5 ideas for making a family movie theater like I did!

Making a movie theater at home is easy, fun, and only costs a possible $2 for snacks. Way cool! See how I did it…

Hey people! Does your family enjoy snuggling up and watching movies together on the weekends? We do! But taking our whole family to the theater is WAY too expensive, plus it is hard to find a family-friendly movie showing.

So we made our own movie theater!

We have found a fun, inexpensive way to go to the movies… AT HOME.

With CHEAP snacks and ALL the sibs.

goofy us at a “late night showing”

1. Find a free/cheap movie

We checked out How to Train Your Dragon 2 from our lovely library.

Other ideas for finding movies:

Libraries often have websites where you can digitally check out a movie

You can find some old films free online

Netflix and Amazon Prime have a good selection of shows AND free trials πŸ˜‰

Walmart often sells great DVDs for $5…Β some are even newish releases

…Or maybe one of your fabulous friends would be happy to do a movie-swap with you!


If you can’t dig up any family-friendly movie ideas, this list of a few of our favorites might help you out.Β We own most of these so you can borrow them if you want… πŸ˜‰ jk


Visit here, to see some more details about these (plus a few more) movies.

(We’re thinking of sharing a much longer list in the future. But only if you want it… so tell us!)Β πŸ˜€


2. Cook yummy snacks!

I’m often the one who brings out the big stove pot and attempts to pop a bowl of popcorn and escape unburned. But occasionally, like this time, we buy microwave popcorn instead! Simply Popped is our favorite brand. It’s yummy and a lot more naturally-made than others.

Decorate lunch sacks, buy cute, red striped bags from DollarTree (we had some leftover from last time), or just pass around a humungous bowl. πŸ˜€

Set up a snack stand and display the popcorn plus whatever other movie snacks you choose!


I did cookies and slushies! We absolutely love these gluten-free peanut butter cookies! Like, have to HIDE-them-love-them. πŸ˜‰ My two younger sibs whipped up a small batch expertly! Thanks, Princess M and Bee!

I “shaved” some ice with our ancient hand-crank machine (y’all, I’m gonna look like Popeye xD ) and poured in grape juice for delicious slushies!

The snacks cost just a little, and they were very much cleaned out. πŸ˜‰ Totally worth it!


3. Set up a ticket stand

I really enjoyed making the tickets, first sketching the outline and then coloring them in! (Real movie theaters should make them cuter, shouldn’t they?)

Are you going to charge ten cents per ticket? Or must it be earned by your guest singing the most annoying song on the planet?Β You decide.

Sometimes when the tickets cost a small fee, we make it all go into our Family Fun Fund. (Try saying that twenty times fast. Seriously, try it. Let me know if you could).

What is a Family Fun Fund???? It is basically a jar we’ve assigned a goal to (ie. road trip snacks) and drop our extra change into… eventually there’s enough saved up for our goal!

So if we charge for the movie tickets at all, we often send those pennies toward “The Fund”.

(Hopefully we will do more on the Family Fun Fund in a future post!)


Have a lot of fun creating cool features for your theater, since you are the CEO!

seatsThis is a seat map I drew of our living-room theater.Β Make sure to mark the emergency exit as I did. For safety, ya know. πŸ˜› The VIP seat is a Victorian-style armchair (we call it the pretty-pink-princess chair) that usually belongs to our dad. I should have written “Reserved” on there. πŸ˜‰


make more movie postersΒ for extra cool ticket-booth decor (even tho you aren’t showing them)

4. Spread the word

Pick what time the theater will be open and then notify all the sibs, parents, and pet dogs too!

We like to hang an official “Now showing” poster around the house a few hours beforehand! I printed that one up there and wrote the sign beside it.

Yo, if I were better at drawing Vikings (or DRAGONS) I totally would’ve drawn the poster instead.


5. Blast OFF! (or something less dumb… i’m tired)

It’s fun to show an animated short and a good trailer or two before playing the feature-length film. More theater-y that way. πŸ˜‰

Grabbing a stack of fuzzy blankets and dimming the lights, we pressed play on the epic movie.

Enjoy your family movie theater!

(Insider’s tip: Make sure to hire a janitor to sweep up the popcorn mess afterward.)


Speaking of movie theaters…

Here’s a fun spin-off: theater for the dolls!

Princess M and Bee pulled a basket out of our hallway-cubbies one day and used the empty space as a dollhouse theater room. After lining up chairs and plastic people, they played a movie on a tablet screen.Β (The hall ended up being blocked by real people trying to watch on the tiny screen. XD)

I did another dollhouse movie theater with them recently and this time we added a second room– a lobby. Mini snacks, tickets, and book versions of the “Now Showing” movies (❀) were for sale. It was super fun to do with them and you should totally set one up with your younger siblings too!


Have you ever had a home movie theater with your family? Have you tried any of these ideas before?

What is your favorite clean, family-movie recommendation? We’d love to know and chat with ya! πŸ˜€

Thanks so much for reading!





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10 thoughts on “5 ideas for making a family movie theater like I did!

  1. These are some mighty fun ideas! We watch movies on Friday nights, with homemade pizza =9 I’m going to have to try some of these ideas over the next few weeks!

    Family favourite movies…..”Sarah Plain and Tall” series, and the first two “Anne of Green Gables” series. There’s a third, which your brother and you older ones might like, but it’s definitely NOT for children (war violence) and it doesn’t go with the book series at all. Frustratingly so. Another favourite is “Date With the Angels”, a cute 1950s television series about a newly married couple and all the scrapes they get into. We all love the Robin Hood series!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Kaitlyn! So happy you liked the ideas. πŸ™‚ Pizza and movie nights are awesome. πŸ˜€
      Super great suggestions! We’ll have to try some of those out. πŸ™‚ We like “Sarah Plain and Tall” and the first two “Anne of Green Gables” too! ❀

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  2. This is pretty sweet! πŸ˜€ Gotta try these ideas one time when I’m feeling creative. As it was, I’m super lazy, and my sister and mom and me just got a laptop and watched The Greatest Showman. XD No popcorn. But I’m with you, it’s rare I yield a perfect batch of popcorn with no casualties. I swear I’m a decent cook!

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    1. Thanks, Jo! Yes, do try this and let me know how it went. πŸ˜€ Well, that’s super fun too!
      Oh lol! Sorry about the burns, and I’m glad charred popcorn still usually tastes… decent. XD

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  3. WHY are you guys so much fun! We have family movie nights at our house, but never do all the fanfare. I love how much you get into this. πŸ˜›
    And the doll part was the best…and food!! Recipes and food ideas are the best!!!

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    1. Aww! How to answer that question! Lol
      Your comment made my day!!! πŸ˜€ So encouraging. πŸ™‚ We don’t do all these ideas everytime, but it was pretty fun to compile them and make up some new ones! πŸ™‚
      Yes, Princess M and Bee’s (my little sisters) doll theater idea was soo cute. Glad you enjoyed it and the recipes. πŸ˜€ You should try the cookies. They’re amazing. πŸ˜‰ ~Pearl

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