Why It’s Important to Start an Outdoor Movie Before Dark

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 7, 2013 Under Tips

SOC-Outdoor-Movie-Before-dark Enjoying a free outdoor movie is a great end to a full day of summer activities. Since we’ve been at this for a long time, we show our movies around dusk, which is up to 60 minutes earlier than other companies.


There’s just enough ambient light to get settled with snacks and not trip over anyone. The surrounding environment is still visible enough to be enjoyed.

Plus, the movie is done earlier so you and your family can get to bed in time to sleep off an awesome day at the movies. After all, summer days are long! On the East Coast, you may not see sunset until nearly 9 p.m.!

Do you really want to wait that long to start an outdoor movie?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

We try to think of every little detail to create a fabulous outdoor movie experience. Have you ever thought of the following reasons why an early start time is best?

A Better Bang For Your Buck

If you’re planning the event, an early start time means more time for sponsor ads to be shown! We get set up right away so that advertisers can have a good 20 minutes of screen time, ensuring they are getting the most value out of working with you.

Volunteers who are helping with concessions or other activities aren’t up too late and can get some much deserved rest! This may also save you money on venue and labor costs. You won’t have to pay any one overtime for having a late night event.

Did you realize that outdoor movie providers who have a late start time may be using inexpensive equipment?

Think about it! If their equipment can’t achieve a crisp, colorful image before it’s fully dark, you may be using an unprofessional provider. Remember to wow moviegoers with the best audiovisual equipment available.

These same results can be achieved when you are showing a movie indoors as well.

An Experience That’s Bigger than the Movie

If you’re attending the event, it can be tough to not get bored (in the dark, no less) when you’re waiting an hour or two before the movie starts.

We’ve all been to events like that. The kids are running around, because all of the toys and games you’ve brought no longer capture their attention.

It seems to be getting hotter and hotter as time passes so, so slowly. Nobody wants a summer outing to end on a sour note like that. We want attendees to be entertained as much as you do!

Ever have the little ones (or you) fall asleep during the movie and miss it? Even if it’s a movie we’ve seen before, the experience is lost when you doze off.

We know the cutest summer photos are of the little ones tuckered out after a great event. But we want that to happen after the movie is over!

Check it out: You’ll find even more tips on why outdoor movie start times are important on our blog.


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The 3 Top Things Event Organizers Forget At An Outdoor Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 5, 2013 Under Tips

SOC-things-event-organizers-forget-outdoor-movie Attending an outdoor movie event is a great way for individuals, groups of friends, and families to have fun together. Movie-goers see a beautiful setting, a large screen and an opportunity to enjoy an evening of cheap or free fun.

As an outdoor movie event organizer, you know there is a lot more planning behind the scenes to these special events. You spend a significant amount of planning and preparation that must be done to create an evening of fun for your movie guests. As an event organizers, you do a lot of work to pull off outdoor movie events, but there are just a few tasks organizers commonly forget. Here is a look at the three most common things outdoor movie event organizers forget.

1.) Trash bins
Guests will either bring snacks and drinks or purchase them at the concession stand. They will need a place to deposit food and candy wrappers, popcorn bags, drink containers and other trash during and after the movie. Be sure to place a few trash bins around your venue to avoid trash being left on the ground and inconveniencing your guests.

2.) After Movie Lighting
Lighting for after the show is another consideration that often gets forgotten. Portable utility lights or volunteers with flashlights walking around the crowd are both good lighting options that will increase safety and convenience for movie-goers. It is very dark by the end of the movie and guests will need light to gather their belongings such as wallets, keys and cell phones and make it safely to their cars.

3.) Sprinklers

Sprinklers are on timers and can go off during the movie, getting both the equipment and the crowd wet. This has actually happened to us twice here at Southern Outdoor Cinema! Avoid this soggy situation by turning off the sprinklers at your venue ahead of time.

If you are planning an outdoor movie event in the future, keep these often overlooked items in mind and learn from the mistakes other movie event organizers often make.

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Paul Murray, the outdoor movie expert, and his team at Southern Outdoor Cinema produce extraordinary, big screen outdoor movie events that are stress-free to organize. Southern Outdoor Cinema works with schools, universities, cities, Fortune 500 companies, marketing agencies, film makers and festivals to assist them in creating outdoor movie experiences that are well attended and leave their sponsors ecstatic.

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