How to Host a Movie Night (v. 1.0)

I have been thinking of additional ways to expand and strengthen my social circle aside from hosting parties every month or two. One idea was to have a movie night once a month. I had my first one last week. Obviously those with larger spaces to host a movie night will fare better than those who are limited on space. My ultimate goal is to replicate going to an actual theater to see a movie as closely as possible.

Choosing a Movie

I use DVD Express and Red Box to rent movies. They are DVD rental machines located at different supermarkets and grocery stores around the country (e.g., King Kullen, Waldbaums, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, 7/11, etc.). You can rent a movie for $1 and return it the following evening at 7 p.m. for DVD Express and 9 p.m. for Red Box. If you keep it longer you are charged $1 for each additional day. Both services allow for reserving movies ahead of time online and movies and new releases are released every Tuesday. By using one of these machines or if you prefer Netflix, Blockbuster, or your TV Service Provider, you can obtain the latest movie releases so there is a decreased chance of everyone having already seen the movie. There is something appealing about seeing a movie that just came out on DVD compared to something that has been available for some time.


How would a movie night be complete without popcorn? I decided to purchase an old-fashioned popcorn machine to add a little fun for movie nights. I want the taste to be as close to possible as the movie theater as possible and normally microwaving popcorn just doesn’t cut it. I also have plenty of nachos available and heated up a whole bunch of cheese. For drinks I had Water, Pepsi, Coke, and Sprite. I make sure everyone has their own bowl of popcorn, nachos, and cheese, so there is no issues with double dipping or if anyone is a germaphobe they don’t have to put in an uncomfortable position.


That about sums up my thoughts on the subject for now. As I have more movie nights I will of course expand on what I find works and doesn’t work.