Family Movie Nights are Economical and Fun

Family Movie Nights are a favorite in our house.  Often times, I share our thoughts on the movies we’ve watched here for the Christian Home Magazine.  And, we’ve hosted a few movie parties with friends that have always been well received.

There’s just something about finding a good family friendly movie that can bring people together!


For us, there are several reasons as to why we have regular family movie nights.


Family Movie Nights are Economical

Whether we are renting the movie or watching something we’ve purchased for repeated viewings, the cost of having a movie night at home is far less than heading to the movie theater.  Don’t get me wrong, the boys and I would love to catch the new releases alongside everyone else.  But, at a minimum of $6.50 per person, it gets expensive fast. (That’s $32.50 if hubby doesn’t go and any snacks aren’t included in that price!)


Money, Money, Money

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From the movie trailers, we typically have a good sense of whether the show is one that we will only watch once or a selection that the boys will watch over and over.

There are options out there for getting movies direct to your house, like Disney Movie Club where your first few movies are seriously discounted. I’ve known a few people who’ve loved this service, but have not used it for our family to date. I can say that we typically love the films from Disney and they are staples in our house which the boys have seen over and over.  It only takes a few times of watching a DVD for us to feel like we ‘got our money’s worth.’


Family Movie Nights for Comfort

While the chairs at the newest theaters are comfy and provide a good view of the large screen, our family finds the volume to be too loud most of the time.  Then, you can add in the noise generated by a bunch of excited kids in a packed theater or some unusual distractions which make the experience less than optimal.


Beyond physical comfort, there is the benefit of being able to pause the movie if someone needs a bathroom run.  There’s nothing like missing a key scene from a movie because you had to take a child to the bathroom.


Family Movie Nights for Bonding

Even though watching a show might be a more passive activity, there is the opportunity to bond with other family members through the shared experience.  Hearing others laugh alongside you and maybe having a new found ‘insider joke’ with favorite lines from the movie helps to forge those bonds as well.


Also, watching a film at home where a scene might generate controversy affords you the opportunity to pause and discuss right then or have a discussion after the movie is over without disturbing anyone.  Recently, the older boys and I watched a film that was rated R for violence, but the storyline was so compelling that I deemed it okay to watch WITH me.  We stopped the film a few times as R couldn’t believe that this was based on historical evidence and that a government could be so cruel towards part of its population.


Does your family enjoy Family Movie Nights? 

Any favorite films from the past year?



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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. Our favorite family movies are “Come to the Stable” and “The Song of Bernadette.” No wait, there’s one more. We also LOVE “The Reluctant Saint.” They’re all quite funny but that last one is a riot!

  2. We enjoy a lot of family movie nights. Going out to the movies is only for very special occasions and only happens every once in a while. We’ve seen Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Dumbo, and my all time favorite, Lady and the Tramp.
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  3. Great article Thank you :)
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  4. We almost never go to the movies because it is so expensive! I love having movie night, it really feels like an occasion because we make popcorn and things like that :)
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    • Jess,

      Being able to make your own snacks and feed those hungry bellies is another great benefit to movie night at home. Although, we found that Regal Theaters lets you buy a small popcorn for $2 on Tuesdays (one per ticket purchased) and our local one will ‘upgrade’ to a large for $2 more which includes one refill. One large popcorn is plenty for all of us, so the few times we’ve done the movie theater in the past year we’ve gone on a Tuesday to get the popcorn deal.
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  5. Unfortunately I think prices will continue to go up too:(

    While it is a lot of fun going to the movie, there is nothing better then staying home and cuddling with the family it is probably one of my favorite things to do!

    I haven’t seen it yet but can’t wait to see Pitch Perfect…we shall see if it’s any good this weekend!
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  6. We watch a lot of movies, but we watch a lot of them at home. For many of the same reasons you mentioned.
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  7. JJ Caraway says:

    We love to watch Saint Rita, Song of Bernadette, The Reluctant Saint, Miracle of the Bells, The Passion of The Christ and The Ten Commandments.

  8. Movies have become so crazy expensive, it’s so much better to pop your own and cuddle up on the couch!
    This past weekend we watched Odd Life of Timothy Green (again!) and E.T. (again!!) Great times and memories are made just like that!!
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  9. We love to do movie nights! With little ones it is so much easier to be able t o pause as you need to :)

  10. What a wonderful post and so very true! Its not even funny how pricey it is to take a family to the movies.. and of course never mind the treats you will be guilt-ed into purchasing, lol! We love doing movie nights at home.. we do them maybe even way too often!
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  11. We love family movie night and have a humongous DVD collection because of it. I love watching them at home most because you can pause them whenever you like, make your own snacks cheaper and you don’t have to worry about yappy kids with cell phones.

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  12. What a great post. We loved Pitch Perfect!
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  13. I LOVE family movie night. We usually watch something on Netflix or rent a movie from RedBox.
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    • When we lived in Maryland, we loved Netflix for instant streaming. Now that our internet is metered, we don’t do it. But, RedBox is an awesome way to get the newer movies for us. I even did an “I Spy” post when they ‘landed’ in Alaska a while back.

  14. We too avoid going to the movies due to the cost for 7 of us. DVD’s are the way to go. One recent family movie was Bell’s of St. Mary’s – my kids loved it (I was kind of surprised at this) They’ve recently discovered old movies on one of our channels and are really getting into them!


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