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Outdoor Movies without your Car

May 23, 2008
Outdoor movies probably originated with the invention of the drive-in theater in 1933. Richard M. Hollingshead of New Jersey was the first person to open one of these venues, but his idea quickly spread to several other states. Even though the speakers and pictures weren't always high quality, drive-ins were popular because of the concession stands that accompanied them and because they provided an activity that the whole family could enjoy together.

In spite of their popularity among families and youth in earlier days, drive-in movies have become rare novelties now for several reasons. First of all, real estate is more expensive today than it was in the 1930's, and that makes owning enough space for cars to park a bit costly. And secondly, drive-in business is limited by several unalterable factors like weather conditions, colder seasons, and a set number of darkened hours that are suitable for showing outdoor movies.

Even though drive-ins are disappearing, if you still want to enjoy the outdoor ambiance and large crowds that come with outdoor movies, there are other options you can choose. One course of action you can take is to make your own outdoor movie system. It doesn't need to be a permanent structure or anything fancy. In fact, many of them can be set up and torn down in a couple of minutes. All you need is a computer, some speakers, a screen of some sort and a projector.

Or, if you don't want to deal with storing the tools and ironing out technical difficulties yourself, there are a lot of companies that will bring everything - including the equipment, movie and refreshments - right to your door. Hiring a company that caters to your needs is definitely more expensive than most home-made outdoor theaters, but the cost can be offset by selling concessions or charging for admission.

No matter what option you choose, you'll find that watching a movie outside is a completely different experience than going to an indoor theater. While the film rolls, you can sprawl out on the lawn and some air mattresses or curl up in blankets if the night air is a little cool. Anything you feel like cooking is allowed to come with you and the stars glittering overhead create a matchless backdrop for the whole event.

Outdoor movies are popular among people of all ages and can be used as pure entertainment, fundraisers, celebrations and fun activities for all kinds of social gatherings.
About the Author
If you are looking for a professional company that can provide all the tools you need for outdoor movies, check out Fresh Air Flicks (http://www.freshairflicks.com). They will make sure everything goes smoothly for your important event. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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