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Host a Classic Movie Night
Classic Movies for a Fun Party Night
Do you think that the old movies are the best? Do you really enjoy watching people like Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, or Jack Lemmon? If so, a classic movie night may be just the type of party for you.
We have a group of friends who really enjoy Classic Movies so we decided to have a classic movie night several times a year.
A classic movie night is a fun and easy party to host. All that is needed is a great classic movie or two and some snacks or perhaps a light meal for the group.
This lens will give you the outline of how we host our parties and show you the movies we have watched over the years.
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How to Host a Classic Movie Night
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Our classic movie night is attended by three couples who really enjoy classic movies. Each couple takes turns hosting a classic movie night. At first we tried to do this once a month, but schedules got hectic so we now try for about 6 time a year.
There are three main ingredients needed for a good classic movie night.
1. A Good Classic Movie Good classic movies are easy to come by. If you are a real movie buff you may already have a collection, but if not you can rent them or buy them. We have found that our local library also has a wide selection of movies that you can borrow.
We have the hosting couple select the movie for the night. At first we tried to see two movies in a night, but for us this didn't work because we liked having more time to discuss the movies. We try to pick out different types of movies each time and we keep a list of all of the movies that we have seen.
In the future this lens will be where we keep our list. The movies below are the ones we have seen on our movie nights.
2. Some friends who enjoy a good classic movie. It is important for the movie night to have a group of people who enjoy the classic movies and enjoy getting together for a fun night. For us this was the easy part. We limit our movie night to three couples so we have plenty of room for everyone to easily see the movies on our televisions.
3. Good Food This part can be very simple. Popcorn and drinks always make a great movie snack, and if you want to make it real simple you could stick to that. We enjoy combining movie night with a light meal so there is a little more work.
We start off the evening at about 6:30 with a light meal. A typical winter menu may include a nice salad and some homemade soup. In the summer it may be sandwiches on croissants or some grilled burgers and brats. We have also done things like pulled pork, chicken salad, and pizza.
After the meal, and some conversation, we settle in to watch our movie. We try to hold down conversation during the movie so everyone can enjoy the movie.
Dessert comes after the movie so that we can enjoy some discussion on the movie and a good dessert. Sometimes it is simple like ice cream sundaes and sometimes we go with a bit fancier desserts like a special cheesecake or pie.
Our First Classic Movie Night
The first movie that we watched was Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Everyone in our group enjoyed this classic.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The first night we watched two movies. The second movie we watched was Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
Although we enjoyed both movies we decided that one movie a night was sufficient. We also wanted time left for discussion and refreshments.
This is a wonderful classic directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katarine Hepburn.
Our group enjoyed the western classic Stagecoach with John Wayne and Clair Trevor.
This classic western from 1952 starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. It is the story of a town marshal who is forced to face a gang of killers by himself.
12 Angry Men
This classic courtroom drama was a favorite with our group. The 1957 version that we watched was full of stars including: Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb and Jack Klugman.
It is the story of twelve men on a jury debating the innocence of a defendant based on reasonable doubt.
This 1962 classic is one of my husbands favorites. It is starring Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and Laurance Harvey. It was a favorite with our movie group.
East of Eden
This 1955 classic starring James Dean is made from a screenplay adaption of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel. It is the story of two rival brothers based on the Cain and Abel story from the Bible.
Pride of the Yankees
This 1942 baseball classic stars Gary Cooper. It is a biographical film on the life of Lou Gehrig
The Odd Couple
This delightful comedy stars Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau. The crazy antics of these two always keep you laughing.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
A lighthearted musical, this 1954 classic was requested by one of our movie group. It stars Howard Keel and Jane Powell
The Train - Burt Lancaster
I really enjoyed this movie about a train during WWII that is filled with famous French paintings. The mission in the film is to keep the paintings out of the hands of the Germans.