Here is our latest fun movie experience during Shelter in place… the DRIVEWAY DRIVE-IN
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I recently wrote a blog article for FunFlicks Outdoor Movies about the Return of the Drive-in in this time of Social distancing. Below is the article.
Return of the Drive-in Theater
With the Covid-19 Pandemic, people are looking for alternative forms of entertainment for their families. Going to the drive-in may seem like a relic from yesteryear, but it may be the answer to our current coronavirus situation and it employs social distancing.
The Drive-in Movie Theater
The first drive-in movie theater opened in June of 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. In the 1950s, there were over 4000 Drive-in movie theaters across the USA. Today, this number has dwindled to about 350 nationwide. The multiplex theater, real estate prices and home video sales are thought to have lead to closures.
The drive-in theater is a part of Americana.
The Mobile Drive-in Movie Theater – Delivered to your location
Through the use of inflatable screens or mobile LED displays it is now possible to have a drive-in movie theater in an empty field, parking lot or even in your driveway.
Using bright projectors, FM transmitters, and huge movie screens it is possible to rekindle the drive-in cinema experience virtually anywhere.
A Drive-In theater can be set up in;
- Parking Lots
- Sporting Venues
- Community Parks
- Lakes (boat-in)
FunFlicks® has delivered hundreds of Drive-in movies across America bringing the big screen to communities everywhere.
Recent Drive-In Movies hosted by FunFlicks®
Zip Car Drive-in Cinema Season Premier
FunFlicks® was contracted across the nation to provide the drive-in movie experience for new showtime content before it was released to the general public. A live twitter stream was set up to connect other drive-in events across the nation.
In the Bay Area, the Zip Car Drive in was held at an amazing venue: The 49ers old stadium at Candlestick Park.
Zip Car Drive-in Movie at Candlestick Park
How about sweet home Chicago.
Zip Car Drive-in Movie in Downtown Chicago
EVENT IDEA – We can connect to most video streams via HDMI for your own event. You can create your own season premiere or finale.
Macy’s American Icon Celebration – Drive In Theaters
Macy’s celebrated the Drive-in theaters across the nation during their salute to American Icons. FunFlicks® set up both Drive-ins with cars and big screen outdoor movie events with groups of people.
Screening of the “Smurf the Lost Village” included characters from the movie on-site. These cameo appearances added to the experience for the children… and the adults.
Amazing outdoor movie Drive-ins all around the country for Macy’s American Icon Promotion
Popup Drive-in & Silent Cinema
Odette Estate has re-imagined the drive-in cinema for the wine crowd with their Secret Cinema drive-in. Clues for the movie selection are posted on social media the week leading up to the event. Food truck dinners, fine wine, and the drive-in movie make secret cinema a cool movie-going experience! Check out their video.
EVENT IDEA – Set up your own Secret Cinema Drive-in Movie Event!
The Driveway Drive-in
Over the July 4th holiday, outfitted with a driveway, a laptop, a projector, an FM transmitter and a movie screen, we made our own Driveway Drive-In Theater. The kids loved it and asked to do it again the next night. Why not, we were on holiday!
Holiday fun putting on a driveway Drive-in
EVENT IDEA – Want to have your own driveway drive-in with your close family? FunFlicks® can help. FunFlicks® provides all the movie equipment including projector, sound system, huge movie screens and event technician for one price. Give us a call today.
One car Drive-in for Russian Bachelor
Convertible, small screen, iconic location, and a TV Crew made for a romantic setting for the filming of the Russian Bachelor at Coit Tower in San Francisco. A parting gift from the crew was the movie they screened.
Russian Bachelor Drive-in filming at Coit Tower
EVENT IDEA – Make your own romantic evening in your yard, driveway or special place.
Yearly Drive-in Community School Movie Night
We run a yearly drive-in movie night at a local school. It is one of the most talked-about events on the community calendar. One family told us that their son asked if they could go to school……for the Drive-in every weekend!
This year a trunk or treat was added where people decorated the trunks of their cars for Halloween.
A drive-in at a local school has become a yearly favorite for children, parents, and teachers
EVENT IDEA – Create a new tradition of a Drive-in Theater at your School or Church
Napa Valley Film Festival Drive-in Movie
FunFlicks® provided a 4-night drive-in movie experience on a huge AIRSCREEN as part of the Napa Valley Film Festival. Each night had two screenings of a variety of films and documentaries, including interviews with the directors and cast from the film.
The screen used starts more than 10 feet off the ground, this provides all guests the perfect view from their car.
First outdoor screening at the Napa Valley Film Festival Drive-in movie on a 52′ AIRSCREEN
EVENT IDEA – Add an outdoor drive-in movie experience to your festival
One Car Drive-in\The Proposal
This event was very special to me (Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy) as I got to help my nephew with this marriage proposal.
With a view of the City from Mersea restaurant on Treasure Island, we set up a small screen, with an old VW, projector, and laptop. For sound, we used a Detroit Diecast, old-style drive-in movie speakers from the drive-in era, but with a modern twist, it is Bluetooth, so would connect to the laptop without cables.
She said… YES!
Perfect proposal with a classic car and view of San Francisco. Sound through an old drive-in style speaker
EVENT IDEA – Ever dreamed of creating the perfect proposal? Put those dreams on the big screen.
Drive-in Rental made easy with FunFlicks®
FunFlicks can provide “The Drive-In” movie experience from Hawaii to Florida. We can provide all the equipment needed to recreate the nostalgia of yesteryear on your field or lot.
- Sound systems
- FM transmitters
- Drive-In cinema screen(s)
- Bright High Definition (HD) Drive-In movie projector
- Trained professional event technicians
Not only is it safe during this time requiring social distancing, but it’s also fun.
Long live the drive-in!
Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy
Ten Step Guide for SuperBowl Party Planning
Superbowl Party Planning can seem like a huge task, follow these steps and your planning will be a breeze and your event a touchdown.
- Get the Invites Out
- Beer and Drink
- Fun and Games
- Viewing – The Main Event
- Non-Football Fans
Step 1. Get the Invites Out
Invite people to your Super Bowl party. Speed up the process by using an online service like Evite or create a Facebook event. Evite has some fun Big Game invitations.
Step 2. Food
Make it easy, everyone loves a potluck! Many people have their own “family dip”. Here’s one that gets rave reviews at our parties, Mississippi Sin Dip. Get an idea of what each person is bringing in your RSVP, then when you get the “What can I bring” question, you can guide them to something you don’t have.
Step 3. Beer and drink
Supplying drinks can be very expensive. Make it a BYOB (Bring Your Bottle). Don’t forget to have a sharpie available to mark your drink.
Step 4. Cake
If you love to bake don’t forget a fun themed cake or cupcakes. Type football cupcakes or cake into Pinterest for more ideas than you will know what to do with!
Step 5. Fun and Games
Superbowl Pool (betting squares), Trivia, player name drinking games and even some Maden. Just remember “Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir” and also in some States.
Step 6. Decorate
Step 7. Viewing (Superbowl Party Planning most important step)
Football on an LED trailer
The most important aspect for your SuperBowl Party Planning should be the game itself. Depending on your space, have the game showing in different locations.
BEFORE game day check all locations you plan to have a screen have some way of connecting to your TV feed. On the West coast, if you plan on doing it outside, remember that it is still light when the game starts and you will not get an image on a screen that is projected outdoors until around half-time.
It’s a Big Party, I want to show outdoors during daylight hours, what can I do?
LED screens will allow you to view outside during the day. If you have room a LED trailer is a great option, that can be set up quickly.
If a trailer can not be driven into the location, an LED video wall will be your best option (both are available through funflicks.com, depending on area).
Step 8. Non-Football Fans – Puppy Bowl?
If children are present, think about showing the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet in a separate room.
Step 9. Commercials
Some of the best TV commercials and special effects are used in the Super Bowl ads. Get interactive and create ballots to vote on the best commercials. Keep the sound up and enjoy them.
Step 10. Cleanup
Make cleanup easy! Use paper plates, cups, and tablecloths. Put a trash can in each room\area and label recycling, compost, trash, etc.
BONUS for your SuperBowl Party Planning
A stats screen is a great addition to your main viewing area. You can use ESPN.com NFL gamecast on a laptop, tablet or web-enabled device connected to a larger screen.One of our friends in Washington hosted an amazing football party. Yes, that is 2 screens, one for the game and one for Fantasy Football stats. Taking the Man Cave outside!
Air Graffiti Wall is an exciting, interactive experience creating virtual graffiti on a digital wall.
So How does Air Graffiti work?
The Air Graffiti screen has a sensor, this detects when the laser spray can is pressed. The software then relates any motion to the screen.
Who’s Air Graffiti for?
People of all ages can enjoy the fun of creating fun images. With Air Graffiti spray cans you can create works of art, help promote a new product with branded screens, or just have fun. The interface is easy and you will be creating fun images in minutes.
What else can you do?
With the addition on a green screen and a DSLR camera you can create a unique photo booth. Spray on a mustache or select one a the built in props to jazz up your image.
Cool picture… Now what?
The software allows you to print, save, share or email your creation. With the use of an HDMI splitter we can project the image onto another wall. I recommend using a fast Dye Sublimation printer.
The features the client gets to use can be crafted to enhance the experience. Want only a couple of options for backgrounds, you can do that. Need to logo every print with your company name, you can do that too.
Need to get the budding Banksy to speed up? You can limit the time for each creation.
I (Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy) love to create art, usually through photography or videography, however this was the most fun I have had in a long time.
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To enable daytime events we have added LED screen, this allows an image to be viewed during daylight hours. This is perfect for sporting events and graduations.
We were hired to provide a LED Screen to view the live stream of a concert.
The LED Screen setup
A concern when doing a live stream is your internet connection speed. I inform my clients to avoid public or shared networks, because if you have a large event lots of people may be trying to access that same network. I request a wired connection, and thankfully the people at the venue provided a rock solid connection.
The LED panels we were using were IP rated, however due to how much rain was forecast a tent was erected over where the screen was to be placed (water and power don’t mix well).
LED screens require power and depending on size, lots of it. We ran the event off 4 circuits. It is important to clarify with your client that a dedicated circuit and an outlet are not the same thing. Pioneer Courthouse Square event staff understood the requirements and it made for an easy setup.
Portland… It rains in Portland. Even though the event was in May… It rained.
As we got close to show time, despite the rain, the crowd grew (around 400 people). The concert The Mirror’s Keeper was a mixture of classical and opera, on the QSC speakers the sound was clear and crisp. The LED Screen provided a bright image even during the day.
Brody the Bernese Mountain Dog
I made a new friend… he will be your friend too, you can find him on Instagram
One of the coolest urban spaces that we do movie series at is Forage Kitchen. My company is the Preferred AV provider for this space.
“Forage Kitchen is an incubator for food crafters and a home for anyone who loves to cook. With shared rental kitchen space, business support, promotional help, and access to local farmers, we make the business of starting a business just a little bit easier. “
At night their parking lot becomes an amazing urban space with cool market lights, tables and benches and even a old 3 wheeled cart making a stunning space.
One of the kitchens food crafter makes some tasty treats which are for sale, with local beers on tap it makes for a great evening.
The movie night are low to no cost (advanced reservation is advised as space is limited).
Movies have included Oakland based films like Sorry to Bother You and classics like The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story.
Screening last night at CAAMFEST. Client was worried as due to rain they moved indoors into a gym. First gym I have done where the sound was great! (acoustic tiles on ceiling and walls). Screening of The Joy Luck Club (1993), with cast members Lisa Lu (Crazy Rich Asians), Rosalind Chao (Star Trek DS9) and others in attendance. They were also filming a documentary so lighting was setup.
Setup details… 16 x 9 blowerless Movie screen, 10k projector, 3 wireless mics, Computer for preshow (client provided… I operated), video mixer and record out provided to documentary team.
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