How to Throw the Perfect Movie Marathon Party


With big movie releases coming up during this holiday season and next year, you might want to throw a movie marathon for you and your friends, so you can catch up on previous movies. You might just want to have a Christmas movie marathon to get you in the spirit, or spend an entire weekend watching all of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, just for fun.

Throwing a great movie marathon party does not have to be difficult, and with lots of little touches, it is easy to make this party something your guests will never forget—and actually make them want to stick around for the entirety of the marathon, instead of bailing after the third or fourth movie. Here’s how to throw the perfect movie marathon.

Pick the Movies

If you are going with a specific movie series, picking your movies will be pretty easy. Let’s be honest, you can’t really go wrong with one of the favorite series, especially of the last couple of years. Many of the most famous movie franchises have recently put out trilogies, that are just about the perfect length for a long-haul (but not too protracted) movie marathon.

Think about what you favorite series has been and whether or not your friends are likely to have seen those movies, or if they would be willing to watch them again. Most people prefer for a little time to pass in between viewing the same movie, so that they do not perfectly remember every twist and turn. On the other hand, if you have a few friends who have never seen, for example, the Ghostbuster movies, a movie marathon is the perfect way to watch them all—and get your friend up to speed with the rest of the world.

If you are choosing a theme, instead of a specific line of movies, you probably have more options to choose from. Are you going to watch just Tarantino films? Good luck picking just a few. Do you want to have a classic Christmas movie marathon? It might be worth your time to poll your friends and see what movies they would like to see to get them in the holiday spirit. If they’re ambivalent, just browse the internet for the best Christmas movies (or troll Netflix—that way, it’s free!).

It’s important to pick the right mix of movies for a movie marathon. You have to keep your guests engaged, even after hours of watching movies. If you are hand-selecting a list of movies to fit a theme, vary their tone and pacing so that your guests will welcome a slower movie or relish a fast-paced one.

Send Out Invitations

Sending out invitations via email or a Facebook group is the best way to get everyone on board with your date and time. You’re going to want a day when most people are going to be able to come, at least for a few hours. Weekends are usually the best. While setting up a Facebook group is a good way to remind people, you might still want to send out neat email invitations. In order to make your invites really special, look for email templates that reflect the movie theme.

Send out the invitations as early as possible, so that your guests can keep that day clear or at least mostly clear, so they can stop by and watch as many movies as time allows. Consider including a list of the movies you’re going to watch on the emailed invitation or Facebook page. That way, your guests have time to make suggestions, long before the day of the party.

Food and Drink

Anyone who has ever attempted a movie marathon knows that food and drink are two of the most important parts of the day. Without the right food, people are going to get uncomfortable and hungry. That’s why you should invest in some food machine rentals, like a popcorn machine—it’s the best way to make your home feel like a real movie theater. A popcorn machine is inexpensive to rent and actually allows you to make your own popcorn, so no matter how many movies you’re planning on watching, you’ll always have a supply of fresh, hot popcorn to keep you going.

Other food machines that are worth renting include a nacho cheese dispenser and maybe even a hot dog roller. Variety is key, and renting several different machines is a great way to make sure that all of your guests have something that they would like to eat—in addition to other typical snacks like chips and dip.

When it comes to drinks, to stick with the movie theater theme, you can rent a slushie machine and have cold, refreshing slushies for the entire night. Why go to all the trouble? Because movie marathons are a test of endurance. You might like getting together and watching a movies on a weekend night, but watching movies all day is a different thing entirely. It’s fun—but only if you build the right atmosphere.

Now What?

You’ve got your movies picked, your invites sent out, and your food lined up. There are only a few remaining details to work out. First is seating. If you’re lucky enough to have a home theater room, you’re probably more than prepared for a movie marathon day. If you don’t have a home theater, make sure you have enough seating for everyone invited to get comfortable.

If you need to borrow some chairs or couches from others, do it well before the party is supposed to start. Consider getting some pillows and blankets for those who choose to sit on the floor. Now you’re ready to host your perfect movie marathon!


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