Did Daylight Savings Time Make The Drive-In Theater Go Dark?

Posted by Paul Murray on Saturday Mar 31, 2012 Under Tips

On this day in day in 1918, Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States. Daylight Saving, an idea created by Benjamin Franklin, is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time take places so that merchant shops could save the cost of lighting shops by having business hours that opened earlier and closed at dark. After World War I, the President of the United States repealed Daylight Saving, but was put back in effect during World War II.

On June 6, 1933, the world’s first Drive-in Theatre in Camden, New Jersey was opened. In less than a year a second was opened and shortly after one hundred drive-ins where established across 27 states. Between the 1940s and 1950s parents were fond of the idea of being able to put their kids in pajamas and taking them to the movies outdoors. The drive-in theater’s casual and convenient locations in the suburbs was appealing for parents. They no longer had to take a trip into the city to watch a movie indoors in a cramped theater house. By the end of the 1950s the popularity of outdoor movie watching grew to 4,063 drive-in theatres in the United States and Canada. But the drive-in was about to experience a decline.

Drive-In Theater with Inflatable Movie Screen.

In the 1970′s the United States was experiencing a fuel crisis. A national year-round daylight saving time was adopted as a fuel-saving measure during the energy crisis of the winter of 1973–74. This reinstatement of extending daylight time into the evening may parents reluctant to take their families to the drive-in for showings starting as late as ten o’clock at night. The popularity of watching movies outdoors began to decline.

Today, drive-in movies are on the comeback. Many closed down establishments are reopening and adding attractions to their facilities such as playgrounds and fm transmitters. Inflatable Movie Screen technology also is planning a part in returning the nostalgic outdoor movie watching experience. Portable inflatable outdoor movie screens allow for special one-night showings of movies in outdoor settings in parks where movie goers bring blankets and chairs.

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MegaMillions: Top Movies About Winning The Lotto or Lots of Cash

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 30, 2012 Under Movie Articles

Top Movies about LottosThe MegaMillions jackpot is currently up to $560,000,000 or over half a billion dollars and is one of the biggest anticipated lotto drawings in a while. As you make a quick trip to the gas station for your lotto quick picks, dreams of “more money” are sure to fill your head. Many lotto players say they will donate some of their winnings to charity or help out family and friends financially. But sometimes winning the lotto can turn bad when all of your old classmates or facebook fans turn to you for a loan.

We’ve compiled a list of movies about winning the lottery or coming into money quickly and how this luck can affect one’s life for good or evil.

Bruster’s Millions
A comedy featuring Richard Prior, a minor league baseball player, who has to spend 30 million dollars in 30 days in order to receive 300 million dollars. Of course there are rules associated with the deal including Brewster not being allowed to tell anyone about the $300million task, so everyone thinks he’s crazy. Will Brewster understand the value of money or will he fail the task.


It Could Happen To You
When nice-guy good-cop Nicolas Cage (Charlie) can’t afford a tip at a restaurant he promised half of his earnings from a lottery ticket to his waitress, Bridget Fonda. When Charlie wins the $4 million lotto his kind gesture to the waitress gets him in trouble with his wife Muriel, who wants a divorce and the entire lotto winnings. This is a story about the things that money can buy and the things that it can’t.


Lucky Numbers
In effort to solve his financial troubles, John Travolta, a television news man and Lisa Kudrow rig the lotto so that their lucky numbers are drawn. Their plan works, but before the $6.4 million jackpot can be claimed, everything begins to unravel.


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DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Decorations for Your HOP movie night

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 27, 2012 Under Movie Articles

Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs
Last week the movie HOP was released onto DVD. This silly animated live-action comedy is about E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, who heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Hop is a fun movie for kids to watch especially around Easter time. Hosting an outdoor movie event that is decorated around to the movie theme is fun and adds a bite of excitement to the event. Hop is one of those movie that is fun and easy create a decor around Also Churches can add an outdoor movie screening of HOP to their Easter festivities. Since outdoor movie showings on inflatable movie screens typically begin at sundown, we thought that glow-in-the-dark Easter eggs would add a fun twist to a traditional Easter Egg Hunt.

Do It Yourself Glow-In-The-Dark (GlowStick version)

You will need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Glow-in-the-dark bracelet

Roll up the bracelet glow-stick and place it in the plastic Easter Egg.

Do It Yourself Glow-In-The-Dark (Glow Paint version)

You will need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Glow Pain
  • Paint Brush
  • Sand paper

Scuff up the plastic Easter Egg with sandpaper. Next paint the outside of the egg with glow-in-the-dark paint. Let the painted egg dry in a sunny area to charge the paint. Hide the eggs.

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5 Movies to Watch During Easter

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Mar 26, 2012 Under Movie Articles

Easter Themed MovieEaster is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with friends and family. Today, Easter is also celebrated in many households with fun festivities like a visit from the Easter bunny, Easter egg decorating, and Easter egg hunts. Some find it difficult to strike a balance between celebrating Easter in traditional, spiritual ways, and embracing new, fun Easter traditions. Getting together with friends or family to watch an Easter themed movie is a great way to start a fun tradition that also includes the true meaning of Easter.

Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol

Veggie Tales movies are known for presenting concepts to the youngest viewers in entertaining ways they can understand. The main character in Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol, misunderstands what his grandmother meant when she emphasized the importance of Easter. In the end he learns that what really matters when it comes to Easter has nothing to do with plastic Easter eggs. This film is an excellent choice for families with very young children.

The Passion of the Christ

This film is about the final hours of Jesus’ life. The film also covers the resurrection, which makes it a good choice for those who are interested in watching a film to celebrate Easter and what the holiday is really about.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is a musical that could be enjoyed on almost any holiday. One of the main characters opens an Inn that is only open on holidays. Each holiday is celebrated with songs sung by a musical duo that was reunited because of the inn. The Easter portion of the film features the famous song, “Easter Parade.”

BEN-HUR

This film is long, but riveting. It focuses on a story of revenge, and also includes the complete story of Christ, from birth to resurrection. This award winning film focuses on a Jewish merchant who was falsely accused of a crime by his childhood friend and enslaved. The film focuses on his escape and revenge plot. This exciting movie is a great choice for Easter since it includes such a complete story of Christ; it will capture your attention and become a film you will not soon forget.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments covers the ten commandments in two ways. The first part covers the biblical story, while the second part is a modern take on morality and the difference following or not following the ten commandments can make in one’s life. Two brothers take very different paths in life, one leading a moral life, and the other a corrupt and greedy one. The brother who chooses the corrupt life becomes rich in money, but ultimately ends up suffering. This film is appropriate for celebrating Christ during Easter.

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Understanding Movie Copyright Laws

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 23, 2012 Under Tips

March is Copyright Awareness Month. Anytime a movie is shown outside the privacy of a home, a “public performance license” is required by law. This includes showing movies outdoors on an inflatable movie screen at schools, parks and churches.

Hollywood movies and films are copyrighted pieces of artwork. Permission to show these types of media in a public setting is required from the copyright holder. To obtain permission to show movies outside of your home, you must obtain a “Public performance license”. A public performance license is required even if your outdoor movie showing is free. A movie license is required regardless even if your movie event is organized by a non-profit or government agency. In other words, you cannot just bring a DVD from home and play it in a public setting.

Consequences for showing movies illegally are high. Individuals and organizations found not obtaining a public performance license for showing of a movie in a public setting may be fined up to $250,000 with possible jail time. The FBI warning at the beginning of a dvd explains this in detail.

Some public viewing of movies are exempt from not needing to obtain a public performance license. Under the “Educational Exemption” rule, a public performance license is not required by law. To qualify for this exemption, all of the following criterion must be met:

  • A teacher must be present during the movie showing
  • The showing of the film must be in a classroom setting
  • The movie viewing is part of the school curriculum

Southern Outdoor Cinema is qualified to secure the licensing for your event. SOC works with its clients to help them become copyright compliant for their outdoor movie showings.

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