Summer is almost here, and if you’re lucky, that means it’s time to enjoy outdoor movies under the stars. Whether you are targeting a movie in the park in your city, a church movie event or even a movie night, these tips will help you get the most out of an outdoor movie night experience.
First, you will need to arrive early at the event. The movie will start at dusk, so plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early. Arriving early will give you time to park and secure a spot on the lawn with a beautiful view of the inflatable screen.
After your arrival, be sure to use the bathroom before the movie experience. The place could be crowded, making it difficult to go to the bathroom in the dark. Before the movie, it is also time to think about the appetizer movies. It is a good idea to bring snacks and water with you. If you want to buy concessions on the scene, do so before the movie begins to avoid a long wait. There is always a long queue for popcorn at the beginning of a movie.
You want to bring something comfortable to sit on. Items like chairs, blankets, air mattresses, bean bags and floor cushions are good choices. If you choose a chair, make sure it is a low back chair so that other people sit behind you can see the inflatable screen. Also note the other, be sure to mute your phone.
For convenience, be sure to dress properly. Summer time, outdoor movies can sometimes enter the 90’s, even at night. For fall events, bring a jacket. After sunset in the fall, the temperature will drop and can become cold. Laying in layers is always a good idea, in case the time changes during the event. Also, be sure to bring insect repellent for the external film event was to avoid pesky insect bites.
Security is another concern. Be sure to bring a flashlight with you so that you can safely see in the car after the event. You will also want to make sure you check the area around you for everything that can fall out of your pockets.
Many outdoor movie events are familiar. Sometimes a movie event can be attended by hundreds, even thousands, of people. If you have small children on their backs, show your children in the projection area and ask them to go there if they are lost or unable to find their way to where they are sitting. The projector is most likely to have a microphone to make an announcement.