CINEMA PACKAGES – FAQ’S

Here you will find some common need to knows about our cinema packages. This will give you some basic guide lines and what to expect when you invest into one of our systems.

General Questions

This section will explain general details about cinema packages.
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Q. What type of lighting can the cinema and projector systems work in?

 

A: As a rule most cinema systems are designed to work best at night or in enviroments with very low ambient light. The most optimal times for outdoor presentations are between dusk and dawn. The difference in brightness quality for projectors are determined by what the light output is, this is commonly known as ansi lumens or just lumens – the higher the Lumens the brighter and more vivid the picture can be.

 

Q. How do I match the right screen size, projector lumens and lenses

 

Most projectors that output 2500 – 6000 lumens, are suitable to achieve a exceptable picture within both indoor and outdoor (dark) enviroments. This would also be reasonable for screen sizes between 2.5m and 6m at the most. For this range of projectors no attachable lenses are generally required.

For screen sizes between 6m – 10m the level of lumens becomes more demanding because of the screen size and distance that the projector is stationed from the screen (rear/front, short or long distance). In this case to achieve an exceptable image, different attachable lens are required to achieve the throw distance as well as the amount of lumens recommended. Between  6000 – 10000 lumens.

For Screen sizes 10m – 12m+ the similar demands are required, with lens options being crucial and output lumens ranging from 8000 – 13000+ lumens.

The reason for higher lumens really depends on how professional and commercially demanding a cinema system needs to meet. i.e – non commercial presentations – 8000 lumens vs commercial open air cinema events – 13000+ lumens.

Its also worth noting that the more professional a projector gets, the demand and requirement for a suitable lens is just as important. With most lenses weighing in at approx 20% the cost of the the projector, Its not uncommon for lenses around this level to fetch anywhere between $5000 – $12000 additional to the projector cost.

Consulting with us and discussing the purpose and on going use of your system is what we can help you with. Please feel free to reach out for more details.

Q: Do I need a Licence to watch movies?

It really depends on the nature and premise of where and how you are viewing movies.

To make it easy though if the purpose is for private viewing only and for non commercial use then most likely you are exepmt from requiring a licence.

However if it is for commercial or public purposes it is recomended that you visit representitives such as Village Road Show to seek more information. https://roadshowppl.com.au/Default.aspx

The following information was provided by Village Road Show –

Licence fees for screenings are quoted based on the nature and scope of the proposed event. Factors include but are not limited to the locality of screening (for example: indoors or outdoors); if the screening is ticketed or free and how many people are estimated to attend.

Films screened outdoors are subject to a 3-month post DVD release policy.

Films screened in hotels, clubs, pubs or taverns (or similar) are subject to a 2-month post DVD release policy.

The standard procedure for obtaining approval for a screening is as follows:

  1. The Preliminary Information Form is completed and returned to me.
    Once received we will be able to ascertain what kind of screening you or your client wish to conduct and we will forward you a concrete licence fee quote (generally quote is sent same day as form is received).
  2. Generally, once a quoted licence fee is accepted in writing, we will then contact the film distributor and seek approval for your proposed screening. This process can take 1 – 3 business days.
    Please note that all screenings are subject to film distributor approval and approval is not granted nor guaranteed.
  3. Once I have received the distributor’s approval, a confirmation email will be sent and an invoice follows shortly thereafter.

In terms of DVD supply, there are two options available to you:

  1. Providing we have a copy of the DVD available on the date of screening, we can facilitate a hire. DVD is sent a week before and is due for return within 7 days of the screening taking place.
    Cost is an additional $15 + GST to cover freight. Cost of return is the onus of the hirer.
  2. You can supply your own copy. What this means is that you can purchase a copy from a retailer specifically for the screening OR you can use a copy from your own personal collection (needs to have been purchased legitimately).

We also advise against advertising a film until approval has been confirmed. There have been instances where a screening request will be declined by the distributor and an alternate film will need to be selected.

Please note however that we can provide an approved image for use on flyers and posters should you wish to advertise the film screening once approval has been sought and confirmed.

https://roadshowppl.com.au/Default.aspx

 

Q: Do you sell screens and movie systems only in Australia?

A: We ship inflatable movie screens and cinema systems to other countires, including New Zealand, Asia Pacific region, Canada, and European countires. Contact us to check the fright costs to your country!

Projectors

This section will answer general questions about projectors.
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Q: What is a short throw projector?

A: A short throw projector has a short throw lens. The throw determines the distance between the projector and the screen. Short throw projector can be placed closer to the screen and, as a result, provides a brighter image.  Short throw projector is useful if the space is limited or if you want to show the movie with some ambient light around (in the shopping centre, in the dusk).

Q: In projector models, what does ANSI Lumen stand for?

A: The projectors differ by the light output, which for standardisation is measured in ANSI Lumens. The bigger the number, the brighter is the projector. Projectors with luminosity of above 3000 Lumens are the high end projectors typically used at the cinema or movie theatres. They deliver bright picture even with some ambient light in the room.

Q: What is a rear projection?

A: A rear projection option allows placing the projector together with the cables behind the screen. All you need to do is to set it in the rear projection mode for the picture to appear normal for the viewers.

Accessories

This section will answer general questions about accessories and add ons.
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Q. What other accessories are available to improve my cinema system experience?

A. There are a great range of accesories that we can provide to ensure a better experience for you and your guests.

The options are almost endless, however we have been able to catergories some of the main ones for you –

 

Screens

This section will explain details around our inflatable screens
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Q: What is the maximum wind speed tolerated by the inflatable screens?

A: Any inflatable screen, non-dependant on its size, has 35KHP wind rating. In other words, the screen is more tolerant to the wind than the majority of the movie-goers.

Q: The projection screen got dusty / dirty. How to take care of the fabric of the screen?

A: The projection surface can be easily removed from the screen (it holds with the zip fasteners). For the screens up to 6 meters wide, it is made of a very lightweight stretch Lycra fabric, which can be washed in the washing machine, using gentle washing cycle, mild detergent and 30°C temperature.

Q: What is the quality of the screen surface?

A: The screen surface we supply is wrinkle and crease free. Smaller movie screens come with theatrical grade lycra screen surface, stretched so that it’s absolutely even and smooth. Touring seriers screens use PVC fabric which offers the best colour rendering (the accuracy with which the colours are seen on the screen),  image contrast and resolution.

Q: Can the inflated screen be left indoors for long periods?

A: Yes, you can leave your inflated screen indoors for the whole year, if required.

Q: Is the air pump supplied with the screen?

A: All inflatable screens are supplied with a blower (air pump) used to inflate them. HandiTheatre models have sealed screen, which means the blower is turned off when screen is inflated. For the screens of ParkView and Touring  series, the blowers are running constantly, holding the screen in the perfect shape.

Q. Are the blowers noisy

A: While ParkView and Touring series screens require the blowers running constantly, their noise level is compatible with the ambient outdoor noise and will not interfere with the quality of the sound system of your open air cinema.

Q: Why are the tethers white?

A: While black tethers may look less intrusive, they pose safety hazard, both for adults and children, who can run into / trip over the black tethers. We supply white tethers for your safety.

Audio

This section will general answer about our audio systems.
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Q: What do “Powered speakers” mean?

A: Powered, or active, speakers have built-in amplifiers. They have higher fidelity (Hi-Fi) compared to passive speakers and bring better quality sound to your home theatre system.

Q: Do I need a subwoofer with that?

A: A real cinema effect is not possible without good quality sound. To enjoy your movie theatre at its best, we would recommend adding a subwoofer to the system. Better quality sound for your disco party, more thrill watching a movie, and a bigger “WOW factor” – that’s what a good quality subwoofer will give you. Powered subwoofers are offered as an option.

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