Summer is almost here, and, if you are lucky, that means it is time to enjoy outdoor movies under the stars. Whether you are headed to a movie in the park in your town, a church movie event, or even a backyard movie night, these tips will help you make the most of an outdoor movie night experience.
First, you will want to arrive early to the event. The movie will start around sundown, so plan to arrive between 30-45 minutes before then. Getting there early will allow time for parking and for securing a spot on the lawn with a great view of the inflatable movie screen.
After you arrive, be sure to use the bathroom before the movie experience begins. The venue might become crowded, making it difficult to make your way to the bathroom in the dark. Before the movie is also the time to think about movie snacks. It is a good idea to bring a snack and water with you. If you would like to purchase concessions at the venue, do so before the movie starts to avoid a long wait. There is always a long line for popcorn at the beginning of a movie.
You will want to bring something comfortable to sit on. Items like chairs, blankets, air mattresses, bean bags and floor pillows are all good choices. If you choose a chair, be sure it is a low back chair so that others sitting behind you can see the inflatable movie screen. Also in consideration of others, be sure to silence your cell phone.
For comfort, be sure to dress appropriately. Summer time outdoor movies can sometimes get into the high 90’s, even at night. For autumn events, bring a jacket. After sunset in the fall, the temperature will drop and may get chilly. Dressing in layers is always a good idea, in case the weather changes during the event. Also be sure to bring bug spray for summer outdoor movie events to avoid uncomfortable bug bites.
Safety is another concern. Be sure to bring a flashlight with you so you can safely find your way to the car after the event. You will also want to make sure to check the area around you for anything that may have fallen out of your pockets.
Many outdoor movie events are family friendly. Sometimes a movie event can be crowded with hundreds, if not thousands, of people. If you have young children in tow, show your children where the projection area is and instruct them to go there if they get lost or can’t find their way back to where you are sitting. The projectionist will most likely have a microphone to make an announcement.
A movie under the stars with friends and family is a wonderful way to spend a warm summer night, or a cool fall or spring evening. Use these simple tips so you can have the best possible outdoor movie experience.