays the role of Buddy, one of the biggest elves in the entire North Pole. However, Buddy isn’t actually a real elf and becomes very upset when he learns the truth. He decides to travel to New York, the place of his birth, in hopes of finding his real family. What Buddy doesn’t realize is that New York is nothing like the North Pole, and the people of New York nothing like the elves. Buddy manages to find his biological father fairly easily but convincing dad to accept him will be a challenge.


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 special event.

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Drive-In Movie: A Fun And Memorable Customer Appreciation Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 Under Event Productions, Tips

Drive-In Movie: Customer Appreciation Event

Customer appreciation is an important part of maintaining a loyal customer base, but many companies struggle with discovering a fun, unique way to accomplish this goal. An outdoor movie night offers customers the opportunity to attend a family-friendly event while simultaneously giving the business a chance to build positive brand recognition. Understanding how to hold such an event and the benefits that these events provide will help companies determine whether this marketing opportunity is right for them.

Benefits Of Hosting An Outdoor Movie Night Customer Appreciation Events

Holding customer appreciation events throughout the year is an essential method of maintaining the loyalty of current customers while attracting new ones to the business. Managers and owners have the opportunity to connect directly with their customer base during these events, and the feedback that is provided in a laid-back setting is invaluable to the business. Here are the benefits of holding a drive-in movie event for customers.

- Drive-in movies are fun and unique. The family-friendly events are also memorable, so customers will remember the event and the business for the long term.

- People who are thinking about becoming customers are more likely to do so if a business provides these outdoor movie events. Companies can feature their food or products at the event, so potential customers will be afforded the opportunity to sample what the company has to offer.

Chick-Fil-A Drive-In Movie Event

Chick-Fil-A Drive-In Movie

Businesses that are still on the fence about hosting a movie night can learn from the example of Chick-fil-A. The fast food restaurant’s recent outdoor movie event drew families to the giant inflatable movie screen placed by Southern Outdoor Cinema.

While the movie itself played a big role in the success of the evening, the initiative that Chick-fil-A took to make the night a memorable one helped to improve brand recognition and delight loyal customers. As a Christmas-themed event, Santa and Mrs. Claus were on-site to pose for pictures with families and little ones.

The drive-in movie was set up next to the restaurant for convenient access. Families were invited to relax in their vehicles and snuggle up in blankets for a showing of a holiday film. Holiday music was played throughout the event to complete the feeling of Christmas and the holidays, and inflatable holiday decorations contributed to the theme.

Family Drive-in

Of course, the Chick-fil-A cow made an appearance. The inclusion of the mascot helped to drive home the goal of brand recognition while offering children a fun experience that they are likely to remember forever. Hot chocolate and popcorn were sold at a concession stand set up near the screen to complete the movie experience.

Choosing Southern Outdoor Cinema

While there are benefits to holding an outdoor movie event, it is important for companies to choose the right equipment rental company to provide their customers with the best experience possible. There are DJs and equipment rental companies that provide low-quality screens and audio equipment, but impressing customers and showing appreciation for them requires something better.

Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta offers the high-quality cinema equipment and exceptional service needed to create a unique, fun outdoor movie event for clients and their customers.


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 outdoor movie event.

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5 Movies to Watch for the Snowy Season

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Dec 15, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Snowy Weather

Nothing is better than having a great movie to watch on a snowy day, and there just so happens to be a number of great movies to watch during the snowy winter season. Here are a few of the top picks.

Frosty the Snowman

Jimmy Durante is the narrator of this special animated film made for television, and he also sings the song with the same name as the title. Frosty the Snowman tells the story of a magical snowman who just so happens to come to life one day for the purpose of befriending a group of children.

Disney Frozen

Elsa is the Snow Queen who has put a magical spell on the entire kingdom, literally trapping it in what can only be described as an everlasting winter. Anna is the Snow Queens sister, and one of only two people around brave enough to search for the Queen, and put an end to the terrible spell once and for all. Kristoff is the second brave individual, and is what would be considered an extreme mountain man by the people in the kingdom. Anna and Kristoff take on the extreme cold hoping to reach the Snow Queen in time, and save the kingdom from utter peril before it is too late.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a fantastic movie, with amazing special effects, perfect for the entire family to watch on a cold winter’s day. Unlike the horror film with the same name, this movie stars Michael Keaton as Jack Frost, a husband and father who manages to cheat death by coming back as a snowman. While away on one of his many gigs, Jack decides to cancel the show and attempt to make it home to be with his wife (Kelly Preston) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross) for Christmas. The only problem is that a snow storm creates very dangerous driving conditions, and Jack crashes his car and dies while on his way home. It isn’t until the following Christmas, when Charlie builds a snowman, that Jack is able to come back in the very same snowman that Charlie builds. Jack takes advantage of this time and does as many things with Charlie as he can before the inevitable happens, and he melts away for good.

The Snowman

The Snowman is a recreation of the classic holiday story by Raymond Briggs. It tells the tale of a very young boy whose snowman manages to find a way to come to life one day, and in doing so carries the boy all the way to the North Pole. While at the North Pole, this boy is able to meet none other than Santa Claus. There is nothing inappropriate about this film which makes it perfect for even very young children to watch on a cold winter day.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is another film that was made special for television, and is also perfect for watching during the winter season. It tells the classic tale of Rudolph, a special reindeer with a special job. However, in this twist Rudolph meets up with an abominable snowman.


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 special event.

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