Open Air Cinema FAQ

These are our most Open Air Cinema FAQ.

Does it have to be dark?

Ideally yes, we advise starting the film at sunset or just after, however if you are in a shaded area like woods then you can sometimes start earlier, around dusk. You can find UK sunset times here. Check out our pic below from our instagram account.

Sunset viewing on left and the right is taken 1 hour after sunset.

What do I need to do?

We provide and manage all the kit so all you need to do is arrange the film licence and manage the event. We provide the screen, projector, PA and full set up and pack away, plus 2 technicians to run the cinema.

Where do I get a film licence from?

We recommend www.filmbank.co.uk who have prices starting from £139 or a percentage of box office sales.

How much space do I need?

For our standard Front projection set-up we need an area 15m x 10m. We ask that you don’t seat any of the audience closer to the screen than 15m as, just like in a normal cinema, they will be too close. Also for our insurance purposes if the screen does collapse.

Can you recommend films?

Yes, we are more than happy to help as this is so key to success. In our experience the most successful screenings are those that match the film to location or event. Get in touch and we will tell you whats hot at the moment.

Are you insured?

Yes we have full public liability up to 5mill and a 100% safety record, Read some of our Reviews.

Information for the audience?

The main thing is to make sure they bring a camping chair and loads of warm clothing. It is surprising how cold you can get when sat still – so blankets and sleeping bags make for a much more comfortable experience. In addition to this, people love to bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, some nibbles and a hot flask can make all the difference.

Do we need power?

If you have power we will always use it, First choice is 16amp socket, 2nd choice we need is 2 x domestic 13 amp sockets. If you don’t have any that is accessible that is also fine, as we do have a generator that powers our whole set up.

Can we put stuff on the screen before the film?

Yes you can, we quite often put adverts from sponsors or short films BUT please remember the advert may be hard to see on the screen as the projection system doesn’t work in natural daylight.

Can we play music before the film?

So long as you provide a PRS licence, yes we can – just bring along your iPod or MP3 player and we can plug into that OR we have a package that includes music.

What if it is bad weather?

If it rains we will carry on and are always surprised how many people still turn up. If it is too windy (winds over 25 knots), we would struggle to get the screen up as effectively its a big sail, we will always try and get the screen up when we arrive onsite.

Do we need to pay in advance?

Yes, we take a 50% deposit at time of booking and then the other 50% balance is due 2 weeks before your event.

Do you give refunds?

If you have to cancel the event within 2 months then depending on the circumstances is depending what we do, if you cancel due to weather then we will book you in again so you don’t lose out. If we ever have to cancel, a full refund would be issued.

Anything Else?

There is a lot to consider when choosing the location of the screen, whilst we try and go in to the location you’ve chosen factors like wind and sun are an issue. We will always try and get the back of the screen directed west (sunset) to give the image a better chance on the front. The wind we always try and get the screen side on as its less resistance on the screen. We have the final say on where the screen is being set up onsite, its always good practice to have a couple of plans.