Theme An Outdoor Movie Event With Photo Booth Props

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jan 21, 2013 Under Tips

Photo Props - Monsters for Movie Night

Outdoor movie events are a great special event for friends and family to have a fun time in a community setting. At an movie night event, it is a common sight to see groupings of friends huddling together on a blanket while one friend extends their arm out to take a picture with their smart phone. With a quick push of the button, their snapshot together is broadcasted out on social media for others to see.

Often, Southern Outdoor Cinema’s clients are asking us what they can offer as a pre-movie activity that is both free but full of excitement for their guests. To assist our clients with coming up with an activity, each of our movie event specialists where asked to come up with thoughts after observing movie goers at the open air movie events. Each specialist observing the same thing happening at every event – friends snapping group pictures to remember their good times. This phenomenon inspired us to enhance the picture taking experience at a movie in the park event to reflect on the theme of the movie being shown with photo props.

Last summer, Southern Outdoor Cinema’s artist began came up with photo props that could be used by young kids as well as adults. For events showing “The Lorax”, they came up with a hand held photo prop of an orange mustache, just like the Lorax character had in the film. Attendees at summer outdoor screenings of the Lorax loved the prop we came up with. Giggling friends where taking turns photographing each other with the mustache and sharing the photos with their friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Building off of this new pre-movie enhancement idea, this spring, Southern Outdoor Cinema will be creatively assisting our clients with other photo prop ideas specific to movie themes. By providing movie themed templates available for free download, all that is needed to make the prop is a printer, paper, tape and a stick (or chopstick).

Check out the monster mouths that we found for picture props that can be used at movie night events showing “Hotel Transylvania”. I’m sure movie goers will have a ghoulish time coming up with poses for their pictures.

Hotel Transylvania Photo Booth Prop Movie

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It’s National Popcorn Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Saturday Jan 19, 2013 Under Company News

It’s National Popcorn Day! Movies and popcorn go hand-in-hand. This is why popcorn is a great way to make money at your outdoor movie event. Here is what to keep in mind so you can make the most of selling popcorn at your outdoor movie concession stand.

National Popcorn Day

Popcorn Machine Placement
Many people already enjoy popcorn with a movie, but smart placement strategies can help you increase popcorn sales even more. First, choose the best location for your popcorn popper. Make sure the event attendees can see and smell the popcorn by placing the machine in the front of the movie viewing area, or to the side of the movie screen. Be sure not to place the popcorn machine behind the audience, since they will be more likely to buy the popcorn if they can see and smell it.

Another great way to increase visibility is to illuminate the popcorn by keeping the machine’s light on. A central location for the machine and proper illumination will make it hard to miss the delicious sight and smell of the popcorn.

Popcorn Popper Appearance
Create a clean and inviting appearance to make the popcorn more appealing. Event attendees will steer clear if the machine is dirty. Be sure to clean the popcorn popper properly after every event to keep it sanitary and increase popcorn sales.

Keep the machine moderately full so that there is an attractive display of popped popcorn. Be sure to pop the popcorn during working hours, and keep the doors open during popping so that stream does not fog up the windows. Be sure to keep the popcorn hot, however, following popping so you can serve customers fresh, hot popcorn to enjoy with the movie.

Choose the best containers for your popcorn. Try to avoid paper bag containers. It is difficult to display popcorn in paper bags, and serving it this way is also more time consuming since the bags will need to be opened before they can be filled. Popcorn boxes are generally a much better alternative. Offer a large size popcorn box so two people can share.

More Tips to keep in Mind
In addition to popcorn, consider offering a variety of drinks including bottled water and soda at your concession stand. Popcorn makes people thirsty, so offering drinks is a good idea. Attendees will be happy there are beverages available, and you will enjoy additional revenue from the drink sales. Be sure to also highlight the fact that popcorn is a much healthier alternative to candy, another popular movie snack.

Popcorn is a very important part of a movie concession stand. Give your popcorn machine an appropriate spot and place it up front in your concession stand, rather than on a back shelf. This simple change will increase your sales by 30-50%.

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