December 10, 2023

FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

How To Plan The Perfect Movie Night At Home

Trips to the movies still hold a special place in our hearts, but the experience isn’t quite as amazing as it once was. The prices of tickets and food are crazy. There’s always someone talking on a phone. And you’ll probably still have a little fear about contracting Covid. 

Conversely, home movie nights are better than ever. Not least because the latest movies hit the small screen within weeks of movie theater release. So, how can you be sure that your next film night is a winner? Here’s all you need to know about planning your next event.

Choose The Perfect Movie

There are many reasons to love home movie night, such as the opportunity to spend time with your family or friends. Nonetheless, the event isn’t going to be much fun if you choose a terrible film. One of the best options is to find alternatives to John Wick or whatever other movie is your favorite. Watching something new but in a genre that you love is sure to keep you glued to the screen.

The great news is that movies are now more accessible than ever. Whether it’s a DVD or one of the many popular online streaming services doesn’t matter. There are thousands of movies at your disposal. You may also want to consider the duration of the film too, particularly when watching with children.

Tweak Your Home Cinema Set Up

An engrossing movie will instantly put you on the path to a successful movie night. However, you also need to consider the screen and surroundings of where you’ll watch it. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair while trying to watch a 14” screen isn’t quite going to replicate movie night. If you are not naturally blessed with a large TV, you can always find a projector screen. It also offers the versatility of moving to the backyard.

In addition to the screen itself, you’ll want to ensure that your seats are comfortable and the room is kept at a comfortable temperature. Shutting the drapes or blinds will also prevent glare on the screen and maintain the theater vibes. If you have surround sound speakers, these will enhance your night too.

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Get A Good Night’s Sleep

There’s nothing worse than feeling unable to keep your eyes open despite loving the movie. While being at home does give you the opportunity to pause the movie and return to it the following day, it’s always better to watch it in one go. This is especially true when watching with friends and family.

Finding luxury bed sheets and getting a good night’s rest won’t only enhance movie night. It’s a winning routine that will improve virtually every aspect of your life. While doing movie night at home does remove the need to feel governed by the theater start times, it’s best to watch your film at a suitable time too. Most people find that late afternoon or early evening is the ideal solution.

Prepare Food & Remove Distractions

Watching a movie with loved ones is a special feeling, not least because it gives you a talking point for days to come. Sharing tasty treats is another wonderful thing to do, and movie night is a great excuse to try something new. Of course, you can simply buy some candies from the local store.

However, checking out Cookie and Kate popcorn recipes or ways to cook nachos will work wonders. Aside from delighting the taste buds, you’ll find that the smells of home cooking add an extra special ingredient. It should be noted, though, that the movie and finger foods are all you need. As such, you should commit to putting your smartphones away and agreeing not to check social media for the next 2-3 hours. 

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Plan Some Extra Activities

Movie night at the theater is great, but travel means that a two-hour film becomes a four-hour trip. So, you might not have time for much else. At home, however, you should have plenty of time for fun activities. Movie-based board games or video games based on the movie you watched are great options. Alternatively, if you’re having a movie day, you could look to play sports in the backyard.

The options are almost endless. The movie will become the central feature but building around it will ensure it is a far more memorable day. Whether it’s a rainy day activity, a lockdown treat, or a budget-friendly weekend event is up to you. Either way, a fun and entertaining day or evening is assured.