Flipbooks Have Made A Comeback!

Did you know flip books were recognized as one of the earliest forms of what today is referred to as “interactive multimedia”? Flipbooks were first patented in the U.S. on May 16, 1882 by Henry Van Hovenbergh of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Early flip books consisted of simple drawings stacked in sequential stages of movement with a single staple binding. When the pages were flipped, they would create the optical illusion of motion.

Flipbooks were then popularized in the early 1900′s by the Cracker Jack Company who gave them away as free in-pack prizes. Other marketers soon followed suit, including manufacturers of breakfast cereals, bubble gum, cigarettes, automobiles and snack foods. The trend continued strong through the 1960′s. But unfortunately, that trend ended in the 1970′s as new technologies began to take the spotlight.

But now, flipbooks are back and better than ever! Go Festive offers the most engaging and entertaining flipbook experience. We’ve also created a process to make the design and production of flip books from live-action video footage easy and efficient. For an unforgettable moment, rent a Go Festive flipbook station now!

Birth of the Drive-In

Can you guess where the first outdoor movie theater was created? It was right in the backyard of Richard Hollingshead in Camden, New Jersey. Richard mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car; he used it to project onto a screen he nailed to trees in his backyard. He placed a radio behind the screen for sound, and then began to test his idea. Richard tested sound with the windows up, down and half way. He experimented with the various weather conditions; using his lawn sprinkler he replicated a rainstorm. Richard liked what he saw and heard. After receiving a patent for his idea, Richard opened the first drive-in theater in Airport Circle, New Jersey on June 6, 1933.

Since Drive-In Theaters were new to most people, drive-ins would host an “Open House” during the day to let people know what to expect. They would show the customers how to park, how the sound systems worked, and what food was available in the concession stands. A few theater owners even gave the customers the ability to order from their car and have a car hop deliver. This attracted a lot of customers to the drive-in movie.

Although most drive-in theaters have closed down since the 1990s, people have been experimenting with their own backyard theaters. Depending on the space available, it may simply be a temporary version with foldable screen, a projector and couple of speakers, or a permanent fixture with huge screens and dedicated audio set up in the back. Due to the outdoor nature, it is quite popular with BBQ parties and pool parties. Just like the crowds of the 1930’s through the 1950′s, it seems that a new generation has taken an old concept and discovered a new approach to outdoor movie theaters.

Let Fun Flicks help to host your next outdoor movie party. We bring the screen, projector and an awesome sound system! All you have to do is supply the movie. We even have old fashioned popcorn machines.

Thrillist is thrilled with GO FESTIVE!

Our BATTLE BLAST Laser Tag service was recently featured in Thrilllist’s July 16th edition. Tagging our Laser Tag packages as “A local way to run ‘n’ gun”, the article features our most popular games, ideas for where to host a Laser Tag party, and live action snapshots!

Summer and fall are a great time to have an outdoor Laser Tag party! Of course, as noted by Thrillist, we can also host your Laser Tag party indoors! If you would like to know more about our BATTLE BLAST Laser Tag packages, please browse our website or call/email us for more information! We’d love to hear from you!

Have Fun!


Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation's Battle Blast Fund Raiser!

GO FESTIVE! recently worked with a local sorority organization to benefit diabetes awareness, and had a BLAST! The event was organized by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority chapter at St. Joseph’s University, and took place on St. Joseph’s campus on a beautiful spring afternoon. GO FESTIVE! team members facilitated a Battle Blast Laser Tag Tournament for twenty teams of college students who got right into the swing of things and participated in tiered competition all day for the Grand Prize: A two hour Battle Blast Laser Tag party of their own!

Checks out the great photos below, courtesy of event organizer LoriAnn Rizzo.

Our thanks to the great folks at St. Joseph’s and in Alpha Gamma Delta for putting the event together. We look forward to working with them again, and we look forward to seeing YOU having a blast on the battlefield next!

Fun Flicks Movie Series Discount

Are you interested in hosting 3 or more movie nights in 2009? If so, Fun Flicks by GO FESTIVE is the perfect solution! Book 3 or more movies and receive FREE rain date insurance for every movie or video game tournament that you book! That’s a $177 savings for 3 events; the savings add up the more events that you add on!

Fotobooth & Flipbooks Specials

Book any Friday or Sunday photobooth or flipbooks package and take $50 off any package! 

Book any midweek (Monday – Thursday) photobooth or flipbooks package and take $100 off any package! 

Book any photobooth package AND flipbooks package for the same event, and take $250 off the combined packages, any day of the week!  

Please note: discounts cannot be combined.