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10 Events & Parties Perfect for an Outdoor Movie (Screen)

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outdoor movie screenWhen you think of an outdoor movie, it probably brings to mind nostalgic pictures of those old drive-in movies with the grainy pictures and classic cars. It’s time to replace those pictures with images of today’s outdoor movies, huge screens surrounded by people on blankets in your backyard or at a community summer party where people can watch from the comfort of their cars, on bleachers, in lawn chairs or on blankets. Right now outdoor movies are all the rage across the Midwest, because (most importantly!) they’re fun, the huge movie screens attract teens, families and everyone to parties and events, and outdoor movies give any party or event a unique form of outdoor entertainment—any event or party, such as our 10 favorites:

  • Baseball or softball game. Host a movie after or before a game as an extra incentive for your fans, a great way to end a softball tournament, a way to generate revenue with a movie in the parking lot or as a draw to your festival.
  • Summer festival or Fireman’s Picnic. Hosting a street or community summer festival? Preparing for your annual Fireman’s Picnic? Draw families down with a movie in the park, or end your summer festival with an outdoor movie so you can sell out your concession stand or host a movie at the pool in your park. Advertise a dinner and movie in the park for a fundraiser at your Fireman’s Picnic. The sky’s the limit for ways that you can use and market your outdoor movie.
  • Parking lot or ice cream drive-in movie. Want a way to say “thank you” to patrons of your restaurant or ice cream stand? Need a unique form of entertainment for your grand opening? Need a way to draw families in for more night business? Host a drive-in movie in your parking lot, and make sure you serve refreshments. Or make your drive-in movie a regular event, with regular revenue coming in.
  • Waterpark or pool party. Host the ultimate pool party at your pool. Keep everyone in the shallow end, and open up the refreshment stand so people can enjoy treats on the pool deck.
  • Block party. Want to meet and mingle with your neighbors? How about a pool party (think plastic flamingos) or glow-in-the-dark party with an outdoor movie? Make sure your guests know your theme. For a glow-in-the-dark party, think glow sticks and lighting that everyone can wear while watching the latest summer flick.
  • Birthday party. Looking to throw the next Sweet 16 birthday party that makes you a hero? Want to plan a birthday party that your friends text about all summer? An awesome birthday party requires more than good food, more than a lot of guests, more than free wi-fi. No, an awesome teen birthday party requires a “go big or go home” mentality (and we’re not just talking about the movie screen). An awesome birthday party requires the whole teen birthday party package: food, accessories and outdoor movies that keeps everyone going through the night.
  • Lake association party. If you’re looking for a way to get your lake association together, host an outdoor movie that people can watch from their boats. Choose an area for your movie, and spread the word. It’s a good way to get people’s attention, and let them know the benefits of your association.
  • Teen hangout. Want something fun for your church youth group to do? Do you need entertainment for your next teen group ice cream social? You provide the ice cream, and we’ll provide the big screen and AV equipment that’ll blow your teens away.
  • Sports team last game. Want to end your season with a bang? Have a get together at someone’s home, on the court or at the field after your last game of the season. Have someone make some popcorn and pass out glow sticks to the kids to your end-of-the-season outdoor movie.
  • Company picnic. If you want unique company picnic entertainment that shows your employees and their families how much you appreciate them, host an outdoor movie. Set up an ice cream sundae stand nearby and have your company managers serve, or hand out glow sticks to the kids. If you want another fun way to entertain the kids, rent a bounce house for some pre-movie entertainment. All together, it’s a sure-fire recipe for company picnic success.

Have any questions about how to make your outdoor movie night a reality? Ask us. We can answer any questions you might have, and can make sure that we fit your event with the outdoor movie screen that fits your party or event and budget. Best yet, we can make your vision of an outdoor movie a reality—and fun!

5 Ways to Make Your Summer Event Bigger

outdoor movieIf you’re planning an event for the summer, you are asking these party planning questions: How can we make our community event BIGGER than last year? How can we entertain teens (we have a suggestion) at our Fireman’s Picnic, block party, town party or summer festival? What is going to bring in families? What is the perfect draw for adults who spend money? How can we make an event schedule for all the different groups in our community? How can we increase revenue from our summer event? We’ve got a few suggestions, being that we’ve been at a few parties (or a few hundred or thousand…):

  1. Outdoor movie. Nothing makes a statement like a 40 foot blow-up screen, or 30 foot, or 20 foot screen with the latest summer flick at any type of venue you want (baseball stadium, pool, parking lot, etc.) Invite teens, kids and families to come and enjoy a movie on a huge screen. The movie provides the entertainment, and you provide the popcorn, refreshments, drinks and whatever else you think the teens would dig!
  2. Teen tent. A teen lounge invites teens and kids of all ages to come in and play video games, socialize, listen to new music and videos, text their friends (and people they’d like to meet) on big TVs, watch sponsor ads and announcements on the TVs, purchase food, drink and items from your vendors, and most of all, have a place to hang. At night the teen lounge kicks into high gear with cool mood lighting! No band or entertainment needed. The music and videos get turned up a notch (or a live DJ can spin). The live texting and your sponsor ads continue to roll, and the lines for the video games get even longer.
  3. Pool party. Do you have a pool at your rec center, country club, water park or in your community? Want to show your residents (and their teens) the value of their membership? Host a pool party with water slides, swimming and an outdoor movie. Ramp up your pool party with glow in the dark jewelry for kids and refreshments. Or bring in a DJ to make the pool party a dance party in the water.
  4. Kid’s activities. One of our favorite highlights of any party is a jump house. That’s right, a jump house—those inflatable play jump houses that kids swarm to like bees to a perfume bottle. These inflatable fun houses are often overlooked by event planners (probably because they’re not 5, then they’d always be remembered!), but can make any event successful and enjoyable—by kids and parents! In addition to a jump house, consider asking volunteers to coordinate other fun kid activities such as a face painting station, big wheel races, give away or sell balloons or glow sticks.
  5. DJ. Bring a DJ in to get the party going, or keep it going until curfew. A DJ works great in a teen or adult tent, and can develop a play list that fits with whatever crowd you expect. A DJ also is ideal if an awards dinner is part of your event, and for several other reasons which we addressed by busting these common DJ myths.

To finalize your schedule, contact a party company to inquire and confirm details of your event. Then, start promoting in your community. Print out posters. Spread the word. Hang signs in strategic locations. Ask your sponsors to pass out flyers and add the information to their newsletters and customer emails. Run radio ads if your budget allows. With an excellent marketing and promotion strategy, and a stellar schedule of events and crowd draws, as well as some beautiful Wisconsin weather, your event can be bigger than ever before—and more fun for everyone involved.