Going to the theater is fun and all, but sometimes you don’t want to deal with the crowds and the sticky floors. Let’s not even mention the person who left their phone on and the one who brought a toddler to a slasher flick. When you want to have a date night - movie night on your terms, you want to do it right, and sometimes that means the comfiest setting, using your comfiest pillows and favorite blanket. This not-so-scientific yet comprehensive list gives you everything you need to turn your movie night into a cinematic experience.
- A Nice TV
Remember those small TVs with built-in VCRs? You may have had one in college. Well, send it to the landfill. If you want the theater experience at home, you need to go all out. The current top of the line TV is the LG C9, which not only syncs up streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon; it can also connect to Alex or Google Assistant and respond to voice commands. While you’re getting your popcorn, you can call over and get your movie cued up and playing by the time you make it back to the couch.
- The Sound System
If you don’t want to rely on the stock speakers in your TV, you can invest in a home sound system to turn your bedroom into a theater. Like TVs, there are plenty of options to choose from with Bose and Sonos producing some of the best quality systems available. These pre-packaged systems come with everything you need and are so easy to set up that the hardest part will be deciding where you want the speakers. If you’re feeling industrious, you can opt to create the system yourself, using separate components. Of course, there’s always the option to hire a professional to set up a system for you based upon your needs and wants.
- Awesome Seating (Outside the Bedroom)
Our grandparents may have been perfectly happy to plop down onto the davenport with folding TV trays, but times have changed. Even movie theaters are starting to move towards cushy, leather seats that recline, sometimes all the way back. Basic models that you can purchase for your home resemble old fashioned recliners, but with sleek, leather or leather-like upholstery. Top of the line models might include cup holders, storage, and convertible seats and armrests that offer room and table space. Some companies, like Fortress, even provide custom designs so that you can choose single seats, love seats, or full-on sofas. No matter what you pick for your movie night seating arrangements, make sure you grab your coziest blanket and best pillows, too.
- In Bed Concessions
Many theaters are opting to offer more grown-up options like alcohol and dinner items to attract customers. Well, the at-home movie crowd has been doing this for decades, but now the options are better than ever. Basic kegerators can be found for just a few hundred dollars, more luxurious models, some of which come with attached bottle coolers available for a few thousand dollars. Wine refrigerators run about the same a standalone beer cooler. Both can be a step away from your bed. For food options, the possibilities are endless. If you want charcuterie board with your in bed movie night, go for it. igourmet.com offers luxury and exotic food delivery, and there are plenty of food delivery apps if you’re feeling more like something from your favorite restaurant that doesn’t deliver.If you want to go all out on your date night - movie night in bed, you can definitely splurge on these items and turn your bedroom into a luxury theater experience. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the old standby: curling up in bed with your favorite pillow and blanket for Netflix in your pajamas. Don’t forget the popcorn, pizza, and a case of cheap beer or box wine. Your in bed movie night is whatever you make of it.