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.
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 😉
Walmart often sells great DVDs for $5… 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. We own most of these so you can borrow them if you want… 😉 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!) 😀
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. 😀
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. 😉 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. 😉 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? 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!
This is a seat map I drew of our living-room theater. Make sure to mark the emergency exit as I did. For safety, ya know. 😛 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. 😉
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. 😉
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. (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! 😀
Thanks so much for reading!
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