Helsinki Festival 2016: Stadin Stage

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This year Helsinki Festival is not offering Outdoor movies. Instead, they have very different art & entertainment shows through outdoor screen: Live music show, YouTube videos and ballet. All this for free. Now this is interesting!

Mark to calendar: 1st September, 2nd September and 3rd September 2016.

More information in Finnish: http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/tapahtuma/stadin-stage/

 

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KinoKivinokka comes again

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KinoKivinokka is an outdoor movie screening in Helsinki, Finland. This year it will be arranged Saturday, August 20 at 2 PM – 11:59 PM. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/197528490644012/

When KinoKivinokka was arranged first time (2013), we wrote about it and interviewed people behind it:

KinoKivinokka: Beach, Picnic, Movie!

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UPDATE: We went to see KinoKivinokka 2016, but there were way too many people! Too small beach for this big audience! Not good. Too bad as everything else was great. Nice evening and warm weather. Maybe next year we can take our own floating seats like these people did:

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Outdoor Movies in Chiang Dao

Our friend sent us this photo from Chiang Dao, Thailand. He said there is a real outdoor cinema with beer and live music too. We will report more about this later.

Update 6/2016: We went to Chiang Dao but as it was rainy season we found no outdoor movies there. So this cinema remains mystery to us. The photo looked like a lot of fun though. Maybe next time 🙂

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No longer in Spain

Just a short update: We are no longer in Spain. We might go back there some day but we are not sure about it. We have to see what happens next in our other businesses. Then we decide what to do with Cineout. Life really is an adventure! 🙂

Meanwhile, let’s see some good movies!

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First real test

We did it! We had  a screening in Spain! Well, actually this event was not organized by us… We just brought (borrowed) the hardware.  But that was just what we had hoped for. A real test.

What does it take to make this kind of event happen? How long does it take to get everything ready? How to transfer the screen, hook up the sound system and projector? What to do if it starts to rain? How to do outdoor movie screening outside our own backyard?

Well now we know.

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Yes, it was little rainy night and only few people came because of that. But for us this was just the right kind of test. And environment (harbour bar teracce) was really interesting. Movie was also about sailing. Very nice consept. Maybe next event will be our own…

P.S. Thanks to Pep for making all this possible!

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Cinema Lliure a la platja (Barcelona)

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Yesterday we visited this free outdoor cinema on the Barcelona beach. It was this summer’s last screening. Just before main feature, they showed Finnish short movie, Fasisti. It was very strange to watch movie on Barcelona beach with our own language! And what a coincidence!

Actually we did not even stay to see main movie because it had no subtitles and we were there just to see how this kind of beach movie consept would work. And again… it worked very well.

When we arrived, they were just setting the screen up.

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They used heavy sandbags to keep screen in place even if it would get windy.

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Screen was inflatable and as soon as the air went in, the screen came up.

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And we think it was great. Something similar to what Katusekino uses.

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Digital projector was huge. I did not get to see the brand or model. I noticed the tech guys had to change lamps to projector just when movie was supposed to start. Those things are not cheap I quess…

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Another technician with informative t-shirt 🙂

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Then the sunset came and movie was ready to begin…

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Only problem seemed to be bright streetlights that caused annoying glow to the screen. Other than that everything was ok. This was of course not as great as Sala Montjuïc but still more than good enough for free movie on the beach. There was no bar but in Barcelona, you can buy anything from the many “beach shops”. And many people had their own cava bottles and other picnic stuff with them.

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Organizing team was very relaxed. They did their job, drank some beer while doing it and seemed to have fun just as the audience. There were no peace officers or anything. This always amazes us Finns 🙂

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More information about Cinema Lliure a la platja:

Web page: http://www.cinemalliure.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cinemalliure

Read all our outdoor cinema reviews here ››

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Co-operation with Lunki

Cineout is now in co-operation with Lunki.fi. Lunki in Finnish means “relaxed”. In late 90’s I co-founded a non profit organization called Rento which also means “relaxed” and it too organized movie events. So you might find some synchronicity here…

Lunki will hopefully help us finally organize and start public screenings.

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Patio heater brings extended movie season

Fall / winter has come to Catalonia, Spain but we still want to enjoy movies outdoors. To make this possible, we decided to buy a patio heater. It costed 115 euros + gas (15 euros for filling). Not too bad. And it works great. It gives just enough warmth to our terrace for enojying movies even in cold evenings.

We want to thank Art Move Studio for this idea and our friend Pep for borrowing gas bottle 🙂

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Linnanmäki Outdoor Cinema

Yesterday I went to Linnanmäki (amusement park in Helsinki, Finland). They had a free outdoor movie and of course I wanted to see how it was. I had big hopes for this one after seeing KinoKivinokka (Finland), Kino Engel Kesäkino (Finland), Helsinki Festival Movie Picnic (Finland), Espoo Ciné (Finland), Katusekino (Estonia) and Sala Montjuïc (Catalonia, Spain).

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Area for this movie happening was great.

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…But unfortunately Linnanmäki had set up a LED billboard for a screen. And this kind of screens are not made for movie watching! Led screens like this have really terrible pixel density. So the image looked like, you know… 8 bit video games or bad VHS tape. Big bright and colorful pixels. Sure it was interesting, but I do not think any movie director would like people to watch their movies like this.

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So I really could not stand the image for more than 15 minutes. Even if I sat in the last row. So I took some photos and left. I hope next year they will use proper film or digital projector for this event if they decide to do it again.

Thanks anyway Lintsi! Free outdoor movies are always welcome.


More Outdoor Cinema reviews here ››

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Outdoor Movies in Linnanmäki – Helsinki, Finland

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Linnanmäki is an amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. They are showing outdoor movies in August and September. Here is their timetable:

23.8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
30.8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6.9. Hupiklubin valinta (hupiklub chooses the movie later)
13.9. Funny Face (1957)

I will go and see that last movie (Funny Face) they show and report about the experience in this blog. It is nice to notice that outdoor movies are such a rising trend everywhere!

P.S. Kino Kivinokka is also presenting outdoor movie in August 30th. Read more about it in Facebook.

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Transsegre Catalonia, anybody?

We are looking for people in Spain that have connections to annual Transsegre river happening and its organization. In Finland there is a same kind of tradition called Beerfloating (Kaljakellunta in Finnish). Our goal is to participate in a project that includes documenting both of these outdoor happenings in 2015. So please, if you have any connections to Transsegre, please contact us: info@cineout.com.

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Moving Cine to Spain…

We will be shipping almost all our movie stuff to Spain next month. Receiever, speakers, Blu-ray players, projector etc. But how to move 400+ Blu-ray movies and tv series? Those movie cases (full of air) alone fill at least two moving boxes. There is no way I will pay to courier company for shipping that amount of plastic and air to other country!

Well this is how I solved the problem: Five CD carry cases! Each case takes 120 discs and one case costs under 10 euros. It is a shame I cannot admire those plastic boxes in shelf any more but at least I don’t feel like an idiot shipping useless plastic around the world…

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Donated screen for children’s movies

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Before leaving Thailand we donated our smaller backyard screen (170 cm wide tripod model) to a Magical Light Foundation. They need it for showing movies for children in Chiang Mai. Their previous screen was not so fancy. Here is a picture of foundation’s Facebook page:

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Foundation also runs a small cafe (Magical Garden Cafe) near Chiang Mai airport. That’s where we met the foundation’s wonderful personnel.

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We hope this small donation helps to make better movie experiences possible for many kids. Thank you and good luck Magic Light Foundation! And thanks to Leslie too for giving us an idea of this donation!

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Leaving Thailand…

News from Thailand: Yesterday I sold our popcorn machine and today I sold our backyard screen. This does not mean we are quitting outdoor movie hobby. We are just going back to Finland and we don’t know when we might be coming back to Thailand. I feel a bit sad to let go of all these items. But then again, we need every penny to start something new in… Spain maybe? Maybe even public screenings? Who knows. Stay tuned 🙂

Thank you Thailand! Thank you Chiang Mai! You were very good to us! Below is last picture from our backyard. We had a small May 1st party (Vappu) and private children’s movie screening yesterday.

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