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Smart ways to make it a magical movie night

6th November 2018

Staying in is the new going out. And that’s certainly the case when it comes to movie night. So if you’re looking for smart ways to keep it entertaining for all the family, we’ve rounded up our top picks on how Hive can help keep the fun flowing – from the moment you press play.

Choose your film

First and foremost, you’ll need to pick a film – but which will you choose? We asked around the office to round up our childhood favourites, with something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t worry parents – you’ll want to watch them too. 

  • Shrek (2001)
    Shrek and his noble steed, Donkey, set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona.
  • Christopher Robin (2018)
    Take a trip down memory lane in the latest of Winnie the Pooh’s adventures.
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
    A nanny with magical skills flies into the Banks household for an unforgettable adventure.
  • Incredibles (2004)
    Follow a family of superheroes as they come together to defeat the ultimate villain, Frozone.
  • Toy Story (1995)
    A story about the secret life of toys, who come alive whenever humans aren’t around.

Plan a toilet break

This one’s for the family fidgets! If you’ve got little ones, planning loo breaks is perfect for keeping everyone happy. Choose an opportune moment (preferably at a cliffhanger to drum up suspense) to press pause and turn on the lights with the Hive app.

Even better, you can double up on time by refilling your popcorn boxes during the break. That way, when everyone’s refreshed and good to go – all you have to do is dim the lights and hit play.

Find out about Hive Dimmable Light

Set the mood from your sofa

Cinemas have a reputation for being on the chilly side. So here’s a few easy ways you can enjoy a cosy movie night – in the comfort of your own home.


  1. Adjust your heating from the sofa with Hive, for extra comfort.
  2. Prepare for scary scenes, by turning the side lamp on with a tap of the app.
  3. Spread cushions and fleecy throws to create the ultimate den.

Theme your snacks

When it comes to snacks, no movie night is complete without sweet or salty popcorn. But if you’re looking to go the extra mile – why not theme your treats? If it’s one for the kids, opt for jelly beans or colourful bowls of fruit. After something more substantial? Try rustling up some mini pizzas or a big plate of nachos – just don’t hold back on the cheese.

Now all that’s left is to do is snuggle down, turn your phone on silent and get ready for the perfect movie night. Shhh, no talking in the back…

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