Looking for something good to watch when you’re bored, or if there’s nothing on TV? Forget your troubles, and look to great and exciting classic cinema entertainment.
10. Host your own “classic movie night”
There’s nothing better than hosting your own “classic movie night” at home, in your dorm room, or in some multi-purpose room! Invite several friends, co-workers, even people that you rarely see on a regular basis.
Make it exciting by adding vintage “coming attraction” trailers, newsreels, short subjects and cartoons to your feature film presentation. It beats sitting through 15 minutes of commercials before the main feature.
9. Never watch films on your “smartphone”
Today, most people have their faces glued to their smartphones, whether if it’s texting, or looking at the latest updates on social media. You shouldn’t have to watch good films on a tiny screen. Watch films the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen. If not on the big screen, a nice TV will do.
8. Classic film trivia
Impress your friends and colleagues, by engaging them in some “classic film” trivia! You and a group of friends can learn a lot from engaging in this fun, stress-free activity.
7. The “outdoor” movie event
A great way to watch feature films on a large inflatable screen, reminiscent of vintage “drive-in” theaters.
6. Revival screenings of classic films
If your town has an annual showcase dedicated to screening classic features on the big screen, go to it. In Frederick, Maryland, the Weinberg Center for the Arts will present a classic film revival showcase series, beginning in late October.
5. Streaming on your computer or set-top device
You can catch many classic films online, or on a set-top-box for your TV, including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Some apps have a monthly fee, but there are free ones as well, including “Shout! Factory TV,” a streaming service that showcases classics, including John Ford’s “Stagecoach” (1939) and the Marx Brothers’ farce, “A Night in Casablanca” (1946).
4. Classic Films on TV
There’s always Turner Classic Movies for your classic film fix on cable, along with numerous sub-channels carried by local television stations. These include “Movies,” “getTV” and “Me-TV,” which showcases classic Universal horror features, hosted by iconic Chicago horror host “Svengoolie” (portrayed by Rich Koz) every Saturday evening.
3. “Mystery Science Theater 3000”
One of the most iconic shows of the 1990’s, featuring Joel Hodgson (season 1-5), Mike Nelson (season 5-10), and the wisecracking robot companions, “Tom Servo” and “Crow T. Robot,” riffing Z-budget films, including “Manos: The Hands of Fate,” and “Mitchell.”
2. Physical Media
Whenever streaming fails, nothing beats films released on DVD-Video or Blu-Ray disc, which are chock full of bonus features and extras- something that you can’t find on Netflix.
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