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Tallahassee, Florida (Profitable.com) A recent report from the Huffington Post revealed that, despite last-ditch attempt to lure grown-ups to movie theaters, the movie industry is suffering from ever-declining ticket sales among adult audiences. While teenagers can still be relied upon to head to the local theater, grown-ups are increasingly content to stay in, save a few dollars, and watch a movie at home. Greg Hamus, a film critic and blogger from the site FilmCatch, says watching movies at home is an affordable option, but making movie night something the whole family can enjoy sometimes proves challenging. “Anyone can rent or buy a DVD or Blu-Ray,” Hamus notes, “but turning it into a truly compelling event takes some planning.” Hamus has compiled a set of tips for adults hoping to establish movie nights the whole family can enjoy.
“Home viewings are definitely cheaper than going to the Cineplex, but they lack some of the same wow factor,” notes Hamus. “Making home movie night into a real event takes some doing, but is ultimately a more satisfying experience.”
Hamus says the most important thing to remember is that people want more than just a movie—they want a special event. His tips follow suit.
1. Send invitations: The quickest way to turn a movie into an event is to treat it like a party. An invitation, be it paper or electronic, goes a long way.
2. Pick a theme: If planning a double feature, find a creative way to link the two movies being shown. Otherwise, think about thematic décor or even attire.
3. Plan seating: Unless a home theater is part of the house, this might prove tricky, but throw blankets, beanbag chairs, and the like will all add bonus seating on the floor.
4. Make it a game. Before the movie, look up some interesting facts about the movie or its stars, and play movie trivia.
5. Schedule an intermission. If snacks and drinks are being served, this is an especially important step to take.
According to Hamus, going out to the movies can seem like a big event, but escalating ticket prices make it less appealing for grown-ups and families alike. “Turning a home viewing into an event is possible,” Hamus says, “so long as creativity and a little planning are involved.”
Greg Hamus is a movie journalist and blogger who writes about film for an online publication called Film Catch. Hamus, a father of three, is especially passionate about good family movies, and about planning family movie nights.