How much does it cost to do an outdoor movie?
From about $500 to $5000+. The primary factor is expected audience size. This affects screen size,
audio system requirements, and projector choice. Secondary factors include site and installation
details (like location and ground surface), and whether the event is residential or corporate/municipal.
Do you do residential events?
Yes. Our smaller residential packages can turn any backyard into a thrilling cinema under the stars.
Or, watch playoffs or the World Cup! Also great for Sweet Sixteens, birthdays, and Mitzvahs. For
some extra fun, start it off with a slide show!
What size audiences can you accommodate?
From a small backyard gathering to over 3000.
What does licensing mean?
Movie licensing means paying for the rights to show copyrighted material, and is necessary for most
public film screenings. No licensing is needed for backyard events. More on movie licensing.
Can you take care of the licensing?
While you can do it yourself, we have made arrangements with the two major licensing bodies,
allowing us to make the application for you. For more licensing info, see Movie Selection.
What type of projectors do you use?
All our projectors are native 1920 x 1080 16:9 widescreen HD projectors with up to 8000 lumens. We
do not use regular computer or XGA/WXGA projectors, whose lower resolution, low contrast ratio and
poor colour accuracy can ruin the movie experience. With us it's high-def from beginning to end,
meaning what you see on our screens is exactly what you see at the movies.
What time can you start?
We can start the pre-show (if you have provided us with sponsors' logos, community messages or
other content) around sunset. The movie can usually start about 15 minutes later. To know when it
gets dark, see our handy Outdoor Movie Start Time chart. Note that weather, nearby lighting and
projector choice can affect start times. Of course time isn’t a factor indoors.
What kind of movies can you show?
Just about any! Go to Movie Selection to find out. A great resource is www.IMDB.com, which lists
every movie ever made. Start by searching by genre.
Is it only for movies?
Not at all. We can display regular and HD TV, satellite and cable feeds, live camera feeds, video
games, Pay-Per-View events like UFC, Twitter and Facebook feeds, etc. We can even show
smartphone or tablet content.
Where do you provide your services?
We do outdoor movies anywhere in the country, and work with a network of outdoor movie event
producers across the States. Outside Ontario, it generally makes the most economic sense when 3
or more consecutive days are booked.
Can we advertise on your screen before the movie?
Not only can we, we encourage you to. Just bring your DVD, Blu-Ray, or computer with your video or
What about wind?
We use Airscreens, the world's best outdoor screens. Unlike metal-framed screens, which are
uninsurable for outdoor use as they present a serious hazard in windy conditions, Airscreens are
safety-rated for up to 40 km/h winds.
What about rain?
We have the best weather policy around! While other providers only offer a 50% or 75% guarantee,
we offer a 100% guarantee: if rain causes ANY amount of your feature to not be shown, even the
last second, we offer a free make-up date in the next 12 months. Only travel and labour fees will be
Do you do indoor events?
Sure do. We have screens that will fit in rooms with as little as 2m (7 ft) of ceiling height.
Can you do double features?
You bet. You bet.
What kind of video sources can you work with?
Most of the professional-grade media we work with is HDCam and hard disk-based. The main
consumer-grade source we use is Blu-Ray. We can usually accommodate any other source, using a
variety of interface standards like SDI, HDMI, DVI, VGA, RGB/HV, and component. We can also
transfer your HD-Cam media to Blu-Ray to avoid the added expense of an HDCam deck rental.
How do I book a date?
Once we've established availability for your dates, we issue the event contract, which we ask you to
sign and return with a 50% deposit. Your booking is then complete. Balance is due by event date for
Is the deposit refundable if I need to cancel?
Yes, unlike some other providers, your deposit is fully refundable within 30 days of booking, unless
Are you insured?
Yes, we carry $2M liability, and can name the client as additional insured on written request.
Will you sponsor or partner with us for our event?
We're always interested in sponsorship and partnering opportunities. Give us a call and let's chat.
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Can you set up the screens on hard surfaces?
We often set up on asphalt or other hard surfaces where ground stakes can't be used. In these
cases we can tie to vehicles or to pre-existing structures (poles, railings, etc.), or use our weights,
which provide up to 4000 kg of ballast. Extra fees may apply, and water is needed when using our
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|HDO facts: We're the only company with a REFUNDABLE deposit . . . We have screens for 5 to 3000 viewers . . . We have multiple screens and trucks to cover simultaneous events