Movie Night Party Ideas

Movie-night parties usually consist of a group of friends who gather at someone's house to watch a movie or two together. Movie nights are also popular with families, who often designate one night a week as "movie night." Make your next movie night special by going the extra mile and creating an event that isn't just about the movie.


Play a game with your movie while you watch it. For example, pause the movie and the first person who shouts out the next line gets a point. At the end of the movie, add up the points and whoever has the most wins a prize. Other games include dressing up as characters in the movie (award a prize for best costume) or holding a movie trivia contest.

Formal movie

Upgrade the movie experience for your guests. If you can get your hands on some, line up several recliners in front of a flat-screen TV for your guests instead of the usual couch. Place a TV tray by each one to hold snacks. Turn on the surround sound and pop in a meaty drama or musical. Serve upscale hors d'oeuvres and mixed drinks.

Movie Marathon

Line up a series of movies and invite your guests to an all-night movie bonanza. If you want to go all out with your marathon, schedule the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (extended versions, of course) or show all six of the "Star Wars" DVDs, one right after the other. Serve lots of coffee and a big breakfast.

Family Movie Night

Make your family movie night special by printing up tickets and having individual popcorn servings. If you want to let your children invite some friends over to watch the movie with you, send them a movie "ticket" in the mail. You also can print up individual popcorn holders like they use at the movies (see Resources section). Finally, consider stringing white Christmas lights around the walls to mimic a real movie theater.

Outdoor Movie Night

Consider moving your party outdoors on a warm summer night. Drive-in theaters are rare, but you can watch a movie outside by connecting an LCD projector to a laptop or using a projector made for movies. (These are available at most electronic stores.) Hang a white sheet on the side of your house and ask each guest to bring a lawn chair. String up some paper lanterns for ambiance, and use fire pit to make s'mores instead of or along with popcorn.