2014 – Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday May 15, 2014 Under Company News

2014 Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Get out the blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs! Free family outdoor movie nights are returning to Atlanta and North Georgia this summer and fall.

Movies in the Park™ is a multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton. All movies start at sundown. All Movies in the Park events are free and concessions are available at most locations.

Dates and movie titles are subject to change.

Movies in the Park™ – Alpharetta / Johns Creek

Movies in the Park™ returns to Atlanta and North Georgia for another year of free outdoor movies under the stars. The multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies which are shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton.

Date: May 17, 2014 (Rain or shine)

Where: The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010

Gates open at 7:00.
Facepainting, concessions and giveaways
Movie: Disney’s Frozen at 8:30pm
The event is free.

Sponsors: Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park™ – Dawsonville

Take the family on a staycation with a day spent at Lake Lanier, just a few minute drive from Atlanta. Enjoy a swim in the lake, building snowmen in the sand and an outdoor movie on the beach. Overnight camping at the park is also available (small fee may apply).

Date: June 6, 2014

War Hill Park,
4081 War Hill Park Road,
Dawsonville, GA 30534
T: 706-344-3646

Time: 8:00
Movie: Disney’s Frozen will be shown on a huge inflatable movie screen begins at Sundown.

Sponsored by: Northside Hospital Forsyth, Southern Outdoor Cinema and Dawson County Parks and Recreation

Movies in the Park™ – Canton

The Canton series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Canton, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Canton at Browns Park located off of Elizabeth Street. The park, which is the former site of Governor Brown home, features views of the 1925 City Hall as well as a Memorial Arch (dedicated in 1923).

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Canton series is as followed:
August 30– Rio 2 (movie @ 8:45)
September 27 – The Lego Movie (movie @ 7:30)
October 25 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (movie @ 6:50)

Gates open one hour before the movie.
Activities include face painting, kids activities and concessions

Movies in the Park™ – Woodstock

This year don’t just watch a movie outdoors. Instead, watch an outdoor movie in a historic downtown setting during the Movies in the Park™ series in historic Woodstock GA. Before the movie, take a stroll down Main Street and check out the local shops and restaurants or just watch the train roll into town.

The Woodstock series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Woodstock Parks & Recreation, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Woodstock at The Park at City Center off of Main Street

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Woodstock series is as followed:
June 21–Mr. Peabody & Sherman (movie @ 8:50)
October 31 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Kids Fest starts at 3:00pm & movie @ 7:00)
December 6 – Special holiday movie (Christmas Jubilee & Parade at 5:30 & movie @ 6:50)

More Information
For a listing of Movies in the Park™ events in other Atlanta cities as well a movie titles and directions, visit Georgia Movies in the Park™ on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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Avoid A Four-Legged Fiasco & Other Movie Event Flubs

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 24, 2013 Under Event Productions, Tips

Pets at outdoor movie events Don’t let Fido and friends cause an outdoor movie fiasco.

Forgetting the details can cause a big problem for movie events, particularly when they are held outdoors.

Learn from the cautionary tale of the Fulton River Park movie series in Chicago. Dog feces has become such a problem at the park, not only were movie attendees offended, so were the event sponsors. In fact, one of them pulled their advertising and the movie series had to be cut back.

Leash law enforcement at this park has been lax, and it is turning people away from the park. This in turn means lack of funding for the movie series’ event planners. It’s the worst possible scenario for a problem that may have been avoided.

Heed the following do’s and don’ts about the details in your movie event planning.

Before Booking the Venue

Do some research! Check for reviews, news stories (like the unfortunate one in Chicago), anything you can find. If the particular venue or its owners have been investigated before or have been the defendants in a lawsuit, these are red flags.

Don’t forget about safety. What is the crime rate like near these venues? Most newspapers and local law enforcement agencies provide a report of crimes happening in the area. Consider alternative venues if anything seems suspicious.

Do ask around. Contact the planners of other events at the venue and ask about their experiences. Some venues may offer references before booking.

After Booking the Venue

Don’t skim over the fine print. Reading the contract terms, rules and regulations (such as leash laws!) several times is another important factor before the movie event begins. Do not miss a single detail and ask as many questions as possible.  Write down any questions or concerns and make notes as they are addressed.

Do remember to keep everyone abreast of the details. If vendors or advertisers involved, go over your findings with them or have representatives do a walkthrough (more on that later). If Southern Outdoor Cinema has used the venue before, we would be happy to give you tips on what to expect.

Do a site visit and a run-through of the event. Depending on the movie event, more than one walkthrough may be required. Check to see if the area is well lit, and there is nothing obstructing the view. The Fulton River Park movie series folks had to move trees so folks could see the movie. This is something that can be avoided if planned in advance.

Before the Event

Don’t forget to check the weather. It’s not just about checking for rain! Make sure the temperature and humidity will be comfortable for guests. If it’s going to be a scorcher, make plans to provide refreshments such as bottled water or a sno-cone machine.

Do provide back-up plans well in advance of the event. Utilize social media and on-site volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.

After the Event

Do leave the area better than you found it. That’s a mantra for any situation involving the clean-up process. This will please your guests, those in charge of the venue and your sponsors.

Do not forget to include everyone in future planning. The Fulton River Park folks may have benefited from polling their guests and sponsors every year after the event. If dog feces was a recurring problem, changes could have been made, and they would still have their movie series intact.

What are some other details to remember when planning an outdoor movie event? Let us know in the comments.

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Movies in the Park - Cumming GA

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ returns to the Cumming / Forsyth County area for a 7th season of free outdoor movies. The popular family outdoor movie tour makes a stop at the Cumming Fairgrounds to show 2 blockbuster films in the open air arena on July 21 and August 10, 2013.

This year the Movies in the Park™ series picked location that would provide a unique and extraordinary outdoor movie experience. For the Cumming outdoor movie series, a giant inflatable movie screen will be setup in the Cumming Fairgrounds arena. The covered arean will provide an open air movie experience which can be held both rain or shine.

“We are happy to be returning to our hometown of Cumming, GA to bring great affordable family-friendly events” says Murray, of Southern Outdoor Cinema. “We invite the Forsyth County community to come out with friends and family, lay out a blanket, share a picnic, sit back and listen to music playing in the background as the sun sets over the the fairgrounds. Then enjoy an outstanding show under the stars as the smell of freshly popped popcorn wafts through the air.”

The Dreamworks blockbuster film “The Croods” will be shown on July 21st. The Croods tells the story of the world’s first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug didn’t already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy. With Guy’s help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other

Movies in the Park - Cumming

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring families, friends, a blanket or lawn chair and bug spray. The gates will open one hour before film showings and movies will start at sundown. The events are free and open to the public. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Prior to the movie, families can check out the Quarter Midget Races or have receive free painting by FancyFace4U.com

The series will continue on August 10th at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The Movies in the Park™ series is also held in Dawsonville, Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Woodstock and Canton, Georgia. For more information about the series visit the event website at www.facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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Movies in the Park – Alpharetta begins this Saturday

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jun 26, 2013 Under Company News

Movies in the Park Alpharetta Georgia

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ begins it’s three event series in the Alpharetta / Johns Creek this Saturday, June 29 with a free outdoor movie showing of LIFE OF PI. Movie goers will enjoy a visually stunning experience as the award winning movie LIFE OF PI is presented on a two story tall inflatable movie screen in an open air setting at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park.

Families are encourage to arrive early for free face painting and children’s activities. Gates open at 7:00pm with the feature film starting around 9:00pm. The free outdoor movie event in Alpharetta offers two seating options: seating area under the roof of lawn seating.

Food vendors will be at the event to offer movie snacks. Picnic baskets or outside food is not allowed. Guests may bring bottled water.

The event is sponsored by Northside Hospital Forsyth, Southern Outdoor Cinema, The Alpharetta CVB and Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. For details for other free outdoor movies events in the tour visit www.facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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5 Reasons to Host A Movie Event at Camp

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday May 15, 2013 Under Tips

outdoor movie camping Swimming, bunking with new friends, enjoying the great outdoors. These are the kinds of things we associate with camp. We’d like to introduce a new tradition: big, beautifully projected, outdoor movies.

It may seem like an unusual combination at first glance. Isn’t camping about getting away from it all, including technology?

But we enjoy being a little bold in that arena. Melding awesome activities with great movies is what we do. We’re good at it, we really love it and, of course, our clients love it too.

Here are the top five reasons why it’s a seriously fun idea to have an outdoor movie event at camp:

1) A “camp-in”, as we like to call it, gives kids a taste of the creature comforts they miss from home. We understand putting a hiatus on cell phones, computer games and other devices that keeps us glued to screens and away from each other and the outdoors. But showing a movie is a great way to incorporate both.

Are your campers sleeping in tents? Here’s a chance to show a big-screen movie as the last activity before vittles or bedtime.

Will you be having camp during the ultra-hot summer months where the kids are dying to be inside? Have an indoor movie event inside a large facility to beat the summer heat! The kids will have a movie theater experience at camp, which would be a blast for them and camp planners.

We’ve even had clients have a camp-in on the beach! For cool nights, our clients have improvised to stay toasty by building small campfires in drums.

2) Having a big movie event at camp can serve as a reward for a long day of activities. Depending on the type of camp you are operating, it seems pretty likely your kids will be totally tuckered out. A movie on our theater-quality projection screens is just the thing to surprise your campers and give them an opportunity to relax.

3) What would make for a great close-of-camp experience than to show a great flick? Perhaps this could be the last activity the campers can enjoy before going home. Or maybe this is an event where you can invite the kids’ parents and other family members along.

Memorizing a farewell camp song or putting on an impromptu play for the grown-ups is fun, but treating them to a free movie is simply the ultimate thank-you.

4) If your movie ends up being a big event for more than just your campers, you can incorporate sponsors or have concessions open to raise money for the camp or alleviate the costs of screening. S’mores supplies for the campfire, hot dogs, popcorn, candy, cold beverages, you name it. These yummies can also be a reward to your campers!

5) Camp-ins are the ultimate opportunities to pull out classic camping flicks! Our favorite camp movies include: “The Parent Trap” (either version is awesome), “Camp Nowhere,” “Space Camp” and “Heavyweights.”

Having an outdoor (or indoor!) movie event at camp is ideal for local organizations, day camps, summer camps and neighborhood associations.

Did we forget any awesome camp movies? What would have been your favorite movie to watch when you went to camp? Talk to us on our Facebook page!

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