Why should I choose Sunset Cinema over another provider?

Sunset Cinema of Princeton, LLC uses only the highest quality products. Our screens are of the highest quality with a solid back, light is unable to "flow through" the projection surface and reduce the quality of the picture. Our sound and projection amaze audiences with the clarity and quality. Impeccable customer service is our number one goal. We strive to not only meet our customer's needs, but exceed them. We treat our customers as we would want to be treated. This is most evident in our flexible weather policy. Our professional staff takes pride in our service. Sunset Cinema, Inc. solely specializes in outdoor movie events. Because of this focus, we bring an experience to your guests that are unforgettable.

What is outdoor cinema?

Outdoor cinema is designed to bring the nostalgia of the drive-in movie in a new format. The movie comes to you. Viewers can enjoy movies in a relaxing outdoor setting.

How large of an audience can Sunset Cinema accommodate?

We have inflatable screens to accommodate audiences of 4,000 as well as screens that can entertain your friends in a backyard setting.

How are the screens set up?

Open Air and AIR SCREENS are totally inflatable. The screens must be anchored in the ground or secured to heavy items. Although the screens are quite heavy, the weight is evenly distributed so grass should not be damaged. If a screen is left up for an extended period of time, the grass may discolor.

What does Sunset Cinema provide to the customer?

Our rental fees include the screen, sound and projection systems. We also include technicians to transport, set-up, present the movie and tear down equipment.

What must the customer provide?

The customer must provide a clear area that can be easily accessed by our staff. The ground size needed will be determined by the size of the screen that is rented. Areas must be free of any aerial or underground obstructions.

Does Sunset Cinema provide concessions or security?

No, any additional features of your outdoor movie event are the responsibility of the customer. This includes security, concessions and pre-event entertainment.

Does Sunset Cinema license the movie?

Unfortunately, no. The end user is responsible to meet all licensing requirements. However, our staff is willing to assist you with this very easy process. Click here for more

How do we license a movie?

Sunset Cinema of Princeton, LLC will provide contact names and phone numbers for reputable licensing agencies. The film title is up to you; however we are a family friendly business. Ratings of G, PG or PG-13 are encouraged. R rated movies must be pre-approved by Sunset Cinema of Princeton, LLC. Visit http://www.imdb.com/ for title information as well as ratings.

How much does it cost to license a movie?

The cost to license a movie varies depending on the audience size, the type of event and the movie title selected. New releases tend to be more expensive, as do some classics. It is best to contact the licensing companies. Click here for more.

What about lighting?

A completely dark area will result in most vibrant picture. All surrounding lights should be able to be turned off. Headlights can also be a factor. It is wise to place the screen away from parking areas.

What is the law regarding licenses for non-theatrical outdoor showings?

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a movie carries with it the right to show the movie outside the home. In some instances no license is required to view a movie, such as inside the home by family or social acquaintances and in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities. Taverns, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.

Do I need a license if we don't charge admission?

Yes. Copyright laws apply whether or not admission is charged.

What happens if it rains?

Sunset Cinema provides a weather guarantee in the event of inclement weather.

Does wind affect the screen?

Yes, our screens can take winds up to 23 mph (when trees start to sway vigorously). We can setup equipment with winds of up to 15 mph. Once the screen is standing, it can handle winds of 23 mph. If winds beyond 23 mph occur, our technicians will decide if deflation for safety is required.

What type of projection do you use?

Sunset Cinema uses front projection. This ensures the clearest picture. The projector is usually in the middle of the audience, about 4 feet off the ground. All of our projectors are high lumen and high definition.

How much set-up time is required?

Sunset Cinema staff prefers to be at an event at least 2-3 hours prior to the movie being shown. This can vary depending on location and the venue itself. Usually an hour before the movie, sponsor ads, music, games etc. can begin. Approximately 10 minutes before the movie announcements and greetings can be made. Normally, the screen is deflated 15 minutes after the movie ends and removed within an hour.

How much cost is involved?

Each event is unique. Pricing will vary based on the screen size selected, the date selected and the location of the event. In addition to standard rental fees, we do charge a nominal travel fee.

Can your screens be used in daylight?

Unfortunately, we cannot compete with Mother Nature.  We require a dark viewing area free of ambient lighting.

What time can a movie begin?

Typically, the movie can start 30 minutes after sunset. (www.sunrisesunset.com).

Can the screens be used indoors?

Yes if the venue meets the requirements for set-up area and power.