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Odds are you’ve been on a few movie dates in your lifetime but, if you’re being honest, going to the theater can get old fast. Whether you’re in a committed relationship or just beginning to wade back into the dating pool, it’s a good idea to switch things up and try something new.
Luckily, there are plenty of other fun ways to enjoy each others’ company and an entertaining flick. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
1. Go To the Drive-In
Indoor movie theaters might be open again, but that doesn’t mean you have to go watch a new release at the local cinema. Sometimes, watching an old classic can be just as fun, especially if it’s at a drive-in theater.
Pack your car full of pillows, blankets, bug spray and cozy seating and head to your nearest drive-in. Bring a cooler full of snacks and drinks and snuggle up on the tailgate or your truck bed to enjoy your show on the big screen.
2. Set The Mood
Maybe you’d rather have your next movie date at home. In this case, you might set the mood by turning your living room or bedroom into a movie-viewers paradise.
Light candles or string lights around the ceiling to create a more romantic atmosphere and bring some warm light into your home. You could even build a pillow fort to make the space more intimate and snuggle-worthy.
3. Make Cinema-Worthy Snacks
When you go to the movies, filling up on salty-sweet theater snacks is half the fun. However, if you’re tired of popcorn and sour gummy worms, there are plenty of other foods you can make instead.
Whether you whip up a batch of bourbon sea salt caramels or a make sheet pan nachos, you and your date are sure to enjoy a fresh take on cinema snacks. You can even prepare a few healthy options like granola and stuffed olives.
4. Watch It On A Big Screen
Watching a movie on your laptop or smartphone might work when you’re alone. However, if you want to give your date the real cinema experience, plan to watch the film on a big screen.
In most cases, a large TV will do, but you can always go the extra mile by renting or purchasing a movie projector. Impress your date with a basement or backyard setup and use the wall or a large sheet as the screen.
5. Have A Movie Marathon
Maybe you’re the kind of couple that can binge Netflix for hours on end. In this case, you’ll need more than one movie to keep you entertained. Keep the film rolling with a movie marathon.
Whether you choose Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible, Lord of the Rings or the Twilight saga, watching a series in succession will help immerse you in the plot and ensure hours of cuddle time.
6. Make Netflix Choose
There’s nothing worse than sitting down for a movie night only to spend the next hour flipping through potential flicks. Can’t decide what to watch? Try Netflix’s “Play Something” button.
This feature practically makes the decision for you by picking a title you’ll enjoy based on previous viewing history. For now, this feature is only available on smart TVs, but you can still use the Netflix Shuffle button on any device. It’s just a bit less intuitive.
7. Play A Drinking Game
Maybe you’ve been with your partner for months now and you’re ready to add a boozy twist to movie night. Luckily, there are plenty of drinking games you can play whilst you watch. Often, the easiest approach is to take a sip whenever a word, phrase or character appears in the film.
For instance, if you pick Titanic, you could drink every time Rose and Jack say each others’ names or every time social class creates a dicey situation.
Go With The Flow
Of course, these ideas are just suggestions, so there’s no need to follow them to a T. Instead, use them as inspiration to plan the best movie date night ever. Incorporate whatever you have on hand for food and decorations and consider your partner’s interests when choosing a theme and movie.
The more personalized it is, the better, and if your plans derail because things start to get steamy, just go with the flow. After all, you can’t have Netflix without a bit of chill.
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