There’s nothing better than relaxing with your favorite movie. While watching the movie itself is pretty great, there’s also plenty of ways to make the experience even better than it normally is.
Movie theaters are cool, but they have become pretty expensive lately. Factor in the price of a ticket and concessions, and you are spending almost as much as it would cost to buy the movie. And what do you do when your favorite movie has left the theaters?
A Drive-In Experience
Drive-in movie theaters have become a bit of a relic in modern times, but for those who got to experience them in their heyday, it was an experience like no other. While traditional drive-ins might be all but extinct these days, you can mimic the experience from home. Simply set up your projector in front of a large wall on your house or a garage door, grab your friends, and park in front of it. You can even get your neighbors in on the fun, too.
Themed watch parties with friends are a great way to take your viewing experience up a notch. Movie series with a cult following, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, are perfect for a long movie marathon with your friends. Or choose a theme and vote on movies that fit the theme. Depending on the movie you’re planning to watch, you can match the decorations, food, and even costumes to go with it. Seeing everyone get so into the mood will only help you enjoy things more. You can even make a contest out of it and award people for the best costumes if you want to take it even further.
A good home theater system can take your viewing experience for anything – whether it be movies or regular TV – to the next level. Powerful speakers, a huge screen, a clear projector, and an expansive home media server full of all your favorite movies give you that authentic theater experience at a fraction of the price and double the comfort. There’s really no comparison.
Camping might not be for everyone, but movies sure are. Putting them together can make even the most ardent homebody relent for at least a couple hours. Bringing a projector and screen along on your next trip into the woods gives you a unique viewing experience unlike any other surrounded by nature. Just make sure to properly steel yourself if you pop in a horror movie, and invest in a camping hammock to cuddle with your crush or BFFs!
They say everyone’s a critic, but very few of us actually want to put our money where our mouths are. The next time you and a group of friends watch a movie, pretend you’re making a riff track in the style or your favorite review show. If you’ve never done it before, you’ll be surprised how much tossing out your best quips can improve the experience of watching a film (particularly the bad ones).
Watching a movie on its own is always a treat, but you can use these tips to make it even better. Dim the lights, grab some snacks, turn on the projector, and assemble your friends for the best viewing experience you can have.