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When the long, hot days of summer turn to warm moonlit nights, why not get together for some convivial movie screenings. Invite a few friends over, wait until the sun goes down, and host your own film night with vintage screens, projectors, and of course, freshly buttered popcorn. There’s a lot of great retro cinema pieces floating through Krrb right now just so grab the goods and get to screening.
Pick a Movie
You could have friends submit ideas for a movie to watch and draw from a hat. Or, if you want to make sure you see something classic, check out a curated collection like the ones from Criterion, or The American Film Institute’s top 100 films.
Set the Scene
A summer flick needs to be projected. Compete with the theaters by setting up a huge portable screens indoors or out in your yard like this outdoor movie screen ($80) in New York, New York. Find it on InTheHeight‘s corner.
Screen on tripod in Baltimore, Maryland. Find it on BlueCrabVintage‘s corner. $30.
Antique screen in Jersey City, New Jersey. Find it on lbridge‘s corner. $200.
Don’t Forget the Details
Take the movie-night theme all the way with theater seats, decorations and hot buttery popcorn. Sink into cushioned stadium seats ($75) available on Build it Green!NYC‘s corner in Brooklyn, New York.
Hang up film posters or black and white photos of film stars. This is a chic monochromatic painting of Charlie Chaplin. Find it on Lillian‘s corner. $50.
Make your own seasoned popcorn like this mouth-watering sweet and spicy wasabi popcorn with a dome popcorn popper ($25) in New York, New York. Find it on smp921‘s corner. Wash it all down with Martha Stewart’s homemade recipe for vanilla rum colas.
Decorate with Vintage Items
Items pulled from salvaged film studios and sets are sweet finds if you can get your hands on them. Check out a few of these old cinema artifacts.
Retro film reel of “The Man” by the Goldberg Bros in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Find it on StayingVintage‘s corner. $30.
Studio lights from the 1920s in Chicago, Illinois. Find them on Take2vintage‘s corner. $275.
Vintage film reel rewinder in Aurora, Missouri. Find it on Hippie Hog‘s corner. $229.
Consider Making Your Own Entertainment
You might be so inspired after screening a classic that you’ll want to make your own film with friends. Try out some retro camera equipment to make memories that will embarrass you for a lifetime. Set up the scene and use this Kodak Instamatic M18 Movie Camera ($100) to capture he action. Find it on Sheila‘s corner in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Attach a light to the camera with this lamp in Rochester, New York. Find it on Secondseed‘s corner. $22.