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Which movie to show?  Comedy, drama, action, classic?  It's up to you.  You can show almost any movie that is available on DVD.

Movies just released to DVD tend to be a huge draw.  Showing a brand-new release will be exciting.  You will indirectly benefit from the marketing that surrounds DVD releases.  But old favorites can be popular, too.  Especially with parents who may feel nostalgic for movies they enjoyed as kids.

Please note that some film studios, especially Disney, have restrictions on the use of their films outdoors.  When considering showing a Disney film, please consult us about their restrictions on screenings.

Under the Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United State code, Public law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541)  any viewing or exhibition of a film/video in a public space must have a ‘public performance license’.  Without obtaining a license, you and your organization will be subject to fines up to $250,000 and / or imprisonment.   Licensing starts at $150 for events that do not charge admission. Typically licensing fees are between $250-$450.  See Film Licensing section for more information.

There is also the choice of showing some movies that are "Pre-home release".  Pre-home release meaning that the movie has finished its run in the theaters, but is not yet available on DVD from your local video store retailer.  These movies usually cost  more to license, but will be more appealing to a larger audience.


The pricing structure for movie licensing changes when the organization decides to charge a gate admission. Typically the licensing company will require a licensing fee or 50% of the total gross revenue from gate sales, whichever is greater.


Once you select your movie title, we will assist you in contacting the proper agency  to obtain your license.   You do not pay Southern Outdoor Cinema for the license, but we help make the process easier for you to acquire the film.

By respecting the copyright licensing laws, you help support outdoor cinema entertainment for years to come.

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