Movie Night At a Nursing Home or Retirement Home

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 16, 2012 Under Event Productions

Red Carpet - Indoor Movie Living in a nursing home or a retirement home and adjusting to a new lifestyle away from home and familiar things can be difficult for residents. Special activities to help residents relax and bond with other residents are common in nursing and retirement homes. Movie nights make an excellent addition to a nursing home’s activity list. Here’s how to create a movie night to remember for nursing home or retirement home residents that will bring back special memories and allow them to create new memories.

Set the Scene

Movie events are great because modern technology can be used to create wonderful, nostalgic events. Nursing home residents, depending on their individual ages, are likely to have been young during the peak of the drive-in movie in the 1950’s and 1960’s. A large movie screen, like an inflatable one, can create an authentic drive-in movie or indoor movie theatre experience.

You can choose to create an outdoor event on a warm summer night, using an inflatable movie screen set up in a courtyard or even the parking lot. Create a true drive-in movie experience by adding concessions like popcorn, other movie snacks and drinks to the event. Be sure to provide comfortable seating for residents to enjoy the experience.

Alternatively, the event could be held indoors any time of the year. Make it a night to remember by setting up a red carpet, and providing comfortable seating. Decorate in keeping with the theme of the movie, or in the style of the 1950’s or 1960’s. Movie theatre style candy, popcorn and drinks can be served to create an authentic movie theatre experience.

Choose the Film

Choose a film that will appeal to residents, or let the residents vote on a movie for the evening. Offer options or choose a film that was popular during the 50’s or 60’s, and fill the residents with special memories of the drive-in movie theatre.

Movie nights are a great choice for a nursing home or retirement home activity because a movie night can both transport residents back to fond memories in their lives, and give residents a chance to relax and meet and spend time with others living in the residence. Activities that combine fond past memories and give residents a chance to create new memories will help residents who might be having a difficult time adjusting to feel more comfortable in the nursing or retirement home setting.

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DIY Glow Jars / Lanterns for Movie Night

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 13, 2012 Under Event Productions

This do-it-yourself glow sticks jars are an inexpensive, but yet a very charming decoration for any outdoor movie event. Line walkways with them or place them on tables at center pieces.

DIY Glow Jar

You will need:

  • – A jar
  • – Glow Sticks
  • – Scissors
  • – Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses

Disclaimer: This is a project meant to be done by an adult.

1. Cut the ends of the glow sticks off and place liquid contents into the jar. When handling the glow sticks, wear safety glasses and gloves. Be careful, the contents of the glow stick contains glass. Discard any glass that may have fallen in your jar in the garbage.

2. Mix or swirl the contents around inside the jar.

3. Place jar in a dark area and enjoy. Your jar may glow anywhere from an hour to six hours depending on the glow stick.

Tip: Do not add water. It will dilute the glow mixture.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of PREMIUM outdoor movie events in the country. They are leading the industry with NEW & UNIQUE outdoor movie events. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit their online photo gallery at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for event ideas.

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