Fall-o-ween and An Outdoor Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 Under Event Productions

Fall-o-ween and an outdoor movie in Kennesaw

Once the air turns cooler and the leaves begin to fall, many parks and recreation departments start planning their annual fall festivals and Halloween parties. The challenge is to not only make the event fun for all ages, but to make it a memorable one. Several towns are adding an outdoor movie to their event line up in order to do just that.

Choosing a scary film or monster movie can be the perfect ending to a fun filled day of games, activities, and trick-or-treating. Families can gather with their friends and neighbors for a safe and memorable Halloween evening that can be enjoyed by all.

An Atlanta suburb recently decided to add an outdoor movie to their annual fall activities. They started by turning the local park into a Spook Park. Next they invited area residents to come and enjoy the day with friends and family. Everyone was encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes to add to the excitement.

Star Wars look-a-likes

On the day of the big event, people arrived in some pretty amazing costumes. The Spook Park was soon filled with princess, ghouls, super heroes, and even some favorite characters from the movies and television. Costumes ranged from the cute to the scary. Guests were rewarded for their efforts with costume prizes every 30 minutes. Judges dressed as zombies roamed around the dance floor during the Monster Mash Dance Party picking out their favorites.

Outdoor dance floor

Along with the dance party there were plenty of other activities, inflatables, and amusements to enjoy. Carnival games like the ring toss were set up throughout the park where both the young and old could test their skills. Children had a wonderful time burning off that extra energy as they played with all their friends. They could also join in the many children’s crafts available during the event.

What most of the kids were really excited about was the trick-or treat trail. This was a great way for the little ghosts and goblins to get their fill of Halloween candy. Parents loved that it was in a safe and friendly environment that took many of the typical worries away.

Costume Constest

What would a fall festival be without pumpkins? This event had plenty of impressive displays. Everyone got a chance to watch the professional carvers show off their talents as they created unique jack-o-lanterns to add to the decorations.

After all the dancing, game playing, and trick-or-treating, guests were ready for the much anticipated main attraction, an outdoor movie. Event planners chose Goonies which was perfect. It kept the Halloween theme going without being too scary for the little ones to attend. Everyone laid out their blankets or set up lawn chairs where they could sit and relax after a day of fun. The children settled down as they sifted through their candy and treats, and as the sun went down, the movie started.

Everyone who attended or even helped plan the event had a great time. Adding the outdoor movie was a great way to draw attention to the fall festival and all the other activities going on in the park that day. Best of all, watching the Goonies under the stars surrounded by family and friends will be a memory none of these people will soon forget.

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3 Foods To Sell At A Fall Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Oct 1, 2014 Under Tips

3 Foods to sell at a fall outdoor movie event
A great way to add spice, charm, and a little bit of magic to your fall time outdoor movie event is to complement the season with the concessions that you offer. Autumn is characterized by a delicious and comforting ensemble of traditional treats and beverages, so embrace the cool nights and favorite flavors and incorporate the tastes of the season into your event.

Below is a list of some classic and easy-to-do options that you can add to your concession stand to enhance the movie goers’ experience and embody the harvest season:

Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider

The crisp, starry fall nights need to feel warm and inviting if you are going to have a successful outdoor movie experience. In order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the feature film, you can offer warming drinks at your concession stand. Hot chocolate and apple cider are go-to fall favorites. Easy to make, you can either store the hot beverages in large 5 gallon coffee thermoses, or you can store hot water and then mix up the hot chocolate on-demand with individual packets. For the more ambitious, you might consider incorporating various flavors of hot chocolate into your stand. These days, there are a host of hot chocolate flavors on the market. White chocolate, dark chocolate, mint, and many other options bring pizzazz to a traditional drink. Other hot beverages work well too, such as pumpkin spice lattes and chai tea, but hot chocolate and apple cider are staples of the season, and they are easy to prepare—especially since fall means that apple harvest is in full swing, so apple cider is taking grocery stores by storm!

Sliced Apples with Caramel

Speaking of apples, what would fall be without apples and caramel? In every form, caramel apples are a seasonal delight. You can keep things from getting too messy while at the movies by doling out slices of apple with caramel, rather than handing out whole apples dunked in caramel. So that the caramel stays at the perfect, delectable temperature with the right degree of gooiness, you can store it in a crock pot. To minimize the clean up process, you should put a liner in the crock pot. Different varieties of apples offer different spins on this treat. For a sweeter experience, aim for Red Delicious. If you want a tarter apple, Granny Smith is a good option. Granny Smith pairs exceptionally well with the sweetness of the caramel. Offering chopped peanuts as a topping for the sliced apples with caramel can be a fun way to kick this treat up a notch, but put allergy concerns into consideration when stocking your concession stand.

Kettle Corn

This next idea hearkens to the quaint, homey, heart-warming feel of the country fair: Kettle Corn. Popcorn is a movie favorite because it takes little effort to eat, and it is easy to share with the whole family. Kettle Corn takes the traditional movie popcorn concept and turns it on its side. Same concept, new flavor. Sweet and salty pairs well with being huddled together under a blanket while watching a movie outside. For do-it-yourselfers, here is a link on how to make Kettle Corn in your popcorn machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBbihJccuiQ

Outdoor movie events do not have to be summer exclusive. Fall time means that showings can start a little sooner in the day, that there are fewer insects to contend with, and that heat and humidity will not play a role in how comfortable the attendees are. Make your autumn outdoor movie event an all-around great experience by adapting your concessions to the season. Warm apple cider and hot chocolate, fresh apples smothered in gooey caramel, and kettle corn all make for a perfect under-the-stars viewing experience!

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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5 Movies to Watch on the First Day of Fall

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Sep 22, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Autumn

The fall season is brought in by the autumnal equinox and in 2014, this will occur late in the evening on September 22nd making September 23, 2014 the first full day of fall. There are a number of great movies to bring in the fall season and here are just a few of them.

Charlotte’s Web

Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a farmer’s daughter who spends most of her free time with the animals on the family farm. She loves animals and when one of the sows on the farm gives birth to a bunch of little piglets, she is given the opportunity to raise the runt of the litter and she names him Wilbur (it’s either raise the homely little pig or allow it to be disposed of). However, as Wilbur begins to get bigger, Fern’s father (Kevin Anderson) decides to place him in the care of a neighboring farmer by the name of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba). Wilbur quickly makes friends with the rest of the animals on Zuckerman’s farm who come to realize that unless they come up with a plan, Wilbur will end up being the next meal on someone’s dinner table. A friendly spider on the farm, named Charlotte, comes up with a plan that includes weaving messages into her webs that include cute little words about Wilbur (the first word being “terrific”). As the rest of the farm animals join in on the plan, Wilbur becomes a celebrity in town, which is exactly what he needs if he is going to stay alive.

Babe

Babe is the story of a pig turned sheep dog (or if you prefer, sheep pig) who made the decision to learn how to herd sheep in order to stay off of the dinner table. You see, babe is separated from his family soon after he is born, and ends up on a nearby sheep farm. He is taken in by a friendly dog on the farm and it doesn’t take Babe long to learn the ultimate fate of pigs. This is when Babe puts together his plan to become more useful on the farm, and what better way to make use of oneself on a sheep farm than to learn how to herd sheep. Despite doubts from the rest of the animals on the farm, Babe soon becomes one of the best sheep dogs (or sheep pigs) in town.

The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer helps to explain the connection between people and their pets even if that pet is a full grown horse. Grace Maclean (Scarlett Johansson) decides to go horseback riding with her best friend Judith one morning, and her life is changed forever. While enjoying the ride on this particular winter morning, the girl’s horses slip on some ice and end up on the road where a tractor trailer jackknifes and kills Judith and her horse. Grace and her horse are not left unharmed as Grace loses her right leg and her horse, Pilgrim, remains traumatized from the incident. Grace’s mother Annie Maclean (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a successful magazine editor who feels it necessary to take time off of work to focus on helping her daughter, and Pilgrim, to move on. She packs the family up and moves everyone to Montana for a change of scenery, and to seek help from horse whisperer Tom Booker (Robert Redford). Annie hears about Tom, and his gift, and decides that he just might be able to help his daughter and Pilgrim to move past the accident. This is where recovery begins not only for Pilgrim, but for a 14 year old girl who experiences how strong the connection can be between a girl and her best friend, even if that friend is a horse.

American Harvest

Wayne Rogers and Earl Holliman are neighboring farmers, in Kansas, living through a family feud that began a very long time ago. The two families haven’t had a problem staying angry with each other, and avoiding one another, since the feud began, but things are about to change. You see, Wayne is in danger of losing his entire wheat farm, and the only way to avoid the situation is to patch things up with neighboring farmer Earl. The two men do a great job avoiding each other until the silliness begins to affect their lives in a very real way.

Old Yeller

Old Yeller is the story of a family in 1869 Texas, during a time when cattle were a very important part of the livelihood of ranchers in the area. 15 year old Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) is left to handle managing things on the family farm while dad (Fess Parker) is away on a cattle drive. Travis’s younger brother, Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), is placed under his care and decides to bring in a stray dog while dad is away. Travis doesn’t like the idea at first, but quickly falls in love with Yeller. The fact that the dog is a great watchdog helps make it easier for dad to accept him when he gets back from his cattle drive. An unfortunate accident, with a bite from a mad wolf, leaves Yeller with rabies and although everything looks to be fine at first, the dog soon begins to become dangerous. Everyone knows that Yeller must be put down and what would be a very sad ending to a great movie is saved when Dad has a heart-to-heart talk with Travis and the family adopts a new puppy.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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What You Need To Know Before Planning A Fall Outdoor Movie Event.

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 Under Tips

Fall is an excellent time of year for an outdoor movie.

Even though summer is over, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to come to an end. Fall is a wonderful time of year to host an outdoor movie event. These events can make any school function or fall festival a memorable occasion. With a little special planning, this outdoor movie can be just as fun and comfortable as a summer event.

Set the Scene for Fall

As the host, you can take full advantage of the smell of autumn air by giving everyone in your community a reason to come out and enjoy it along with the beautiful view of the colored leaves. Hay bales serve double duty as both extra seating and the perfect harvest time decoration. Don’t forget to use the in season apples and pumpkins to create points of interest or to simply scatter about for effect.

Keep Everyone Warm and Comfortable

No one’s going to enjoy themselves if they are more focused on staying warm then watching the movie. Because the days are still quite warm, you as the event planner may not have thought about how autumn nights will affect your outdoor movie night and your guest’s viewing experience.

Once the sun goes down and it’s dark outside, the ground can become hard and cold. Temperatures will continue to drop as the evening progresses. You also have a better chance of the ground becoming wet during fall nights than you do during the summer. Unless you’re prepared, this can turn your outdoor movie event into a wet and cold viewing experience. This is when the children will begin to fuss, making it hard for families to enjoy themselves.

Fall outdoor movie planning

Timing is Everything

While your guests will bring along their blankets, coats, and gloves to the event, the chill of the night can overcome them. This makes it uncomfortable for them to watch a movie on into the night. You can help prevent this by choosing to have your movie event earlier in the evening.

When picking an equipment provider for your movie night, it is important to know what time the main feature will start. A majority of equipment providers, especially those who are DJs, cannot start projecting your movie onto their inflatable screens until it is completely dark out.

Choose a Professional Company

A professional company like Southern Outdoor Cinema can start pre-movie projection at least 40 to 60 minutes before dark with the actual main attraction beginning right at sundown. Having a head start on the evening in this way will place the majority of the outdoor movie event in the earlier evening hours when it is still a bit warmer and more comfortable. This makes for a more enjoyable experience for your guests.

With just a little careful planning, you will have created a fun and memorable fall experience that your guests will remember for years to come.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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The Safest Halloween Event For Kids – An Outdoor Movie In the Park

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 Under Tips

The Safest Halloween Event

As Halloween approaches, it is important to parents that their kids have safe events and activities to go to. Fears have increased over trick-or-treating with today’s dangers that are involved. Many adults worry about the children being unsupervised, being out after dark, and allowing them to take treats from strangers. Local churches and community organizations have been working on finding safe alternatives to the traditional Halloween activities. Planning a fun filled event with plenty of fall activities would give the children an enjoyable experience, and the parents could have peace of mind.

Organizations and church groups looking for a fun way to do this should consider having a fall or Halloween themed outdoor movie event for families. Children look forward to this fun filled evening while the parents can relish the fact that their kids will be avoiding the dangers associated with traditional trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities.

A successful outdoor Halloween movie event only requires a family friendly movie and lots of terrific games to play. The church or local organization could get the evening started with some fall crafts, bobbing for apples, face painting, and maybe tractor rides. The kids could all come in costume so that they won’t feel left out of this particular tradition. Making a contest out of it adds to the joy. Carnival rides could be brought in, and local vendors could sell food and snacks. The more people that are involved, the more it will become a community celebration. Volunteers could help out with all the booths. Small favors and candy make excellent prizes, and it makes the games even more exciting to the little ones. They also get to benefit from the seasonal candy without the fear of where it came from.

The residents of Woodstock, Georgia have made their own Halloween tradition of an annual outdoor movie event each fall. It brings out many families each year, and it has grown to include 20 vendors, local business, and several area churches. The outdoor movie is held in the downtown park with food and strolling entertainers as well as all the other activities. They continue to prove that this is an excellent alternative to more dangerous activities at this time of year.

When organizing a halloween-alternative outdoor movie event, the main film needs to be appealing for all ages so that the parents can enjoy it along with their children. Something like “Monsters Inc would be ideal. Monster themed films are good too, as long as they aren’t the really scary thrill type of film. A great way to make sure it appeals to many people is to ask the community to help choose. This also gets more individuals involved. Watching whatever selection the organizers pick will be the perfect ending to the day’s events. After all the fun and play, everyone can sit back and relax with their friends and family while watching the movie together.

A safe Halloween alternative such as this is the perfect solution for concerned parents and their children. Everyone will be able to experience a stress free, simply good time with their neighbors and family. The addition of the outdoor movie to the event will make this fall activity a memorable one that families will want to experience year after year.

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About Southern Outdoor Cinema
Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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