Make your film club a dramatic success

Film club ideas

A film night for friends or family is fun, cheap and easy to organise. Here are some ideas to make yours a blockbuster event.


Everyone loves a cosy night in with some snacks and a great movie. It’s a great way to unwind and spend time together, so why not make it a regular fixture with a bit of razzmatazz? Here’s our guide to creating a film club with that little special something extra.

Getting started

Ask around your friends to find out who wants to get involved then get them to draw up a list of the movies they own on DVD and the online subscriptions they have. For more ideas, check out our step-by-step guide to starting a film club on a budget.

Just as you would with a book club, discuss who is going to pick the next movie. That person will play the host for the evening, setting the scene and choosing the snacks and drinks to complement the movie.

Let the kids get involved

A junior film club for the youngsters is a great way to keep them occupied on Saturday mornings in the cold, wet months. Invite their friends and get the kids to make tickets for everyone, just like at the cinema. Heat up a big batch of popcorn and you can leave them to their fun for a couple of hours.

Go wild with your imagination for theme nights

Have a cinematic pot-luck, where each guest brings a snack or a drink that’s inspired by the film you’re about to see. Ghostbusters toasted marshmallows, anyone? Entertain the kids – and adults – with James Bond-style assault course challenges in the garden before you settle down to a 007 classic. Or throw a 1980s vs 1950s party with a screening of Back To The Future.

Savvy tip

Make sure you vary the movie choices with a broad selection of comedy, action, romance and thrillers so that there’s something for everyone. Or try the occasional night of classic scenes, where everyone gets to screen an iconic moment from their favourite films, so everyone stays involved all night.

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