What a $299 movie night package gets you (or may not get you.)

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Mar 16, 2016 Under Tips

Southern Outdoor Cinema brings movie events of the highest quality to schools, events, and parties all around the country.

What a $299 movie night package gets you (or may not get you.)
When planning an outdoor movie event, you will find that several equipment companies only charge $299. This sounds like a terrific bargain, but there are several reasons why these companies can charge such a small fee. You may have already read about these companies that skimp on insurance in order to save money while others will use inexpensive, non-commercial grade equipment.

Common Problems with Cheap Outdoor Movie Providers
At Southern Outdoor Cinema we often get calls from school PTA organizers who want to host an outdoor movie event. Many of them have already hosted such events in the past, but these functions have failed. We have heard plenty of stories about horrible experiences when using cheap outdoor movie providers. One organizer told us of a technician who got lost because they didn’t have the proper address. By the time they arrived, it was past the advertised movie start time, and they still had to get their equipment set up.

Often the stories relate to faulty equipment. One DJ had a screen with a hole in it. He didn’t have his own patch kit, so the host had to find duct tape for them. Another equipment provider didn’t even have extension cords long enough to reach the power source. The hosts had to search the school for enough extension cords to allow the show to go on. One group actually had to help set up the screen because the technician was new and didn’t know how to do it.

Hiring a cheap provider for your movie event can result in the following:
• Hassles
• Last minute chaos and confusion
• A poorly executed outdoor movie event
• Stress
• A movie that may never get started

Why Some Outdoor Movie Equipment Rentals are Cheap
There are many reasons why you can find cheap outdoor movie equipment rental companies for as little as $299. Often it is simply because the company doesn’t invest in their equipment. They provide only the bare bones equipment which often results in failure. These budget providers cannot afford to add convenient extras into their service such as patch kits, back up projectors, or reliable sound systems when they charge such low fees.

Often you will find that these $299 providers are actually DJ’s or mom and pop businesses with second jobs. These people don’t focus solely on outdoor movie events. Due to their other business ventures, they don’t have a passion for outdoor movies. It is simply one more way for them to make some money.

What You Can Expect From Southern Outdoor Cinema
At Southern Outdoor Cinema, we are dedicated to outdoor movies. This is where our passion lies. We believe that on the night of your event, you should be stress-free and able to enjoy the movie along with your guests. Our technicians have years of experience with outdoor movie productions. Many people on our crew have done the most outdoor movie setups of any other technicians in the world.

We use high-end equipment, along with backup equipment on hand, to provide you with a Hollywood Premiere like experience. We provide routine inspections and maintenance on our equipment to ensure everything is working properly. You’ll find that we would rather over plan for your event than under plan. For example, we’ll bring twice as many cords than is needed, just in case a mistake was made in calculating the distance to the power source. When you hire Southern Outdoor Cinema, you can count on a hassle free, enjoyable movie event that both you and your guests will enjoy.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta, creates extraordinary outdoor movie events that captures all the senses of their client’s audience while recreating the nostalgic feeling of a close knit community gathering.  For a free event consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at http://www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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Recently, an annual Men’s Wildlife Supper was hosted at a coastal South Carolina mega church, and Southern Outdoor Cinema was able to help make it an overwhelming success. The event was part of a men’s outreach program at Community Bible Church. The highlight of the evening was a visit from Tim Tebow, who once again reached out to others with his strong faith.

When planning this year’s event, Community Bible Church invited Heisman Trophy-winning and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to be their guest speaker. As word spread of this popular sports celebrity coming to the church, more and more people wanted to be there to hear him speak. Over 3,000 men registered for the event, but many more were expected. Each registered visitor was asked to bring an “unchurched guest” with them. Many fathers and sons were coming as well as friends and neighbors.

With so many visitors expected and limited room in the sanctuary, the issue of where to seat everyone became a major concern. This is when Southern Outdoor Cinema was able to step in and help. SOC’s audio and visual services are versatile. They don’t just show outdoor movies on their big inflatable movie screens. Their closed circuit services are ideal for large events such as this men’s outreach

The main church sanctuary was packed the night of the event. Southern Outdoor Cinema set up a two story tall, inflatable movie screen on the church grounds in an open auxiliary building so that Tim Tebow’s message could be shown via closed-circuit. This provided an additional 1,500 seats for guests. A live feed was sent through fiber optics to Southern Outdoor Cinema’s audio/visual equipment. Those seated in the auxiliary building next to the main church were able to hear Tim’s speech as well as see his live image projected in high definition onto the screen.

Tim Tebow brought to the event that same enthusiasm we once saw him bring to the field. Both those in the sanctuary and next door were able to experience Tim’s high energy as he shared stories of how his faith has touched his life as well as others. Many people saw his end zone thanksgiving to our creator, later known as tebowing, as a publicity stunt, but it is clear to all who hear him talk, that his faith is real. He grew up as the youngest child of Baptist Missionaries. He has had an out-front Christian faith since those days when he was growing up.

In addition to Tim Tebow’s work as an NFL football player and a SEC Network analyst, he enjoys doing charitable service. Along with speaking engagements like this Men’s Wildlife Supper, he founded the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010 which helps children in need. Later he helped the pediatric Tebow CURE Hospital open. His words have inspired church groups, fans, and even inmates throughout the country.

Prior to the event at Community Bible Church, volunteers served dinner to the men. It included tasty wildlife dishes such as turkey, wild boar, shrimp, and venison. The menu planner even included alligator tail, a nod towards Tim’s days with the Florida Gators. Appropriate sides, beverages, and dessert rounded out the cuisine.

All in all, the Men’s Wildlife Supper with guest speaker Tim Tebow was a huge success. The many thousands of guests enjoyed his uplifting words thanks to the help of Outdoor Cinema’s audio/visual equipment. Everyone went home with their stomachs full of food and their hearts filled with faith.


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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 www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com to receive a free consultation for your indoor or outdoor movie event.


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Movie On Ice

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 Under Event Productions

Outdoor Movie event at an ice sakting rink

The winter months can be long and cold. Many of us simply stay inside while waiting for spring to arrive, but now there are several communities that have found a way to ward off that dreaded cabin fever. Why wait until summer to go outside and enjoy time with your family and friends? You can do it now with the help of a portable ice skating rink and an inflatable movie screen.

From coast to coast, many cities and downtown communities throughout the country are renting portable ice skating rinks. These rinks provide hours of family fun for all ages. Once they are set up, they instantly become a centerpiece for any city or tourist destination. People come from near and far to join in on the winter time fun.

Outdoor movies are no longer just for the summer time. Communities are using outdoor movie events to draw attention to their portable ice skating rinks. By doing this, they are creating a unique and memorable ice skating experience. The inflatable screen can be placed directly on the ice, or next to the rink, where everyone will have a good view of the featured presentation.

Recently Southern Outdoor Cinema traveled with their crew to South Carolina to create a winter film event experience. In the downtown business district, the screen was set up in front of the ice skating rink. The rink made a beautiful backdrop for the holiday movie they played. Best of all, this outdoor movie event drew attention to the town’s ice skating rink.

The evening of the event began with a showing of a much loved Christmas movie. Guests were able to sit in lawn chairs they brought from home or on the many stone walls and public benches found in this part of the downtown area. The event hosts decorated around the rink with greenery, wreaths, and Christmas trees with white lights. There was even an inflatable penguin next to the screen that waved “hello” to all who came. The decorations were a wonderful addition to the already festively decorated city.

All who came SOC Holiday Outdoor Movie On Icekept themselves warm with blankets and the hot chocolate that was being served. It was a terrific way to spend time with their neighbors and friends from the community as well as get out of the house for some winter time fun. After enjoying the movie, families were encouraged to stay and skate.

Guests of all ages had a fabulous time. The memories made at this outdoor movie event will last a lifetime. Every child there will grow up remembering the Christmas season when they watched a holiday movie under the stars and then went ice skating with all the people they love the most.


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Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta, creates extraordinary outdoor movie events that captures
all the senses of their client’s audience while recreating the nostalgic feeling of a close-knit
community gathering.  For a free event consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com



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Movie Night Teaches About Anti-Bullying In A Fun Way

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Apr 2, 2014 Under Event Productions

Movie night teaches about anti-bullying in a fun way

One school has come up with a wonderful way to get the message about bullying out to the students. Children tend to retain information better through fun activities and events. By using a family movie night in the school’s gymnasium, the teachers and organizers were able to bring awareness about bullying to the community while providing everyone with a fun night of entertainment.

The organizers of this movie night event included teachers and parents of the students who want to put an end to bullying in their school. In preparation for the big event, an inflatable movie screen was set up inside of the gymnasium. They even arranged a concession table to mimic a theater atmosphere. They offered pizza, chips, beverages, and other goodies to all those in attendance. They also set up a welcome table at the entrance of their venue.

Concessions at indoor movie night at school

As guest entered the room they had to pass this welcome table. This is where tickets for concession items were being sold. Organizers also set out anti-bullying petitions. Students were encouraged to sign it and stop bullying in their school. As an incentive, each child who signed received bonus tickets for the concession stand.

Anti-bullying petition at movie night

Once everyone had signed the petition and picked out their treats, it was time for movie night. Parents and students found places to sit while waiting for the family friendly Hollywood movie to begin. This is where organizers took another opportunity to bring awareness to the issue of bullying. Before the main feature, a slideshow accompanied by popular music was shown. It consisted of fun trivia intermixed with anti-bullying messages. Students received the information easily, as it was made more exciting than simply listening to yet another lecture on the issue.

Inflatable movie screen rental for Schools in Atlanta

The slideshow was followed by their main presentation of a popular family movie shown on the blowup OpenAir movie screen. Teachers, students, and parents were all able to relax and enjoy some wholesome entertainment together in the school gymnasium. The evening was a huge success, and the school is now able to benefit from the knowledge each child received on how bullying is never the right thing to do.

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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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3 Lies Outdoor Movie Equipment Providers Will Tell You

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 7, 2013 Under Tips

3 lies outdoor movie providers will tell you

At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone say that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you are planning outdoor movie night, you have probably seen companies advertising their services for $299 or even $199. This pricing probably looks attractive, but you might also be worried that it seems too good to be true. It is smart to be skeptical of this type of offer. The truth is, companies such as DJ services, bounce house rental companies and other “Mom and Pop” businesses typically only have one small, low quality screen in their inventory and add outdoor movies on inflatable movie screens as a side business.

In situations like this, misinformation is common. In some cases the company is simply misinformed, in other cases they might actually be trying to deceive you. In any case, there are 3 common lies an equipment provider will tell you that you should be aware of.

1. You Don’t Need a License to Show a Movie Outdoors

Unless your movie event is in your own backyard, due to movie copyright laws, ALL outdoor movie events require a public performance license. Bargain outdoor movie companies will deceive you or omit this important information to make their package price low and attractive. They are telling you to break the law. If you are caught you can be fined up to $250,000 from the movie studios. Unfortunately, if you end up in this type of trouble the bargain price you paid for your event won’t seem like such a great deal anymore.

2. We Carry General Liability Insurance

Avoiding copyright law trouble is not the only financial concern to consider as you plan your movie event. What about liability? Hopefully your event will go smoothly and you will not run into any problems, but what if, for example, your equipment provider causes damage to your venue while setting up for your movie night such as a stake hitting an underground power line? It is essential to choose an equipment provider with adequate liability insurance to protect yourself financially should anything go wrong at your event. Unfortunately, many small businesses with add-on outdoor movie screen rental services do not carry insurance for the outdoor movie part of their business. Considering the cost of a business general liability policies start in the multi-thousands of dollars, how can a company that offers their service for only $299 afford to carry this insurance?

3. Movie Start Time is at Sundown

Sundown is 30-40 minutes before dark. The majority of open air cinema providers cannot start an outdoor movie until it is completely dark out because they use underpowered projectors and cheap, see-through screens. There are only three professional inflatable movie screen systems on the market: Airscreen, Epic and Open Air Cinema. Chances are these small bounce house rental companies, DJ services and other small businesses operating out of their homes are not using a professional-grade screen, but rather a inexpensive, disposable inflatable movie screen meant for one-time personal use.

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What is the bottom line? Do your homework. Ask for references when considering an equipment provider for your event. Be skeptical if their offer seems too good to be true or if outdoor movie services are not the primary business for the company. Ask to see a copy of their general liability insurance to verify proper coverage. Practicing due diligence and choosing a company with a good reputation that specializes in outdoor movie event production will protect you and make success more likely for your event.

Have you had a bad experience from an outdoor movie provider? Share them below in our comment box.

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About Southern Outdoor Cinema
Southern Outdoor Cinema takes the stress and guess work out of hosting a movie theater-quality event outdoors and under the stars. Southern Outdoor Cinema doesn’t just rent outdoor movie screen equipment, but instead we share nearly a decade of movie event production experience with our clients to help them produce outdoor movie nights that are extraordinary. For a free consultation contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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