A night at the movies: it’s a great American time-honored tradition that most of us love. Whether it’s an action-packed superhero movie or a cheesy rom-com where the leading man has a British accent (yes, we’re thinking of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth), everyone loves a good movie night, and with most theatres still closed to the public, why not create that perfect night at the movies at home?
Movie night can mean different things to different people. You may be thinking of it as a great opportunity to have a romantic date night, whereas the kids are hoping for a whole night of Disney+ (be honest, you want to watch The Lion King again, too).
It’s important to set everyone’s expectations about what your movie night at home will entail so everyone has a good night, and there are a few things you can do to make sure that is a reality.
Choose the Right Equipment
Having a movie night at home can be as simple as streaming a movie to your TV, but why not go one step further and make it really special by busting out a projector for a proper authentic feel? This article by The Camping Geek provides some great insight into the best projector for outdoor entertainment, meaning you can get that proper drive-in movie feel without the need to get in your truck!
Set the Scene
Movie night won’t be much fun if you’re too busy checking your work emails or the kids are more interested in playing Animal Crossing. Make it a family (or couples) rule that cell phones are turned off, laptops are put away and you’re spending time together to enjoy the night, and make sure you decide beforehand on the acceptable level of talking during the movie!
One of the major benefits of having an at-home movie night is that you can really make it comfortable! You won’t have those hard movie theatre chairs to contend with, so why not bust out the blankets and the cushions? If you’re hosting your movie night outside, you could even go one step further by setting up a tent for the kids and maybe filling the hot tub for mom and dad! Go on, indulge yourself!
Don’t Forget the Snacks
Who could forget the most important aspect of a movie night: SNACKS! Whether you’re a loaded nachos fan, a hot dog connoisseur, or you prefer a straight-up bucket of popcorn and a jug of soda to see you through the movie, make sure everyone has something to eat and drink throughout the film. Maybe not too much to drink, though: remember how annoying it is to be sitting in a movie theatre when someone needs the bathroom every five minutes!
Pick the Right Movie
Are you going for a kid’s film, a family film, or something just for adults? Picking the right movie is really important, so make sure everyone is involved in the process.