Outdoor Movie Events



Concept:
Showing feature films outside, under the stars, on a giant screen.

Show Movie “Anywhere You Can Imagine!”
On the side of a warehouse, panel van, silo, in an open lot projected on the wall of an adjacent building, outdoors in a park, poolside, on a golf course, a beach, in the snow, in a gym, church, community centre, aquarium, mall….honestly….”Anywhere You Can Imagine!”

Client & employee appreciation, family nights, business and product awareness, sponsorships, fund raising, entertainment for: clubs, organizations, conventions, restaurants, businesses, hotels, camps, transportation companies…once again, “Anywhere You Can Imagine!” 

Showing movies OUTDOORS has gained popularity over the last five 10 years, and it has become increasing affordable.  Let Criterion help you plan your Outdoor event. Call us NOW for more details!
























Commonly Asked Questions 
How much power do we need?

At least three (3) separate 110V 15A receptacles that are accessible within 100 feet of the performance area.

What types of movies can we show?

Criterion Pictures has two types of movies:  those available to the home video market and those available in advance (pre-release titles).  Criterion Pictures has the largest selection of pre-release titles in Canada, and currently offer 99% of its films in advance of the home video date.  Please refer to our Release Schedule for exact date details.

What format are the movies in, DVD?

If you are interested in showing a film that is available to the home video market, the title is available DVD format.  If you are interested in showing a pre-release title, the majority of these films are only available in Pin&Play DVD format.

How much does an outdoor movie package cost?

Cost depends upon many variables, such as: audience size, equipment requirements, movie choice, etc.  The price ranges from $800 - $4000 depending upon your individual needs.
Contact one of our sales reps for more information.

Can we charge admission fees?

This depends upon the details of your event.  We need to ensure that your movie screening is deemed a non-theatrical venue.  Contact one of our sales reps for further clarification.

What equipment is included?

1 – Audio Mixer
1 – screen
1 – high lumen projector
1- high-wattage sound system
4 to 6 speakers
1 – Audio Mixer
1 – DVD player
all travel costs
set-up and removal of all equipment
1-2 projectionist

Do we have to sign a contract?

Yes, we do require that a contract be signed by all parties.  This is to ensure that all parties are protected and everyone has a clear understanding of the expectations.  Our contacts are custom designed to meet the needs of the individual client, however please click here (PDF) for an example of our agreement.

What if it rains or the weather is poor?

Clearly we cannot operate the equipment in inclement weather.  It is imperative that the client choose either an indoor venue or an alternative date.

How big is the screen?

There are many options available concerning screen size.  They range from 9x12 to 30x50, however please remember:  The large the screen the more expense the event.  Please remember that we can supply both regular screens and inflatable screens. 

How powerful is the sound system?

The sound system package depends upon how many viewers are expected to attend the movie event. The larger the audience the more powerful the system required.  We always ensure that sound is excellent!

Do we require any insurance? Or security?

Unfortunately you should contact the owner of the land in which you intend to show the film.  This information varies depending upon what area of Canada you live in.  

Do the movies come with Public Performance rights?

In order to show a movie outdoors, on a large screen to a viewing audience, you must ensure that your movie is equipped with public performance rights. Criterion Pictures is the copyright holder to more than 18,000 feature films, ranging from 1920 classics to pre-release titles.  Our movies available in both French and English and many of our titles are also available in airline edited format. Please note, any movie rented, borrowed or purchased from a retail outlet is likely for home use only.  These titles cannot be shown in public without first acquiring public performance rights.
For more information, please visit:
Frequently Asked Questions on Public Performance.

How much work is involved  in planning an outdoor movie event?

Believe it or not….not much at all!  Criterion can help you every step of the way.  We supply everything (movie, public performance rights, projector, sound system, projectionist, set up and removal of all equipment, etc)!  Criterion has been doing outdoor shows for more than 15 years, and is involved in more than 300 outdoor shows per summer.

Can we advertise our event?

This depends upon your particular event.  In general, we do not allow advertising as our events are non-theatrical, however special permission can be granted if the right criteria are met.  It is best to speak directly with a sales agent with regards to this subject.

We are located in a remote location, can we still do an outdoor show?

Absolutely, however your costs will likely be much higher.  Criterion has many equipment companies that it currently does business with.  If they cannot help you, Criterion will find one that will!

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