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August 3, 2013

 

Cortland FunFlicks expands territory

Company that shows outdoor movies on inflatable screen now spans 17 counties

MoviesBob Ellis/staff photographer
Groton residents watch a FunFlicks outdoor movie July 26 on Ross Field.

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
theppard@cortlandstandardnews.net

Cortland resident Andrew Pierce has expanded his franchise area with FunFlicks, an indoor and outdoor movie event provider, to 17 counties in upstate New York.
Pierce is the owner and operator of FunFlicks of Cortland and the Southern Tier and on July 19, he expanded his territory to include Rochester and the Finger Lakes area.
The new acquisition means that Pierce will be adding Yates, Seneca, Cayuga, Ontario, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne and Genesee counties to his coverage area.
FunFlicks is a nationwide outdoor movie screen rental service which provides its clients with inflatable movie screens and various forms of entertainment for parties and social gatherings.
Recently, Pierce was behind setting up events for the Central New York Mustang and All Ford Club July 24 at Cort-Lanes on Route 13 in Cortlandville and a community movie night for village of Groton residents July 26 at Ross Field.
Pierce was working his full-time job as a recreational and youth sports coordinator in Dryden two years ago when he was put in charge of setting up an outdoor movie night for the kids. He said he was also looking for extra income and found what he was looking for when he came across FunFlicks while doing some research.
“I wanted to do something I enjoy while still being out in the community,” Pierce said. “I contacted a movie company that looked credible and had good credentials. I started looking into it and one thing lead to another.”
Pierce says when he originally started hosting events with FunFlicks, he helped a partner to cover Central New York while he took the northern part of Cortland County. His partner eventually took over that area, but Pierce kept Cortland County and by January 2013, Pierce covered the Southern Tier which includes Broome, Tioga and Tompkins counties and was on his way to acquiring the license needed to expand to Rochester and the Finger Lakes.
Pierce said even with the help of his nephew and one other employee, the recent acquisition of the Rochester/Finger Lakes region has stretched resources thin and he is looking for some more equipment and people to help set up events to as many people as he can.
“With the addition of Rochester, we’re just about maxed out for the requests we can handle,” Pierce said. “The plans are to add two more trailers by next year. I want to have the ability to do four full events to cover the new territories.”
He added he is looking for a part-time event host to transport equipment and set up events.

 

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