How To Host A Summer Movie Night

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Photo: Threesixtyecotique.com

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

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Photo: Outdoortheme.com

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

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Photo: Krrb.com/33014

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.

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Photo: Krrb.com/Recycle

Screen on tripod in Baltimore, Maryland. Find it on BlueCrabVintage‘s corner. $30.

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Photo: Krrb.com/lbridge

Antique screen in Jersey City, New Jersey. Find it on lbridge‘s corner. $200.

Don’t Forget the Details

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Photo: Krrb.com/bignyc

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.

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Photo: Krrb.com/37129

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.

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Photo: Krrb.com/msheena

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.

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Photo: Kitchenconfidante.com

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.

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Photo: Krrb.com/StayingVintage

Retro film reel of “The Man” by the Goldberg Bros in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Find it on StayingVintage‘s corner. $30.

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Photo: Krrb.com/take2vintage

Studio lights from the 1920s in Chicago, Illinois. Find them on Take2vintage‘s corner. $275.

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Photo: Krrb.com/HippieHog

Vintage film reel rewinder in Aurora, Missouri. Find it on Hippie Hog‘s corner. $229.

Consider Making Your Own Entertainment

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Photo: Krrb.com/SCain

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.

Photo: Krrb.com/secondseed

Photo: Krrb.com/secondseed

Attach a light to the camera with this lamp in Rochester, New York. Find it on Secondseed‘s corner. $22.

 

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