Portable inflatable movie screen recreate a drive-in in St. Augustine Florida

It’s that time of year when both small towns and big cities celebrate the holiday season with tree lightings ceremonies, holiday parades and a visit from Santa, With the December weather bringing a chill in the air, festivals are often absent from the holiday festivities.

This season, a city in a Northeast Florida beach area wanted to bring some excitement and change to their Christmas events. Instead of having an ice rink temporarily built in town, the event planners organized a month long celebration called a “December to Remember”, which included concerts and movies. To kick off the holiday celebration and to put the community in the nostalgic mood, a drive-in movie at the local school started off the holiday events.

Christmas drive-in event in Florida

Our crew traveled to the coast of Florida with our portable outdoor cinema equipment. When we arrived, we were instantly greeted by on-lookers who had read in the newspaper of the drive-in event that was to be hosted later that night. They were curious as to how a drive-in theater could be installed for a one-day event on a large athletic field. As we chatted more we learned that many of the folks had never been to a drive-in theater before. (How exciting, we were going to be part of someone’s first drive-in movie experience!)

Inflatable Movie Screen setup in High winds

To transform a school’s athletic grass fields into an open air movie theater where people could watch a film from their cars, we would be installing a giant 3 story tall inflatable movie screen system, the largest in the South. As our crew began to inflate the enormous projection screen the winds began to blow. A storm front was passing through the Southeast and our wind meters were beginning to read over 25mph winds. An inflatable movie screen of that size could easily become a big sail and blow away at a windy venue. But we were confident that our client’s holiday event would not be canceled due to the high wind conditions, for Southern Outdoor Cinema trusts and uses Airscreen brand inflatable cinema screens, the best in the world. Plus we came prepared with an additional heavy duty staking system and tie down straps.

Drive-in theater on an inflatable movie screen in Florida

Before the start of the movie, again the weather made a change and the temperatures outside began to drop. An outdoor movie in cold weather can deter families from coming out, but an outdoor movie done in the style of a drive-in can be successful and well attended. Families just snuggle up to watch the film from their car or minivan. To add to the nostalgic feel of the drive-in event we installed a fm-transmitter listened to the movie by tuning in on their radios.

Outdoor movie by a lighthouse

The closest drive-in theater to the community was over 90 aways. Installing a temporary one-night drive-in theater was a special treat for the families and young couples who had never experienced a movie from their car especially an event with a view of a lighthouse. The lighthouse in the background of the drive-in really made the holiday movie night an event to remember.

Don’t have a drive-in theater in your community? Southern Outdoor Cinema can recreate the nostalgia of a drive-in experience at your open air venue. For a free consultation contact an event specialist at Southern Outdoor Cinema.

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The Drive-In Movie Turns 79 Years Old

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jun 7, 2012 Under Event Productions

Remember the good old days of the drive-in? Loading the family into the station wagon, the sound of the tires driving over gravel and viewing the movie out of the back of the car. This year the drive-in movie turns 79 years old.

In June of 1933 Richard Hollingshead, along with is partners, designed and built the world’s first drive-in movie theatre. The idea was to create a family friendly movie experience, where movie-goers could watch a movie from the comfort of their own vehicles. Other drive-in movie locations followed suit and opened up in other areas in the years following; with the height of the drive-in movie occurring during the 1950’s.

Southern Outdoor Cinema can bring the mobile drive-in cinema almost anywhere. We are fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection technology and a FM stereo transmitter. A modern day twist to the drive-in is the boat-in cinema, where boaters on lakes and rivers can watch a movie from their watercraft. All of Southern Outdoor Cinema’s screen viewing areas sit at least 6 feet or more off the ground, providing the best possible viewing for your guests. No installation of loudspeakers is required. Your guests simply tune into the movie’s frequency on their radios.

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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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Next Generations of Drive-In Movies

Posted by Paul Murray on Saturday Apr 3, 2010 Under Event Productions

There was a kind of magic about the drive-in movie theater. I can still hear the gravel crunching underneath the tires of our car as dad entered to find the perfect spot for the family to watch the movie. Mom and Dad would bring lawnchairs to watch the movies under the stars while us kids slept in the car with our favorite blanket and pillow. As we got older, I recall the time with my buddies, where we all packed into the trunk to sneak into the movie. Do you remember that?

Today drive-in theatres have gone by the wayside, but there is a new generation of outdoor movies that are growing in popular. Today’s generation can relish the romance of open-air cinemas through the use of portable inflatable movie screens. Outdoor movies are being installed on a per night bases where ever a crowd can gather. Friends and Family gather on blankets or low back chairs under the open sky to watch movies outdoors.

Outdoor movie at a motorcycle resort

Bike-in Movie: A new twist to the drive-in theater.
Pictured here is an event setup at a Motorcycle Lodge in the Georgia Mountains.

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