Posted on: 1 December 2015Share
Are you having trouble waiting until December 18 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to come to your local multiplex? If so, here are three ways for any avid Star Wars fan to get ready for the movie and make time pass quickly.
Host a Marathon
What better way to prepare for the new movie is there than gathering other fans and re-watching the original trilogy? Start by sending out some themed invitations by mail (or for an easier option, electronically). Provide themed food, which can be anything with a Star Wars-type name added, and beverages. If you have time -- and especially if you invite kids -- add in some DIY lightsabers (such as some found here made from pool noodles), a trivia contest or a Star Wars photo booth. Haul out your old memorabilia and encourage guests to do the same -- then go down Memory Lane together.
Upgrade Your Home Theater
Whether it's for your movie marathon or planning ahead for buying the movie later, now is a good time to occupy yourself by improving your home theater experience. If you don't have a home theater, why not create one?
All you need for a basic home theater room is a space where you can control the light and where noise will not bother the surrounding areas, comfy seating and a big viewing screen. Basements are ideal, but you can also use unused guest rooms or even wire your family room to serve double-duty. Place blackout curtains on any windows. Then add comfortable seating in a variety of options that can all see the screen easily. Instead of trying to buy larger and larger televisions, opt for a home theater projector for the best big-screen simulation. You can use a large screen to project the movie onto, but a blank white wall works well in a pinch.
Learn to Cosplay
If you're going to be at the theater on opening night, you should consider adding to your fun by going in costume. While many costumes are available ready-made online, you can save a lot of money by crafting your own simple costumes. A basic Sith outfit, for example, can be as simple as a black hooded robe coupled with black clothing and a toy lightsaber (red, of course!). Be sure to check with the movie theater you will be attending to see if there are any restrictions on costuming inside the theater.
Having fun together enjoying Star Wars is as much a part of the franchise as the Millennium Falcon, so no matter what you choose to do, get your friends and family together and make it a special time.