Your family loves nothing more than a night at the movies. But rising gas costs, escalated theater ticket
and concessions prices, and annoying audience members playing with their smartphones have made
going out to the movies a less than appealing experience. Well not to worry, you can recreate a night at the
movies at home, with even better results. You get to pick the movies and the screening times, and with the
incredible improvements in audio-visual technology, the viewing experience can be just as spectacular as
at your local theater. And with the added bonus of no sticky floors. Here’s a look at everything you’ll need
to have a family movie night from the comfort of your very own living room.
Pick the movies. If time is tight, you can certainly watch a single film and be satisfied. But a movie
marathon is a great idea if you can extend the experience. Think about going with a theme, like
all comedies or all love stories, or even watch a series of films in one sitting, like “The Lord of the
Rings”, “Twilight”, or the “Harry Potter” films. You can ask your friends and family to vote for what they
most want to see, or surprise them with a fully curated evening. Either way, a movie marathon will make
for a lasting memory.
Test your setup. Nothing is worse than settling in, popcorn and snacks in hand, picking up the remote
control and…nada. Though your Blu-Ray player and HD flat screen television with surround sound will
offer an impeccable viewing experience, it’s all for naught if you can’t get it to turn on. So make sure
you plan a dry run of the setup well before movie night gets started. If you want to recreate the theater
experience at home, that means you don’t want to be worrying about dead batteries and faulty cables.
Write a list of steps if need be, but make sure you are confident the film is ready to roll when movie night
Stock the fridge. Nothing says movie night like theater-style snacks, so pack the kitchen with all your
family’s favorites. Chocolate, soft drinks, and anything else that will make the night special should do
the trick. If your family has a thing for popcorn, think about popping it fresh, and melting real butter. It
should beat anything you’ve ever bought at the concession stand. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, try
making nachos or other types of finger food, so your movie night’s meal can be as fun and unique as the
rest of the experience.
Prep the room. Most modern movie theaters have super comfortable chairs and unimpeded views with
stadium seating. So you’ll want your movie night to offer the same level of comfort and screen visibility.
Regardless of how your living room is set up every other day of the year, on movie night it should be
reorganized around the television screen. Set up rows if need be, and bring in lots of pillows, bean bag
chairs and blankets to create theater seating for home in total comfort.