Where to have your Outdoor Cinema?

Outdoor movie night for Macy's in Union Square San Francisco

A stunning location can really add to your movie night. Downtown San Francisco

Location, Location, Location – We have screened outdoor cinema events in some incredible locations throughout the years. by castles, on beaches, in Stadiums, by swimming pools, on golf courses, in forests, by a lake, in backyards, in caves and atop of a building. Outdoor movie screens can be set up nearly anywhere.

Matching your venue to a film

Your audience wants a unique outdoor cinema experience. Matching the movie to the location makes for a night to remember.

We were screening The Pursuit of Happiness in Dubose Park in San Francisco. When the park appears in the movie everyone cheered!

Here are 5 great ideas to match your Outdoor Cinema location with a film

  1. Jaws – On the beach
  2. Caddy Shack – On the golf course
  3. Blair Witch Project – In the woods
  4. Finding Nemo – In the swimming pool
  5. Coco – Near a graveyard

I have found a cool location for my Outdoor Cinema… now what?

Choosing a memorable location for your movie night is important, but don’t forget the logistics.

Bus bringing people to the Outdoor Cinema

Transportation located near Outdoor Cinema


How are people going to get to your event, is there ample onsite parking, if you think most people are going to use public transport, does it run late enough to allow you to screen the movie. This detail can be missed and lead to a lot of frustrated guests.


If screening in a park, make sure restrooms are available throughout the event. If you are expecting a large crowd to your outdoor movie event you may want to rent additional restrooms.

These can be as simple as the blue porta-potties seen at many concert and outdoor events, depending on the type of event you can always look at the upscale towable restrooms that even include air-conditioning.


Does your location provide enough room for your estimated crowd? Are you on a beach… check the tide!


Depending on equipment being used your power requirements will vary. Expect a minimum of 2 x 20 amp circuits for a small to medium size Outdoor Cinema setup. If you are adding popcorn or other food this will increase.

Some parks close off their power, make sure that you will have access to power (and to breakers).


If in a location with local eating establishments let them know you are doing the event so they can staff appropriately (or adjust their opening hours).

Another great option is to look for local food trucks.

Food trucks at outdoor movie screening

Outdoor Cinema screening with a great selection of Food Trucks in Oakland, CA

Permits and Licensing

Some cities require permits for sound and events, check with your local city.

Screening in a public location will require movie licensing (you can find move information here).

Have fun, be creative, make your Outdoor Cinema an experience your guests will not forget.

Contact FunFlicks to help you create an unforgettable Outdoor Cinema Experience.

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Forage Kitchen Movie Night – Event Highlight

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. “

Outdoor movie night at Forage Kitchen's cool outdoor space with preferred AV vendor FunFlicks in Oakland California
The Neverending Story at Forage Kitchen

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.

To see future dates signup to their news letter and follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

The Joy Luck Club Screening at CAAMFEST

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.

Where to Watch FREE Outdoor Movies in San Francisco Bay Area 2019

Fun FREE Outdoor Movies are all over the San Francisco Bay Area (these are not necessarily FunFlicks events, just fun FREE events put on by Cities and other organizations). 

Join our community facebook group to Find an event near you.

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We will also include posts with great tips for attending Outdoor Movie Events on Giant screens.

FREE Outdoor Movies in the City of Millbrea (not a funflicks event)
May 17th Incredibles 2
June 21st Wonder
July 19th Dumbo
FREE Outdoor Movies in the City of Mountain View (not a funflicks event)
July 12 Incredibles 2
July 19 Smallfoot
July 26 LEGO® Movie 2: The Second
August 2 Ralph Breaks the Internet
August 9 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
August 16 Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
FREE Outdoor Movies in the City of Cupertino (not a FunFlicks event)
August 9 Incredibles 2
August 16 Mary Poppins Returns
August 23 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
FREE Outdoor Movies on the Beach in Santa Cruz (not a FunFlicks event)
June 19 The Lost Boys
June 26 School of Rock
July 3 The Sandlot
July 10 Jurassic Park
July 17 Book of Life
July 24 The Outsiders
July 31 The Wedding Singer
Aug 7 Bumblebee (2018)
Aug 14 The Goonies


FREE Outdoor Movies in the City of Berkeley

June 28th Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 12th Incredibles 2
July 26th The Wizard of OZ
Aug 9th Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
Aug 23rd How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Sept 6th The LEGO Movie 2


FREE Outdoor Movies in Hayward (not a FunFlicks event)
June 28th Hotel Transylvania 3
July 20th Small Foot
August 16th Incredibles 2
Sept 6th Ralph Breaks the Internet

FREE Outdoor Movies in the Town of Danville
June 14th Little Giants
June 28th Bolt
July 12th Black Panther
July 26th Mary Poppins
August 9th Incredibles 2

The Proposal by the Bay

When my nephew confided that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend when visiting California,  I started to think about the various locations around Northern California that would fit the bill.

The idea of the one car drive-in is something that I have thought about for a while. I finally had the chance to help create this experience. He loved the idea, so we started to plan.

With help from his brother, a great movie trailer/slide show was created to be played before the question was asked.

Setting the scene

Having an old VW and an outdoor movie company I had the tech, but to really set the scene we needed two more things. Sound and an amazing location.


I have a variety of speakers but they were all a little large and ugly for what we were trying to do. Laptop speakers really didn’t set the scene.
Enter Detroit Diecast, old style drive-in movie speakers from the drive-in era, but with a modern twist, they are Bluetooth, so would connect to the laptop without cables.


The family took a drive around the Bay Area, looking for that perfect spot. The view from Tilden was amazing, Berkeley Marina wonderful but nothing had a view of San Francisco like Treasure Island and I knew just the spot.


Mersea is a great little restaurant, built out of containers on Avenue of the Palms. After talking with the owner Meesun our plan was in place.

Get me to the Proposal on time

I faked a call that I needed to staff an outdoor movie event. I grabbed my nephew and we set off to set up, with the girlfriend to follow with my wife later.


They arrived just as the sun was setting over San Francisco. An epic view.
The video was played, a knee was dropped and the answer was yes!


We left the happy couple to enjoy dinner at Mersea .
A night to remember.
Thanks to Meesun and MerSea for providing the epic location (go check it out).

Real Estate Pros: Here Are 5 Irrefutable Reasons Why You Must Host An Outdoor Movie Night In Your Neighborhood (Before Your Competition Beats You To It)

Nothing says community like an outdoor movie night under the stars. 

Movie night in the fog

According to the National Association of Realtors, there are over 1.3 million licensed real estate agents in the United States.

How are your customers finding you? More importantly, how are you standing out amongst your competition?

If you’re in the real estate game you know competition is stiff. It’s not about prospecting for listings anymore – today’s homebuyers and sellers are looking for community experts.

A top real estate professional knows the neighborhood. They’re recognizable because they plug in. Who wouldn’t want to work with the agent that sponsors the local high school football team?

So you already sponsor a few local teams. Great! Sponsorships are one way to give back to your community (and the football team needs your help), but isn’t that what your competition is doing?

It’s time to think bigger!

What if we showed you how to headline a massively successful community event? Yes, you! It’s easier and more affordable than you think.

Here at FunFlicks Outdoor Movies, we know a thing or two about successful community events. We know that movies are always a crowd-pleaser and we are experts at helping our clients craft the perfect movie night.

San Leandro Realtor Terry Martinez cooking burgers at a community Outdoor movie night
Terry Martinez BBQ at a community movie night

Here are five reasons an outdoor movie night under the stars is the ideal advertising strategy for your real estate business: 

  1. Movies are universal. Young or old, CEO or stay-at-home-parent, we all love movies. There is something magical about those opening credits unfolding on a giant inflatable screen. We are about to be swept away on an epic adventure and whether we laugh or cry (or both!), we know that we will be thoroughly entertained in a very special way. 
  2. Bringing the Community Together is Special. These are the moments our kids will remember forever. Families are busier than ever. Your event gives them the perfect excuse to drop the mobile devices, escape the TV and head outside for an old fashioned drive-in style experience – under the stars, without the cars! Add some fresh, hot buttery popcorn, popped right there on site. 
  3.  Your event is free for the community but priceless for you. Let’s face it: traditional movies are expensive. By the time you spring for a pre-movie dinner, tickets and popcorn, you can easily blow over $100. For what? To sit in the dark, separated by armrests and focused on the movie instead of each other. Your prospects would rather pack a picnic, spread out a blanket and relax under the stars. All courtesy of you! The payback? Customer loyalty and future business!
  4. Networking on your own terms. Nothing beats a community event for meeting and greeting your prospects. We all know that success in real estate is all about visibility and referrals. Maybe the Jones Family isn’t ready to sell now, but when it’s time they’ll remember you because your event was special, and even better – you pulled up a lawn chair and visited before the movie began. These personalized interactions will level up your business.
  5. You design the pre-movie entertainment. Want to support the local dance team? Maybe you’ll show a promotional video about your real estate office. Perhaps you are helping raise awareness for a local charity. Whatever your agenda…the floor is yours! You have a captive audience that is just waiting to be entertained. We provide the audio visual support for just about any pre-movie experience. Unsure? Let us help! We do hundreds of movie nights every year. 

Realtors face cutthroat competition. Stand out by giving back. Book your community movie night or multi-event summer movie night series today and let us help you be a hero in your neighborhood!

by Rebecca Shepard

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