How to Plan a Movie Marathon

Have you ever planned to have a movie marathon, but then got bored halfway through the second movie? Have no worries though; this is your guide to a successful movie marathon.


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    Figure out how many people will be there. It could be a party type or just for you. If you want a big crowd, be sure to plan ahead and invite them!
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    Think of a theme. Some popular themes are chick flicks, horror films, or comedy. If you don't want to stick to one genre, you can just marathon your favorite movies.
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    Decide how many movies will you be watching. At least two movies are needed or else it won't really be a marathon. A good amount would be about four or five, but you can watch more for an extended marathon. A true movie marathon means watching 26.2 hours of movies, just as a marathon race is 26.2 miles (42.2 km).
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    Plan your start time. It depends on how long you want to stay up and how many movies you have to watch. Most movies won't be much longer than two hours, but make sure you know around how long each movie will take. So if you are watching five movies starting at nine p.m, it would be too late unless you want to pull an all nighter.
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    Cover the munchies. No movie marathon is complete without them. Popcorn cannot be ignored. Be sure to buy one or two boxes before the marathon begins. If any of your friends have a sweet tooth, get some candy like M&Ms. Common drinks to have at a marathon are of course soda and juice. Try to stock up on them before the marathon. Alcohol may add an element of fun to the marathon if you are all of legal drinking age, and the movies are on the light-hearted side.
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    Consider providing a real meal. If your marathon will last more than 6 hours, your guests may get tired of snack foods and expect a real meal. Determine how you will feed them. Should everyone pitch in for pizza? Or will you take a break halfway through the marathon to grill up some burgers?
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    Make sure wherever you are having the marathon has enough room. Bring down extra pillows and blankets to make it comfortable.
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    Make it a night to remember. Dim the lights and close the curtains for a real "movie theater" effect. In the breaks, put on some music and socialize, try to bring a mix of friends so your friends can meet other friends of yours.


  • You could have an intermission time where you have five minutes for everyone to do what they need to do.
  • Go to the bathroom before each movie, that way you won't have to go while watching.
  • Make sure you are comfortable and don't need to pause for anything- it ruins the movie.
  • Have it in a room with enough space for your guests so you won't be too hot and/or crowded.
  • Eat classic movie snacks, like popcorn and soda. Prepare them before each movie so you don't have to get up during the movie and pause it.
  • If you are not a night owl, consider starting your marathon around noon or in the morning. You will be able to watch several movies and still get to bed at your normal time!
  • For kids, create an area for them to relax in. Add food and drinks like juice and water. Also, food like pizza, popcorn, fairy floss (cotton candy), chocolate, lollies.
  • Try to pick a series of movies, such as the Star Wars saga instead of a bunch of different genres.
  • If babies are around, make sure you have baby food and a crib for them to sleep in, since it's a movie marathon. Make sure it goes for less than 12 hours, or everyone will get restless.


  • Too many blankets and pillows may make you fall asleep.
  • This may make you very tired the next day.

Things You'll Need

  • Movies (on DVD or a streaming Internet service)
  • TV or computer
  • Popcorn
  • Juice
  • Dimmed lights
  • Curtains
  • Snack food
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

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