With social restrictions still in place, people need to find new ways to spend their time and make the most out what has been a hard few months.

Outdoor cinema events were the highest searched for event service in September and we can completely see why. An outdoor cinema is a perfect, COVID-proof way to spend time with your close ones and, if you opt for a drive through set up, it can even be enjoyed with members outside your household. All you need is a large space to set up a screen, projector and sound system and then our services will do the rest! 🎥. 🍿

There are several different cinema experience services you can book through Poptop which can suit to your individual needs, and in this guide, you’ll find:


Different Types of Cinema Experiences

1. Outdoor Cinema

An outdoor cinema can be enjoyed in any outdoor space and comes with a screen of your choice (usually an inflatable one!), a projector and some form of sound system, whether that be high-quality speakers or individual headphone sets for audience members. All you need is WiFi to connect your favourite movie streaming account to the projector and away you go! Don’t forget the beanbags and a warm blanket too! 🤩

We also recommend considering hiring a marquee and outdoor heating so the great British weather doesn’t get in the way of your fun!

2. Indoor Cinema

If the autumn air is not for you, then you can take the cinematic experience inside. This is a similar set up to an outdoor cinema however the pop-up screen is typically smaller in size (and not inflatable!). Usual hire time is 24 hours so if you have had enough of watching movies, you can also stream any sporting events or watch some good old home videos from the big screen to get your money’s worth. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

3. Drive-In Cinema

A drive-in cinema is one of the best ways you can host an event during the current times. It works similarly to outdoor cinemas however the difference is, your guests can enjoy the viewing right from the comfort of their sheltered car in a safe and socially distanced manner. A technician will be on hand to set up the equipment for you so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty and this is included the price of your package! 🎥 🚗


Top Tips for Booking a Cinema Experience

⭐️ Agree on a film and streaming device with the service provider first so they have time to prepare

⭐️ Double-check with the owner of the land you plan to host this event that you have permission to do so

⭐️ The license to show the film can be up to 40% of ticket sales if for a paid audience, however, the supplier will be able to advise you on this


Poptop’s Cinema Experience Services


10 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Cinema Experience

1. Covid Friendly Fun 😷

If opting for the drive-in cinema option, this is an amazing way to bring people together in a COVID-proof world. Cars can be parked safely, with social distance measures in place for you and your guests to enjoy the cinematic experience without breaking any current government guidelines – it is the perfect isolation bubble. So bring your snacks, adjust your seats and enjoy the moment! 🍬

2. Bring Everyone Together 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

No matter which cinematic experience you decide to organise, there is no denying that this a great way to bring everyone together. We know life has been tough over the past few months, so it’s even more important you make time for those closest to you. What better way to cherish your time together than laughing at your favourite family movie or hiding under the blanket from a scary movie. The memories will last a lifetime!

3. Back to the Future 😎

A drive-in cinema experience takes us back to the 50s – 60s and gives a major retro vibe. Grab some vintage popcorn boxes and take a trip back in time to see how movies were enjoyed back in the day.

4. Weather Proof 🌤

All of the different cinema experiences can be enjoyed come rain or shine! A drive-in cinema will have water-proof equipment to ensure your movie can still be played. If you’re planning an outdoor cinema experience in your garden, make sure you have shelter or consider booking a marquee with adequate outdoor heating. If you are worried about the rain, this experience can also be taken inside where you can snuggle up by the fire and listen to the rain splashing on your window, there’s no better atmosphere! 

5. Host a Movie Themed Party 🦸🏾‍♂️

Why not make a party out of it? Gather up all of your favourite Quentin-Tarantino films and host an amazing fancy dress movie party from your own home. This would also be a great idea for a Halloween party to watch all of your favourite horror movies

6. It Trumps a Cinema Trip 🍿

Hiring a cinema experience for yourself is so much better than actually going to the cinema as you have so much more flexibility. You can…

  • Watch multiple movies over a period of 24 hours (you can also watch your favourite Netflix series or sporting event live on the big screen!)
  • Pause the movie for toilet breaks! (Very important)
  • Bring your own snacks without them being expensive or confiscated (Also very important)
  • Cuddle up with your favourite cosy blankets or dressing gowns
  • Have the luxury of your own sofa or bean bag – ultimate comfort!
  • Tell members of the audience to SHHHH! without feeling guilty
  • Check your phone or take a call without being shamed (too much) by the rest of the audience

What’s not to love? 😍

7. Alternative Date Night 💏

If it’s just you and your partner in your household, hiring a cinema experience is a great way to spice up date night if your local cinema isn’t open yet. Make a night of it by cooking your favourite food and then snuggling up to a rom-com or action movie with all the sweetie treats. 

8. No Noise Complaints 🎧

If you choose to have an outdoor cinema in your back garden, consider hiring a package that includes wireless headphones so you won’t receive any noisy neighbour complaints (depending on how loud the laughs are!). All equipment is sterilised before drop off too, making silent cinema experiences all the rage at the moment!

9. Budget Friendly 💸

Hiring a cinema doesn’t have to be expensive. If choosing to hire a cinema experience from the comfort of your own home, packages typically range from £150 – £300 for 24 hours hire which include all the equipment and tools you need to have the best movie night ever! 

10. No Technical Skills Required 🙅🏽‍♀️

You don’t need to be a genius to hire and run cinema experience. Depending on the nature of your event, most packages include a technician to aid with set up and removal. If not, the supplier can provide detailed instructions and advice on hosting your event. So, sit back and relax and let the good times roll! 


Have we convinced you to hire a cinema experience yet? Whether you want to find a new way to enjoy the cinema experience or just use an excuse to get your nearest and dearest together, booking a cinema experience is a brilliant way to do this to help you enjoy some special moments together during these unprecedented times. 

Browse our cinema experience services here to see what packages we have available in your area. After filling out your event details, you will receive your final instant quote, have the option to message the service provider, and confirm your details and final choices before making a booking. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to start planning the best COVID-proof event of 2020 today, with Poptop!