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Movie night ideas

Have the perfect family night in.

Pick the perfect film, find your ideal set-up and get some premier ideas for a great night in, plus top tech guides and marvellous movie décor ideas.

Movie night checklist

A group of housemates laughing at a film with a bowl of popcorn.

Have the ultimate picture party

Essential steps to the best ever home cinema:

  1. Bring the big screen home with a high def TV or projector
  2. Boost your sound with a sound bar or home cinema system
  3. Get access to a streaming service with tons of choice
  4. Upgrade to a Blu-ray player
  5. ...And of course, prepare some tasty movie snacks

Find your ideal movie tech essentials

A 55 inch television with a QLED display.

Get a high definition Smart TV

We recommend a Smart TV to access streaming services with a screen 49" or bigger for a cinematic experience. We've picked out high definition resolution OLED, QLED and 4K options made for movie nights.

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Alternatively, consider a projector. These connect to your laptop or device to be aimed at a projector screen or large blank wall space for a cinema-sized picture.

A television with a Sonos soundbar underneath it.

Upgrade your sound system

For an immersive viewing experience, you may want to invest in a home cinema system for a more rounded sound.

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Sound bars are a sleek, all-in-one piece of kit that help to beef up sound, and take up very little room. Some come with a subwoofer for an extra punch.

A 4K Blu-ray player with an open disc drive.

Add a Blu-ray player

Still have your old DVD player? Consider upgrading to Blu-ray if you haven't already for a crisp, clear and vivid display. Some Blu-ray players play Blu-rays exclusively, while others can play both Blu-rays and DVDs.

How will you be watching?

A television showing a movie with an Apple TV box and Siri remote.

Smart TV boxes

Don't have a smart TV? Enjoy having a library of heaps of movies to choose from with a Smart TV box. Access both free and paid streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and BBC iPlayer for movies of all genres and for all ages.

More for movie lovers

A popcorn maker and a slushie machine.

Movie snacks

It's not a perfect movie night unless you have plenty of cinema snacks to hand. Make fresh popcorn at home, recreate refreshing slushies and design your own ice cream.

A Marvel Thor hammer, Batman projector, and Disney kids' princess lamp.

Movie decor

Set the right mood for your big movie night. Whether you're watching Barbie, Harry Potter or starting a movie marathon, create the ambience you want with film-inspired colourful lighting, cosy blankets, throws and more.

How to create an outdoor cinema in your garden

Transform your outdoor space into a big-screen cinema. Invite your friends and family, and fire up the BBQ. And who said watching a flick is only a summer thing? Dig out the blankets, snuggle up and enjoy cooler evenings too.

Summer cinema with retro projector in the garden.

Have an open-air film fest

What you'll need:

  1. A portable projector to connect to a laptop
  2. A projector screen or white bed sheet to project onto
  3. A Bluetooth-enabled sound bar - or wireless headphones if you're watching alone
  4. Your seating of choice - picnic blanket and cushions, or garden chairs

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