Win an Outdoor Movie Night for your school!

School Movie Night Give Away
  1. Between now and March 17th nominate your school for this year’s movie night contest 
  2. Between March 18th – 31st, follow the link to our facebook page CLICK HERE and like the photo that has your schools logo.
  3. School logo with the most likes in the 2019 Win A School Movie Night album wins a movie night.
  4. Northern California Schools only

New Logo, New Site for FunFlicks Outdoor Movies

What do you think of our new logo?

FunFlicks is a growing network of individual business owners across the USA.  Recently, the ownership of FunFlicks national brand changed, during the process our website is being redesigned to enhance our service.

The website and individual pages may periodically be down during maintenance and the transition.  

For events in Northern California and Oregon, please feel free to contact me directly via phone at 1-844-556-6843 or

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The majority of local business owners (like myself) have not changed. 

I look forward to creating more memorable outdoor movie experiences with you in the future.


Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy

Silent Cinema at the 21st Amendment in San Leandro

We are pleased to be teaming up with our friends at 21st Amendment in San Leandro and MJZ events to bring you a series of Silent Cinema movie nights at the 21st Amendment.

Tickets include a Complementary drink, Photo Booth, Popcorn Bar, headphone rental and fun trivia before the movie.

Be excellent to each other! For a limited time, bring a friend to #MovieNight for HALF OFF. Use offer ‘Excellent Friends’ at checkout and Party On Dudes!

Wireless Headphone Parties are Now Available at FunFlicks Outdoor Movies Events (from our press Release)

FunFlicks Northern California is proud to offer outdoor movies with wireless headphone technology to provide the perfect outdoor film viewing experience.

Paul Jackman (The Outdoor Movie Guy) says “Sound level is a constant battle for guests, hosts, event planners and neighbors. Wireless Headphones enable everyone to have the perfect level of sound… including your neighbors”
Wireless headphones are a great way for event planners to adhere to City Noise Ordinances and will allow your event to run late into the night.
Wireless headphones enable multiple sound tracks at a time. This could include music, a live DJ, or even the soundtrack in multiple languages.
Paul says “If you need to speak with someone, take the headphones off and you can chat without having to yell over a loud sound system.”
FunFlicks® Outdoor Movies is the Nation’s leading provider of outdoor inflatable movie screen rental equipment and services. We pride ourselves in providing a truly cinematic experience almost anywhere. The Bay Area location of FunFlicks has been providing fun and affordable hosted movie events in Northern California and Oregon since 2009.

Event Highlight – Screening of USS Indianapolis The Legacy

There is a three minute clip in Jaws that tells the story of the USS Indianapolis from the view point of a ragged sailor Quint.

The USS Indianapolis The Legacy tells the story through 104 interviews from survivors, rescuers and family. A passion project by director Sara Vladic the story beautifully crafted.

Location, location, location.
Mare Island was the last port of call in the USA for the Indianapolis, the screening took place in the Mare Island Museum. We were surrounded by Navy artifacts, photos and a great big Old Glory.

Passion is infectious
Each group involved in the screening showed amazing passion in keeping the story alive for future generation.
Ryan from Mare Island Brewery called looking for a screen to air the documentary, his dedication to making this event special was evident, I was honored and happy to be involved. Both Ryan and Kent interest and love for Mare Island and its history are seen in their actions and, along with the museum are sure to keep its history available to all.

The Beer 
Funds raised went towards USS Indianapolis/Gwinn “Angel” Scholarship Fund. They even served a special Survivor’s Tale Pale Ale (“A specialty brew crafted for the USS Indianapolis Survivor’s Reunion on July 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana commemorating the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis”)

The Crowd
300 people plus at each screening were transported through the history of the Indianapolis, the crowd included many veterans.

Special Guests
After this screening had finished there was a Q&A. Included in the panel was Harold Bray, a survivor. A wonderful story teller, his additional insight added an emotional punch.

Sara Vladic (director) , Melanie Capacia Johnson, Harold Bray, Ryan Gibbons 

Harold Bray, survivor

Mike Emery, nephew of lost seaman holding a Purple Heart

Wonderful people, incredible film in a fitting location.

You can find the film here.

Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy

Screenagers Movie screening in Bay Area

We are providing our projection services, A/V equipment and blower less screen for a FREE indoor screening of Screenagers.
What is the movie about?
Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people tell us that they feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time.
Where is it being screened?
Assumption School PTG is proud to bring Screenagers to our community. Please join us on Thursday April 27 at 7:00pm in the school gym. Discussion and strategies to help manage screen time in your household will follow the movie. Students and teens in 6th grade and above are encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. This event is open to the entire community so feel free to spread the word in your networks.
Where can I get tickets?
Follow this link to reserve your FREE ticket:
Where can I find more information?
For more information about the film:
Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase.

2016 Top 5 List for Outdoor Movies

Each year we calculate the most shown outdoor movies of the year. In addition we have highlighted 5 great events and 5 wonderful foods seen at our outdoor movie events.

FunFlicks Outdoor Movies - Most Shown movies of 2016

Most Shown\Top Movie for 2016

The force was strong, but not strong enough for this years top spot.

  1. Zootopia
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Sandlot
  4. Despicable me
  5. Night at the Museum



Honorable mention. This year Aladdin came out of the Disney Vault. It was great to see one of my favorite animated movies on the big screen again.

Aladdin at a Street Party outdoor movies event with FunFlicks
Aladdin at a FunFlicks event

Food, food wonderful food, glorious food

Top 5 food and snacks

  1. Ice-cream food truck from LA Salt and Straw… Yummy!
  2. Gorilla Grillers – a few years ago  had an amazing cheese steak. Great to see them again at Temescal Street Flicks.
  3. Fresh Churro –  Terry Martinez put on a great event every year for the community, she found a local Churro vendor who is amazing and provides them for her street party. So good..
Fresh Churros at a funflicks Outdoor Movie event
4. Zocoalos Coffee – Wonderful Halloween event in one of the gems of the East Bay, Zocalos Coffee house. Great coffee.
Halloween funflicks Photobooth at Zocalos Coffee House
Photobooth at Zocalo Coffee House

5. Our Popcorn – The FunFlicks employee diet. FunFlicks popcorn. No movie is complete without it.

Popcorn at a FunFlicks Outdoor Movie Event
FunFlicks Popcorn

    Memorable Events

    We run hundreds of movie nights each year,every event is special, we love what we do and enjoy all event. Here we highlight 5 of these great nights (that I personally attended).
    1. It’s a Wonderful Light we highlight all our services with a movie, video gaming, Photobooth, Hashtag Printer and popcorn. A wonderful Holiday event in Downtown San Leandro. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

      Just dance on a Large inflatable screen in Downtown San Leandro
      Just Dance in Downtown San Leandro
      Photo Strip from photobooth in Downtown San Leandro
      Photo Strip from Photo Booth

      2. Rise of the Sufferfests. Documentaries can feel dry if you are not immersed in the subject matter. Rise of the Sufferfests is a wonderfully crafted  documentary. What made these events special was the larger than life personalities in the documentary and the energy and authenticity of Scott Kneely.

        Large outdoor movie screen by lake Tahoe - Rise of the Sufferfests
        Rise of the Sufferfests in Lake Tahoe

        Scott and Friends – Rise of the Sufferfests

        3. Star Wars Screening of The Force Awakens with guest appearance by Daniel Logan (Who was the young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones).

        Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) at a movie night

        501st legion making bunny ears

        4. Stand By Me – The Town of Brownsville OR is where the classic 80’s movie Stand By Me was filmed. Stand By Me day happens every year, this year was the 30th anniversary. After striking the event my son and I crossed the bridge (at about 1am).

          Bridge in Brownsville, OR used in Stand By Me

          Stand By Me screening in Brownsville, OR

          5. Tamascal Street Flicks – Great weekly film series put on by the Temecsal Business Association. Films all had a local Oakland flavor.

            Temescal Street Flicks - #Digitallifesmatter screening
            #digitallivesmatter at the Temescal Street Flicks

            FunFlicks screening in Temescal, Oakland

            Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
            Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy

            50 Plus Elf on the Shelf Ideas

            Here are over 50 Elf on The Shelf Ideas thanks to our House Elf, Jackie the house Elf.
            Elf on the Shelf 50 plus great ideas Piano
            50 plus Elf on the Shelf Ideas, dog bone
            8 Movie Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas
            8 Movie Themed
            Elf on the Shelf Ideas 
            7 Star Wars Elf on the Shelf Ideas
            7 Star Wars Ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

            Elf on the Shelf with Camera
            Elf on the Shelf is a avid photographer

            Elf on the Shelf trimming Christmas tree with Barbie
            Trimming the tree with Barbie.

            Elf on the Shelf diving into a small pool, cliff diving
            Extreme sports Elf on the Shelf, jumping off the shelf!

            Elf on the Shelf in Dune buggy with Barbie
            Top Gear Elf looking cool in a beach buggy

            Naughty Elf on the Shelf with Barbie
            Naughty Elf

            Elf on the Shelf playing scrabble with Red Head Barbie
            Scrabble with mistletoe on a Triple word score

            Selfie with Elf on the Shelf and Barbie
            Selfie with and Elf and Brit (Barbie from the UK)

            Elf on the Shelf at stonehendge with Barbie
            Elf with Barbie in Video Stonehenge

            Elf on the shelf riding stuffed animal with barbie
            Wild bare back riding with UK Barbie and Jackie the Elf on the Shelf

            Elf on the shelf with Barbie playing twister
            Twister with Barbie 
            Elf on the shelf taking a photo of Barbie
            Strike a Pose Barbie

            Elf on the shelf looking through binoculars with Barbie
            Eye spy

            Elf on the shelf in Christmas nativity with Charlie Brown
            Charlie Brown Christmas photobomb

            Elf on the shelf on top of the Christmas Tree
            I’m an Angel!

            Elf on the shelf cooking cookies for Santa with Kitchen Aid
            Cooking Cookies for Santa, messy work of an Elf

            “Cup of Tee” 

            Elf on the shelf dressing as Doctor Who Tom Baker and Jelly Baby
            Dr. Who Elf on the Shelf “Would you like a Jelly Baby?”

            Elf on the shelf with a dog bone
            Here Doggy Doggy!

            Elf on the shelf Gullivers Travels tied down by lego
            Gulliver Travels or Dog revenge?

            Elf on the shelf fixing a samsung phone
            Mission Impossible “This Samsung will explode in 10 seconds”

            Elf on the shelf in a funflicks Sack Race beat vader
            Sack race winner is the Elf on the Shelf

            Giant Elf on the shelf terrorizing gingerbread house
            Terrorizing the village of Ginger

            Elf on the shelf playing golf by a Christmas Tree

            Elf on the shelf is back in the tree
            I’m Back, another year of Elf mayhem and foolishness.

            Elf on the shelf in See's Candy mailbox
            Where is that candy?

            Elf on the shelf knitting a scarf in a red rocking chair
            “Baby it’s cold outside” Elf on the shelf Knitting a jumper

            Elf on the shelf takes a bath in marshmallows
            Elf on the Shelf in a marshmallow bath

            Elf on the shelf with Barbie roasting marshmallows
            Roasting Marshmallows with barbie and red

            Elf on the shelf in 3D glasses with force awakens ticket
            Ready for the new Star Wars film

            Elf on the shelf TPs the coffee table
            Elf on the Books
            Elf on the shelf makes copy of his bottom
            Elf Bottom

            Elf on the shelf uses movies to boost himself to play the Piano
            Elf on the Shelf piled up Christmas Movies to play the piano

            Elf on the shelf is surrounded by pirates and ninjas
            Elf on the Shelf In trouble again

            Elf on the shelf ready for some PS3 gaming with popcorn and coco
            Popcorn check… Hot Chocolate Check… Elf ready for some late night gaming

            Elf on the shelf makes a mess in a glass. Elf poops are chocolate
            Elf on the Glass, showing no class!

            Elf on the shelf kisses red head barbie under the mistletoe

            Elf on the shelf watches a movie with red head barbie
            Movie night for Elf on the Shelf and Red

            Elf on the shelf riding a reindeer bare back
            Bare back reindeer riding

            Elf on the shelf solves a Rubik Cube
            Rubik Club is easy for a magical Elf on the Shelf

            Santa is not a pinata 

            Front-side air at the Kitchen bowl.
            Jackie the house Elf loves to Skateboard

            Elf on the Shelf Sledding

            Yoda says its safe. Jackie the house elf about to launch himself
            from Chewbacca’s bowcaster

            Elf on the Shelf in a X-Wing
            Star Wars

            Tight Rope Elf on the Shelf

            The Bungee Jumping Elf on the Shelf

            Elf on the Shelf TP’s the table

            Elf on the Shelf TP’s the Tree

            Elf on the Shelf is Back… in England

            Naughty Elf on the Shelf caught wrapping the remotes

            “I came in like a wrecking ball!” Elf on the Shelf


            Elf on the Shelf on a Zip Line

            Newcastle Brown make Elf fall down

            “You don’t need to see his identification” Star Wars Elf on the Shelf

            C3P0, Elf on the Shelf and the Falcon
            Star Wars

            Elf on the Shelf riding a sleigh 

            Elf on the Shelf riding a horse

            Elf on the Shelf in a balloon
            Around the World in 80 Days

            Elf on the Shelf in a Darth Vader box of cereal 

            “Call me Kermit do not… in a jam you are”
            Yoda teaches the Elf on the Shelf to respect his elders.

            Elf on the Shelf has met an Ewok

            Kylo Ren just needed a hug.
            Watch that light saber!

            “It’s not wise to upset an Elf”
            Playing Dejarik with Elf on the shelf is dangerous 

            The Godfather
            Elf on the Shelf

            “Mrs. Robinson you’re trying to seduce me, Aren’t you?”
            Elf on the Shelf in The Graduate 
            The Angel

            The Elf on the Shelf made a Christmas Tree
            From DVD’s
            Elf on the Shelf, Santa is getting a foot massage

            Baking cupcakes! What a good Elf on the Shelf

            Cupcake Wars watch out, the Elf on the Shelf is baking!

            The Elf on the Shelf found Christmas Thomas the Tank Engine

            Elf on the Shelf is struggling to choose a Christmas movie to watch…
            He always chooses Elf

            Elf on the Shelf is cut in half by Barbie, Magic!

            “I’m on a Horse!”
            Elf on the shelf could not find any snow.
            He made a potato man, he was very proud! 

            Elf on the Shelf getting ready for Cupcake Wars
            Elf on the shelf free climing
            Elf on the Shelf is Free Climbing

            Elf on the Shelf watches a knife land close
            Elf on the Shelf watches a knife land close

            Elf on the Shelf, barbie sooth elf after knife came a little close
            Elf on the Shelf is soothed by Barbie

            Elf on the Shelf helped out Barbie with her knife throwing act.

            Elf on the shelf nearly looses the family jewels
            Too close for comfort

            Spider-man Elf on the shelf kiss with Christmas Barbie
            Spider-Elf “The Kiss”
            Elf magically apparated in the drinks cupboard, unfortunately in a bottle.
            Elf magically apparated in the drinks cupboard,
            unfortunately in a bottle. 

            Elf in an x-wing for Rouge One
            Elf One, A Christmas Story (The Elf Loves Star Wars)

            Elf on the Shelf and Barbie decorate the music stand for a late night singsong
            Elf on the Shelf and Barbie decorate the music stand
            for a late night singsong

            Elf on the shelf wins an oscar
            Elf on the Shelf wins an Oscar
            Elf on the shelf family photo board
            Elf on the Shelf replaces family photos with his

            Elf on the Shelf steals a kiss from Barbie
            Elf on the Shelf stealing a kiss from Barbie

            Spot the Elf on the Shelf
            Spot the Elf on the Shelf

            Elf on the shelf in a washing machine
            Elf getting a wash in a washing machine

            Elf with a red bow tie on a date with barbie
            Date night, Elf with a bow Tie

            Elf and Barbie by the Christmas Tree, starburst Christmas lights
            Elf on the Shelf and Barbie by the Christmas Tree

            Elf on the shelf puts brussel sprouts down the garbage disposal
            The Elf does not like
            Brussel Sprouts
            Elf on the Shelf loves the thrill of jousting on the back of a Reindeer. Barbie loves it too
            Elf on the Shelf loves the thrill of jousting on the back of a Reindeer. 

            I wonder what our Elf on the Shelf will do this year?

            Merry Christmas
            Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy

            Movie Licencing Questions Answered

            Let me start with the following disclaimer. I am not an attorney; I have never played one on TV. All information provided is to the best of my knowledge from working with outdoor movies with FunFlicks, my clients and licensing companies for many years.

            Do I need a Public Performance License to show my movie graphic
            Do I need to Obtain a License to show a Movie?
            Unless you are hosting a private party at your own house you require a license. Little Tommy’s birthday party is fine. However, if that party was in a public park you would be required to license your movie.
            The Movie night is at our school, we are covered, right?
            Unless strictly for education purposes in a classroom environment you are required to obtain licensing.
            If your school plans on doing events indoors they can apply for an individual films or a site license. A site license allows multiple showings within a calendar year.
            Outdoor Movies require a different license, these are more expensive. Yearly site license is not available for outdoor movies.
            Contact Criterion USA or Swank Motion Pictures for more information.
            Where do I get licensing from?
            Infographic showing how to get licensing for an outdoor movie with Swank or Criterion

            Most movie studios are represented by one of two companies; Criterion USA or Swank Motion Pictures. Most movies that are available on DVD are available for licensing.
            However, some movies get removed from public viewing. Some examples currently would be the original Star Wars trilogy and the Harry Potter movies.
            Disney movies have windows when they are not available for public viewing (usually during the release of one of their movies in traditional movie theaters). If you are planning a movie series showing Disney/Marvel/Pixar movies call Swank Motion Pictures and ask about the Disney window.
            If it’s in the Disney Vault its probably not available for licensing.
            Criterion USA does not carry Disney but has a great selection of animated and live action movies, both can give you great suggestions on what to show and help you develop compelling schedule.
            I want to watch something new, it’s not out on DVD yet, is that possible?
            There is a brief window where the movie is no longer playing in the Theater but is not available on DVD. Sometimes these movies are available through the licensing companies (restrictions apply, sometimes only available to Universities).
            Contact Criterion USA or Swank Motion Pictures for more information.
            Neither Swank or Criterion carry the movie, what now?

            You may have selected a movie that is independent or is looking for distribution, try contacting the studio who made the film.
            Just because the large companies do not have it in their catalog does not mean that licensing is not required.

            So, all movies require licensing?
            Some old movies have fallen out of copyright or may have been subject to mistakes when the film was made making the copyright invalid. Night of the Living Dead may be the most famous (maybe not the best choice for a family movie night).
            How much is licensing?

            That depends on crowd size, location and movie. For events outside for under 200 guests be prepared to spend anywhere from $225 to $500. Larger crowds are more expensive.
            It’s expensive, can I get a discount?

            FunFlicks customers save $100 on select titles through Criterion by contacting Cary at 800-890-9494 x 224 (FunFlicks Licensing page).
            If you are planning a movie series, you can sometimes get a discount if you do all\most of your licensing with one of the licensing companies (but you never heard that from me).
            Can I charge admission?

            If you are looking to charge admission it changes the licensing model, there is often a gate split required with the licensing company. Please call them, they are the experts (Criterion USA or Swank Motion Pictures).
            There are also very specific rules about how you can advertise your event (so not to directly compete with traditional movie theaters).  Both Criterion and Swank Motion Pictures provide images you can use to publicize your event.
            Outdoor movie nights are a great way of building community, many cities run free events every summer.

            Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy