Frequently Asked Questions

Our Most Common Questions

  • Why should I hold an Outdoor Movie?

    Outdoor Movies are a fun, family friendly activity that promotes a sense of community and can be enjoyed by just about everyone! It’s both modern and nostalgic all at the same time, and provides a truly unique cinematic experience for movie lovers of all ages!

  • Can we have the screen near a pool?

    Yes.. Our screen is water resistant and has no blower, thus no power!! it is a free standing screen and we use sandbags to hold screen in place we never stake a screen to the ground! we also provide a rear projection setup for pool parties, we place our speakers next to our projection equipment (about 11 feet away from screen) and rope off the area. We never project across pools as this is a big safety concern to us, please make sure you have sufficient space to provide rear projection when throwing a pool side movie.

  • Does it need to be dark to see a picture?

    Yes! If your movie is held outdoors we recommend you schedule your start time to be at least 15 minutes after the official sunset time for your location. During a backyard movie night, however, you aren’t viewing a movie under optimum viewing conditions. You’re viewing the movie under optimum fun conditions. The last light of sunset will impart a haze. There will be ambient light of a greater or lesser degree that may or may not pollute the purity of the projected image. The screen might have wrinkles in it. There might be kids running around casting shadows everywhere, that's why outdoor movies are fun it brings families and friends together and imparts a nostalgic and fun setting,  You can view your local sunset times by visiting our sunset page

  • Do I need to obtain a license to show a movie?

    Generally, showing a movie outdoors in a location other than your backyard will require a license ie public performance screening. The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States code, Public Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a videocassette or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit such a movie publicly outside the home, unless the site where the video is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition.
    This legal copyright compliance requirement applies to parks and recreation departments, colleges, universities, public schools, day care facilities, summer camps, churches, private clubs, prisons, lodges, businesses, etc. regardless of whether admission is charged, whether the institution is commercial or non-profit or whether a federal, state or local agency is involved.
    The movie studios who own copyrights, and their agents, are the only parties who are authorized to license sites such as parks and recreation departments, businesses, museums, etc. No other group or person has the right to exhibit or license exhibitions of copyrighted movies. download brochure also visit this link for more info Movie Licensing

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  • Can I show something other than a movie?

    Yes! Anything you can put on your television can be shown on our screen. Some great ideas for events around a backyard movie rental include video gaming parties and live sporting events such as UFC fights, March Madness, and professional or NCAA football games, Pool parties, Birthdays, Wedding Reception.

  • Reservations

    Reservations are made on a first-come first serve basis and are tentative until deposit and signed contract have been secured. Once signed contract and deposit has been secured your event is then guaranteed. a signed contract is checking the I accept the Terms & Condition of the rental on our reservation page "electronic signature".

  • Payment

    25% refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The final balance is due prior to setup your event. We accept cash, checks, PayPal. We will accept checks for school, church or corporate events. Please note that any returned checks will be subject to an additional $30.00 charge. We do prefer payment in cash when possible please.

  • Weather Guarantee

    You may shift event dates due to forecasted inclement weather. Desert AIr Cinema will accommodate you with all of our available dates based on the weather plan you selected. No additional charges will be applied if you change your event date. You must call to reschedule at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled event and/or before our staff has begun to travel to your event. refunds available or can apply to a date change.

  • Does Desert Air Cinema have insurance?

    Yes, We carry insurance of $1,000,000 in liability coverage. Certificates of Insurance (COI) with additional loss payees are available for a small additional fee.

  • Setup/Teardown Times

    We begin setup approximately 1 hour before sunset.The Inflatable Screen will be setup within 3O minutes. Audio equipment tests begin immediately after the screen is standing, and projection tests begin at dusk. The Inflatable Screen will begin deflating 10 minutes after the end of the movie, unless otherwise specified by customer. After the movie, all equipment will be removed within 1 hour. Please note procedures may vary based on rental agreement made with customer.



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