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Movie Nights Themes...

9 years 5 months ago #156851 by hoagie
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We hosted our 1st movie night in February, it was a huge success! Thanks to this site and all the great info. all the parents provide, we managed to pull it off. Our parents are asking when the next one will be, we keep saying in the fall, they want one now. We sold pizza, sodas, and candy, and gave away free popcorn to all the families... only problem, we could not keep up with the popcorn. Only advise I can give is if you plan on popping your own popcorn, our PTO has purchased a machine from Sams, start popping it early! We started about 1/2 hour early and it was not enough, we should of started at least 1 hour before and maybe put it in clear plastic bags. We had all families vote for the movie in advance, advertised it in our newlsetter and put up a display in the front office. We used the awesome form that is on this site for the ballott and pre-order for pizzas etc. It worked out awesome! Thanks PTO Today for helping us pull off a successful movie night!!
9 years 5 months ago #156895 by foxmom
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We had a great turnout for our Movie night-- we showed Yogi Bear- it came out 3 days before movie night-- so most hadn't seen it at home yet- we had 104 parents and kids show up-- we charged 1.00 per person to get a raffle ticket and sold concessions (popcorn, drinks, ice cream bars left from our fair-, small candy, glow bracelets.... we had a lot of fun, kids liked the movie a alot. We show our movies on friday night-- doors open at 6:30pm and movie starts no later than 7:00pm so families are heading home by 8:30pm-- we have 4-5 volunteers for this event-- plenty -- 2 at the door and 2-3 for concessions-- popcorn is our big nemesis as well- we can never pop enough early on- thinking about asking the theatre to donate a large bag of per-popped - they have done it in the past- so know it's possible.

We did find over the years that showing a movie that's just been released is a lot better than one that's been out for a while and we try to find generic ones-- no boy geared like Ninja turtles or girl geared- like Barbie ... it's been great -- will have one more before the year is out to clean out the closet-- this is a great event to sell off all your loss candy and small prizes from events through the year.
9 years 5 months ago #156986 by Lisa @ PTO Today
Replied by Lisa @ PTO Today on topic Re:Movie Nights Themes...
Thrilled to hear that your movie night was a success. Congrats. Thanks for passing along what you learned with your event.

Re: the movie form that Hoagie refers to.... folks can find a couple different versions here:

Thanks for the terrific advice on movie choices. If you have a chance, we'd love it if you shared this feedback on our Family Movie Night group page:

Hoagie & Foxmom- any event photos you can share?


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9 years 4 months ago #157312 by Becky
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We had 2 movie nights this year and they were a huge success. We were thinking of holding on over the summer and inviting incoming families (transfers and K) to come and have a playground date before the movie. I am wondering if other schools have done this and how did it go? How close to back to school did you hold it? Any movie suggestions? We did UP and Toy Story 3 for our mn this past year.
9 years 4 months ago #157364 by parent
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oh my gosh that is a fantastic idea. i dont have any insight for you but i think i am going to bring it up to our pta... Good Luck.
9 years 2 months ago #157828 by mrsgrooms
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I'm PTO President at our school. We had family movie night for grades K-3. I knew that we needed to show the most recent release in order to get families in. We showed Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never". AWESOME choice! We presold/and at-the-door admissions for $1 per head. Presolds were slow at first, but the week of, we hung the PTO Today's movie announcement banner and the sales really perked! Movie night....we were packed for only 3 grade levels. We sold popcorn, Capri Sun, canned drinks, pizza slices and bagged chips and bottled water. The canned drinks was donated by a local grocer. We bought pizzas for $4.50 whole and sold for $1.00 per slice (8 slices per). Beginning the popcorn an hour before doors opened really reached the hungry crowds. Raffle tickets were given to those who gave 50 Box Tops or paid $5 for a ticket. We made almost $300 after purchases for the event....Just for 3 grade levels!!! Looking forward to 2 movie nights this upcoming year and possibly a better run!
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