The Leader in Outdoor Movie Rentals for the San Francisco Bay Area & Southern California

Avista delivers hundreds of fun-under-the-stars outdoor inflatable movie screen rentals a year from our offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Pleasant Hill & Los Angeles. From $199.95 DIY backyard movie packages to professionally delivered large projection screen events for schools and cities, we have the perfect setup for your own outdoor movie spectacular!

SAN FRANCISCO

415-869-8582

SAN JOSE

408-907-1345

PLEASANT HILL

925-658-5737

LOS ANGELES

310-954-0429

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT RENTAL PACKAGES

SMALL

up to 50 people

backyards

9′ wide x 5′ tall inflatable movie screen with blower

Bright 2,600 lumen projector

DVD player

1 – 300 watt speaker on stand

2-channel audio mixer

All cabling, extension cords and power strips

DO-IT-YOURSELF $199.95/weekend
(FRI-MON)

FULL SERVICE DELIVERY
call for quote

MEDIUM

up to 250 people

school, apt. complexes

12′ wide x 7′ tall inflatable screen with blower

Bright 3,000 lumen projector

DVD Player

2 – 400 watt speakers on stands

2-channel audio mixer

All cabling, extension cords and power strips

DO-IT-YOURSELF $349.95/weekend
(FRI-MON)

FULL SERVICE DELIVERY
call for quote

LARGE

up to 500 people

city parks, town squares

16′ wide x 9′ tall inflatable movie screen with blower

Bright 4,000 lumen projector

DVD Player

4 -1000 watt speakers on stands

2-channel audio mixer

All cabling, extension cords & power strips

FULL DELIVERY ONLY FROM $899.95
price depends on location

Avista makes it super easy for anyone to setup a Do-It-Yourself outdoor movie rental! We demonstrate the setup when you pickup your rental, provide easy to follow written instructions with your rental, and offer 24/7 telephone customer support.

EXTRAS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR MOVIE RENTAL

POPCORN!!!

High output 8 ounce popcorn machine can make approximately 8 – 2 oz. bags of popcorn every 5 minutes or almost 100 bags per hour! Great for hungry crowds large and small.

$99.99

HD UPGRADE

Upgrade to an HD projector to make your outdoor movie experience really pop!

  • State-of-the-art Panasonic full 1080p projector
  • Blu-Ray Player
  • HD upgrade only available for Small Outdoor Package

$175.00 additional

DELIVERY

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Avista offers professional setup for all our packages. Please call for a quote, as the price depends on your location. Delivery includes 4 hours onsite by an Avista technician, who will setup, operate, and break down the outdoor movie setup.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OUTDOOR MOVIE RENTAL DELIVERY

From our rental offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Pleasant Hill, Avista delivers to most of the Bay Area, as far north as Marin County, south to Santa Cruz, and east to Livermore and Brentwood.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OUTDOOR MOVIE RENTAL DELIVERY

From our rental office in West L.A. (Culver City), Avista delivers to many parts of Southern California, including Calabasas and Ventura County to the north, Pasadena and the Inland Empire to the east, and the Northern Orange County to the south.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF!

Picking up an outdoor movie rental package from one of our offices is an easy, affordable option. We show you everything you need to know when you pick up your rental, include step-by-step instructions, and are available 24/7 via phone support if you forget any step.

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WE DO IT FOR YOU!

Easier yet, leave it all to Avista and hire a skilled technician to deliver, setup and operate your outdoor movie projection equipment.

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OUR OUTDOOR MOVIE RENTAL CUSTOMERS

Avista offers outdoor movie package rentals to a wide range of consumers, schools, nonprofits, municipalities, cities and corporations throughout California. Our rentals include everything a customer needs for a fantastic outdoor movie experience. All customers need to provide is a DVD movie (or other movie source, such as a laptop computer).

INDIVIDUALS & COMMUNITIES

  • Birthday & Pool Parties
  • Themed events
  • Sports & Concert Pay-Per-View events
  • Block parties

CORPORATIONS

  • Product launches
  • Sponsor recognition
  • Film festivals

NON PROFITS & SCHOOLS

  • Movie “nights in the park” Events
  • Fundraisers

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

“Straight forward reservation/pick-up/return process. Hosted outdoor family movie night. Our friends, especially the kids thought we rocked it!!”

– Miguel O. (Alameda) – August 2015

“Rentals are super easy, the pickup was fantastic with step-by-step instructions, and dropping off the equipment was seamless. I would definitely recommend Avista for your A/V needs!”

– Catherine W. (San Jose) – February 2015

“I haven’t stopped bragging about my outdoor movie night… I highly recommend Avista – fantastic and so affordable, can’t wait to reschedule another movie night.”

– Prue K. (Los Angeles) – July 2014

“Avista was very helpful making sure I had the right equipment for our outdoor event and spent time with me on the phone to figure out just what we needed. The staff was always courteous and accommodating and the equipment functioned perfectly, highly recommended!”

– Jared L. (San Jose) – October 2014

“Great service! Will be using again next month! I work at a property of 700 apartments,we were recommended to Avista from another sister property and so happy we contacted them!”

– Jesika G. (Hayward) – July 2014

“I rented an outdoor movie screen from Avista for an event I was coordinating, and they are great to work with! Easily some of the most competitive prices out there (and trust me, I did a lot of research).”

– Angelica C. (Mar Vista) – February 2014

“Totally earned a Five Star rating for their Outdoor Movie rental services. I really appreciated the thoroughness of the walk-through before I left the store. Setup at home was a breeze – but I felt confident knowing Avista was only a phone call away.”

– Ward B. (Menlo Park) – October 2014

SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS

  • Stanford
  • Dominican University of California
  • James Logan High School
  • Contra Costa County
  • Public Works City of Oakley
  • Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club
  • Essex Properties
  • Alta Vista Elementary School
  • Prometheus Realty Group
  • Saratoga High School
  • Barron Park Association
  • Central Middle School
  • Palm Valley Apartments
  • City of San Jose
  • Union City National Little League
  • Los Paseos Homeowner Association
  • Graystone Elementary School
  • City of Belmont Menlo School
  • Belvedere Tennis Club
  • Real Family Church
  • Marshall Lane Elementary School
  • Cornerstone Christian
  • 550 Moreland
  • City of Scotts Valley
  • Bayview YMCA
  • St. Lucy Church
  • Girl Scouts Northern California
  • The Landing at Capitola
  • Bentley School
  • Chinese Community Cultural Center
  • South San Francisco Parks & Recreation
  • Kensington Community Council

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PLANNING YOUR OUTDOOR MOVIE PARTY

HOW LARGE A SCREEN DO I NEED?

If you have 50 people or less, the 9’ screen in our small package is perfect. This applies to most backyard movie parties. For between 50 and 250 people, the 12’ screen in our medium package is ideal. This fits most school events and small park settings. For larger crowds, the 16’ screen in our large package covers up to 500 people, ideal for large school events, and city-wide movies-in-the-park. Unsure what size is ideal? Give us a call.

ARE SOME MOVIES BETTER THAN OTHERS FOR AN OUTDOOR MOVIE EVENT?

Any movie will work great outside, but from our experience the best movies are bright, computer animated movies. For kids, think Finding Nemo, vs. E.T.

WHAT FORMAT CAN THE MOVIE BE IN?

DVD movies work best, but you can also connect your laptop PC/Mac to play a movie. Please be aware that movies played from iTunes frequently have issues playing externally. If you are playing a movie from a laptop, our advice is to bring the laptop to our office to test it with our projectors.

WHEN CAN I START THE MOVIE?

For optimal viewing, you want it to be mostly dark before starting your movie – this of course varies depending on time of year and how shady a location you have. We advise checking on the sunset time for the day of your movie, and planning to start the movie 15 minutes after that or later.

CAN I SET IT UP MYSELF?

Setup is easy enough for anyone. We demonstrate everything step-by-step when you pickup your rental, include written instructions in case you forget anything, and provide 24/7 phone support just in case.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A FULL SERVICE SETUP?

An Avista technician (two for a large outdoor movie) will deliver and setup your outdoor movie event, ensure it’s working properly, and breakdown and return the equipment at the end of the movie. Price depends on delivery location.

WHAT DOES MY SITE HAVE TO HAVE?

The three main requirements are: 1) electricity near the movie setup, 2) a 10’ to 12’ clear area between the screen and projector and 3) a stable area to place the projector. The movie screens need to be anchored to the ground. For concrete and hard surfaces, we provide weighted buckets for tie down. Otherwise, we supply stakes for grass and dirt surfaces.

WHAT IS YOUR RENTAL PERIOD?

For pickups, prices shown are for one night rentals (Monday through Thursday). For Friday through Sunday, the price applies to the entire weekend, as long as pickup is after 1pm on Friday and back before 12pm on Monday.

DO I NEED TO OBTAIN RIGHTS FOR MY MOVIE EVENT?

If you are watching with a group of family, friends or neighbors, then you generally don’t need to obtain rights. However, many bigger audiences (such as for a school fundraiser) typically require “public performance rights” for the movie you wish to show. This applies whether or not you charge admission. If a movie is available on DVD and you are showing it to the public, it’s relatively easy to get these rights for a one night showing, and the cost is not prohibitive. For more information, you can contact the major rights management companies below: Swank Motion Pictures and Criterion Pictures Movie Licensing USA (for K-12 schools and public libraries)

CAN I VISIT YOUR OFFICE?

Sure, come on down! We ask that you call ahead, so we have an outdoor movie setup to show you.

RESERVING YOUR GEAR

WHAT IS YOUR RENTAL PROCESS?

Give us a call or submit an online inquiry. We take a 50% deposit to reserve your equipment, then charge the balance the day before your rental.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I RESERVE MY RENTAL?

The sooner the better, particularly during the summer months. However, 2 weeks ahead is generally fine.

WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT?

We take all major credit cards as payment.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Orders canceled before 12pm one business day prior to the rental (for reasons other than weather or acts of God) may be subject to a cancellation charge of $25. Cancellations after 12pm the day prior to the rental date are subject up to 100% charge of the first day rental.

GETTING YOUR GEAR

WHAT ARE YOUR OFFICE HOURS?

Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, except our Pleasant Hill office, which is open from 11am – 3pm on Monday and Friday only.

CAN I PICKUP FROM ONE OFFICE AND RETURN TO A DIFFERENT OFFICE?

Yes! Just let us know when you pickup your reservation.

HOW MUCH ROOM DO I NEED IN MY CAR?

We have packaged our outdoor movie systems to fit in almost any size vehicle, as long as it’s mostly empty (i.e., if you’re in a two-seater, don’t combine a trip to Avista with a trip to Costco).

HOW LONG WILL MY PICKUP TAKE?

Please allow 30 minutes for your pickup – we want to demonstrate the setup process to ensure a smooth movie party. For this reason, it’s ideal for the person picking up the gear to be the same person setting up the gear.

WHAT IS YOUR DELIVERY AREA?

See our delivery section for our delivery area.

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NEED AN EVEN BIGGER OUTDOOR MOVIE EXPERIENCE?

We produce outdoor movie events for even larger audiences – call us to discuss your outdoor movie event today.

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ABOUT AVISTA OUTDOOR MOVIE RENTALS

Founded in 2008, Avista Outdoor Movie Rentals was started to fill the need for inexpensive, easy-to-deploy outdoor movies. Since then, we have delivered over a thousand successful events throughout California. Avista Outdoor Movie Rentals is a division of Avista Audio Visual Rentals, a premier provider of audio visual services to consumers, nonprofits and corporations since 2005. Give us a call or submit a web inquiry – we are looking forward to serving you!

REQUEST TODAY!

Please submit the following information and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours Monday – Friday. If you need more urgent assistance please call us at 1.888.462.8478. We have customer service representatives available during standard business hours and may have agents scheduled after hours depending on the time and day.