Last spring, Oprah Winfrey traveled to Kingsland, Georgia with two acclaimed matchmakers to kick-off a 30-day social experiment challenging residents to focus on building love in their community. The town’s efforts are the focus of a new series, “Lovetown, USA,” premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. During one of the reality tv show’s segments, an outdoor movie event was hosted for the community. The couples that the show follows on dates attend an outdoor movie night with the community.


Producers of the show were exploring ideas and events that would bring the community together and thought an outdoor movie event would be a perfect fit for the show. The show, produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network and BBC America, called upon the outdoor movie company, Southern Outdoor Cinema of Forsyth County to put together the outdoor movie aspect of the reality show. This is not the first time Hollywood has called upon Southern Outdoor Cinema for their expertise. Southern Outdoor Cinema has worked on a movie premier for Warner Brothers Studios as well as produced outdoor movie events for Sherwood Pictures, creatures of the faith-based films Facing the Giants and Courageous.

Paul Murray, owner of Southern Outdoor Cinema and his crew traveled to Kingsland, Georgia for a day shoot this past spring. A giant 43′ inflatable movie screen was installed on location of the shoot at a high school.

The segment featuring Southern Outdoor Cinema airs this Sunday, Sept 2nd at 10pm EST on (OWN) Oprah Winfrey Network.

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How to Host a Fall Outdoor Movie Festival

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 Under Tips

Fall is the perfect time of year to host an outdoor movie festival. Colorful fall foliage makes the perfect backdrop for a fall festival, while cooler autumn nights create the perfect opportunity to cuddle under a blanket with family or friends. Earlier fall sundown times allow for family friendly earlier movie start times. Here are some tips for planning the perfect fall outdoor movie festival.

Set the scene at your venue with fall-themed decorations and seating. Set hay bales in rows to create theater-style seating and decorate the venue with farm tractors placed next to the screen. You can partner with a local nursery who can supply pumpkins to decorate your venue with. Use a campfire to create a cozy atmosphere and help guests keep warm on a chilly fall night.

There are so many great fall activities you can plan to keep guests entertained before the movie begins and to add to the fun. You might feature a ghost story teller or plan a trunk or treat activity if it is close to Halloween. Hay rides, a barnyard petting zoo or a hay bale maze are all fun, family friendly activities to feature at your event. You could also embrace the spirit of fall harvest and feature a chili cook-off or pie eating contest, or a marshmallow roast. Finally, consider inviting local farmers to set-up a farmer’s market. Guests will enjoy a chance to purchase fresh, local produce, and you will build positive relationships in the community by reaching out to local farmers. Adding activities like this will create a warm fall atmosphere, attract families and help to make your event more memorable.

Fall is also the time for delicious treats like cider, caramel apples, hot cocoa, pumpkin muffins, baked apples, apple cake and more. Be sure to include some of these treats at your concession stand.

Finally, offer a chance to do some good in addition to the fun. In the spirit of sharing your harvest, set up a table where food donations can be collected. Non-perishables like canned goods are great options; you might even consider asking attendees to bring a can of food for entrance to the event in lieu of admission.

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Cool, comfortable weather, beautiful scenery and seasonal treats make fall the ideal time to host an outdoor movie festival. Use these tips and take advantage of all the wonderful things fall has to offer by decorating, planning activities and offering food that goes with the fall season.

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Follow Us On Instagram @sOutdoorCinema

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 27, 2012 Under Company News

You can find Southern Outdoor Cinema on Instagram @sOutdoorCinema.

Within the last decade, Southern Outdoor Cinema has traveled much of the South producing outdoor movies for millions to see. Our event technicians have produce numerous events in some unique venues. So now that we are on Instagram, we will be posting outdoor movie photos live from the events we are producing. Check out some of our photo snapshot of our most events below.

What is Instagram?
Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.

How to get Instagram
Download Instagram to your iPhone or Android and sign up (it’s free). Search by username, enter “soutdoorcinema” and click “follow.” To like a photo, double tap the image or click the heart button. Comment all you want.

We want to see your photos
We enjoy hearing from our movie goers. Make sure to tag your photos with #soutdoorcinema so that we can see them.

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5 Tips for Hosting a Great Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 27, 2012 Under Tips

If you are planning an outdoor movie event, you will want to make sure it’s a success so that the guests enjoy themselves and the time and money you put into planning is well spent. Here are 5 tips for hosting a great outdoor movie event.

Good Venue
Location, location, location: this phrase applies to both real estate and outdoor movies. One of the best things about an outdoor movie is the chance to watch a movie in a unique and beautiful location; as an organizer, you must choose a good venue for your event. Portable inflatable movie screens mean that your event can be held at a park, a historical site, on the beach, or even in a parking lot if needed. Just be sure there is a comfortable sitting area and ample parking for your expected crowd. It is also a good idea to choose a safe location with minimal noise distractions. (Click here to retweet this.)

Great Movie
Choosing a movie is one of the most important decisions you will need to make as you plan your event. Pick a new, popular movie to attract a large crowd. You must also choose a movie that is appropriate for your target audience. If you are promoting your event as a family friendly event, it is essential to pick an appropriate movie. Make sure you consider the MPAA rating, check reviews and view the movie yourself before deciding if it is the right movie for your event.

Experienced Equipment Provider
Your equipment provider is an essential part of your success. An experienced provider will have the right equipment to create a high quality movie experience, complete with a clear picture and great sound. In addition, a seasoned provider will know what to do in case of unexpected circumstances like inclement weather.

Well Thought-Out Marketing and Advertising
You can plan a great movie night, with a good movie, the perfect venue and high quality equipment, and not get the turnout you were hoping for if you do not follow a carefully planned marketing strategy. Use a variety of advertising mediums, including event posters and social networking, to attract a large crowd.

Friendly Volunteer Staff
You will need volunteer staff to play a variety of roles; these roles might include parking attendants, greeters, survey collectors and concession stand workers. Your guests will have the best experience if your volunteer staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

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Gathering Feedback About Your Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 Under Tips

You have spent a lot of time planning your outdoor movie event and now the big night is here. It is satisfying to see the results of all of your hard work and planning, and you are probably ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the event. Just don’t forget about one last important step: gathering feedback about your outdoor movie event.

Why Gather Feedback?

Collect feedback from attendees and use the information to make future endeavors memorable. Feedback from the audience, whether it is positive or negative, is a great way to understand the expectations of audiences. Outdoor movie events require more than just an investment of time, they also require an investment of money. Feedback helps to ensure that the events you organize produce the highest returns on your investment. Finally, feedback is a simple way to collect information on the demographics of attendees; this information can be used to sell sponsorship for future events. (Click here to tweet this.)

How to Collect the Information

There are several ways to collect information. First, try setting up a booth or table at the event. Try offering an incentive to encourage participation, like the chance to win a prize. You could also elect a worker or volunteer to walk around at the event and ask one or two questions.

If you prefer to give attendees the chance to provide feedback after the event, you could use e-mail, phone or the event website. Set-up a registration table and gather e-mail information to send an online survey, or make an announcement inviting guests to call and take the survey by phone. If your event has a website or Facebook page, post a survey there.

What Information Should You Gather?

It is important to collect the right information; data that can be used to improve future events. Here are some ideas for helpful information to gather using your survey:

  • Did they like the movie?
  • Who came to the event with them? (family, friends, kids)
  • Demographics
  • How did they hear about the event?
  • Venue
  • Food
  • Entertainment

Make sure the time and money you put into your outdoor movie event or events is well spent. The information you can gather from attendees following your movie event is helpful in many ways. Use these tips to collect the right information from as many guests as possible.

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