Everyone loves movie night! Luckily, there are plenty of gadgets for movie night that can make your at-home setup seem like a theater experience. And that’s whether you’re planning a romantic date night, a family Star Wars extravaganza, or a fun outside neighborhood screening of “West Side Story.”
From state-of-the-art tech additions to a delicious menu, these are our picks for the best small appliances and gadgets for movie night. With any of these gadgets you’ll be able to capture that special cinema magic from the comfort of your own home.
Small Tech Components for Your Movie Night Setup
There’s nothing like relaxing in front of a big screen to view the latest film release or an old classic. With that in mind, here are a few tech accessories to make the most of your at-home movie viewing.
Choose a Great Media Streamer
For all of your internet-sourced media content, you need a solid media streamer. Yes, most smart TVs do come with many of the features you get with a media streaming device. But, a media streaming device can play additional content and they often navigate Wi-Fi streaming services faster.
And you’ve got a lot of options here, like:
Don’t Forget the Sound Bar
For high-definition sound quality, incorporate a sound bar into your movie night setup.
One sound bar option is the Vizio 2.1 Sound Bar. It provides high-quality surround sound at a reasonable price. The design is also slick and minimal, so it will fit seamlessly into your decor and you won’t have to worry about bulky equipment or wires.
Another plus when it comes to sound bars is that they are simple to install. They may seem intimidating, but the truth is that you don’t need a degree in engineering to get the sound quality of your neighborhood multiplex.
Home Cinema Projectors: Use Indoors or Take it Outside
For that true home entertainment experience without the expense of a custom home theater, try a cinema projector. You can use your projector on any screen or wall for that movie theater feeling.
If you’re on the fence about a projector, another positive is that projectors can often be stored away when you’re not using them. Today’s projectors feature Wi-Fi and streaming, so you can also use them for gaming or watching sports events.
Best of all, you can take a home projector outside, set up some seating, and have a real outdoor movie experience. Imagine watching “Jaws” while floating in your pool…at night!
Our pick for home cinema projectors is the VANKYO Leisure 3 Mini Projector. This highly rated projector is the perfect size for both indoor and outdoor use. You can also connect it to your smartphone or any number of video game consoles for the gamer in your house.
Small Appliance Ideas for a Tasty Movie Night Setup
No matter the audience or the feature film, one thing you can’t do without is snacks. So, here are some gourmet gadgets for movie night.
You Can’t Have a True Movie Experience Without Popcorn
The smell of popcorn brings back movie memories for most of us. So, if you want cinema popcorn at home, you’re in luck. Home popcorn makers come in countertop models or on wheeled carts and have a fun array of traditional bags and boxes, just like at the theater.
The Cuisinart® EasyPop™ Hot Air Popcorn Maker is a space-conscious choice that can make 15 cups of popcorn in under just three minutes. Another great feature is that you don’t need any oil to pop kernels, resulting in a healthy and delicious movie snack.
Make Your Own Sodas & Sparkling Waters
There are lots of different soda flavors out there. But with so many choices, you don’t need to leave the grocery store with multiple cases. Why not make your own drinks for movie night instead? With that in mind, SodaStream will become one of your favorite gadgets for movie night.
You can make your own cola or root beer or try different sparkling waters with a ton of flavors. Try your favorite flavors individually or blend to create a special concoction like cherry vanilla cola or strawberry lemonade.
Can you get the perfect stone-baked slice from a pizza oven without leaving the house? Yes, yes you can. And the best part is, you can make it right from your kitchen without the need for a massive brick oven on your patio.
Today, you can opt for a countertop pizza oven that heats in less than 15 minutes. A pizza oven is sure to get lots of use during movie night, sleepovers for the kids, and anytime you’re craving pizza. Plus, you can make your own dough or buy it ready to cook.
The Presto Pizzazz® Plus is one of the more affordable pizza ovens on the market, ringing in at less than $65. It features a rotating tray so your pizza cooks evenly throughout. Additionally, it’s so versatile, you can use it to cook other foods like nuggets, wings, egg rolls, and quesadillas.
For Dessert, an Ice Cream Maker
Electric ice cream makers come in all types and sizes and can have your creamy treat ready in as little as 20 minutes. It’s never been easier to make ice cream and there’s no endless hours of turning a crank.
Cuisinart makes an entire range of ice cream makers to choose from. So matter what your preference, you can make old-fashioned ice cream, refreshing fruit sorbet, or creamy gelato.
Here’s to movie nights! We hope these appliances and gadgets for movie night spark your creativity on new and fun ways to enjoy quality time with friends and family.