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Drive-in movies are few and far between these days. With the arrival of summer comes a wave of nostalgia that might have you yearning to watch a classic film outdoors. Whether you’re checking out Grease or the latest Disney movie, you can easily host your own outdoor movie screening.

Movie Selection

Start planning your screening by choosing a movie. For best results, select a family friendly film that is appealing to all ages. When in doubt, consider classics like National Lampoon’s Vacation or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Also, be considerate of your neighbors—stay away from horror films full of screaming and action movies with explosions.


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Once you’ve chosen a movie, it’s time to get the word out about your outdoor screening. Print out paper invitations to send out or invite people to the event via social media. Many social networks such as Facebook event let you create event pages, where people can RSVP, ask questions, and participate in relevant discussions. Consider setting up one of these if you want people to suggest movies or get to know each other before the actual screening.

Equipment and Concessions

As far as equipment goes, you’ll want to rent a projector and speakers. You’ll also need to set up some kind of screen. We recommend a white sheet or a heavy-duty drop cloth. If you have your basic setup taken care of, you might want to figure out your concessions. No movie would be complete without popcorn or sweets, and you’ll need a lot of them to accommodate a crowd. Check out our concession rentals to help you feed your friends and family.

At One Stop Rental, we have everything you need for hosting an outdoor movie screening. Enjoy warm summer nights under the stars with a bowl of popcorn and a classic film. Have you ever hosted an outdoor movie screening? Tell us about your experience in the comments below! If you need help hosting your movie night, you can contact us or reach out via social media.

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