How much work is involved in planning an outdoor movie event?
How big is the screen?
We offer four different screen sizes ranging from 10-46ft diagonally depending on your needs.
For more details and pricing, please see our Screen Rental page
What movies can I show?
We are capable of projecting movies in the form of Blu-Rays and DVDs. We do, however, also support showing media in a plethora of other formats including but not limited to video games, slide shows, Skype or Discord conferences, sporting events, and anything else that outputs a usable AV signal to a compatible format. (Unfortunately, Apple devices such as
If you are planning an outdoor public viewing, you need to properly license the movie from one of the following companies;
Swank Motion Pictures www.swank.com 1-800-876-5577
Criterion Pictures USA www.criterionpicusa.com 1-800-890-9494
Movie Licensing USA www.movlic.com (k-12) 1-877-321-1300 /(libraries) 1-888-267-2658
MPLC ( Motion Picture Licensing Corporation) for indoor showings only. www.mplc.org
What equipment is included?
Our full list of packages can be found on our Screen Rental Packages page.
Additionally, a generator can be provided for remote locations without electricity within 200′ at an additional cost.
What types of clients book with Entertainment Under The Stars?
What types of venues can Entertainment Under The Stars set up in?
Grass venues usually allow us to drive 2-foot stakes into the ground for purpose of securing the screen. If we are setting up in a location that does not allow us to drive stakes into the ground, we will need to coordinate with you for an alternative anchoring system. The most common types of anchors for our screens are street lights, concrete blocks, railings, and weighted water barrels. We will need four anchor points to ensure the safety of our operators and your guests.
Other factors that should be taken into consideration are the proximity to residential areas, as some have ordinances about noise level. Please ensure city officials are notified of the event if you are in public park, as sometimes a permit is needed to occupy public venues after a certain time. It is also important to choose a venue that has ample parking and restroom facilities to make certain the comfort of your guests.
Do I need to provide power or cabling?
Please Note: 2 dedicated 20 amp circuits may be needed to power an outdoor movie event. A standard outlet provides the necessary voltage.
A gas generator is available at an additional cost for remote locations or venues without electricity available.
What time can the movies begin?
Due to LCD projection technology, images fail to show up with clarity until ~10 minutes after sunset. On the longest day of the year (The Summer Solstice, June 21st) movies typically start around 9:00 PM. During the spring and fall movies can start as early as 7:00 PM. For sunset times in your area, you may wish to use this utility.
What happens before and after my event?
One hour before dusk – Screen is inflated/erected and audio system is tested. Music may be played at this time.
30 minutes before dusk – Optional pre-show entertainment begins
10 minutes before dusk – Optional announcements and host greeting
Dusk – Event sponsor commercials and start of feature film.
10 minutes after completion of movie – Screen is deflated or dismantled
One hour after completion of movie – Equipment is packed for departure, and operators leave the property.
What about pre-show entertainment?
Do the inflatable screens kill the grass?
How powerful is the sound system? Are any there noise concerns?
For most events, we use dual stereo speakers placed on each side of the screen facing the audience. We will help you determine the ideal location for the screen and speakers to minimize the audio level that would impact nearby people and local neighbourhoods.
Do we have to sign a contract?
This is to ensure that everybody involved is protected and everyone has a clear understanding of the expectations. Our contracts are custom designed to meet the needs of our clients.
Does Entertainment Under The Stars have insurance?
Your organization can request to be added as additional insured on our policy for a specific event date and location. Please give us 30 days notice if you wish to be listed on a Certificate of Insurance, as the required paperwork may take time to process.
What format will the movies be in?
We utilize state-of-the-art upscaling DVD players and HD projection equipment to ensure high-quality presentation at all times.