Fundraising With Outdoor Movies

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Apr 13, 2012 Under Tips

Fundraising with outdoor movies

Is your organization tired of selling chocolate for their fundraisers? Selling wrapping paper at Christmas time getting boring? Why not try something different for your fundraiser such as hosting an outdoor movie night.

A fundraising event should be;

  • - Fun and stress free
  • - Easily raise money for your organization
  • - Be entertaining and memorable for your audience

Outdoor movie events make great fundraisers for three reasons:

  • Movies appeal to all ages
  • Outdoor Movie Fundraisers on inflatable movie screens are stress free to organize with the help of Southern Outdoor Cinema
  • Movie Fundraiser will raise valuable dollars for your charity.


Here are three of many different tips you can do at an outdoor movie event to raise money for your organization.

Sell concessions:
Consider selling concessions at during your movie event. Popular movie snacks include popcorn, candy and soda.

You could also consider pre-order dinner packages such as hot dogs or pizza. To do this go ahead and have people sign up for dinner packages before the night of the event so you know how many dinners you’re going to need to order. This way you do not have to worry about ordering too much or too little food.

Silent auction:
Get local businesses or folks to donate items for the silent auction. Then, announce the winner before the movie starts on one of our microphones before the start of the film.

Pre-Movie Time:
Take advantage of the pre-movie movie time. You can consider using a dunk tank. That is a great way of raising money because everybody wants to dunk somebody. If you are with a school, a principal is a great person to dunk. For community events politicians, senators, or local sheriffs are all great options. It’s a great way of raising money and it’s something you can do before the start of the movie.

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Know The Content Of The Movie You Are Showing

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 9, 2012 Under Tips

A lot of preparation goes into hosting a successful movie event. There is promotion of the event, seating, food, and much more. Perhaps the most important preparation task is selecting the film. If you are hosting a family friendly event such as a movie night at a school or church, it is especially important to carefully consider the movie you will show.

You might assume that a movie by a company like Disney or Nickelodeon will be an appropriate choice, but there is no guarantee that it will be family friendly. You must know the content of the movie before deciding to show it on a big screen to a large crowd.

Parent review of movies

MPAA, or Motion Picture Association of America, ratings are basic movie guidelines that parents and other who plan to show a film to children can use to determine if the film is appropriate for the child or children. Currently the ratings fall into five categories: G (General Audiences), PG (Parental Guidance Suggested), PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned), R (Restricted), and NC-17 (No one under 17 admitted).

These movie ratings, while helpful as a starting point, do not have strict rules for ratings. Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, for example, carries a G rating, but features scary subjects like Voodoo, and frightening scenes. Choosing a G rated movie for a family oriented event is a good place to start, but you must watch the movie and carefully consider whether or not it is appropriate for your event’s audience.

Another issue with relying solely on MPAA ratings is older movies, since PG-13 ratings did not exist before the 1980′s. During this time, an overview of the ratings system dealt with concerns about overly violent and inappropriate content in PG films; this led to the introduction of the PG-13 rating. If you are planning to show a film with a PG rating that was produced prior to the introduction of the PG-13 rating, be aware that the film might not be appropriate for children. The Goonies, for example, carries a PG rating, but many would not consider this film to be appropriate for children today.

Besides watching the movie yourself, there are parent review websites available to help you research the content of a movie. These websites offer reviews and age recommendations for children’s movies, to help parents and others make more informed choices about the movies they show to children. Taking the time to explore one of these websites as you consider the movie for your family movie event will help you make a better choice.

Movie choice can make or break your outdoor movie event on a giant inflatable movie screen. Be sure to include getting to know the content of the films you are considering on your movie night planning list. Take the time to view the films you are considering, check the MPAA rating and what it means, and explore reviews from parent movie review sites before making a final decision. It is better to take your time getting to know the movie ahead of time, than to show an inappropriate film to a large, family crowd. Take the time to know the content of the movie /film you are showing, and enjoy a fun and successful family movie event under the stars.

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5 Green Movies to Watch on Earth Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Apr 4, 2012 Under Movie Articles

Earth Day is almost here. Celebrate the planet you love and enjoy special time with family or friends by watching one of these green movies.

Earth Day Movies

Wall-E

Gather with family and friends of all ages to enjoy the funny and loveable robot, Wall-E. Both children and adults are gently invited to consider what might happen to the earth if we stop taking care of it. Wall-E offers a glimpse into a neglected Earth, and a family friendly happy ending where the people in the film are reminded how important it is to care for the planet they call home. You will be entertained along the way with the funny antics of Wall-E and his friend EVE.

Free Willy

This classic family favorite serves as a reminder that all of Earth’s creatures should be respected. Willy, an Orca whale, is captures and brought to an amusement park. Jesse, a young boy, is forced to clean up the mess he made while vandalizing the amusement park. While working there, Jesse ends up bonding with Willy. After an unsuccessful attempt to perform with Willy in front of a crowd at the amusement park, Jesse decides Willy must be allowed to return to the ocean and his family, and sets off on the difficult journey to free him. The special relationship between Jesse and Willy is captivating, and the message in the film is clear; all creatures of Earth should be treated fairly.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Much of Earth Day’s focus is, as it should be, on the current situation on Earth and what we can do to better care for Earth in the future. Earth day is also, however, about celebrating Earth’s past. Ice Age: The Meltdown is another entertaining, family friendly option to educate viewers about an important time in Earth’s past- the end of the Ice Age.

Arctic Tale

This film is a more serious selection. It is a documentary that chronicles the life of a Polar bear and her cubs, and a Walrus and her calf. Both the Polar Bears and the Walruses in this film struggle because of climate changes. Shorter winters make it more difficult for the cubs and the calf to find food. A film like this creates a personal connection between viewers and the animals being presented, and makes their struggles with climate change more of a concrete issue.

March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins is a documentary, like Arctic Tale, and is an excellent choice if you are interested in a more serious and factual film. This film follows Emperor Penguins through breeding season. These penguins must go for months without food and make long, dangerous journeys to get from their breeding ground, that is located on solid, safe ice, to the open water where food is available. Like Arctic Tale, this film creates an opportunity for viewers to connect with animals struggling with climate changes on Earth on a much more personal level.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of PREMIUM outdoor movie events in the country. They are leading the industry with NEW & UNIQUE outdoor movie events. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit their online photo gallery at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for event ideas.

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3 Tips for Promoting Your Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 2, 2012 Under Tips

Tips for promoting your outdoor movie event.

Once you’ve picked out your outdoor movie provider, venue or location, time, and movie title, you need to get the word out about your movie event. Some event organizers simply think a “build it and they will come” approach will bring crowds out for the evening. As with any successful events, there is more work than that to attract an audience.There are many things you can do get your event into the spotlight and attract people. Here are three key events tips to help make your outdoor movie event a success and are easy to implement.

Promote the outdoor movie event with the movie’s main character The first thing you want to do is attract an audience to your event. One way you can do this is to theme your advertising around a main character in the movie you will be showing. Including minions in your advertising materials would be a great marketing tool for the movie Despicable Me. For an event showing the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks, marketing centered around Alvin would draw in your crowds. Include the main character in your marketing materials such as flyers, posts or decorate your facility with them. Regardless of what movie you are showing, you need to make sure you are using copyright approved images which can be obtained from the movie licensing companies.
Promote your event on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and your organization’s website. You can also utilize the venue or location’s website to advertise your movie event. On facebook “post” about your upcoming event. Including pictures of the movie, youtube clips or movie trivia. If you are with a school, you can include the event on the school’s website. Use any media relevant to your event to spread the word.

Announce your event with flyers or posters. If you are with an organization, have your members distribute flyers. Schools can send posters home in children’s book bags or post them around the school. Southern Outdoor Cinema wants its clients to have a successful event and provides colorful event flyers and posters to its customers.The main idea when hosting an event is to get the word out in some fashion.

In all marketing materials be sure to include the following important information:

  • Date
  • Location
  • Movie title
  • Start time

Posting the start time of your movie event is also very important; it will prevent people from assuming the wrong start time and showing up late. It is generally good to have people start arriving half an hour to an hour before the movie starts.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own blog? No problem! But here’s what you MUST include:
Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of PREMIUM outdoor movie events in the country. They are leading the industry with NEW & UNIQUE outdoor movie events. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit their online photo gallery at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for event ideas.

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